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Oral history interviews

Repository: University of Minnesota. University Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): Interviewees discuss a range of topics related to civil rights on the University of Minnesota campus.

Collection Description (Extant): In the 1980s, Professor of History Clarke Chambers and University President Nils Hasselmo discussed the need for a history of the university that would cover the latter half of the 20th century, picking up where James Gray's centennial history, "The University of Minnesota, 1851-1951" (University of Minnesota Press, 1951) left off. In support of this effort, Chambers embarked on an oral history project to capture perspectives of leading faculty members, administrators, and others who had played key roles in the University's recent history. By 1998 Chambers had conducted over 125 oral history interviews. In 1998 and 1999, Ann Pflaum, then Associate Dean of the University College, conducted additional interviews. Pflaum and Chambers arranged to deposit edited interview transcripts in the University Archives where they could be publicly accessible. The interviews served as core source materials for "The University of Minnesota, 1945-2000", (University of Minnesota Press, 2001), co-authored by Pflaum and historian Stanford Lehmberg. Source: introduction, The University of Minnesota 1945-2000.

Access Copy Note: Transcripts are online at the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy ( and are full-text searchable.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1980s-1999

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 182 interviews, transcripts

Language: English

Related Archival Items: See "Department of African and African American Studies Records, 1950s-2001" (uarc 1141). Finding aid attached as an upload.

See collections in the University of Minnesota Social Welfare History Archives and the University of Minnesota Upper Midwest Jewish Archives; some interviews treat the civil rights movement in passing.

The University of Minnesota Kautz Family YMCA Archives has an impressive collection of materials about African American involvement in YMCAs across the country; see for descriptions and finding aids.

Interviewees: Patricia Mullen, Susan Lantendresse, Stacye Ballard, Josie Johnson, Conrad Jones, Gayle Graham Yates, Matthew Stark, Gladys Brooks, Zev Aelony, John Wright, Geneva Southall, Anne Truax

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


Affirmative action programs
African American athletes
African American college students--Minnesota
Black studies
Civil rights movements--Minnesota
College integration
Koinonia Farm
Student movements
University of Minnesota
YMCA of the USA




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