The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
[Maxine Smith oral history collection]
Repository: Austin Peay State University. President's Office
Collection Description (CRHP): This collection consists of oral histories conducted for the book titled "Maxine Smith's Unwilling Pupils: Lessons Learned in Memphis's Civil Rights Classroom" by Sherry Lee Hoppe and Bruce W. Speck (Univ. of TN Press, 2007). Maxine Smith was a civil rights leader and became the first black female member of the city's board of education. This authorized biography is not only her story but also a history of the civil rights movement in the city in the 1950s and 1970s. Many other civil rights leaders and activists were interviewed for this book project.
Access Copy Note: Contact Carol Clark, assistant to the president at Austin Peay, in order to access the interviews.
Digital Status: No
Extent: mini audio cassettes; photographs
Related Archival Items: Austin Peay also has an extensive newspaper article collection that consists of copies of clippings from the Memphis public library on the city's civil rights movement.
See also the oral histories in the Everett Cook collection of the Memphis Public Library.
Interviewees: Maxine Smith, Vasco Smith, Vasco "Smitty" Smith III, Russ Sugarmon, Rev. Benjamin Hooks, Frances Hooks, H. T. Lockard, Willie Herenton, Herman Morris, Richard Fields, Jesse Turner, Jr., Johnnie Turner, Ned McWherter, Richard Rhoda, Wendy Thompson, Jonas Kisber, Jr., Bill Watkins, Leslie Pope, Chris Modisher, Charles Manning, Stanley Rogers, Teresa Sloyan
Rights (Extant): Contact Carol Clark, assistant to the president at Austin Peay, for permission to use these interviews.
African American politicians
African American women civil rights workers--Tennessee
Civil rights demonstrations--Tennessee
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Civil rights workers--Tennessee
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Smith, Maxine Atkins