The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Louise Thompson Patterson papers
Repository: Emory University. Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
Collection Description (CRHP): This collection contains numerous interviews with Patterson, mostly detailing her involvement with Harlem Renaissance literary figures. Topics include the Black Liberation Section of the American Communist Party, the Scottsboro case, and the activism of Paul Robeson. Some tapes are copies from oral history projects held at other repositories.
Collection Description (Extant): The audiovisual series contains audiotapes, tape transcriptions, and a small number of videotapes. The audiotapes consist primarily of interviews by various individuals with Louise Thompson Patterson. The largest number pertains to conversations between Patterson and Margaret Wilkerson of the University of California at Berkeley, on topics relating to the Memoirs Project (late 1980s). Of greatest interest are the interviews before the 1990s, when Patterson's memory of people and events was clearest. Some of the tapes have transcriptions, which are arranged chronologically in the tape transcriptions subseries. The videotapes consist of interviews with Patterson, Patterson's 93rd birthday party (1994), and the presentation of the Fannie Lou Hamer Award to Louise Thompson Patterson in 1991.
Digital Status: Partial
Existing IDs: Manuscript Collection No. 869
Finding Aid URL: http://findingaids.library.emory.edu/documents/patterson869/
Interviewees: Louise Thompson Patterson
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American authors
African American women
Civil rights and socialism
Communist Party of the United States of America