The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
FHS oral history interview collection
Repository: Forest History Society
Collection Description (CRHP): Beverly C. Holmes, Clara Johnson, and Inman Fowler "Cap" Eldredge discuss civil rights training programs, African American labor and the role of women and minorities in the U.S. Forest Service.
Collection Description (Extant): The Society's Oral History Interview Collection includes more than 250 oral history interviews (OHIs) conducted with individuals involved with the management and use of forests and their related resources. The sound recordings are in various analog formats, including reel-to-reel recordings, stenorette tape recordings, and cassette recordings. Most interviews have at least rough transcriptions in typescript format. Electronic transcriptions for more recently conducted interviews are available for research in the Society's library, and some are accessible through our web site from links in our Annotated Guide to the FHS Oral History Collection.
Subjects discussed in our oral history interviews broadly pertain to the history of human interaction with the forested environment. Many people interviewed by the Society in the 1940s and 1950s were veterans of the forest products industry whose first-hand accounts of momentous events document critical policy changes that occurred within the industry in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. As the boundaries of the field of forest history broadened in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s to include the associated fields of conservation and environmental history, the Society's OHI mission expanded to include projects that recorded the reminiscences of forestry educators and researchers, conservationists, and employees of American government agencies charged with managing natural resources. Many interviews conducted over the last couple of decades relate the contentious political atmosphere experienced by women who held relatively high positions of leadership within the United States Forest Service (USFS) or describe the administrative challenges endured by former chiefs of the USFS and administrators of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Access Copy Note: Some transcripts are available as PDFs on the website.
Collection URL: http://www.foresthistory.org/Research/ohiguide.html
Digital Status: Yes
Extent: Ca. 250 interviews; reel-to-reel recordings, stenorette tape recordings, and cassette recordings
Interviewees: Beverly C. Holmes, Clara Johnson, Inman Fowler "Cap" Eldredge
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American women--Employment