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Hatch-Billops oral history collection of black culture

Repository: City College of New York. Morris Raphael Cohen Library. Archives and Special Collections

Collection Description (Extant): Audiotapes of interviews conducted mainly between 1970 and 1974 with African-American actors, actresses and artists as well as with a few African-American historians, sociologists, educators and political scientists. A numbers of the interviews were conducted by James V. Hatch or Camille Billops but other interviewers across the country were employed. Collection includes audiotapes of 221 interviews with typed abstracts for 68. Also included are 12 abstracts without audiotapes.

James Vernon Hatch, playwright, poet and Professor of English at City College of the City University of New York, joined the English Department in 1965. Between 1968 and 1974 he conducted an oral history project in collaboration with Camille Billops which documented the work and opinions of Afro-American visual and theater artists and, to a lesser extent, Afro-Americans working as historians, sociologists and political scientists. Hatch is the author or editor or several books about black writers and artists and has edited several anthologies of their work; he has also written plays and created documentary films.

Access Copy Note: Copies of most of the interviews are also at the Camille Billops and James V. Hatch archives at Emory University. Those listed here are not a part of that collection.

Date(s): 1965-1974

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: 5-2-5/V11.1

Extent: 291 ca. audiotapes
1 box
11.5 linear feet

Finding Aid: Finding aid available at repository. Individual catalog records for some interviews are also available in the online catalog.

Language: English

Interviewees: Leonard De Paur, Micki Grant, Samella Lewis, Betye Saar, Edgar White, Charles White

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


African American actors
African American artists
African Americans--New York (State)


Sound recordings


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