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A look back at Braddock

Repository: Fairfax County Public Library. The Virginia Room

Collection Description (CRHP): This project covers is an extensive local history, and it includes information on African Americans and the civil rights movement. As for the interview recordings in this collection, taping was done on cassettes and filmed at same time. Cassettes were used by transcribers. Film was converted to DVDs. All interview transcripts were read and edited.

Collection Description (Extant): History and memory are intertwined. A Look Back at Braddock District is a local history, the story of a rural region in the heart of Fairfax County, Virginia, transformed over time into a sprawling suburb of Washington, DC. The memories of more than 50 Northern Virginia residents are captured in oral histories. Photographs, documents, maps and artifacts amplify these personal experiences and document growth and change in the area.

Braddock is one of nine magisterial districts in Fairfax County, Virginia. During the twentieth century, housing developments and highways overtook fields and one-lane roads. Educational complexes overgrew three-room schoolhouses, and shopping centers and malls replaced general stores. Residents of Braddock District shaped the changes in their lives; their memories shape the history of their communities.

Collection URL: http://braddockheritage.org/ External Link

Digital Status: Yes

Existing IDs: MSS 03-17

Extent: 7 linear feet (audio recordings; video recordings; transcripts (877 p.); photographs; artifacts; documents)

Finding Aid URL: http://braddockheritage.org/items/browse?type=4 External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Robert Frye, Dennis Howard, Dale Adler, Paul Brown

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

Subjects:

African Americans--Virginia
Civil rights movements--Virginia
Discrimination in housing
Fairfax County (Va.)
Segregation in education--Virginia
World War, 1939-1945

Genres:

Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Videorecordings

 

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