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Oral history project

Repository: Oregon Jewish Museum

Collection Description (CRHP): This oral history project consists of some 400 interviews. It was begun in 1972, when elders in the community were interviewed; some even talked about life in the late 19th century. The program was not active in the 1980s but revived in the early 1990s and is ongoing. The interviews that particular relate to civil rights are those of Paul Meyer (particularly the last 2 hours conducted August 18, 2009) by Elaine Weinstein and Jacob 'Jake' Tanzer, who was interviewed on April 21, 2010, by Heather Brunner. Paul Meyer came out to Portland in the early 1950s and was instrumental in the founding of the ACLU in the area and was very active in all kinds of civil justice cases. Jake was a lawyer who worked for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the Kennedy administration. As a young lawyer he was involved with the Mississippi civil rights movement. His interview was part of an exhibit that the museum developed for the fall of 2010 on Jews in the fields of law and medicine.

Collection Description (Extant): The Oregon Jewish Museum's mission to preserve and present the history of Oregon's Jewish community relies heavily on our Oral History Project. The central goal is to develop a community oral history archive that provides a chronicle of the experiences of the Jews of Oregon. The current project expands the Oregon Jewish Oral History and Archive collection began in the 1970s by the late Shirley Tanzer. It aims to collect a comprehensive range of oral histories from community members across the state. We train volunteers to conduct the interviews and transcribe the tapes.

Access Copy Note: All the interviews are digitized (wav files) from audio cassettes. All the interviews except around 20 are transcribed.

Extent: approximately 18 linear feet

Language: English

Interviewees: Paul Meyer, Jacob Tanzer

Rights (Extant): OJM holds copyright on these interviews. No reproductions can be made or publication done without express permission.

Subjects:

American Civil Liberties Union
Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Civil rights movements--Oregon
Civil rights workers--Mississippi
Civil rights workers--Oregon
Civil rights--Cases
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Judaism
Jews--Oregon
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
Lawyers
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Mississippi Freedom Project
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
White Citizens councils

Genres:

Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Transcripts

 

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