The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Remembering Africanamerican Pittsburgh oral history project
Repository: Carnegie-Mellon University. University Libraries. Special Collections
Collection Description (CRHP): The first phase of the project began with a spring 2007 seminar that trained graduate students (from both Carnegie Mellon and other Pittsburgh-area universities) in oral history methodology. We also held a Community Briefing and Reception on March 6, 2007, where we introduced the project and solicited ideas on who we should talk to and what we should ask. Starting in June 2007, after a week-long workshop studying the recent history of African Americans in Pittsburgh, we began contacting people individually to set up interviews. Interviewing will continue through the summer, and as of January 2008, we will have approximately one hundred interviews recorded. We will continue doing rounds of interviews in summer 2008 and summer 2009.
While collecting these oral histories and related primary sources over the next three years, we plan to preserve all this information for future public access. Knit together with the extensive city-wide archival resources on African-American Pittsburgh, these oral histories will form a valuable compendium of collective knowledge to inform both new scholarly analysis and meaningful public programming. We hope that these interviews will become a necessary resource for new and thoughtful scholarship, as well as sensitive and informed public policy.
Collection Description (Extant): The aim is to preserve the spoken memories of Pittsburgh's African American citizens so that the wisdom of their life experiences can resonate for future generations of scholars and citizens.
Collection URL: http://www.hss.cmu.edu/cause/Coralhistory.html
Digital Status: Yes
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights