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Guide to the Duke University Oral History Program Collection, 1973-1978, 1992

Collection Overview

The Duke University Oral History Program Collection contains 238 oral history interviews conducted by project participants in the years 1973-1978 and 1992. The majority of the oral history interviews deal with the civil rights movement in North Carolina, especially Durham, Chapel Hill, and Greensboro. Additionally, thirteen interviews deal with the Tulsa Race Riots, and fourteen interviews cover miscellaneous North Carolina topics. The collection also includes transcripts and research files related to the civil rights movement in North Carolina.

The collection is arranged in three series: Audiotapes, Transcripts, and Research Files. The Audiotapes Series consists of two identical sets of audiocassettes, one closed for preservation purposes and one open for researchers. The North Carolina Civil Rights Movement tapes, which make up the bulk of the series, include extensive interviews with Ella Baker, as well as hundreds of interviews with lesser-known but nonetheless important figures from the local movements in Greensboro, Durham, Chapel Hill, Weldon, and Monroe, N.C. The Tulsa Race Riots tapes include interviews conducted by Scott Ellsworth for his study Death in the Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. The North Carolina Miscellaneous tapes include an interview with Alex Haley about his critically-acclaimed book, Roots, as well as conversations about such topics as the state's agricultural history and mountain culture in Western North Carolina. The Transcripts Series includes eighty transcripts, as well as some interview notes, corresponding to tapes dealing with the North Carolina civil rights movement. The Research Files Series contains six files of background material related to the civil rights movement in North Carolina, including articles and speeches by Governor Terry Sanford and a bibliography of material dealing with the Durham sit-ins, and one file listing tapes and transcripts in the collection.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Duke University Oral History Program collection
Creator
Duke University Oral History Program
Extent
10.3 linear feet, 810 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

Administrative Information

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access Restrictions

The Duke University Oral History Program Collection has been restricted due to the absence of release forms transferring intellectual property rights from interviewees or interviewers to researchers using the collections. Researchers are cautioned that the publication of information contained in these interviews may violate the legal rights of the interviewees and interviewers. It is the sole responsibility of researchers to secure permission from interviewees or interviewers to publish quotes from either, and to ensure that information gained from research in this collection is not used in any way that violates rights remaining with interviewees, interviewers, or their heirs. Patrons who wish to use this collection must sign a Restricted Materials Research Agreement, which may be obtained from any Special Collections reference staff person.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Audiotapes Series, 1973-1978, 1992

The series includes two identical sets of taped oral history interviews. The master tapes in Subseries A serve as preservation copies and are closed to researchers; Subseries B contains a complete set of use tapes, which are open for use by all patrons. Each series contains 238 cassette tapes. The master tapes series contains an extra set of Ella Baker cassettes and also includes 4 reel-to-reel tapes, which duplicate the Ella Baker interviews available on cassettes. The tapes are arranged into three topical subseries: North Carolina Civil Rights Movement, Tulsa Race Riots, and Miscellaneous North Carolina.

The North Carolina Civil Rights Movement, 1973-1978, 1992

This subseries includes 211 cassette tapes, which have been arranged into three groups. The majority of these tapes deal with the civil rights movement in Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Durham, and their environs, and include extensive interviews with Ella Baker. The twenty-eight interviews conducted by Marcellus Barksdale in 1976 and 1977 predominantly cover the movement in Weldon and Monroe, N.C. These interviews formed part of the basis for his 1977 Ph.D. dissertation, The Indigenous Civil Rights Movement and Cultural Change in North Carolina: Weldon, Chapel Hill, and Monroe, 1946-1965. Larry Thomas and Timothy Tyson's eleven interviews, conducted in 1978 and 1992, respectively, deal with the civil rights movement in Monroe. Tyson drew on these interviews for his 1994 Ph.D. dissertation, Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power.

