The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Omaha Public Library. W. Dale Clark Main Library
215 S. 15th St.
Repository URL: http://www.omahapubliclibrary.org/
Repository code: nbo
Repository description (CRHP): The Omaha Public Library has 12 branches; the Charles B. Washington branch was named after a local African-American civil rights activist and has an archive of scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, plaques, etc. relating to Washington's life and activities, but no recorded materials. The main library (W. Dale Clark branch) holds several videotaped (and transcribed) interviews with prominent African Americans, including Mildred Brown, civil rights activist and founder of the Omaha Star, a Black newspaper.
Repository description (extant): Omaha Public Library is a nationally recognized public library known for its innovative programs, excellent staff and visionary community leadership.
Repository Notes (CRHP): Resources that incorporate oral testimony of Omaha residents include /Omaha Since World War II: The Changing Face of the City/ (a 2003 DVD that includes footage on the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, and interviews with Omaha residents including Jean Holland, wife of Denny Holland, the founder of the DePorres Club, which was a pioneering organization in the civil rights movement in Omaha, formed in 1947 by a group of African American high-school students and white college students). In addition, the 1994 documentary /Street of Dreams/ is a look back at the cultural and social history of North 24th Street in Omaha, the nucleus of the African-American community. More details about these documentaries (and about holdings of the Omaha Public Library that are duplicated elsewhere) are available in the attached Excel spreadsheet prepared by librarian Martha Grenzeback.
Repository type: Public Library