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Alabama Community Scholars Institute interviews

Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History

Collection Description (CRHP): Interviewees include Theresa Burroughs, a prominent civil rights leader in rural Alabama who also heads the Safe House Black History Museum in Marion, Alabama.

Collection Description (Extant): The Alabama Community Scholars Institute (ACSI) was started in 2004 by the Alabama Folklife Association (AFA) to teach amateur folklorists how to conduct fieldwork by interviewing folk artists in a given area. The AFA sponsors the institute every two years in a different location in Alabama. The 2004 ACSI was held in two locations during its two-week run, first in Marion, Ala. and then in Livingston, Ala. The interviews were conducted in Sumter, Greene, Tuscaloosa, and Pickens Counties and were known as the "Black Belt Project." In Alabama, the Black Belt, part of a larger region in the southeastern United States that reaches from Texas to Virginia, is comprised of nineteen counties and is characteristically the poorest region in the state. Agriculture is predominant over industrial development, and many traditions passed down over the years reflect this. The population is predominantly African American.

This collection is composed of oral history interviews conducted by the community scholars on July 21, 2004. Topics covered include homemade ice cream, blacksmithing, basket making, civil rights, blues music, making fig preserves, and Mennonite religious practices. The interviews are in various formats: cassette, MiniDV, audio CD, and Sony Mini-Disc. Supporting materials include field notes, release forms, photos (analog and digital formats, both on CD-R and 3.5" floppy), one flyer, and one cookbook. Some of the folders are incomplete; the community scholars were to have sent in additional materials to the Alabama Folklife Association, but many never did.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 2004

Existing IDs: LPR232

Extent: .7 cubic ft. (1 archives box, 1 book box)

Language: English

Interviewees: Theresa Burroughs

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


African American women civil rights workers--Alabama
Civil rights demonstrations--Alabama
Historical museums


Sound recordings


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