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The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories

Civil Rights History Project collection

Repository: Library of Congress. American Folklife Center

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection is in process and more interviews will be acquired.

Collection Description (Extant): On May 12, 2009, the U. S. Congress authorized a national initiative by passing The Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-19). The law directs the Library of Congress (LOC) and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to conduct a survey of existing oral history collections with relevance to the Civil Rights movement, and to record new interviews with people who participated in the movement.

Fifty-six filmed oral history interviews with various participants in the civil rights movement in the United States and related documentation, created by the National Museum of African History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, 2010-2012. Six interviews were conducted by Patricia Sullivan, Julian Bond, Dwandalyn Reece, Taylor Branch, and LaFleur Paysour in 2010. Forty-nine interviews were conducted by Joseph Mosnier of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Southern Oral History Program, and filmed by John M. Bishop. One interview was conducted by Joseph Mosnier and Kieran Walsh Taylor.

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Date(s): 2010-2012

Digital Status: Yes

Existing IDs: AFC 2010/039

Extent: 847 items (video files, digital photographs, transcripts)
oral histories (110 interviews) 711 video files (HD, Apple ProRes 4:2:2 HQ): color, sound.
108 transcripts.
13 photographs : color, digital files (JPEG)

Finding Aid URL:

Language: English

Interviewees: Donzaleigh Abernathy, Juandalynn Abernathy, Rev. Dr. Ralph D. Abernathy, III, David M. Ackerman, Satoko Ito Ackerman, Fletcher Anderson, Cynthia Baker Anderson, William G. Anderson, Anne Pearl Avery, D'Army Bailey, Emmett W. Bassett, Priscilla Bassett, Dr. Scott Bates, Geraldine Crawford Bennett, Rev. Harry Blake, Simeon Booker, Toni Breaux, Louise Broadway, Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown, Robert J. Brown, Clifford Browner, Jr., Walter Bruce, Julia Matilda Burns, Carol Cummings Burras, Ben Caldwell, Candie Carawan, Guy Carawan, John P. Carlos, Robert L. Carter, John Elliott Churchville, Robert George Clark, Kathleen Cleaver, Barbara Maria Collins, Purcell Maurice Conway, Courtland Cox, Dorothy F. Cotton, Linda Fuller Degelmann, Doris Adelaide Derby, Aaron Floyd Dixon, Elmer Dixon, Samuel Dove, John Dudley, Gwendolyn Annette Duncan, Ernest A. (Ernest Adolphus) Finney, Thomas Walter Gaither, Dr. H. Jack Geiger, Virginia Simms George, Myrtle Gonza Glascoe, Jack Greenberg, Gloria Collins Grinnell, Lawrence Guyot, Audrey Nell Hamilton, Robert Bagner Hayling, Rosie Head, Charles Ray Hicks, Darryl Robertson Hicks, Gregory Vincent Hicks, Robert Lawrence Hicks, Valeria Payton Hicks, Marilyn Luper Hildreth, Oliver W. Hill, Jr., Emma Kate Holloway, Lucius Holloway, Sr., Evans D. Hopkins, Freeman A. Hrabowski, Phil Hutchings, Gertrude Newsome Jackson, Charles Jarmon, Mary Frances Jenkins, Willie Elliot Jenkins, Clarence B. Jones, James Oscar Jones, Jamila Jones, Mary A. Jones, Lonnie C. King, Dorie Ladner, Joyce A. Ladner, William M. Lawrence, Willy S. Leventhal, Joseph E. Lowery, William “Bill” Lucy, Calvin Luper, Clara Luper, Sam Mahone, Cecilia Suyat Marshall, Robert McClary, Johnnie Ruth McCullar, Charles McDew, Samuel Berry McKinney, Steven McNichols, Grace Hall Miller, Alfred Moldovan, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Moses J. Newson, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Wheeler Parker, Gwendolyn M. Patton, Matthew J. Perry, Arthur Pulley, Bernice Cosey Pulley, Gloria Richardson, Jean Voelker Rosenberg, John Rosenberg, Mildred Bond Roxborough, William “Bill” Russell, Ruby Sales, William Saunders, Pete Seeger, Charles Sherrod, Shirley Sherrod, Charles Siler, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Euvester Simpson, Anne Buxton Sobol, Richard B. Sobol, Eleanor Stewart, William Strickland, Frances Suggs, Harold Suggs, Esther M. A. Terry, Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, Kay Tillow, Walter Tillow, Lisa Anderson Todd, Rick Tuttle, JoeAnn Anderson Ulmer, Barbara Edna Vickers, C. T. Vivian, Mildred Pitts Walter, Cecil J. Williams, Junius W. Williams, Simeon Wright, Carrie Lamar Young, Sam Young, Jr., Luis Zapata

Rights (Extant): Duplication of the collection materials may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.


African American athletes
African American civil rights workers
African American journalists
African American labor leaders
African American lawyers
Albany Movement (Albany, Ga.)
Civil rights demonstrations--Louisiana
Civil rights demonstrations--Oklahoma
Civil rights demonstrations--South Carolina--Orangeburg
Civil rights demonstrations--South Carolina--Rock Hill
Civil rights movements--Arkansas
Civil rights movements--United States--Songs and music
Congress of Racial Equality
Deacons for Defense and Justice
Free Southern Theater
Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.)
Medical Committee for Human Rights (U.S.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965 : Selma, Ala.)
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Till, Emmett, 1941-1955




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