The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Harry and Ruth G. Woodbury papers
Repository: University of Memphis. Special Collections/Mississippi Valley Collection
Collection Description (CRHP): Born in Somerville, Tennessee, in 1918, Woodbury worked as a political reporter for Memphis's Commercial Appeal from 1941 to 1953. He then became a partner of an advertising and public relations firm for 15 years, leaving in 1968 per the call of Mayor-elect Henry Loeb. He served as Director of Public Service for three years for the City of Memphis. He witnessed the 1968 Sanitation Strike and the transcript of the interview on this topic is a copy of the one done for the Multimedia Archival Project on the Memphis Sanitation Strike (see separate database record). It was done in August of 1968 and he expressed his conservative views about the strike -- he did not agree with the strikers. He also talks more broadly about politics, race relations, and civil rights in Memphis from the 1950s until the time of the interview. The other audio and video recordings in this collection may also deal with civil rights.
Collection Description (Extant): The Woodbury papers contain correspondence, notes, and newspaper clippings of his lengthy career in service to Memphis . . . . Among the numerous items of special interest include correspondence between Woodbury and Tennessee's political leaders of the 1940s and 1950s, such as Representative Robert Everett; Senators Dan Kuykendall, Albert Gore [Sr.], and Clifford Davis; and Mayors E. H. Crump and Henry Loeb. Also within the collection is a transcript of an interview with Woodbury on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: MSS 372
Extent: 6 boxes
Interviewees: Harry Woodbury
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Memphis (Tenn.)--Politics and government
Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968
Tennessee--Politics and government