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[University of Southern Indiana oral history collection]

Repository: University of Southern Indiana. University Archives and Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): The USI Oral History Collection includes more than 470 interviews recorded primarily in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Professor Darrel E. Bigham and his students. About half of the collection has been transcribed, and the transcription process is ongoing. 16 interviews concentrate on the African American community in Evansville and nearby areas (c1890-1974); these materials include, for instance, an interview with Charles E. Rochelle, the first African American to receive the doctor of education degree from the University of California at Berkley in 1942. Rochelle served as secretary-treasurer of the Commission on General Education, Indiana State Board of Education.

Six additional interviews focus on the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana. Relevant material may also be found in the World War II interviews, in which veterans describe the way the Evansville area changed after 1950.

In October 2010, the university had just begun to process oral histories conducted with residents of local communes in the 1960s; some of these recordings address involvement in the civil rights movement and other social justice efforts.

Date(s): 1890-1990s

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 525 audio cassettes, 12 CDs, 3 video cassettes (VHS), transcripts

Finding Aid URL: http://www.usi.edu/library/documents/OralHistoryListWeb.pdf

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The Archives also includes manuscript collections about the African American community in Evansville; see, for instance, the Darrel Bigham collection (which includes photographs) and the Charles Rochelle papers.

Interviewees: Charles Rochelle, Solomon Stevenson, Ulysses S. Waller, Roy S. Perry, Pauline Thompson, Bessie A. King, Helen Best, Rev. John M. Caldwell, Charlotte Glover Moody, Alfred R. Porter, Anita Wisdom, Kathryn Phelps, Jackson P. Willis, Claude Holbrook, Wilbert Robinson, Eugene Reynolds, Dr. Harold Ropp, Mr. Turner, William Chaney, Mr. Jones

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

Subjects:

African Americans--Indiana
Civil rights movements--Indiana
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--Indiana

Genres:

Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Transcripts

 

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