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Lawrence/Douglas County (Kansas) African American oral history interviews

Repository: University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Kansas Collection

Collection Description (CRHP): Oral history interviews with African Americans in Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas. Twenty-three were gathered in 1977 (see Elwell note, below); others were recorded/transcribed in 2003-2004 by the Lawrence-Douglas County African American Oral History Project (LDCAAOHP; project leader: Alice Fowler) as part of the Lawrence Sesquicentennial Celebration. Ten more interviews (conducted by the LDCAAOHP; project leader Leonard Monroe) were created for the Lawrence St Luke AME Church centennial in partnership with the Second Century Fund (a unit of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance) and the Lawrence Public Library. The project was funded by the Kansas Humanities Council. In 2005 a grant from Capitol Federal Foundation funded additional interviews with members of the Promoters (an all-black Lawrence basketball team, 1920s-1950s). The original tapes are housed at the Spencer Library, University of Kansas.

Access Copy Note: Transcripts of many interviews, along with photos and short biographies of interviewees, are available at a website hosted by the Lawrence Public Library (see collection URL).

Not all of the interviews in these collections have adequate permissions forms, so some of the original tapes are not accessible to the public.

Collection URL: http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/oralhistory/index.html External Link

Date(s): 1977-2005

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 44 interviews

Language: English

Interviewees: Karen Marie Byers, Martha Chieks, May Hampton, Dorothy Harvey, Thomas Hill, Robert Jones, Helen Kimball, Leslie Kimball, Minnie Kimball, Laurenia Elynor Kiser, Virgil Lee, Alice Clark McClanahan, Herbert Mitchell, Willie Ophelia Mitchell, Ethel Moore, Harvey Nelson, Kenneth Newman, Ora Newman, Danny Mae Reeves, Albert Delaney Salisbury, John Wesley Shepard, Rev. Wesley Sims, Sr., Danny Mae Hill Standfield

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

Subjects:

African American athletes
African American churches--Kansas
African American nurses
African American veterans
African Americans--Civil rights--Kansas
Kansas--Race relations
Race discrimination--Kansas
Segregation in education--Kansas

Genres:

Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings
Transcripts
Videorecordings

 

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