The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Repository: Akron-Summit County Public Library. Special Collections Division
Collection Description (CRHP): The Wallpaper Project collection includes three videotaped "story circles," including one that pertains to Akron's Howard Street business district. Howard Street was a hub of African American business and culture in the 1940s-1960s prior to urban renewal projects.
Collection Description (Extant): Planning documents, videotapes and CD-ROM pertaining to the Summit County production of the Wallpaper Project, an oral history-base theater production and Ohio Bicentennial project. Sponsored locally by the Akron-Summit County Public Library, the Summit County Historical Society, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association and the University of Akron. Performance took place the weekend of September 26-28, 2003 at the Happy Days Visitors Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Another component of the project was three story circles: group oral history interviews conducted by Wallpaper Project Director, Rachel Barber. Topics pertained to Akron's Wooster Avenue Jewish community, the North Hill Italian community, and the Howard Street business district.
Access Copy Note: Restricted access; materials fragile; access by request at Main Library Special Collections only.
Digital Status: Partial
Existing IDs: 7A 4
Extent: 4 VHS tapes, 2 DVDs, 9 Hi-8 cassettes
Related Archival Items: In this repository, see also Memories of Downtown Oral History Project and Neighborhood History Project.
At The University of Akron, see Cascade Locks Park Association Records, 1990-1992 (includes Mustill Store National Register Nomination, photographic negatives, and oral history interviews).
Interviewees: Deborah Mobley, Harold Jenkins, Janet Purnell, Art Minson, Helen Smith Hill, Edwin Cain, Leona Farris, Faith Robinson, Alice Smith Wheeler Mixon, Evelyn Smith Atchison, Virginia Coleman, Thomas Sistrunk
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American businesspeople