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Guide to the Chris D. Howard Papers, 1972-1983

Summary

Oral history and research collection forming the basis for Duke University undergraduate Chris D. Howard's 1983 senior honors thesis, including research notes and recorded interviews with political and civil rights leaders in Durham, North Carolina.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11669
Title
Chris D. Howard Papers
Date
1972-1983
Extent
4 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection contains Howard's research material for an honors thesis. There are fifteen envelopes of research notes, chronologically arranged. The notes concern the early history of Durham, from 1865 to the 1960s, and events related to the struggle for racial equality in Durham, N.C. The collection includes a set of 29 audiocassettes of oral interview recordings conducted by Howard, with local individuals such as Wense Grabarek, Vivian McCoy, Floyd McKissick, Conrad Pearson, Jake Phelps, Ben Ruffin, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, and others who participated in, or witnessed this struggle. There are notes and outlines of these interviews (both those on cassette tapes and others conducted by telephone) and a list of persons interviewed by Howard, Also included are copies of two papers, written by other Duke students in 1972 and 1978, about the Civil Rights Movement in Durham, N.C. during the early 1960s. Forms part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University.

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Arrangement

Chronological

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Chris D. Howard Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Interviews, 1982-1983

4 linear feet

Thirty-one oral history interviews with 23 respondents. Telephone interviews were not recorded but notes and partial transcriptions for these can be found in Folder 1 of box 5.

A portion of the audio in this collection has been digitized and audio files are available on request. Analog audio that has not been digitized requires digitization prior to access. Contact Research Services for further information.

Chronological

Interview 1, Mary Trent Semans, 1982-10-04
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0001
WAV audio file
(00:45:41)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0001_01.WAV
WAV audio file
(00:35:13)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0001_02.WAV
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 2, Ben Ruffin, 1982-10-07
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0002
WAV audio file
(00:36:39)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0002_01.WAV
WAV audio file
(00:36:10)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0002_02.WAV
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 3, Ruth Dailey, 1982-10-08
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0003
WAV audio file
(00:31:11)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0003_01.WAV
WAV audio file
(00:31:12)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0003_02.WAV
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 4, Vivian McCoy, 1982-10-12
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0008
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 5, Vivian McCoy, 1982-10-19
Original audiocassette, 1
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0009
Original audiocassette, 2
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0010
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 6, Vivian McCoy, 1983-04-01
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0011
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 7, Lew Hannen, 1982-10-29

Telephone interview - no recording available.

Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 8, Conrad O. Pearson, 1982-10-29
Original audiocassette, 1
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0012
Original audiocassette, 2
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0013
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 9, Conrad O. Pearson, 1982-12-16
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0014
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 10, W.G. Pearson, 1982-10-18
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0015
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 11, John Edwards, 1982-10-26
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0016
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 12, John Edwards, 1983-02-23
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0017
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 13, Jake Phelps, 1982-11-01
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0018
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 14, Jake Phelps, 1982-11-04
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0018
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 15, Jake Phelps, 1982-11-11
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0019
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 16, Allston Stubbs, 1982-10-08
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0004
WAV audio file
(00:45:42)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0004_01.WAV
WAV audio file
(00:14:47)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0004_02.WAV
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 17, Floyd McKissick, 1982-11-30
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0007
WAV audio file
(00:47:28)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0007_01.WAV
WAV audio file
(00:32:20)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0007_02.WAV
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 18, Floyd McKissick, 1983-03-03

Telephone interview - no recording available.

Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 19, Floyd McKissick, 1983-03-29

Telephone interview - no recording available.

Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 20, Reverend Grady Davis, 1983-02-01
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0020
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 21, George Parks, 1983-02-03
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0021
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 22, Pat Cusick, 1983-02-05
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0022
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 23, Quinton Baker, 1983-02-05
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0023
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0024
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 24, Wense Grabarek, 1983-02-25
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0025
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 25, Dorothy Swann, 1983-03-03

Telephone interview - no recording available.

Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 26, Lacy Streeter, 1983-03-06

Telephone interview - no recording available.

Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 27a and 27b, Jocelyn McKissick, 1983-03-15
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0005
WAV audio file
(00:46:09)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0005_01.WAV
WAV audio file
(00:46:06)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0005_02.WAV
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0026
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 28, John Stewart, 1983-03-16
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0027
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 29, Thelma Kitheart, 1983-03-18
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0028
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 30, Watts Carr, Jr., 1983-03-25
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0006
WAV audio file
(00:30:53)
Digital-materials RL11669-SET-0001
Object RL11669-CS-0006_01.WAV
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1
Interview 31, Major Worth Hill, 1983-03-29
Original audiocassette
Box 1
Audio-cassette RL11669-CS-0029
Handwritten interview notes
Box 5
Folder 1

2. Research

Contains notes on interviews, research index cards, and copies of papers written by other Duke students in 1972 and 1978.

Box 5
 

Historical Note

Chris D. Howard was an undergraduate at Duke University when he interviewed prominent Durham political and civil rights leaders as part of his senior honors thesis in 1982 and 1983. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from MIT. In 1993 he joined the faculty of the College of William and Mary, teaching and authoring books and articles on social policy in the United States.


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Provenance

The Chris D. Howard Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by Craig Breaden, January 2019