The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
[Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center oral history interviews]
Repository: Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center
Collection Description (CRHP): Although the interviews have focused on African American railroad loggers and their families that lived and worked in and around Maxville, which is in Eastern Oregon, from the 1920s to the 1940s, some have dealt with the later civil rights movement. Interviews address the father of Gwen Trice, the founder of the center. He was an African American logger who was a powerful and influential community leader who discussed and was involved with political issues of the day. In one instance, he played a mediating role when Black Panthers planned to come to a local community. Also the interview of Gwen Trice's mother addresses racial discrimination in Oregon and her family's response to it. After she was not allowed to try on clothing at a local store, her husband made some calls and eventually the business went under.
Collection Description (Extant): Oral histories contribute to the historical record through the creation and preservation of a primary source.
Phase one of critical oral history interviews for the Heritage Project was completed in August 2009.
A cross section of accounts focused on African American railroad loggers and their families that lived and worked in and around Maxville, from the 1920's to the 1940's. Interviews have provided a record of important details to the community's daily lives from the railroad and logging industry. Accounts revealed perspectives of cultural, social, and economic trends prevalent during this timeline. The surrounding communities have taken an active interest in providing their collective histories for the project.
Video interviews which began September 2007 with a grant from The Oregon Community Foundation were sponsored by the Friends of the Joseph Branch (Excursion train).
Transcripts will be made available to the public.
Access Copy Note: Three oral histories are featured online, and the center plans to include more on its web site in the future.
Collection URL: http://www.maxvilleheritage.org/interviews/default.aspx
Digital Status: Partial
Extent: circa 12-15 interviews (audio and video recordings, transcripts)
Interviewees: Gwen Trice, Dorothy Trice
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Black Panther Party
Civil rights movements--Oregon
Segregation in education--Oregon