|Civil Rights Oral History Survey|
The Society is just completing work on a contract from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to conduct a seven-month survey of existing archival collections of oral histories of participants in the Civil Rights Movement in the US during the 1950s and 1960s.
Four scholars from the fields of archives and library science, folklore, and history (Danille Christensen, Bloomington, Indiana; Will Griffin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Elizabeth Gritter, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Andrew Salinas, New Orleans, Louisiana) have carried out this survey work, which will result in a database designed to inform future interviewing work to round out the historical record, and to serve as an open-access educational resource for scholars and members of the public.
This project is an outgrowth of the Civil Rights History Project Act (PL 111-19) passed by the US Congress in 2009, which assigned responsibility for this effort as a whole to both the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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