Adams, Charlotte
Box 1
Albright, J. W
Box 1
Ashby, Warren
Box 1
Atwater, Ann
Box 1
Atwater, Lula
Box 1
Augustine, Joe (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Baker, Ella (4 cassettes)
Box 1
Baker, Quinton (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Quinton, Baker/Pat Cusick (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Black & White Duke Students & Employees
Box 1
Boulware, C. E
Box 1
Bowers, Wayne & Mary (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Bowles, Charles (Mrs.)
Box 1
Brown, Bob
Box 1
Bulkley, Joel
Box 1
Bynum, Barbara
Box 1
Bynum, Sheila
Box 1
Caldwell, Edwin Jr. (3 cassettes)
Box 1
Caldwell, Hillard (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Calhoun, Dick
Box 1
Campbell, Sharon
Box 1
Carswell, John
Box 1
Clarence & Wife
Box 1
Clark, A. D.
Box 1
Collier, Cobb III
Box 1
Cotton, Charlie Pearl
Box 1
Curitan, William (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Cusick, Pat (4 cassettes)
Box 1
Dansby, David
Box 1
Dowdy, Lewis
Box 1
Dunne, John
Box 1
Evans, Docea
Box 1
Fitts, Howard
Box 1
Foster, Haddie B. (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Foster, Harold (3 cassettes)
Box 1
Foster, J., N. Coley & K. Troxler
Box 1
Foushee, Charles (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Foushee, James
Box 1
Foushee, Vivian (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Foushee, W. R. (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Foushee, W. M.
Box 1
French, Virginia (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Giduz, Roland (3 cassettes)
Box 1
Gulick, Margaret (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Harris, Maggie Scott
Box 1
Hicks, Charles and "Tink" Farrell
Box 1
Hill, George Watts
Box 1
Hill, Watts Jr.
Box 1
Hudgens, Eula
Box 1
Hughuely, Sadie
Box 1
Jarrett, H. & E. Edmonds
Box 1
Jones, Charles (3 cassettes)
Box 1
Kerley, Jack
Box 1
Khazan, J. (formerly Ezell Blair, Jr.)
Box 1
Klopfer, Peter
Box 1
Lassiter, Gaitha (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Lee, Howard (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Lineberry, Al
Box 1
Malone, C. C. (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Manley, J. R. (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Mark, Carolyn
Box 1
McClamrock (3 cassettes)
Box 1
McCoy, Cleo
Box 1
McDougall, C. A. and wife
Box 1
McLaurin, Bessie
Box 1
Morehead, David
Box 1
Moseley, Alexander
Box 1
Osborn, Robert
Box 1
Perry, Velma
Box 1
Phelps, Jake (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Phelps, Jon
Box 1
Queen, Anne
Box 1
Richardson, John
Box 1
Ruffin, Ben
Box 1
Sanford, Terry
Box 1
Schumaker, Jim (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Scroggs, Ross (2 cassettes)
Box 1
Seiber, Hal
Box 2
Smith, David
Box 2
Smith, Reginald (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Snider, William (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Spearman, Walter
Box 2
Straley, Joe (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Strowd, Gene
Box 2
Sturdivant & Jones, Carrboro Barber
Box 2
Timerlake, Phyllis
Box 2
Wager, Paul
Box 2
Wallace, James
Box 2
Walters, Adelaide
Box 2
Weaver, Susie
Box 2
Williams, P. A
Box 2
Wilson, Hugh (3 cassettes)
Box 2
Unidentified (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Arrington, M & S. J. Cochran, L. Cooke (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Bazemore, P. E
Box 2
Belton, Edward (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Caldwell, Hilliard
Box 2
Campbell, J. A. and A. C. Cofield
Box 2
Clemonts, J. and M. Boone
Box 2
Cochran, Doris (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Cofield, A. C. and daughter
Box 2
Cosby, W. and Mrs. A. C. Mathews
Box 2
Faison, John W.
Box 2
Hathaway, A. and E. Rushing
Box 2
Hilliard, I. H.
Box 2
Matthews, A. C. (Mrs.)
Box 2
Moseley, Leroy
Box 2
Robinson, Louisiana
Box 2
Rorie, Magadalen Gillespie
Box 2
Rushing, James
Box 2
Sada, Rev.
Box 2
Walker, James R. (3 cassettes)
Box 2
Weaver, P. and R. D. Smith
Box 2
Wilson, Woodrow
Box 2
Winfield, B. J
Box 2
Banks, Daniel [pseudonym?] (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Bordeaux, Walter
Box 2
"C-Man"
Box 2
Grant, Jim
Box 2
Shepherd, A./Anon. [black male] (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Templeton, Eugene (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Yopp, Abbot D.
Box 2

Tulsa Race Riots

The Tulsa Race Riot interviews were conducted by Scott Ellsworth in 1978. These thirteen tapes were part of the basis for his 1982 book, Death in the Promised Land: the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

