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Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters interviews

Repository: Chicago History Museum. Research Center

Collection Description (Extant): Interviews with present and former officials and members of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters or of its International Ladies Auxiliary, conducted by Greg Leroy as Audio recordings of BSCP members interviewed by Greg Leroy, 1976-1983. The tapes are 60 minutes in length. Interviews made prior to 1980 were recorded on a single-track cassette recorder. Tapes made in 1980 and after we recorded with a two-track stereo recorder. Two interviews (including the one with A. Philip Randolph) contain static or radio interference. The remainder are of good quality. The interviews took place in Chicago or aboard Chicago-based trains. They are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the person or persons interviewed.

Origin Info: Many of these interviews were conducted with the support of a Youthgrant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Access Copy Note: Original copies are not accessible to patrons, but listening copies may be requested and already exist for many of these interviews.

Date(s): 1976-1983

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: Sound L

Extent: ca. 40 sound cassettes (60 min.).

Finding Aid URL: http://chsmedia.org/media/fa/fa/M-B/BSCPLeroy-cl.htm External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Papers of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters are also held by this repository.

More generally, Chicago's Roosevelt University holds (digitized) transcripts of oral history interviews with Illinois labor movement leaders as part of the "Oral History Project in Labor History"; see http://www2.roosevelt.edu/library/oralhistory/oralhistory.htm.

Interviewees: Lester Amack, Roosevelt Barnes, C. N. Batie, Eileen Brewer, Hubert Brown, B. F. Cannon, Walter Cole, Roland Crowder, Ulus Crowder, Robert Dean, Ishmael Flory, John Green, Essie Gilland, Fred Harris, Pauline Helm, Bert Jones, Fred Kroll, Charles R. Martin, James A. Martin, B. F. McLaurin, Horace Mealing, Carl J. Morris, Leroy Parchman, A. Philip Randolph, Joseph Rauch, L. J. Shackelford, Clifford Stafford, Rex Stuart, Mike Tamaka, Rosina Tucker, Linda Wagner, Mr. Waterford, Elizabeth Webster, Milton P. Webster

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

Subjects:

African American labor union members
African Americans--Illinois
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
Pullman Company
Pullman porters
Railroads
Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889-1979

Genres:

Interviews
Sound recordings

 

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