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Civil Rights History Project Survey Database Now Online

Tuesday, August 30, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Timothy Lloyd
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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

The 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)
  • Andrew Salinas (an Ohio State University folklore MA with extensive archives and library training as well) of the Amistad Research Center at Tulane
For the Library's official announcement of the site launch, please see

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