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Allen Building takeover collection

Repository: Duke University. Special Collections Library

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection contains 17 oral history interviews conducted by Don Yannella for his 1985 senior honors thesis, Race Relations at Duke University and the Allen Building Takeover. Additionally it contains 12 cassette recordings of speeches, broadcasts and meetings by WDBS, a student ran radio station.

Collection Description (Extant): On February 13, 1969, Duke University students in the Afro-American Society occupied the the main administration building to bring attention to the needs of black students. This and subsequent events became known as the Allen Building Takeover.
Collection contains announcements, flyers, publications, correspondence, handouts, reports, transcripts, ephemera, clippings, a bibliography, WDBS radio broadcasts, oral histories, and photographs documenting Black Culture Week (Feb. 4-12, 1969), the Allen Building Takeover, student demands, statements by Provost Marcus Hobbs and by Duke President Douglas Knight, student convocations and demonstrations both in support of and against the Takeover, and later events on the Duke campus and in Durham, N.C. In addition, the collection contains clippings and artwork related to remembering the Takeover, including the 2002 Allen Building lock-in. Major subjects include African American students and civil rights demonstrations.

Access Copy Note: Some interviews have both audio cassettes and transcripts; some do not have release statements.

Date(s): 1969-2002

Digital Status: No

Extent: 17 cassette tapes

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Brenda Armstrong, Louis Budd, Clark Cahow, Tom Campbell, Harry DeMilk, Clarence Newsome, Kenneth Pye, Bill Turner, Fred Williams, Janice Williams, William Griffith, John Cell, Samuel Cook, Samuel Hammond, Mary Semans, Alan Kerckhoff, Richard Watson

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


African American college students--North Carolina
Civil rights demonstrations--North Carolina
Duke University
Student movements


Sound recordings


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