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Oral history collection

Repository: American International College. James J. Shea, Sr. Memorial Library

Collection Description (CRHP): The book "The Black Community in Holyoke 1770-1970" by Ella Merkel DeCarlo (Oral History Ctr, American Int'l College, 1978) indicates that this collection likely contains some oral histories dealing with struggles for racial justice during the civil rights era. The book is available at the Holyoke Public Library. Sections address black political activism as well as employment matters including discrimination and reference comments from Mr. and Mrs. Alma Jennings.

Collection Description (Extant): Begun in the early 1970's by students under the direction of Dr. Theodore B. Belsky, the [O]ral History Collection has grown to include over 1,200 audio tapes providing an oral account of life in Southern New England during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Most of the collection deals with events in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Also, immigrants have shared some of their experiences in leaving their homes and coming to this new nation.

Access Copy Note: Because of the value and personal nature of this collection, it is not available to the general public. Access to this collection requires special authorization.

Digital Status: Unknown

Extent: circa 1,200 audio tapes

Language: English

Interviewees: Alma Jennings

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American freemasons
African American political activists
African Americans--Civil rights--Massachusetts
African Americans--Employment
African Americans--Massachusetts
African Americans--Migrations
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
Discrimination in employment
Discrimination in the military
Elks (Fraternal order)
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American


Sound recordings


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