The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Living history makers: an inquiry into Virginia politics: J. Lindsay Almond, Jr., governor of Virginia, 1958-1962
Repository: Library of Virginia
Collection Description (Extant): A nine-part series on the life and career of former Virginia governor J. Lindsay Almond (1898-1986), chiefly explored by means of interviews between Almond and Richmond Times-Dispatch political reporter James Latimer (1913-2000). Other individuals appearing in the series are political science professors Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia and Thomas R. Morris of the University of Richmond; civil rights attorney Oliver W. Hill (1907-2007); former Virginia governor Linwood Holton (1923- ); and Charles McDowell, another Richmond Times-Dispatch political reporter. The Almond interviews took place in part at his home in Henrico County, and in the studios of WCVE-TV Richmond in late 1979 and early 1980. Some of the latter episodes incorporate footage from THE ALMOND YEARS, a 1962 documentary produced by WDBJ-TV Roanoke.
Episode #1: Introductory commentary by James Latimer, Larry Sabato, Thomas R. Morris, Oliver W. Hill, and Linwood Holton about Almond's term as governor (1958-1962). Remarks focus largely on his January 1959 decision to accept two high court rulings invalidating the state's school-closing law, rather than defend massive resistance.
Episode #8: Further discussion between Almond, Latimer, Sabato, and Morris, including discussion of Byrd Organization efforts to sidetrack Almond's 1957 candidacy for governor; more thoughts on his decision not to prolong massive resistance; and his assessment of the decline of the Byrd Organization.
Access Copy Note: These videocassettes are to be used in the Archives and Manuscripts Room at the Library of Virginia for research purposes only and cannot be reproduced by the Library. Copies of the videocassettes may be obtained from WCVE-TV by calling 804-320-1301.
Digital Status: No
Extent: 9 videocassettes (ca. 30 min. each): sd., col.
Interviewees: J. Lindsay Almond, Larry Sabato, Thomas R. Morris, Oliver W. Hill, Linwood Holton, Charles McDowell
Rights (Extant): Copyright is held by the Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation.
African American lawyers--Virginia
Civil rights movements--Virginia
Civil rights workers--Virginia
School integration--Massive resistance movement
Virginia--Politics and government