Film, Video H. Jack Geiger oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in New York, New York, 2013-03-16.

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Title
H. Jack Geiger oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in New York, New York, 2013-03-16.
Summary
Dr. Jack Geiger discusses his early life experiences and how he came to be a leading figure in the Medical Committee for Human Rights. He describes his childhood in New York City, where he found a mentor in actor Canada Lee, his college experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his time as a U.S. Merchant Marine. He discusses his involvement in the Commission for Racial Equality and the American Veterans Committee in Chicago during the late 1940s. While attending medical school at Case Western Reserve University, Geiger's interest in community-centered health grew, especially after a trip to South Africa. He eventually volunteered as a medical professional in Mississippi, where he helped to establish the Tufts-Delta Health Center in 1965.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Dittmer, John, 1939- (Interviewer)
Geiger, Jack, 1925- (Interviewee)
Created / Published
New York, New York, March 16, 2013
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Congress of Racial Equality
-  Physicians--Interviews
-  Medical Committee for Human Rights (U.S.)
-  Civil rights workers--Interviews
-  Veterans--United States--Interviews
-  Discrimination in medical care--Southern States
-  American Veterans Committee
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- New York -- New York
Genre
Interviews
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Summary: Dr. Jack Geiger discusses his early life experiences and how he came to be a leading figure in the Medical Committee for Human Rights. He describes his childhood in New York City, where he found a mentor in actor Canada Lee, his college experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his time as a U.S. Merchant Marine. He discusses his involvement in the Commission for Racial Equality and the American Veterans Committee in Chicago during the late 1940s. While attending medical school at Case Western Reserve University, Geiger's interest in community-centered health grew, especially after a trip to South Africa. He eventually volunteered as a medical professional in Mississippi, where he helped to establish the Tufts-Delta Health Center in 1965.
-  Biographical History: Dr. Jack Geiger became active in the civil rights movement in the 1950s. He helped black medical students obtain admission to the University of Chicago. He also established the first Office of Economic Opportunity health centers in Mound Bayou and Boston.
-  Acquisition Note: The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
-  Existence and Location of Copies: Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  Conditions Governing Access: Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Medium
10 video files of 10 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (212 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (73 pages)
Call Number/Physical Location
afc2010039_crhp0076_Geiger_transcript.docx
afc2010039_crhp0076_mv01.mov
afc2010039_crhp0076_mv02.mov
afc2010039_crhp0076_mv03.mov
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afc2010039_crhp0076_mv08.mov
afc2010039_crhp0076_mv09.mov
afc2010039_crhp0076_mv10.mov
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Access Advisory
Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact
Online Format
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Description
Dr. Jack Geiger discusses his early life experiences and how he came to be a leading figure in the Medical Committee for Human Rights. He describes his childhood in New York City, where he found a mentor in actor Canada Lee, his college experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his time as a U.S. Merchant Marine. He discusses his involvement in the Commission for Racial Equality and the American Veterans Committee in Chicago during the late 1940s. While attending medical school at Case Western Reserve University, Geiger's interest in community-centered health grew, especially after a trip to South Africa. He eventually volunteered as a medical professional in Mississippi, where he helped to establish the Tufts-Delta Health Center in 1965.

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Chicago citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U.S, John Dittmer, and Jack Geiger. H. Jack Geiger oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in New York, New York, -03-16. New York, New York, 2013. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0076/.

APA citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U. S., Dittmer, J. & Geiger, J. (2013) H. Jack Geiger oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in New York, New York, -03-16. New York, New York. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0076/.

MLA citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U.S, John Dittmer, and Jack Geiger. H. Jack Geiger oral history interview conducted by John Dittmer in New York, New York, -03-16. New York, New York, 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0076/>.