The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Indiana University. Center for the Study of History and Memory
400 North Sunrise Drive; Weatherly Hall North, Room 122
Repository URL: http://www.indiana.edu/~cshm/
Repository code: inu
Repository description (CRHP): Several CSHM oral history collections tangentially related to the civil rights movement, including interviews collected for a biography about Indiana legislator John Hurt (ohrc018)
The CSHM also holds 2 transcripts of 1974 interviews with Ralph Abernathy and Hosea Willliams, who reflect on the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his associates (#ohrc020).
Repository description (extant): The Center for the Study of History and Memory began its existence in 1968, when the "Oral History Project" was founded by Oscar O. Winther as an initiative to collect the history of the University itself. The enormous potential of oral history as a research and pedagogical tool was quickly apparent, and the project expanded as other research studies were added to its growing archive. When Professor John Bodnar became the project's director in 1981, he changed the Oral History Project's name to the Oral History Research Center to reflect its broadened scope and its mission to preserve, collect, and interpret 20th-century history through the medium of first-person testimony. The center's mission encompassed archival, pedagogical, and research goals in the field of oral history, with particular emphasis on the history of Indiana and the Midwest.
The center's grant-funded research projects embraced a wide variety of topics available in our Collections list, and the archive of oral history interviews from this research continues to grow. Students, faculty, and the public receive training in the methodology of oral history through workshops and our online guide to "Oral History Interviewing Techniques." The Permission Forms we use for oral history interviews are also available here as models.
In 2002, the Center again expanded its mission to address the growing interdisciplinary field of memory studies, of which oral history is one important facet. The newly organized Center for the Study of History and Memory continues to build upon its work in the field of oral history while broadening the range of its research projects to address the many ways that people remember, represent, and use the past in public and private life. The Center has added a new co-director, Professor Daniel James, Mendel Chair in Latin American History, who brings his international perspective and expertise in collective memory research to the Center's new direction. The Center's most recent activities are described in our Newsletter. A selected list of Resources in oral history and memory studies, including bibliographies and useful websites, are available on this site.
Repository type: University Special Collection
Southern Conference for Human Welfare/Educational Fund
Claude Barnett and the Associated Negro Press
People of Indianapolis
Autobiography: Ernest D. Butler
Port Gibson, Mississippi
Generations of auto workers: Anderson, Indiana 1930-1982
American Foundations oral history project
History: Paoli, Indiana
History of Indiana University
Indiana University oral history archive
Whiting, Indiana: generational memory
History: Pike County, Indiana
History of Indiana
Wartime military experiences
Economic history of Indiana in the twentieth century
Remembering Indiana in the twentieth century