Caruthers, B. E.
Box 2
Duckery, Nathaniel
Box 2
Fairchild, Robert (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Hodge, Victor
Box 2
Jones, Mozella
Box 2
Pittman, I. S. (Mr. & Mrs.)
Box 2
Whitlow, Henry
Box 2
Williams, N. C.
Box 2
Williams, Seymour
Box 2
Williams, William D. (2 cassettes)
Box 2

The Miscellaneous North Carolina tapes, 1973-1975

This Subseries includes an interview with Alex Haley about his book Roots, recordings of William Chafe dictating a letter to the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and a study of communal living, discussions with international students at Duke University, and interviews dealing with agriculture in the state and with traditional mountain life and culture in Western North Carolina. RESTRICTIONS: Since there are no release forms accompanying these interviews, researchers must seek the permission of copyright holders before publishing quotes from these sources.

Chafe, William (2 cassettes)
Box 2
Duke prof. (frmr. student) fr. Canada & student fr. Hong Kong
Box 2
Duke bs. student fr. Madras, India & student fr. the Phillippines
Box 2
Duke students fr. Hong Kong & the Phillippines
Box 2
Duke Students fr. Phillippines & Australia
Box 2
Haley, Alex
Box 2
Haytt, W. (Mrs.) & M. C. Nix
Box 2
Leatherwood, Lawrence & Elise McCrackern
Box 2
Mitofsky
Box 2
Siberman
Box 2
Strothers, Kerman C.
Box 2
Tunstall, Warren
Box 2
Wheeler
Box 2
Reel 1
Box 3
Side A - Tape 1
Box 3
Side B - Tape 1
Box 3
Beginning of Side A - Tape 2
Box 3
Reel 2
Rest of Side A - Tape
Box 3
Side B - Tape 2
Box 3
Beginning of Side A - Tape 3
Box 3
Reel 3
Rest of Tape 3
Box 3
Side A - Tape 4
Box 3
Beginning of Side B - Tape 4
Box 3
Reel 4
Rest of Tape 4
Box 3
Adams, Charlotte
Box 4
Albright, J. W
Box 4
Ashby, Warren
Box 4
Atwater, Ann
Box 4
Atwater, Lula
Box 4
Augustine, Joe (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Baker, Ella (4 cassettes)
Box 4
Baker, Quinton (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Quinton, Baker/Pat Cusick (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Black & White Duke Students & Employees
Box 4
Boulware, C. E
Box 4
Bowers, Wayne & Mary (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Bowles, Charles (Mrs.)
Box 4
Brown, Bob
Box 4
Bulkley, Joel
Box 4
Bynum, Barbara
Box 4
Bynum, Sheila
Box 4
Caldwell, Edwin Jr. (3 cassettes)
Box 4
Caldwell, Hillard (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Calhoun, Dick
Box 4
Campbell, Sharon
Box 4
Carswell, John
Box 4
Clarence & Wife
Box 4
Clark, A. D.
Box 4
Collier, Cobb III
Box 4
Cotton, Charlie Pearl
Box 4
Curitan, William (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Cusick, Pat (4 cassettes)
Box 4
Dansby, David
Box 4
Dowdy, Lewis
Box 4
Dunne, John
Box 4
Evans, Docea
Box 4
Fitts, Howard
Box 4
Foster, Haddie B. (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Foster, Harold (3 cassettes)
Box 4
Foster, J., N. Coley & K. Troxler
Box 4
Foushee, Charles (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Foushee, James
Box 4
Foushee, Vivian (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Foushee, W. R. (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Foushee, W. M.
Box 4
French, Virginia (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Giduz, Roland (3 cassettes)
Box 4
Gulick, Margaret (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Harris, Maggie Scott
Box 4
Hicks, Charles and "Tink" Farrell
Box 4
Hill, George Watts
Box 4
