The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Detroit Public Library. Special Collections
Main Library; 5201 Woodward Avenue
Email: [email protected]
Repository URL: http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/special-collections
Repository code: midb
Repository description (CRHP): The Detroit Public Library holds a number of interviews that document African American life, struggles, and achievements in Detroit and Michigan more generally. Original tapes are available for some, transcripts only for others.
One collection of interest at the DPL that is NOT accessible through the Michigan Oral History Database Project is "Oral history of African American Health Care 1940-1969," a group of interviews that focuses on the segregated health care system. Contact the Burton Historical Collection for more information about these interviews.
Repository description (extant): The Detroit Public Library (DPL) is the largest library system in the state of Michigan. The Main Library and its 23 neighborhood branches make it one of the most valuable and accessible public institutions in metropolitan Detroit.
The Burton Historical Collection is both a repository of records of the past and a workshop of historical activity in the present. Its emphasis is on the history of Detroit and Michigan from the time of settlement in the 17th century to the present. The background history encompasses the Great Lakes area, New England, and New France. One will find local and county histories for both the United States and Canada. Noted for its source material, the Collection contains books, pamphlets, bound newspapers, atlases, maps, pictures, photographs, personal papers, archives, business records, and ephemeral items such newspaper clippings, broadsides, and scrapbooks.
Repository Notes (CRHP): To search for oral histories held by the Detroit Public Library, visit the Michigan Oral History Project Database at http://xserve2.reuther.wayne.edu/SPT--Home.php.
Repository type: Public Library
[Oral history interviews]