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Alva I. Cox, Jr. papers

Repository: Yale University. Divinity School. Library

Collection Description (CRHP): The civil rights materials in this collection includes an audio interview with civil rights leader Will D. Campbell as well as footage on the burning of black churches in the 1990s.

Collection Description (Extant): This collection documents the work of Alva I. Cox, Jr., an independent film maker whose work chronicled the civil rights movement, human rights struggles, and ecumenical Christianity both nationally and globally. The films, slides, pictures, audio cassettes, and paperwork of the Cox collection have been organized by topic. Of particular note are the materials related to Cox's film 'Kent State: May 1970.' The film, cuts, paperwork, and other materials regarding Kent State complement the notebooks of Peter Davies with whom Cox worked in the making of his Kent State film. The Davies notebooks are held in the Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives Kent State Collection. Al Cox served for sixteen years as a staff member of the National Council of Churches in training and communications. After leaving the Council in 1967 to engage in freelance film work, he wrote more than thirty-five television scripts for the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). He also served as a communication consultant to various community organizations, labor unions, minority business enterprises, and church groups. Cox received an STM degree from Yale Divinity School in Contemporary Theology.

Date(s): 1966-1999

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: Record Group No. 179

Extent: Total archival boxes 173; total linear footage 80'

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Will D. Campbell, Kenyan C. Burke, Ivan Delk

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


African American churches
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Christianity
Human rights
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements


Sound recordings


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