Hill, Watts Jr.
Box 4
Hudgens, Eula
Box 4
Hughuely, Sadie
Box 4
Jarrett, H. & E. Edmonds
Box 4
Jones, Charles (3 cassettes)
Box 4
Kerley, Jack
Box 4
Khazan, J. (formerly Ezell Blair, Jr.)
Box 4
Klopfer, Peter
Box 4
Lassiter, Gaitha (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Lee, Howard (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Lineberry, Al
Box 4
Malone, C. C. (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Manley, J. R. (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Mark, Carolyn
Box 4
McClamrock (3 cassettes)
Box 4
McCoy, Cleo
Box 4
McDougall, C. A. and wife
Box 4
McLaurin, Bessie
Box 4
Morehead, David
Box 4
Moseley, Alexander
Box 4
Osborn, Robert
Box 4
Perry, Velma
Box 4
Phelps, Jake (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Phelps, Jon
Box 4
Queen, Anne
Box 4
Richardson, John
Box 4
Ruffin, Ben
Box 4
Sanford, Terry
Box 4
Schumaker, Jim (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Scroggs, Ross (2 cassettes)
Box 4
Seiber, Hal
Box 4
Seiber, Hal
Box 5
Smith, David
Box 5
Smith, Reginald (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Snider, William (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Spearman, Walter
Box 5
Straley, Joe (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Strowd, Gene
Box 5
Sturdivant & Jones, Carrboro Barber
Box 5
Timerlake, Phyllis
Box 5
Wager, Paul
Box 5
Wallace, James
Box 5
Walters, Adelaide
Box 5
Weaver, Susie
Box 5
Williams, P. A
Box 5
Wilson, Hugh (3 cassettes)
Box 5
Unidentified (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Arrington, M & S. J. Cochran, L. Cooke (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Bazemore, P. E
Box 5
Belton, Edward (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Caldwell, Hilliard
Box 5
Campbell, J. A. and A. C. Cofield
Box 5
Clemonts, J. and M. Boone
Box 5
Cochran, Doris (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Cofield, A. C. and daughter
Box 5
Cosby, W. and Mrs. A. C. Mathews
Box 5
Faison, John W.
Box 5
Hathaway, A. and E. Rushing
Box 5
Hilliard, I. H.
Box 5
Matthews, A. C. (Mrs.)
Box 5
Moseley, Leroy
Box 5
Robinson, Louisiana
Box 5
Rorie, Magadalen Gillespie
Box 5
Rushing, James
Box 5
Sada, Rev.
Box 5
Walker, James R. (3 cassettes)
Box 5
Weaver, P. and R. D. Smith
Box 5
Wilson, Woodrow
Box 5
Winfield, B. J
Box 5
Banks, Daniel [pseudonym?] (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Bordeaux, Walter
Box 5
"C-Man"
Box 5
Grant, Jim
Box 5
Shepherd, A./Anon. [black male] (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Templeton, Eugene (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Yopp, Abbot D.
Box 5
Caruthers, B. E.
Box 5
Duckery, Nathaniel
Box 5
Fairchild, Robert (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Hodge, Victor
Box 5
Jones, Mozella
Box 5
Pittman, I. S. (Mr. & Mrs.)
Box 5
Whitlow, Henry
Box 5
Williams, N. C.
Box 5
Williams, Seymour
Box 5
Williams, William D. (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Chafe, William (2 cassettes)
Box 5
Duke prof. (frmr. student) fr. Canada & student fr. Hong Kong
Box 5
Duke bs. student fr. Madras, India & student fr. the Phillippines
Box 5
Duke students fr. Hong Kong & the Phillippines
Box 5
Duke Students fr. Phillippines & Australia
Box 5
Haley, Alex
Box 5
Haytt, W. (Mrs.) & M. C. Nix
Box 5
Leatherwood, Lawrence & Elise McCrackern
Box 5
Mitofsky
Box 5
Siberman
Box 5
Strothers, Kerman C.
Box 5
Tunstall, Warren
Box 5
Wheeler
Box 5

