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First families of Vancouver's African-American community: from World War II to the 21st century

Repository: Clark County Historical Society and Museum

Collection Description (Extant): First Families of Vancouver's African American Community: From World War II to the 21st Century is a cultural program founded in 2007 for which community members are documenting the stories of African Americans who migrated to southwest Washington State during the Second World War.

Project members have identified African American families who settled in Vancouver at mid-century in order to record their stories in a book (planned for release in summer 2011) and other associated materials for the public.

Working partnerships with NAACP Branch 1139, Clark County Historical Museum, Washington State University Vancouver, Clark College, and other local institutions reinforce the project’s commitment to present a mosaic of the community’s cultural history for the enrichment of all.

Access Copy Note: Jane Elder Wulff, the project writer, is transcribing all interviews for the book she is writing of the same name as the project. The collection materials are not open to the public while the book is in preparation, but after its release sometime in 2011, all recordings and transcripts will be transferred to the archives of the Clark County Historical Museum in Vancouver ( and made available there for research. Researchers should contact the museum before making a special visit and to check about the status of these materials. Ms. Wulff and Cornetta Smith, the project director, can be reached through the museum if researchers want to get in touch with them.

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Born-digital

Extent: video recordings; approximately 29 digital sound recordings; transcripts; photographs

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The Clark County Historical Society and Museum possesses an interview of Val Joshua, president of the Vancouver NAACP branch.

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


African American families
African Americans--Civil rights--Washington (State)
African Americans--Washington (State)
Civil rights movements--Washington (State)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Race discrimination--Washington (State)
Vancouver (Wash.)
Washington (State)--Race relations
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American


Sound recordings


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