Radcliffe College Black Women Oral History Project

Radcliffe College Black Women Oral History Project

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Oral History Project 4 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
From 1976 – 1981 the Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, conducted over 70 oral history interviews on African American women of which 8 were donated to the Washingtoniana division. Despite increased research and publication on women’s history by the mid-1970s, African American women still received inadequate attention.  The project formed in 1976 to improve this situation by conducting and making available to scholars and students autobiographical interviews of outstanding African American women throughout the United States.  The project was developed under the guidance of the late Dr. Letitia W. Brown, former Professor of American History and Civilization at George Washington University and member of the Advisory Board of the Schlesinger Library.  Funding for the project came from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Blanchard Foundation of Boston and the National Institute of Aging.  Three graduate student fellows and nine freelance interviewers conducted the interviews.

SCOPE AND CONTENT
This oral history collection occupies approximately 1/2 of a linear foot.  Topics include family background, childhood history, husbands and children, parental attitudes, socioeconomic status, education and training, significant influences affecting career choice or daily activity, professional and voluntary accomplishments, and their perception of the effect of race and sex on their lives.  The inventory below outlines the library’s holdings for each oral history interview.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Women of Courage: An Exhibition of Photographs (1984) by Judith Sedwick is the published version of this project (Archives Aisle M:  WASH Ref 920.72 W8725).

See also Schlesinger Library Oral History Web page for more information about the project.  Available: http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library

PROVENANCE
Radcliffe College donated this collection to the Washingtoniana division.

RESTRICTIONS
The D.C. Public Library does not hold copyright.  It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission from the Radcliffe College to publish or exhibit information.

Inventory

Oral History # Name(s) Timed Index Transcript Supplemental Information
OHP 04-01 Barker, Elizabeth No 42 pp w/index Bios and obit from various newspapers.
Aisle M: Call No: WASH Ref 305.8009 B255
See also Sedwick, p. 58
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 04-02 Boyd, Norma No 28 pp w/index Bios from various newspapers; District of Columbia Register recognizing and honoring her.
Aisle M: Call No: WASH Ref 305.8009 B789
See also Sedwick, p. 31
Cataloged:  CityCat 2K (no Index Card available).
OHP 04-03 Dunnigan, Alice No 37 pp w/index Background information on honors; Bio and obits from various newspapers.
Aisle M: Call No: WASH Ref 305.8009 D924
See also Sedwick, p. 37
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 04-04 Hill, May No 43 pp w/index Bio/obit about her husband.
Aisle M: Call No: WASH Ref 305.8009 H647
See also Sedwick, p. 48
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 04-05 Holmes, Margaret No 15 pp w/index Bio and obit from Washington Post; obit about her husband.
Aisle M: Call No: WASH Ref 305.8009 H752. Also, contains newspaper article in bound volume.
See also Sedwick, p. 58
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 04-06 Jones, Lois No Cannot locate in MLK Bios from various newspapers.
Not in Aisle M: Call No: WASH Ref 305.8009 J77
See also Sedwick, p. 35
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 04-07 Lewis, Catherine No 22 pp w/index Bio from Washington Post.
Aisle M: Call No: WASH Ref 305.8009 L673
See also Sedwick, p. 58
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K
OHP 04-08 Smith, Julia No 118 pp w/index Aisle M: Call No: WASH Ref 305.8009 S653
See also Sedwick, p. 21
Cataloged:  Index Card; CityCat 2K

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