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Repository: Library of Congress. American Folklife Center

Collection Description (CRHP): Many interviewees discuss their memories of the civil rights movement, including the Selma to Montgomery March, college integration, the Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and voter registration projects.

Collection Description (Extant): Collection of sound recordings of approximately 42,000 interviews recorded in StoryBooths in New York City and in mobile sound booths at various locations around the United States. Each interview is approximately 40 minutes long and conducted with the help of a trained facilitator. Most interviews are conducted by family members and friends of the interviewees. Many interviews are accompanied by color photographs of the participants taken at the time of the interview and by supporting documentation which has been scanned. The StoryCorps collection includes interviews gathered through several special initiatives including StoryCorps Griot, to record the stories of African Americans throughout the country; the September 11 initiative, to remember and honor the stories of survivors, rescue workers, and those personally affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks; the Nashville Outreach, for stories recorded at the Nashville, Tennessee StoryBooth; the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Outreach; the New York City Outreach; the San Francisco, California Outreach; the Memory Loss Initiative to reach out and record stories from those affected by memory loss; StoryCorps Historias to record stories of Latinos; StoryCorps OutLoud to to record and preserve the voices of LGBTQ individuals; and StoryCorps Alaska.

Access Copy Note: Some recordings are available on the StoryCorps website; others are available in the American Folklife Center reading room.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 2004-

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: AFC 2004/001

Extent: 41,957 digital sound files (41,957 interviews) : wav and aiff files.
122,489 photographs : digital, JPEG files, color.
168,930 digital image files.
1 folder.
2 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
1 sound cassette : analog.

Finding Aid URL:

Language: English and Spanish

Interviewees: David C. Forbes, Rosia Lee Phillips, Calvin Anderson, Johnny L. Flowers, Henry James, Robert L. Whitfield, Fred Davis, Merceria Ludgood, Patricia Martin, Rev. Thomas R. Noon, Barbara Ann Walton, Larry Platt, Ruth B. Ballard, Michael Finkelstein, Terri Pope, Rev. Benny Lee Tucker, Charles Salzberg, John Lawson, Navita Gunter, David Hilley, James Juhnke, John Lewis, Marlene Sanders, Nadya Starr, Michelle Smawley, Halifax C. King, Carola Penn, Ruth Adams, Janet Hooper


African American civil rights workers
African American clergy
Civil rights movements--Southern States
Civil rights movements--United States
Civil rights workers
College integration
Montgomery Bus Boycott, Montgomery, Ala., 1955
Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965 : Selma, Ala.)
Voter registration


Sound recordings


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