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Luncheon Series audiotape collection

Repository: Harvard University. Radcliffe Institute. Schlesinger Library

Collection Description (Extant): Audiotapes of talks by speakers featured in the Schlesinger Library Luncheon Series, 1979-1987. Most of the speakers are donors of manuscript collections housed at the library.

Virginia Foster Durr discusses how she came to be a civil rights activist, and working to defeat Alabama's poll tax. April 17, 1980.

Dorothy West discusses her writing, the Harlem Renaissance, growing up black on Martha’s Vineyard, and other topics. October 28, 1981.

Muriel Snowden discusses the importance of oral histories to black institutions, African American women in popular culture, and other topics. December 7, 1984.

Olivia Stokes discusses her family history, working with the Council of Churches, and living and teaching in Harlem. April 28, 1982.

Anna Hedgeman discusses her youth, trying to find employment as a black teacher, the importance of understanding history, and teaching at the YMCA in Harlem.

Deborah Wolfe discusses her career as a teacher, her appointment as U.S. education chief, and education and civil rights legislation. October 27, 1983.

Ann Tanneyhill discusses the Urban League's educational outreach programs, and growing up black in Boston and Cambridge. May 15, 1986.

Date(s): 1979-1987

Digital Status: No

Extent: 38 sound tape reels

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Virginia Durr, Dorothy West, Muriel Snowden, Ann Tanneyhill, Deborah Wolfe, Anna Hedgeman, Olivia Stokes

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


African American educators
African American women
African American women authors
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
Civil rights workers--Alabama
National Urban League
Poll tax
Women civil rights workers


Sound recordings


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