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Vandy goes to war

Repository: Vanderbilt University. Special Collections and University Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): Ben and Jane Branscomb briefly discuss school integration and civil rights leader James Lawson's expulsion from Vanderbilt because of his civil rights activities. Ben is the son of Harvie Branscomb, Vanderbilt's Chancellor during the school's integration.

Collection Description (Extant): The Vandy Goes to War oral history project started as an extension of an earlier oral history initiative, Voices of Vanderbilt. Voices of Vanderbilt was started by the History Department in the late 1990's as a graduate student project to interview administrators and faculty about the integration of Vanderbilt University.

The Special Collections Library believes it is important to record the voices of faculty, staff, administrators, and students of Vanderbilt University for posterity. The unique experiences of these members of our community provide a deeper insight into the living organism of Vanderbilt University and how it interacts with local and international communities.

Vandy Goes to War is our attempt to document the lives of the men and women who either were in the armed forces or whose lives were touched by war while at Vanderbilt University. The World War II portion of this project commenced in 2006 and can be enjoyed here on this website. We plan on initiating a Korean Conflict program in the fall of 2010 with an open call to participants to share their experiences and articles in alumni magazines to showcase this project.

Other wars and military actions will be documented in the next few years. The Vietnam War, the First Gulf War, Second Gulf War, and Afghanistan will future projects for Vandy Goes to War. For more information or to participate please contact us at (615) 322-2807 or by email.

Access Copy Note: The oral interviews and transcripts are digitized, but the extra information participants gave the project, such as photos, clippings, and so forth, are not.

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 1.5 linear feet (40 digital audio files; 40 transcripts)

Language: English

Interviewees: Ben Branscomb, Jane Branscomb

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


African American college students--Tennessee
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Korean War, 1950-1953
Lawson, James M., 1928-
School integration--Tennessee--Nashville
Vanderbilt University
World War, 1939-1945


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