The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
UVa oral history collection
Repository: University of Virginia Library. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Collection Description (Extant): Housed in Special Collections, the Oral History collection comprises over 250 individual interviews with persons affiliated in some capacity with The University of Virginia. Administrators, faculty, alumni, staff, faculty wives and children, and businessmen share their stories of life at the university and within the greater community of Charlottesville. These interviews span the entire twentieth century. Many of the interviews were conducted by Charles Moran, Jr., University Historian, as a bicentennial project in the 1970s. The people interviewed share recollections that go back to the early years of the twentieth century and continue to the present.
Origin Info: Many of the interviews were conducted by Charles Moran, Jr., University Historian, as a bicentennial project in the 1970s.
Access Copy Note: Undergraduate students analyzed the interviews to determine topics and to identify time periods, places, organizations, and names. The database is searchable by these categories as well as by a full text search. Researchers can identify areas of interest for further research, and can then listen to the specific section online or on the relevant CD, available at the Robertson Media Center (see database entry on the center). Researchers interested in using the Oral History collection will not find every interview in this database and are advised to consult the full records in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. In many cases, full transcripts are available there, as well as additional interviews that have not been coded. In some cases, the audio quality did not permit the coding, and in others, the content seemed less directly related to university history. Of the thirty-five interviews keyed to the word "desegregation," transcripts are not available online, but most have the entire recording digitized; those that do not have segments digitized. Researchers can also find out more information about individual interviews through accessing individual records in the library's catalogue (Virgo).
Collection URL: http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/small/collections/oralhistory/index.php
Condition Note: The audio quality of some interviews that are not digitized is poor.
Digital Status: Partial
Existing IDs: University Archives: Oral History Records (RG 26-)
Extent: 212 transcripts; 149 digitized soundfiles; audiocassettes; sound discs (CD)
Interviewees: Francis Lankford, James Havens Bash, David Cole Wilson, Frank L. Hereford Jr., Sarah Winn, Robert Canevari, William Elwood, Edgar F. Shannon, Jr., Frederick P. Weber, Larry Sabato, Ralph Cherry, Pauline Buxton, Edward McShane, Robert Trent, Francis Lankford, Colgate Darden, Benjamin F.D. Runk, George Washington Spicer, Magda Rinetti, Francis L. Berkeley, Virginia Haigh, Eugene Paige, Julian Bond, Marvin Perry, James Roebuck, Joseph Smiddy, Alton Taylor, Daniel J. Meador, Jay Lemons, Murat Willis Williams, Jack Dalton
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Bond, Julian, 1940-
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
Civil rights movements--Virginia
School integration--Massive resistance movement
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
University of Virginia