The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
NIU centennial histories
Repository: Northern Illinois University. Regional History and University Archives
Collection Description (Extant): The two interviews in this series were conducted in 1996 by Dr. Glen A. Gildemeister, Director of the Regional History Center, as part of his research for "A Castle on a Hill, a pictorial history of Northern Illinois University." Both interview subjects were notable Northern Illinois State Teachers College athletes.
OH 8.02: Ernest C. 'Bumpy' Smith, an African-American student, not only was a Northern track star, but also was a member or officer of several campus organizations, including Senior Class President in 1948/1949. He was drafted into the Navy in 1944, and then came to NISTC in 1946. This interview touches on the draft, service in WW II, and the GI Bill; his experiences at Northern, including housing on campus, and the boycott of the Log Cabin Restaurant in DeKalb; and his career teaching in Detroit, travels, and life after Northern.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: OH-8
Extent: 2 transcripts, 4 audiocassettes
Finding Aid URL: http://www.ulib.niu.edu/reghist/UA%2053.pdf
Interviewees: Ernest C. 'Bumpy' Smith
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American athletes
African American college students--Illinois
African American educators--Michigan
Civil rights demonstrations--Illinois
United States--Armed Forces--African Americans