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Collection Details


Collection Name: Duke University Oral History Project Papers
Repository Name: Duke University. Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States
URL: http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/franklin/
Dates Spanned: 1973-1978
Description: Founded in the early 1970s by historian Lawrence Goodwyn, and later co-directed with William Chafe, the Oral History Project immersed a cadre of young scholars in oral history methodology and the history of the black freedom struggle. The approximately 600 audiotapes and transcripts comprising the collection contain interviews relating to the civil rights movement in North Carolina during the 1950s and 1960s. The freedom struggles in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina are especially well documented. Other tapes focus on race relations in Oklahoma during the Tulsa race riot of 1921. Included in the collection is an interview with Ella Baker, noted civil rights activist and one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The taped interviews were conducted between 1973 and 1978 and are in many cases accompanied by transcripts.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 600
Broad Subjects: Geography; Race Relations; Human Rights; History; Sociology
ASP Subjects: Chapel Hill, NC; Civil rights; Civil rights movements--North Carolina; Durham, NC; Local history; North Carolina; North Carolina--History; Oral history; Race relations; Riots; Tulsa, OK; United States
Collection Code: OHC0002668