The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Harris-Stowe State University. Archives and Special Collections
3026 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, Missouri
Repository URL: http://www.hssu.edu/sp_index.cfm?wID=20
Repository code: moshs
Repository description (CRHP): Special Collections also holds the Wanda Penny Civil Rights Collection (containing St. Louis CORE materials from 1949-1960, but no interviews; an index is attached as an upload) and the William "Bill" Bailey Civil Rights Collection (including a large number of significant documents, invitations, handbills, correspondence and photographs pertaining to local, regional and national civil rights history from 1955-1990). Civil rights material at Harris-Stowe State University also includes documents in the Frankie M. Freeman Civil Rights Collection. The Wolff Jazz Institute (http://www.hssu.edu/sp_index.cfm?wID=42) has a number of published spoken word recordings.
Repository description (extant): The Harris-Stowe State University Archives aims to organize, index, catalogue and preserve collection artifacts, photographs and papers according to nationally approved standards. At a future date, the collections' indexes will be made available online with finding aids so that greater access for researchers and the public can be achieved. Archivists will continue to solicit additional information and artifacts to supplement the existing collections. Long range plans include establishing a permanent home for the collections that is secure, climate controlled and with appropriate light exposure, and with adequate space to allow for ongoing organizing and preservation as well as provide appropriate access to the collections materials for researchers and the general public. The current collections emphasize events and people active in the St. Louis civil rights movement roughly from 1949 to 2000 but particularly focused on the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s relating primarily to the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.). The collections provide evidence of the many connections between the local and national civil rights struggles. At the present time, access to these collections may be made by appointment only with Harris-Stowe State University archivists.
Repository type: University Special Collection
Congressman William "Bill" Clay Sr. congressional papers
Dr. Gretchen Carter Lockett civil rights collection
Donald Gammon civil rights collection
James Wilkerson and Aaron Hooks interview