The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North Sixth Street
Repository URL: http://www.alplm.org/
Repository description (CRHP): Interviews relevant to black freedom struggles can be found in the following oral history project collections: Family Memories, Veterans Remember, Agriculture in Illinois, and Springfield African-American History Foundation.
Repository description (extant): The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is the premier repository for materials relating to the history of the Prairie State. The Illinois State Historical Library was created in 1889 by the Illinois General Assembly, which charged the new library with collecting and preserving "books, pamphlets, manuscripts, monographs, writings, and other materials of historical interest and useful to the historian, bearing upon the political, religious, or social history of the State of Illinois from the earliest known period of time."
More than a century later the mission is continued at the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. The Library is a public, non-circulating research facility that contains material on all aspects of Illinois' history. Particularly noteworthy are the Library's holdings in published resources, manuscripts, newspapers, audiovisual, and Lincolniana.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is a division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. In addition to the Library, the Agency oversees state and federal preservation programs in Illinois and manages 58 state-owned historic sites and memorials.
[. . .] The Oral History program is dedicated to preserving the stories and memories of Illinois' citizens, not just those of the famous and prominent among us, but of people from all walks of life. Our aim at ALPL is to become the state's premier repository for oral histories, both those created by the Library's own Oral History program, but also those collected by other organizations and then donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
Repository Notes (CRHP): In 2010, three of the ongoing ALPL Oral History projects had been made available via the Oral History Program website: Agriculture in Illinois, Illinois Statecraft, and Veterans Remember. Online launch of additional Oral History projects, including the interviews conducted by the Springfield African-American History Foundation, is projected in coming years.
Repository type: State Archive/Library
Springfield African-American History Foundation interviews
Veterans remember oral history project
Family memories oral history project
Agriculture in Illinois oral history project