The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress and the
Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History
and Culture (NMAAHC) have launched The Civil Rights History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/civilrights/.
portal presents the results of a nationwide inventory of oral history
interviews with participants in the Civil Rights Movement, coordinated
by the American Folklore Society and conducted by a team of four young
scholars. Based on this inventory, the Smithsonian Institution is now
conducting new interviews to help round out the oral-historical record.
The members of the AFS research team were:
Folklorist Danille Christensen of Indiana University (now teaching at the University of North Carolina)
Historians (with strong inclinations toward oral history) Will Griffin of UNC (now completing his dissertation in Philadelphia) and Elizabeth Gritter of UNC (now teaching at Middle Tennessee State University)
(an Ohio State University folklore MA with extensive archives and
library training as well) of the Amistad Research Center at Tulane