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Oral History Center records

Repository: Northeastern University. Archives and Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): Two parts of this collection specifically relate to the civil rights movement: 1. MaryBeth Haynes: Longfellow School, 8th Grade, 'The Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965: The Movement and Its Impact' (includes photographs) 1986. 2. Northeastern University Centennial: Interviews for Chapter in "Tradition and Innovation" by K. Fitzgerald, J. Fraser and E. Jackson. Those interviewed were Ruth Batson 9 Mar. 1995, Paula Clark 12 Apr. 1996, Gregory Coffin 17 Jul. 1996, Mel King 3 Dec. 1996, and Kenneth Ryder 4 Dec. 1996. The chapter in "Tradition and Innovation" is called "Building Character from Diversity: Neighbors, Northeastern and Boston School Desegregation" and a link to the chapter is available at

Collection Description (Extant): The records of the Oral History Center document their efforts between 1978 and 1998 to collect the stories of groups often overlooked by history, including women, children, immigrants, and minorities, in the Cambridge and Boston area. Records include correspondence, reports, plans and proposals, project files, funding information, lesson plans, publicity materials, oral history audio recordings and transcriptions, video recordings, photographs, and slides. Series 1 documents the administrative operations of the Oral History Center. Series 2 contains information concerning the Oral History Center's move to Northeastern University and the relationship between the two organizations. Series 3 contains information about projects in which the Oral History Center acted as either a consultant or in collaboration with another organization. Series 4 deals with workshops that the Oral History Center sponsored, took part in, or attended. Series 5 covers the oral history projects of the Oral History Center and includes transcripts, photographs, slides, and planning documentation. Series 6 contains audio-visual documentation of the Oral History Center's projects, including the oral history interviews for the projects documented in Series 5.

Date(s): 1978-1998

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: M73

Extent: 17.15 cubic ft. (24 boxes)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Ruth Batson, Paula Clark, Gregory Coffin, Mel King, Kenneth Ryder

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


African American students--Massachusetts
African Americans--Civil rights--Massachusetts
Boston (Mass.)--Ethnic relations
Busing for school integration--Massachusetts--Boston
Cambridge (Mass.)
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
School integration--Massachusetts--Boston


Sound recordings


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