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Evanston History Center oral history collection

Repository: Evanston History Center

Collection Description (CRHP): The African American oral history project was conducted by Wayne Watson in the early 1970s as part of his dissertation research and originally placed with the Evanston Public Library. The Civil Rights oral history project was conducted by Evanston Township High School students in 1992. Indexes exist for some interviews. Relevant topics in these oral history collections include civil rights activism, local politics, interracial families, migration to Evanston, and school integration. Some relevant material may also be included in the World War II interview collection.

Origin Info: Each project and individual interview has its own documentation and provenance, see folders at the repository for more information.

Access Copy Note: Listening copies exist for many interviews.

Date(s): 1971-1995

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: OHTA, OHTcr

Extent: Approximately 500 interviews as of 1992, in multiple formats (audiocassettes and 7 VHS videocassettes).

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Photographs associated with these materials have been added to the Evanston History Center's photographic collection.

Interviewees: Mary Avery, Coreta Baird, Lou Bell, Sam Butler, Helen Cromer, Sarah Dixon, Sadie Duggard, Homer Fleetwood, Annie Baby Gaines, Mrs. John J. Spencer, Thomas Garnett, Horace Graves, Clothield Holmes, Allie Mae Jones, Juanita Jones, Harold Kent, Caladonia Martin, Leon Robinson, Josephine Robinson, Louise Rowe, Ervin Smith, Viola Snell, Henrietta Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Gilford, Mrs. Kenneth Walker, Mrs. Whiteside, Rosa Wemberley, Ronald Gearing, James E. Johnson, Gerald Patton, Audrey Richardson, Lynn Richmond, Joan Simms, Lorenzo Smith, Robin Tucker, Pauline Williams, Philip Roden

Rights (Extant): As specified in the documentation for each interview. If no documentation or clear transfer of ownership to EHS archives, content of the tapes is restricted and can only be used with permission of EHS archivist.


African Americans--Illinois
Illinois--Race relations
Interracial marriage
Rural-urban migration
School integration--Illinois


Sound recordings


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