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Voices of Vanderbilt: an oral history of Vanderbilt University

Repository: Vanderbilt University. Special Collections and University Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): Many of the interviewees discuss integration at Vanderbilt University, the expulsion of James Lawson for his civil rights activities and the overall atmosphere at Vanderbilt, pre- and post-desegregation.

Collection Description (Extant): Oral history interviews offer insights about events, motivations, and memories that other sources do not provide. Vanderbilt University is now following the national trend of adding a systematic oral history component to its institutional history holdings in the university archives. Over seventy-five interviews with nearly fifty former administrators, faculty, staff, and students give alumni, students, and researchers a windows into the recent past of Vanderbilt University, and serve to publicize the rich heritage of the institution to the community and potential students, as well. Many of the key persons involved in the life of our university since World War II have been available and willing to participate in building an oral history holdings in the archives. The knowledge, perspective, and experience of these men and women has been captured and preserved for future generations of the Vanderbilt University family via archived tapes and transcripts. This Internet Web site supports these interviews, enabling alumni, researchers, and others to use Vanderbilt's oral history holdings from remote locations.

Access Copy Note: Most interviews have transcripts but a few have only audio recordings. Only those with signed release forms are available for public research.

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: approximately 3 linear feet

Language: English

Interviewees: Robert McGaw, Russell Hamilton, Beverly Asbury, John Hall, Paul Conkin, Ernest Campbell, Billy Bryant

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


African Americans--Civil rights--Tennessee
African Americans--Education (Higher)
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
College integration
College students
College teachers
Lawson, James M., 1928-
Nashville (Tenn.)
Vanderbilt University


Sound recordings


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