The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Douglass Branch Library oral histories
Repository: Champaign Public Library. Douglass Branch Library
Collection Description (CRHP): An oral history program originated in 1978 to collect histories from community residents (primarily African Americans). From the "Directory of Illinois Oral History Resources" (1981): "Topics include traditions and lifestyles of Black residents, migration patterns from the South, businesses operated by Blacks."
Also known as "Oral History of Champaign-Urbana Black Community."
Collection Description (Extant): Oral histories recorded at the Douglass Annex in Champaign, Ill., between 1979-1985.
Digital Status: Yes
Existing IDs: R 977.366 Dou
Extent: 50 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees: Sandy Jordan, Beulah Townsend, William Miller, Bruce Nesbitt, Rev. Raymond Williamson, Ernest Hite, George C. Pope, Mattie Tinsley, Theotto "Major" Bowles, Paul Hursey, Alvin Griggs, Charlotte Nesbitt, Albert Shelton, Burnell Turner, Rev. A. C. Wright, Miss Mildred Allen, Rev. Thomas Gaskins, Rosetta Gray, Sara Scott, Katheryn E. Jones, Paul Hursey, Jacqueline R. Matthews, Henry Mears, John R. White, Ruth Beatrice Woodruff Hines, Eliza Bridges, Vennie Britt, Luvata Bowles, Kathryn B. Humphrey, Les Damison, Mary Lynn, Ohron Houston Clark, H. Octavia Cole, Charles Young, Charles W. Smith, Janet Waller, Loretha Harmen, Rev. William Donaldson, Estelle Merrifield, Raymond Eugene Suggs, Sarah Scott, Charlotte Nesbitt, Mildred Ransom, Mattie Tinsley, O. Henry Mears, Millard C. Gray, Brightwell, Sally Hunter, Les Damison, Vernon Barkstall, Leonard Benton, Harold Combs, James Buckley, Neppie Donaldson
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American clergy--Illinois
African Americans--Social conditions