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William Henry Chafe oral history collection

Repository: Duke University. Special Collections Library

Collection Description (CRHP): The interview tapes and transcripts (1972-1978, undated), which comprise the bulk of the collection, include interviews with government officials, participants in the North Carolina civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and opponents of the movement, including members of the Ku Klux Klan. The few research files in the collection include statistical data related to Greensboro elections (1930s-1950s), notes from the Joan Bluethenthal papers and a report by the North Carolina State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights on civil disturbances at Dudley High School and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1969.

The Audiotapes Series consists of two identical sets (one for preservation, one for use by researchers) of twenty-eight tapes containing oral history interviews. The Printed Material Series includes transcripts and/or notes on 67 oral history interviews, and three research files related to the civil rights movement and local politics in Greensboro.

Collection Description (Extant): The William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection spans the years 1933 through 1978, with most of the materials dated between 1972 and 1978. The collection consists mainly of oral history interview tapes and transcripts, but also includes interview notes and research files related to Chafe's book Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom. The work chronicles the continuing conflict over desegregation in Greensboro in the 1950s and 1960s. Chafe explores the "progressive mystique" that defined the terms of culturally-sanctioned behavior, looking at how civility served to preserve the South's racial order. Within this context, he discusses the city's reaction to the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the Greensboro sit-in movement begun by four college students at North Carolina A&T College in 1960, and the emergence of the Black Power movement in the late 1960s.

Access Copy Note: The William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection has been restricted due to the absence of release forms transferring intellectual property rights from interviewees or interviewers to researchers using this collection. Researchers are cautioned that the publication of information contained in these interviews may violate the legal rights of interviewees or interviewers. It is the sole responsibility of researchers to secure permission from interviewees or interviewers to publish quotes from either, and to ensure that information gained from research in this collection is not used in any way that violates rights remaining with interviewees, interviewers or their heirs.
Patrons who wish to use this collection must sign a restricted materials research agreement, which may be obtained from any Special Collections reference staff person.
Also, all or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. Consequently, there may be a 24-hour delay in obtaining these materials.
Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Date(s): 1933-1978

Existing IDs: OCLC Number: 32452447

Extent: 28 cassette tapes,

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Carolyn Allen, Tom Bailey, Cecil Bishop, Lewis Brandon, George Breathett, Kay Troxler, Vance Chavis, Jack Elam, Ike English, Robert Ford, John Foster, Otis Hariston, R. E. Hudgkins, W. R. Brown, William Jackson, Walter Johnson, Nelson Johnson, Mrs. David Jones, Joe Knox, Joseph McNeill, Mrs. Franklin Parker, Willa Player, Jim Price, Terry Sanford, Nelson Johnson, David Schenck, Louise Smith, John Taylor, Betsy Taylor, Evelyn Troxler, Mike Weaver, Edward R. Zane, Warren Ashby, Richard Bardolph, Tart Bell, Randolph Blackwell, Mr. and Mrs. Ezell Blair, Joan Bluethenthal, Mrs. Charles Bowles, Lewis Brandon, Sarah Mendenhall Brown, Nell Coley, Eddie Dawson, Charles Davis, Lewis Dowdy, Rev. Ed Edmonds, Dr. George Evans, Waldo Falkeners, Joe Flora, S. N. Ford, John Foster, Plato Gardner, W. A. House, D. E. Hudgins, Eula Hudgins, Hobart Jarrett, John Lewis, R. B. Linck, Al Lineberry, Carolyn Mark, Cleo McCoy, David Morehead, Willa Parker, David Richmond, George Roach, Hal Sieber, Anna Simkins, Dr. & Mrs. George Simpkins, Ben Smith, McNeill Smith, Raymond Smith, William Snider, John Marshall Stephenson Kiliminjaro, Carol Stoneburner, William Thomas, Kay Troxler

Rights (Extant): The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.


African American civil rights workers--North Carolina
Civil rights demonstrations--North Carolina--Greensboro
Civil rights movements--North Carolina
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
North Carolina--Race relations


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