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Collection Details


Collection Name: Oberlin Oral History Project
Repository Name: Oberlin Heritage Center. Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Oberlin, Ohio, United States
URL: http://www.oberlinheritage.org/ongoingoral.html
Dates Spanned: 1980-
Description: The Oberlin Oral History Project began in the early 1980s as an offshoot of the City's Historic Preservation Commission. Although the Commission's first duty was and is to protect and preserve Oberlin's historic buildings, it was becoming apparent that the townspeople's history was going unrecorded, especially that of a small group of African American citizens who were then reaching their 70s and 80s and who provided family links to the earliest pre-Civil War Oberlin African American families. It became increasingly important to preserve Oberlin's historic legacy as an interracial town hospitable to fugitive slaves, stopover point on the Underground Railroad, and place for a substantial number of African Americans to permanently reside.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 85
Broad Subjects: Geography; History
ASP Subjects: Community; Community development; Local history; Oberlin (Ohio)--History; Oberlin, OH; Ohio; Oral history; United States
Collection Code: OHC0002840