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University of North Carolina

Repository: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Southern Oral History Program

Collection Description (CRHP): See the following interviews:

Interview L-0040 McKissick, Floyd B., Sr.: Civil rights leader; one of the first African-American students at UNC

Interview L-0043 Cusick, Pat: Student activist (Class of 1963) at the UNC, particularly involved in the civil rights movement

Interview L-0059 Stevens, Hugh: UNC law student during civil rights struggle

Interview L-0060 Finlator, William W.: Raleigh minister who worked closely with UNC-Chapel Hill law professor Daniel H. Pollitt in civil rights causes

Interview L-0064-1-9 Pollitt, Daniel H.: Law professor, UNC-Chapel Hill; civil rights activist

L.7. William Friday Project

Collection Description (Extant): Interviews about the University of North Carolina, originally developed as part of the University's bicentennial celebration in 1993, but currently an ongoing project. Some interviews focus on specific aspects of university life; others document the birth and growth of particular schools, institutes, or programs within the university, including the Campus Y, the School of Medicine, the Dept. of Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures, the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health, and the Institute of Government. Others record more general information about the institution, including women's athletics, student activism, civil rights, student life, and women faculty and administrators. Interviewees include members of University of North Carolina classes from the 1920s and 1930s; former and current professors and administration personnel, including historians who have studied or taught at the University; and former student activists, civil rights leaders, and other campus leaders. Also included are a series of interviews that William A. Link, professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, conducted with family, friends, and associates of William C. Friday, in preparation for his biography, William Friday: Power, Purpose, & American Higher Education (1995). Major topics include the expansion of the University of North Carolina system from three institutions to sixteen, the establishment of a medical school at East Carolina University and a veterinary school at North Carolina State University, the role of the federal government in the affairs of the University, the interaction of the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's Office for Civil Rights with University administrators, intercollegiate athletics, the Dixie Classic basketball scandal, the North Carolina speaker ban law, and racial integration of the University. Some interviews also address Friday's early life and education; his role in the development of the National Humanities Center, the Research Triangle Park, and the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center; his involvement in antipoverty and literacy movements; and his work as head of the William Rand Kenan, Jr., Fund and the Kenan Charitable Trust. Additional subjects of interest are the role of Friday and the University in state politics and Friday's work on the White House Task Force on Education, the Carnegie Commission on the Future of American Education, and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. There is also a small number of interviews about North Carolina politics and the University. Also included are a series of interviews relating to the role of minority faculty and women faculty on the campus between 1960 and 1990. Issues include hiring practices, tenure and promotion policies, department cultures, discrimination, and affirmative action.

Access Copy Note: Some interviews are restricted or closed as noted in the finding aid.
Interview transcripts are CLOSED while they are being digitized. Please contact the The Southern Historical Collection for more information.
If an interview has been transcribed, researchers should quote from the transcript. If no transcript is available, reference to material in the interview should be taken from the audio recording. Some interviews have restrictions imposed by the interviewees or interviewers; restricted interviews are clearly marked. Researchers may, for example, be required to obtain written permission from the interviewee or interviewer to quote from the interview.
Use of audiotapes or videotapes may require production of listening or viewing copies.

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Yes

Existing IDs: Collection Number: 04007 L

Extent: 305 items

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Southern Oral History Program Collection, Interview A-344 (Alexander Heard) (#4007)
Southern Oral History Program Collection, Interviews C-89-100 and Series J (University of North Carolina School of Law Oral History Project)
Shelby Foote Papers, Folder 1/P-4038 (photograph of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy)

Interviewees: Floyd B. McKissack, Pat Cusick, Hugh Stevens, William W. Finlator, Daniel H. Pollitt, Raymond H. Dawson, Martin H. Gerry, Claire Guthrie, Theodore Martin Hesburgh, James Hinchman, Peter Holmes, Joseph Levin, Jeffrey H. Orleans, John L. Sanders

Rights (Extant): When the copyright has not been assigned to the University of North Carolina, copyright is retained by the interviewers/interviewees, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


African American civil rights workers--North Carolina
African American college students--North Carolina
College integration
College students
College teachers
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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