The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
R. Vernon Boyd collection
Repository: Abilene Christian University. Milliken Special Collections and ACU Archives
Collection Description (CRHP): Andrew Clarence Holt and Floyd Rose discuss their involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
Collection Description (Extant): This collection of audiotapes and transcripts focuses on people prominent in the growth and development of African American Churches of Christ, particularly those with connections in Tennessee, Chicago, Illinois, and Detroit, Michigan. The topics covered include family history from the time of slavery, racial issues in the South, memories of the development of African American Churches of Christ, early church services, and issues of segregation both within the Churches of Christ and the community at large. The collection consists of 20 separate files, 12 audio cassettes and 5 audio mini cassettes of interviews. The written files contain summary transcripts of the interviews, notes, and related material about each of the individuals interviewed and also essays by Boyd. Verbatim interviews are available for some of the tapes in the collection. A complete inventory can be found in the collection listing. Many of the individuals interviewed relate stories about two of the most influential evangelists of the early Churches of Christ: Marshall Keeble and G. P. Bowser. Some of the interviewers discuss both the early Christian school at Silver Point, Tennessee and later schools started by G. P. Bowser in Nashville, Little Rock, and Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas. The files are arranged in alphabetical order. All of the written material has been photocopied onto bond paper and copies have been made of the audiocassettes.
Existing IDs: 2009.11
Finding Aid: Finding Aid available at repository.
Interviewees: Andrew Clarence Holt, Floyd Rose
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American churches