Transcripts Series, 1974, 1978, 1992

The series includes eighty transcripts of some, but not all, of the interviews in the North Carolina Civil Rights Movement Audiotapes Subseries. Some transcript files include notes on the corresponding interview, usually providing background information about the interviewee. These transcripts are arranged alphabetically by last name of the interviewee; transcripts for multiple interviews of one person are arranged chronologically. RESTRICTIONS: Since there are no release forms accompanying these transcripts, patrons must seek the permission of copyright holders before publishing quotes from these sources.

Anonymous (black male), 1978, July 10
(2 folders)
Box 6
Adams, Charlotte, 1974, Aug. 21
Box 6
Augustine, Joe, 1974, June 10, 14
Box 6
Baker, Quinton, 1974, June 2
(2 folders)
Box 6
"Barnabus" and Darryl Franks, 1978, May 14
Box 6
Blackwood, Roy, undated
Box 6
Bordeaux, Walter, undated
Box 6
Bowers, Wayne and Mary, 1974, June 6
Box 6
Brown, Bob, 1974, June 6
Box 6
Bulkley, Joel, 1974, June 14
Box 6
Bynum, Sheila, 1974, June 5
Box 6
C-Man, 1978, Aug, 12, 16
Box 6
Caldwell, Hilliard, 1974, June 4
Box 6
Calhoun, Richard, 1974, June 3
Box 6
Campbell, Sharon Sitton, undated
Box 6
Carr, Warren, 1978, Jan. 31
Box 6
Carswell, John, undated
Box 6
Chestnutt, undated
Box 6
Clarence and wife, 1974, June 16
Box 6
Clark, A. D., undated
Box 6
Cobb, Collier, 1974, June 14
Box 6
Cooper, Thomas, 1974, June 6
Box 6
Cotten, Charles Pearl, undated
Box 6
Curitan, William, 1974, Aug. 25
Box 6
Cusick, Pat, 1974, June 10
(2 folders)
Box 6
Dansby, David, 1974, June 6
Box 6
Dunne, John, 1974, June 8
Box 6
Foushee, Braxton, 1974, June 6
Box 6
Foushee, Charles, 1974, June 5
Box 6
Foushee, James, 1974, June 9
Box 6
Foushee, Vivian, 1974, June 4
Box 6
Foushee, W. R., 1974, June 4-5
Box 6
French, Virginia, 1974, June 5
Box 6
Gulick, Margared, 1974, June 6
Box 6
Grant, Jim, 1978, July 10
Box 6
Hearn, James, 1974, June 10
Box 6
Herzog, Frederick, 1974, June 10
Box 6
Hicks, Charles and "Tink" Farrell, 1974, June 8
Box 6
Hill, George Watts, undated
Box 6
Hill, Watts, 1974, June 14
Box 6
Jones, Charles, 1974, June 6
Box 6
Klopfer, Peter, 1974, June 5
Box 6
Lassiter, Gaitha, 1974, Aug. 21
Box 6
Lee, Howard, 1974, Aug. 27
Box 6
Malone, C. C., 1974, Aug. 23
Box 6
Manley, J. R., 1974, June 12
Box 6
McClamrock, Sandy, 1974, June 5
Box 6
McDougall, C. A. and wife, 1974, June 6
Box 6
McKissick, Floyd, 1978, Oct. 2
Box 6
Minor, Paul, 1974, June 12
Box 6
Moore, Douglas E., 1978, Jan 28
Box 6
Nye, Kemp, 1974, June 10
Box 6
Osborn, Robert, 1974, June 4
Box 6
Pendergraft, Don, 1974, June 10
Box 6
Perry, Velma, 1974, June 6
Box 6
Phelps, Jake, 1974, June 6
Box 6
Queen, Ann, 1974, June 11
Box 6
Sanford, Terry, 1974, Aug. 29
Box 6
Schumaker, Jim, 1974, June 6
Box 6
Shepherd, Ann, 1978, July 10
Box 6
Smith, David, 1974, June 5
Box 6
Smith, Reginald, 1974, June 4, 13
(2 folders)
Box 6
Spearman, Walter, 1974, June 5
Box 6
Straley, Joe, 1974, Aug. 17
Box 6
Strowd, Gene, 1974, Aug. 27
Box 6
Sturdivant and Jones, 1974, June
Box 6
Templeton, Eugene, 1978, Aug. 1
Box 6
Timberlake, Phyllis, 1974, June 5
Box 7
Wager, Paul, 1974, Aug. 7
Box 7
Wallace, James, 1974, June 12
Box 7
Walters, Adelaide, 1974, June 10
Box 7
Weaver, Susie, 1974, June
Box 7
White, undated
Box 7
Wilson, Hugh, 1974, June 5
Box 7
Yopp, Abbot P., 1992, Aug. 15
Box 7

Research Files Series, 1960-1964

The Research Files Series consist of five files of research material on the North Carolina Civil Rights Movement, as well as one file of tape and transcript lists. The materials include a bibliography on the Durham sit-ins, compiled by Elyse Gallo; articles and speeches by Governor Terry Sanford; a file on the movement from 1960 to 1964; and three files of related background information.

Research 1960-1964
Box 8
Background
(3 folders)
Box 8
Durham Sit-ins Bibliography
Box 8
Terry Sanford
Box 8
Tapes and transcript lists
Box 8

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Duke University Oral History Program Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Duke University Oral History Program Collection (1973-1978, 1992, & undated) was donated to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1983, 1992 and 1993 by William H. Chafe, Oral History Program, History Department Duke University, and in 1992 and 1993 by Timothy Tyson.

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Completed February 1, 1998

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