The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Youngstown State University oral history collection
Repository: Youngstown State University. Archives and Special Collections
Collection Description (CRHP): Included in this collection are interviews conducted by Michael Beverly about African American migration to Youngstown between 1940 and 1965, a project called "Depression experience of Blacks," and interviews that discuss the Ku Klux Klan riot in Niles, Ohio, in 1924. Relevant interviews are also interspersed in collections that document the labor history and social life of the region in the mid-twentieth century.
Collection Description (Extant): The Youngstown State University Oral History Collection, begun in 1974, collects and preserves first-person narratives of northeastern Ohioans who have participated in, or closely observed events which have significantly affected both the state and nation. The Oral History Collection houses over two thousand interviews including personal narratives focusing on World War II, Vietnam, Youngstown College (University), Greek, Puerto Rican, Romanian, Russian and Italian culture, industry (steel, pottery, brick, labor relations, coal, and railroads), politics, the Holocaust, and religion.
The Youngstown State University Oral History Program seeks to foster a critical, yet democratic understanding of northeastern Ohio--its history, culture, problems, and prospects. Human beings make sense of their lives in story. Oral history allows us to use those first-person narratives to explore the private dimensions of public careers, add new voices to the historical record, track the creation and recreation of historical memory, and present history to the public in creative new forms. A sense of urgency informs our work, for the stories we preserve in tape and transcript will soon be irretrievably lost.
Access Copy Note: The original recordings of oral history interviews have long been stored at YSU's Center for Historic Preservation (Phelps Building), the home of YSU's Oral History Program. Transcripts are available at the Maag Library. The audio recordings were digitized; both audio and transcripts are/will be accessible via the Maag Library's Oral History Digital Collection site.
Collection URL: http://www.maag.ysu.edu/oralhistory/oral_hist.html
Digital Status: Partial
Extent: audio tapes, PDF transcripts, digital sound files
Related Archival Items: See also videotaped holdings maintained by the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, an affiliate of the Ohio Historical Society and also associated with Youngstown State University.
Interviewees: Leroy Adams, Ethel Adams, Erskine Crenshaw, Ernest Rheins, McCullough Williams Jr., Herbert Armstrong, Reverend Lonnie Simon, Isadore Blakeny, Katherine Bowers, Governor Bowers, Mary Abron, Frankie Halfacre
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American labor union members
African American veterans
African Americans--Social life and customs
Automobile industry and trade
Civil rights--Economic aspects
Discrimination in employment
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--Ohio
Steel industry and trade