The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
[Dockum Drugstore Sit-in interviews]
Repository: Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Collection Description (CRHP): Dr. Gretchen Eick (Friends University) worked with project director Susan Miner to interview people who participated in the Dockum Drugstore Sit-in in 1958, the first successful sit-in at a whites-only lunch counter.
The interviews were videotaped, and the tapes were incorporated into an award-winning hour-long program for KPTS called "The Dockum sit-in: A legacy of courage" (Wichita, KS: Kansas Public Telecommunications Service [KPTS], 2009. 1 DVD, 58 min.) The documentary incorporates firsthand accounts from the sit-in participants, Kansas historians, and local civil rights advocates.
The videotapes were also used the create the History Museum's exhibit "Standing Up By Sitting-In: The Dockum Sit-in of 1958."
All of the unedited videotapes were copied and supplied to the Ablah Library, Wichita State University; the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka; Howard University; the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York; Special Collections at the University of Kansas Spencer Research Library; the Kansas African American Museum; and the Smithsonian Institution. In 2010, the collection remained largely unprocessed at these institutions.
Digital Status: No
Interviewees: Prentice Lewis, Peggy Hatcher Wesley, Arlene Harris Ruffin, Galyn Vesey, Karen Phillips Ware, Lequetta Glass Diggs, Robert Newby, Carol Parks Hahn, Ronald Walters, Joan Smith Williams, Kevin Myles
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Title (CRHP): Dockum Drugstore Sit-in interviews
African Americans--Civil rights--Kansas
Civil rights demonstrations--Kansas--Wichita