The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
[Personal accounts of the civil rights movement and African American students at Mount Holyoke]
Repository: Mount Holyoke College. Archives & Special Collections
Collection Description (Extant): In Record Group 18.19, History Department Records: written responses to questionnaires sent to ten Black alumnae from the Classes of 1942-1958 by students in History 265, "Black and White Americans," Fall 1975. Most responses concern the experiences of these women as students at the College.
In Record Group 18.19, History Department Records: paper by a student in History 381, "Science, Society, and Gender in Modern America," Spring 1988 profiling two Black alumnae who pursued careers in science. Based in part of interviews of these women.
In Record Group 19, Faculty Biographical Files: audio cassettes of two speeches at the College (1983 and 1986) by Shirley Chisholm, a visiting professor at Mount Holyoke from 1983-1987.
In Record Group 23, Students and Alumnae Profiles and Statistics Collection: a video recording of events during the Black Alumnae Conference at the College in 1994.
In Record Group 25.3, Association of Pan-African Unity Records: audio cassette of a "Black Alumnae Panel Discussion" concerning "the Mt. Holyoke Experience," 1983; video recording of a documentary, "i belong here," prepared by two students in 2004 in response to "a very negative racially motivated event" at the College.
In Record Group 25.4, Traditions: video recording of events during the first annual Hortense Parker Day celebration at the College, April 2009 (Parker was the first African-American woman known to have attended Mount Holyoke). With a copy of the keynote address by Barbara Smith, Class of 1969, reflecting on her experiences as "a member of the first generation of Black students to be admitted to this nation's while elite colleges and universities."
In Record Group 27.1, Alumnae Biographical File for Frances H. Williams, Class of 1919: copy of transcript of an oral history interview conducted in 1977 as part of the Oral History Project at Radcliffe College Schlesinger Library.
In Record Group 27.1, Alumnae Biographical File for Tiffany D. McClain, Class of 2001: research materials for her honors thesis entitled "The Integration Experiment: Black Women at Mount Holyoke College 1964-1974." Consist of audio cassette interviews (with transcripts) of five Black alumnae from the Classes of 1969-1973. The archive also has McClain's thesis in our Honors Papers collection.
In Record Group 32.2, Periodicals: articles from issues of the "Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly," 1969-1987 by Black alumnae, often reflecting on their experiences at the College. Index cards to this publication give the titles of these articles.
In Record Group 37, Distinguished Visitors Collection: Recording of Dr. King's sermon at Mount Holyoke on October 20, 1963.
In records for the Alumnae Oral History Project at the College conducted by the Alumnae Association, 1983-1989: audio cassettes of interview of Frances Williams, Class of 1919 with an index. According to a note with the index, the sound quality on the tapes is very poor.
Digital Status: No
Extent: manuscripts; 6 transcripts; approximately 3 video recordings; approximately 10 audio cassettes
Interviewees: Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Smith, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frances Williams
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American college students--Massachusetts
African American politicians
African American women--Massachusetts
African Americans--Civil rights--Massachusetts
African Americans--Education (Higher)
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
Mount Holyoke College