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National Council of Negro Women, Inc. records

Repository: Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS; National Archives for Black Women's History

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection contains particularly rich recordings on a large and encompassing range of topics on the civil rights movement, including the civil rights activism of the 1930s and 1940s that laid the groundwork for the mobilizations of the 1950s and 1960s. Oral histories in this collection includes ones of Martin Luther King Jr. aide and civil rights strategist Bayard Rustin, Little Rock 9 student Ernest Green, National Council of Negro Women president Dorothy Height, and others. These oral histories and other select ones and recordings that particularly address civil rights activism from the 1954-1968 period are extensively summarized in the document uploaded to this record. In addition, this collection is a rich source of information on the Wednesdays and Mississippi program, in which northern women traveled south during Freedom Summer to engage in civil rights activism.

Collection Description (Extant): The materials in Series 15 are arranged in eight sub-series (established in 2007): Films, Filmstrip Sets, Phonograph Records, Slides, Reel-to-Reel Tape Recordings, CompactCassette Tape Recordings, Video Recordings and Photographic Negatives. Highlights of this series are the audio recordings of the oral histories done for the Bethune Collection on Black Women's Organizations and the debriefings from the Wednesdays in Mississippi project. Mary McLeod Bethune is featured on three recordings--two interviews from radio programs and the Brotherhood Luncheon in 1955. All items are stored separately according to their format and storage needs. In 2007 the recordings in Subseries 5 and 6 and 7 were re-recorded digitally. The tapes were numbered within the subseries and cataloged as artifacts into the NPS cataloging system. The reel-to-reel tapes (subseries 5) were transferred to professional-quality metal NEC reels during the re-recording process. The anti-recording tabs of the CompactCassettes (subseries 6) were removed to protect the tapes from accidental erasure and the tapes placed in archival-quality plastic cases. The videotapes (Series 7), of varied and often obsolete formats, were rerecorded to digital format.

Access Copy Note: Transcripts of the audio-visual materials are available at the repository. Contact the Archives staff regarding your needs.

Date(s): 1947-1980

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 7.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Finding Aid: A finding aid is available at the repository and can be emailed to researchers.

Language: English

Interviewees: Odessa Skeen, Estelle Osborn, Hilda Fortune, Bayard Rustin, Guichard Parris, Steven Ferebee, Marjorie Parker, Deborah Wolfe, Ernest Green, Janice Kissner, Roy Wilkins, Frederick O’Neal

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American actors
African American women civil rights workers
African Americans--Employment
Bethune, Mary McLeod, 1875-1955
Black nationalism
Black power
Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Council of Federated Organizations (U.S.)
Discrimination in employment
Freedom Rides, 1961
Height, Dorothy I. (Dorothy Irene), 1912-2010
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Labor movement
Mississippi Freedom Project
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Council of Negro Women
National Urban League
Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889-1979
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
School integration--Arkansas--Little Rock
Social workers
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Wednesdays in Mississippi
Women civil rights workers
Women's rights


Sound recordings


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