Format Film, Video
Contributors Bassett, Emmett W.
Bassett, Priscilla
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Mosnier, Joseph
Dates 2011
Location Grahamsville
New York
United States
Language English
Subjects African American Civil Rights Workers
African American College Teachers
Civil Rights Movements
Filmed Interviews
Interracial Marriage
Interviews
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963 : Washington, D.C.)
New York
Oral Histories
Till Mobley, Mamie
Tuskegee Institute
United States
Title
Emmett W. Bassett and Priscilla Tietjen Bassett oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Grahamsville, New York, 2011-07-21.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Mosnier, Joseph (Interviewer)
Bassett, Emmett W., 1921- (Interviewee)
Bassett, Priscilla, 1928- (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Grahamsville, New York, None 2011, 7
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Tuskegee Institute
-  March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963 : Washington, D.C.)
-  Till-Mobley, Mamie, d. 2003
-  African American college teachers--Interviews
-  African American civil rights workers--New York--Interviews
-  Interracial marriage
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- New York -- Grahamsville
Genre
Interviews
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Summary: Priscilla Tietjen Bassett recalls growing up in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attending Smith College, and Emmett W. Bassett remembers growing up in Henry County, Virginia, serving in World War II, and attending Tuskegee Institute, where he assisted George Washington Carver with research. They tell how they met at a protest of a segregated restaurant in Massachusetts, raising money for Emmett Till's mother, their involvement in many civil rights groups in New York, and attending the March on Washington. They also discuss Emmett's career as a professor of dairy science, Priscilla's career as a librarian, and their struggles as an interracial married couple.
-  Biographical History: Emmett W. Bassett was born in 1921 in Henry County, Virginia, attended Tuskegee Institute, University of Massachusetts, and Ohio State University, and worked as a microbiologist. Priscilla Tietjen Bassett was born in 1928 in Plainfield, New Jersey, attended Smith College and Queens College and worked as a librarian. The Bassetts married in 1950, had three children, and were civil rights activists in New York.
-  Biographical History: Priscilla Tietjen Bassett was born on May 25, 1928 in Plainfield, New Jersey. She married Emmett Bassett in 1950 and had three children, Mitzi, Jonathan and Lydia. She attended Smith College, AB; Queens College, New York, MLS and worked as a librarian.
-  Acquisition Note: The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
-  Existence and Location of Copies: Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  Conditions Governing Access: Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact.
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Medium
10 video files of 10 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (131 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (71 pages)
Call Number
afc2010039_crhp0038_bassett_transcript.docx
afc2010039_crhp0038_mv01.mov
afc2010039_crhp0038_mv02.mov
afc2010039_crhp0038_mv03.mov
afc2010039_crhp0038_mv04.mov
afc2010039_crhp0038_mv05.mov
afc2010039_crhp0038_mv06.mov
afc2010039_crhp0038_mv07.mov
afc2010039_crhp0038_mv08.mov
afc2010039_crhp0038_mv09.mov
afc2010039_crhp0038_mv10.mov
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
Repository
American Folklife Center


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