The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Virginia Foster Durr oral history and personal reminiscences collection
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Collection Description (Extant): This oral history collection contains interviews conducted by Virginia Durr with prominent Alabamians involved in the civil rights movement and organizations focusing on social change.
The collection includes interviews with Olive Andrews, Gould and Mary Beech, the Reverend Murray Branch, Johnnie R. Carr, Caroline Clark, Jackie Elmore, Jack and Fafar Guillebeaux, Henrietta MacGuire, Dorothy Moore, Annie May Paulk Turner, Dr. Andrew S. Turnipseed, and Zecozy Williams. There are also written personal reminiscences of Rev. Calvin Chesnutt and those of Marjorie L. Smith concerning the Rev. Thomas K. Thrasher.
There are a wide variety of subjects discussed including organizations and programs, such as Church Women United, the Montgomery Improvement Association, the League of Women Voters, and Head Start, as well as the operation of the newspaper, the Southern Farmer. Other topics discussed include the impact of racism, the Selma to Montgomery March, voter registration, and school integration. Of interest are the interviews and essays concerning the efforts of Methodist and Episcopal ministers and church members who supported integration and the opposition they faced. Also noteworthy is the Jack and Fafar Guillebeaux interview regarding their interracial marriage (he is African American and she is Iranian) and raising children.
Collection URL: http://188.8.131.52:81/vwebv/holdingsInfo?searchId=561&recCount=10&recPointer=3&bibId=8148
Digital Status: Unknown
Existing IDs: SPR522; audio cassettes: AC56 - AC73
Extent: 8 folders and 18 audio cassette tapes
Related Archival Items: This repository also holds an oral history interview of Virginia Foster Durr's husband, Clifford, in the Clifford J. Durr papers. This repository also holds the Virginia Foster Durr papers.
Interviewees: Olive Andrews, Gould Beech, Mary Beech, Rev. Murray Branch, Johnnie R. Carr, Caroline Clark, Jackie Elmore, Jack Guillebeaux, Fafar Guillebeaux, Henrietta MacGuire, Dorothy Moore, Annie May Paulk Turner, Dr. Andrew S. Turnipseed, Zecozy Williams, Rev. Calvin Chesnutt, Marjorie L. Smith
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Civil rights workers--Alabama
Head Start Program (U.S.)
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
Montgomery Improvement Association
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Dept. of United Church Women
Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965 : Selma, Ala.)