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Duke University. Special Collections Library

Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, 103 Perkins Library, Duke University
Durham, North Carolina 27708

Email: special-collections@duke.edu

Fax: 919-660-5934

Phone: 919-660-5822

Repository URL: http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/ External Link

Repository code: ncd

Repository description (CRHP): Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library houses several oral history collections that relate to civil rights including the Duke University Oral History Program Collection, the William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection, the Behind the Veil Oral History Project, and the Allen Building Takeover Collection

Repository description (extant): The Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University preserves such documentation and promotes its use. While the library's holdings are developed in relation to instructional and research interests in the University, they are available for use by visiting scholars and the general public as well as Duke faculty and students. The library's collections range from ancient papyri to the records of modern advertising. They number more than 200,000 printed volumes and more than 11,500,000 items in manuscript and archival collections. They support research in a wide variety of disciplines and programs, including African-American studies, anthropology, classics, economics, history, literature, political science, religion, sociology, and women's studies.

Repository Notes (CRHP): Duke University Oral History Program Collection, 238 oral history interviews conducted by project participants in the years 1973-1978 and 1992. The majority of which deal with the civil rights movement in North Carolina, especially Durham, Chapel Hill, and Greensboro. Also The William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection spans the years 1933 through 1978, with most of the materials dated between 1972 and 1978. The collection consists mainly of oral history interview tapes and transcripts, but also includes interview notes and research files related to Chafe's book Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom. Duke University's Lyndhurst Center for Documentary Studies in 1990, launched the Behind the Veil project which sought to record and preserve the living memory of African-American life during the age of legal segregation in the American South, from the 1890s to the 1950s.The Allen Building Takeover Collection contains announcements, flyers, publications, correspondence, handouts, reports, transcripts, ephemera, clippings, a bibliography, WDBS radio broadcasts, oral histories, and photographs documenting Black Culture Week (Feb. 4-12, 1969), the Allen Building Takeover (Feb. 13, 1969), student demands, statements by Provost Marcus Hobbs and by Duke President Douglas Knight, student convocations and demonstrations both in support of and against the Takeover, and later events on the Duke campus and in Durham, N.C.

Repository type: University Special Collection

Collections:

William Henry Chafe oral history collection
Duke University oral history program collection
Allen Building takeover collection
Behind the veil: Documenting African-American life in the Jim Crow South records
Jonathan Leiss papers

 

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