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Joseph Taylor collection

Repository: Indiana Historical Society. William H. Smith Memorial Library

Collection Description (Extant): "The Negro in America: The Last Citizen," was an audio series produced by E. W. Richter for WBAA Radio Station, Purdue University. The tapes were recorded circa 1958 under a grant from the Education Television and Radio Center. Richter and Purdue Professor of Sociology, Louis Schneider, served as moderators for the series that examined numerous local and national sociological issues and their ramifications including housing, religion, crime, intimidation, racial relations, and protest. Joseph Taylor, Lester Branger, and other sociology professionals were interviewed for the programs.

The collection consists of ten reel-to-reel tapes that have also been converted to cassette tapes (CT 0761-0770). The tapes are approximately 35 minutes each and cover general topics. The series moderators interview various individuals, including many sociology professionals, who discuss the nuances of broader topics. For example on CT 0770 (labeled housing), Joseph Taylor, sociologist and program director at Flanner House, (a social service agency in Indianapolis), discusses the role of the landlord in the perpetuation of slums. Several general subjects are covered including Negro journalism and art, housing, and the National Urban League.

Access Copy Note: Research use limited to cassette tapes.

Date(s): 1958

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: M 0350; CT 0761-0770

Extent: 10 sound tape reels 7 in (ca. 35 min. each); 10 sound cassettes (ca. 35 min. each)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: See also Joseph T. Taylor Papers (IHS call numbers M 0825; CT 1520-1563), which include interviews with students at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis.

Rights (Extant): Permission to reproduce or publish material in this collection must be obtained in writing from the Indiana Historical Society.


African American artists
African American journalists
African Americans--Civil rights--Indiana
African Americans--Social conditions
Civil rights movements--Indiana
Civil rights--Press coverage
Correctional institutions
Discrimination in housing
Flanner House (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Labor movement--Indiana
National Urban League


Sound recordings


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