The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Howard University. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
500 Howard Place, NW
Washington, District of Columbia
Repository URL: http://www.howard.edu/msrc/
Repository code: dhums
Repository description (CRHP): Essential to the study and documentation of the civil rights era is the Ralph J. Bunche Oral History Collection, which comprises over 700 transcripts of interviews with national, state and local civil rights activists, who helped shape that pivotal period in U.S. history. Supplementing the Ralph J. Bunch Oral History Collection is a collection of transcripts of television documentaries focusing on the civil rights movement, aired between 1963 and 1974. Other collections focus on women, Howard University, the Black Press, and Blacks in the Military during World War II. There are also tape recordings of conferences, seminars, meetings and other important civil rights gatherings which occurred during the same period. In addition to the oral history collections are a number of non-transcribed tapes of lectures, seminars, poetry readings, speeches, panel discussions, conferences and commercially produced tapes (Pacifica Radio) on a variety of topics.
Repository description (extant): The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, located in Founders Library at Howard University, houses one of the most comprehensive collections of African-American, African and Africana history and memorabilia found anywhere in the world. The Center houses hundreds of thousands of pamphlets, books, periodicals, photographs, personal papers, manuscripts, music, artifacts and other materials documenting the history, culture, and experiences of Black people in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States and other parts of the world.
Through the resources and services provided by the MSRC, Howard University’s reputation and standing as a research oriented institution is enhanced. In addition to the use of MSRC collections by Howard University students, faculty, and staff, the Center’s collections are used by researchers from across the United States and throughout the world. In the years of its existence, MSRC, as a vital part of Howard University, has established a reputation as one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive research centers documenting the experiences, history and contributions of Black people in the diaspora. The essential nature and character of MSRC underlines Howard University’s mission as a leader in the national and global community.
Its collections include more than 175,000 bound volumes and tens of thousands of journals, periodicals, and newspapers; more than 17,000 feet of manuscript and archival collections; nearly 1000 audio tapes; hundreds of artifacts; 100,000 prints, photographs, maps, and other graphic items. The collections are used by scholars, museums, students, and other researchers from Howard University and throughout the world. Information provided by the MSRC is regularly used in exhibitions, video productions, news programming, and a wide range of publications.
Repository type: University Special Collection
Ralph J. Bunche collection
Voting Rights Act oral history project
Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriners) collection
Black press oral history collection
Black military oral history project