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Family memories oral history project

Repository: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Collection Description (CRHP): See interviews with Manker Harris and Kathryn Harris.

Manker Harris discusses life in 1930s and 1940s Tennessee; racial life in the south; Anderson Seminary (Anderson, Indiana); Civil Rights in Selma, Alabama; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcolm X; Race relations and civil rights efforts in Cairo, Decatur, and Chicago, Illinois, and in Lansing, Michigan; police and civil rights; segregation; Christianity and civil rights; and Vietnam War protests.

Kathryn Harris discusses her career as a librarian, as well as memories of her childhood on the east side of Carbondale, part of a vibrant African American community in the midst of a predominantly white community.

Collection Description (Extant): The Family Memories project focuses on people who have made special contributions to their families and communities, and who also have a compelling story to tell us about their experiences. Many of these interviews examine the narrator's entire life, including their formative years and early adulthood. Others focus on especially meaningful events and experiences in their lives. While we plan to keep this project limited in scope, we are happy to provide our patrons with a fascinating collection of stories and memories that will enrich us all.

Access Copy Note: Some interviews are available online at the collection URL.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 2007-

Digital Status: Born-digital

Existing IDs: FM-A-L-2007-040, FM-A-L-2006-001

Extent: sound discs digital (CD) 4 3/4 in. (WAV44 kHz 16 bit), mp3, transcripts

Finding Aid: No finding aids currently exist for these collections; check individual catalog entries.

Language: English

Interviewees: Manker Harris, Kathryn Harris

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


African American clergy
African American librarians
African Americans--Illinois
Alabama--Race relations
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Christianity
Illinois--Race relations
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Michigan--Race relations
Police--Community relations
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
X, Malcolm, 1925-1965


Sound recordings


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