The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Robert and Vicki Gabriner papers
Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives
Collection Description (Extant): Papers primarily concerning the Gabriners' work with the Fayette County, Tennessee, voter registration and education project, including correspondence with friends and family in the North, newsclippings, a diary, and tape-recorded interviews with the Gabriners.
The tape recordings contain 1966 interviews by Nick Fisher with Vicki and Bob, and recount Vicki's involvement in civil rights work in Tennessee, her relationship with the blacks she lived and worked with and recruited, the effect of her work, and opposition encountered. Other topics discussed by Vicki were her 1963 return to Madison from the South, her desire to continue civil rights work, criticism of SNCC by others, and her views of education and graduate school. Two tapes of Fisher's interview with Bob Gabriner include a discussion of his first activist experience at Cornell University, the reactions of family and friends to his civil rights work, his work as community organizer and teacher in Fayette County and with the West Tennessee Organizing Project, problems he encountered doing such work, his relationship with those who worked with him, his views regarding politics in the North and in Vietnam, and his plans for the future.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: RLIN: WIHVG20-A; call number SC 1203; Tape 840A
Extent: 0.1 c.f. (2 folders); 4 tape recordings
Finding Aid URL: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-tape00840a
Related Archival Items: The Wisconsin Historical Society also holds the papers of the West Tennessee Voters Project (Records, 1964-1966). See also the Charles A. and Roena L. Haynie papers, 1963-1965 and the Robert S. Gabriner Papers, 1967-1978.
Interviewees: Robert Gabriner, Vicki Gabriner
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Civil rights workers
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)