The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
James P. O'Brien interviews
Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives
Collection Description (Extant): Tape-recorded interviews conducted by O'Brien as research for his doctoral dissertation, "The Development of a New Left in the United States, 1960-1965" (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1971). Among the topics discussed were political activism on campuses during the early 1960s, the Student Peace Union, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and civil rights and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: WIHVO260-A; Tape 873A; Mss 653
Extent: 46 tape recordings; 2.5 c.f. of additions
Finding Aid URL: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-tape00873a
Related Archival Items: At the Wisconsin Historical Society, see also Robb Burlage Papers, 1956-1973 (Mss 359). These are the collected papers of a civil rights activist, member of Students for a Democratic Society, and resident fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C., primarily relating to his involvement with various projects in Appalachia for IPS, Students for a Democratic Society, and civil rights. Also included is correspondence with Rennie Davis, Dick and Mickey Flacks, Todd Gitlin, Nanci Hollander, and the Highlander Research and Education Center; research notes; and drafts of his articles, books, and book reviews. 35 photographs are also included in this collection; a finding aid is available at http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mss00359. The Burlage Papers contain no interview material.
The WHS also holds other non-interview material pertaining to Students for a Democratic Society, including /We got to live here,/ a 16mm film that depicts a community-organizing effort in a Black neighborhood in Newark, N.J. (CB 143). See attached catalog record.
Interviewees: Pamela P. Allen, Robert L. Allen, Philip G. Altbach, Heather Tobias Booth, Paul Breines, George Brosi, Paul Buhle, Robb K. Burlage, Kenneth R. Calkins, Terence Cannon, David Eakins, Karen Bigelow Faler, Paul G. Faler, Larry Faulkner, Richard Flacks, Eric Foner, Joel S. Geier, Dan Georgakas, James B. Gilbert, Joe Griffith, James Hawley, Frederick W. Heinze, Steven H. Johnson, L. Jesse Lemisch, Arthur MacEwen, David McReynolds, Michael Meeropol, Michael J. Miller, Brian L. Peterson, Paul Richards, James Russell, Joel Shufro, Eugene Dennis Vrana, Jack Weinberg, David Wellman, Peter Wiley
Rights (Extant): Restricted: Eight of the interviews require permission of the interviewee for either access or quotation.
Civil rights workers
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)