The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
[Oral history interviews]
Repository: Detroit Public Library. Special Collections
Collection Description (CRHP): The Detroit Public Library holds oral histories conducted with individuals that address African American life, challenges, and achievements in Detroit and Michigan more generally. They include interviews with the first African American secretary of state in Michigan, a member of the National Black Republican Council, an owner of the Detroit Tribune, artists and educators, veterans, federal judges, firefighters, and auto industry workers. Interviewees discuss topics that include segregation, teaching in Alabama, efforts to integrate housing in Detroit, Black Arts initiatives, and United Auto Workers activities.
Tapes exist for interviews with Richard H. Austin, Albert J. Dunmore, Lillian Hatcher, Minnie McGhee, Gladys Pelham Roscoe, and Marcena Taylor.
Extent: 13 audio cassettes; transcripts
Related Archival Items: See also "Oral history of African American Health Care 1940-1969," a DPL collection that focuses on the segregated health care system. Contact an archivist at the Burton Historical Collection for more information.
Interviewees: Richard H. Austin, Albert J. Dunmore, Lillian Hatcher, Minnie McGhee, Gladys Pelham Roscoe, and Marcena Taylor, Hilda Vest, Anne Dora Roberson Russell, Julian Abele Cook, Jr., Leroy Mitchell Jr., Telitha Cumi Bowens, Ulysses W. Boykin, Nellie Huger Ebersole
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American arts
African American educators--Michigan
African American labor union members
African American politicians--Michigan
African American press
African American veterans
Automobile industry and trade
Black Arts movement
Discrimination in housing