The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
[Interviews with African American judges]
Repository: U.S. Courts Library. Eigth Circuit
Collection Description (CRHP): The library holds recorded interviews with Michael J. Davis (First African American federal district judge in the District of Minnesota, 1994), Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. (First African American federal district judge in the Western District of Missouri, 1991), and George Howard, Jr. (First African American federal district judge appointed to the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1980).
Access Copy Note: Copies of some interviews are also available at the Minneapolis (MN), St. Paul (MN), and Kansas City (MO) branches of the Circuit Court library.
Digital Status: Yes
Extent: 7 sound cassettes, 1 videocassette col. 1/2 in. (ca. 65 min.), 1 DVD.
Related Archival Items: See also interviews with judges Theodore McMillian (appointed to the bench in 1978) and Clyde S. Cahill in the Lift Every Voice and Sing project at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Western Historical Manuscript Division.
Recordings of McMillian's investiture, portrait ceremony, and memorial session were recorded and transcribed; these and other recordings of court ceremonies for African American judges can be found at the 8th Circuit library.
Interviewees: Michael J. Davis, Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., George Howard, Jr.
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American judges
Civil rights movements--Arkansas
Civil rights movements--Minnesota
Civil rights movements--Missouri
Discrimination in employment
School integration--Law and legislation