The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
[Oral history project on history of Charleston, West Virginia]
Repository: Kanawha County Public Library. Main Library. Archives
Collection Description (CRHP): An oral history project on the history of Charleston was done in 1970; prominent people in the city were interviewed. At least three African Americans were interviewed: Price Williams, Ruth Stevenson Norman, and Fannie Cobb Carter. The interview of Ms. Carter in particular is a valuable source of information. Born in 1872, she crossed paths with Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois and worked for famed black leader Nannie Burroughs at her all-girls school in Washington D.C. The oral history focuses on education and the pre-1950 period but she offers a few observations on integration and African Americans breaking racial barriers. She also addresses the women's club movement, and African Americans pressing for state funding for education in the Jim Crow era. Price Williams taught in public schools throughout the country. A native of Charleston, he knew Adam Clayton Powell and other famous personalities. Ruth Stevenson Norman was a lifelong resident of Charleston and the youngest black teacher with a degree in Kanawha County.
Access Copy Note: The oral history of Ms. Carter is digitized. Catalog records for individual interviews are available.
Digital Status: Partial
Extent: 14 sound cassettes
Interviewees: Price Williams, Ruth Stevenson Norman, Fannie Cobb Carter
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American educators--West Virginia
African Americans--Civil rights--West Virginia
African Americans--Education--West Virginia
African Americans--West Virginia
Burroughs, Nannie Helen, 1879-
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915