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Griswold-Brewster oral history project, Yale University

Repository: Yale University. Library. Manuscripts and Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): During the time period covered by these interviews, Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded an honorary degree, a controversial move by the university. Also, admissions policies were changed. It is likely that these civil-rights-related developments are discussed in the interviews.

The interviewees include figures connected with the civil rights movement, including Burke Marshall, a Justice Department official during the John F. Kennedy administration; Erwin Griswold, a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission during the civil rights era; Joseph Lieberman, who was a participant in Freedom Summer in Mississippi; William Sloan Coffin, the Yale University chaplain who advocated civil rights; John Lindsay, the mayor of New York City during the civil rights era; and C. Vann Woodward, the prestigious history professor at Yale who authored books on the movement and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma in 1965.

Collection Description (Extant): The records consist of audiotapes and transcripts of the Yale Griswold-Brewster Oral History Project.

The Griswold-Brewster Oral History Project documents Yale during the tenures of A. Whitney Griswold and Kingman Brewster, Jr. as presidents of Yale. The project was funded by a group of Kingman Brewster's colleagues after his death. Geoffrey Kabaservice managed the project and conducted the interviews.

Access Copy Note: Series II is restricted. Several of the audiotapes for interviewees in Series III are restricted, restrictions are noted at the item level.

Digital Status: No

Extent: 2.5 linear feet

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Burke Marshall, Erwin Griswold, Joseph Lieberman, William Sloan Coffin, John Lindsay, C. Vann Woodward

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


Civil rights workers
College students
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Yale University


Sound recordings


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