The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Veterans remember oral history project
Repository: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Collection Description (CRHP): See especially interviews with veterans Timuel Black, Keith Larson, DeLoyce McMurray, Edward L. Smith, Clarence Senor, Cornelius P. Price, Bob Basta, Arthur Betts, Robert J. Berry, and Richard Bowen. Narrators discuss segregation/integration, race relations, and discrimination before, during, and after their military service.
Collection Description (Extant): Our goal is to conduct in-depth interviews that examine the narrators' early years as well as thoroughly address their military experiences. This project is divided, naturally, into the nation's wars, starting with World War II, through Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and the War on Terrorism. We've also included the Cold War, for there are many veterans who never saw a battlefield yet still served honorably. Their stories, too, deserve to be heard and understood. Our current focus is on the Korean War, as that war is too often ignored, and very poorly understood. Our Korean War veterans deserve better, and fifty-plus years removed from the war, we are racing the clock. The same is even more true of the World War II generation, although yeoman's work has already been done on that generation. This is all to explain why you will not find a lot on Vietnam and beyond. We will eventually turn our attention to these, but time and resources are very limited.
In many cases, a narrators' experience is not limited to just one war. In that event, you will be able to access the interview through each of the wars in which they served.
Acknowledgements: Transcripts for the ALPL Veterans Remember project were created thanks to the generosity of the Tawani Foundation of Chicago, Illinois, an institution dedicated to promoting the role of America's Citizen Soldier in our rich military history. Patrons are encouraged to visit the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago, Illinois to learn more about America's extensive military heritage. See also their website Pritzker Military Library to see the wide array of programs and activities sponsored by the Pritzker Military Library.
Access Copy Note: Abstracts, transcripts, photographs, and audio for many interviews may be found at the collection URL.
Collection URL: http://www.alplm.org/oral_history/veterans_remember/veterans_remember.html
Digital Status: Born-digital
Extent: digital audio files (WAV 44 kHz 16 bit, mp3), photographs, abstracts, transcripts
Interviewees: Timuel Black, Keith Larson, DeLoyce McMurray, Edward L. Smith, Clarence Senor, Cornelius P. Price, Bob Basta, Arthur Betts, Robert J. Berry, Richard Bowen
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American soldiers
African American veterans
Discrimination in the military
United States--Armed Forces--African Americans