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Franklin Library Special Collections and Archives : Fisk Oral History Collection

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Black Oral History Collection 

The Fisk University, John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library Special Collections Black Oral History Collection includes 700 interviews on audio cassettes with some transcribed and digitized. Founded in 1970 and strengthened in 1971-73, the collection’s interviews consist of persons who have been eyewitnesses, participants, or contributors to the African American experience globally. Oral History tapes can be accessed by students and faculty. There are many audiotapes of notable African-Americans in the collection that may relate to student's coursework. If a student wishes to access a tape, speak to the Special Collections Librarian. The Special Collections Librarian will set an appointment for them to come in and listen to the tape in the reading room. Oral History Tapes are not allowed out of the Special Collections Department.  

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Oral History Topics

Civil Rights

Interviewees that deal with civil rights include Rev. Will D. Campbell (civil rights activist), Julian Bond (civil rights leader, 1973), Richard C. Gregory (comedian, civil rights activist, 1972), Aaron Henry (civil rights activist, labor organizer, 1973), Edwin Mitchell (physician, civil rights leader, 1972), Mansfield Douglas (local councilman, former president of the Nashville chapter NAACP, 1972), Amos Jones (pastor and civil rights leader, 1972), Curlie McGruder (civil rights activist (1973), Fannie Lou Hamer (civil rights activist, 1972), Ada L. Fisher (attorney, civil rights activist, head of Department of History and Social Studies, Langston University), Jimmy Stewart (editorial writer - BLACK DISPATCH, Oklahoma, civil rights activist, 1973) and Clara Luper (educator, civil rights activist, Oklahoma, 1973).

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Diona E. Layden
John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library
2nd Floor - Reading Room