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Baltimore Civil Rights History Project collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0872
The Baltimore Civil Rights History Project was primarily a project to record the oral histories of participants in the Baltimore civil rights movement. The project was overseen by Francois Furstenberg when he was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. The collection primarily features oral histories, recorded in 1999 and 2000, conducted with Baltimore civil rights movement participants. Interviews were conducted by Furstenberg and students in a course he taught. The collection also includes pamphlets, publications, clippings and related material about the civil rights movement in Baltimore, which were donated by interview subjects.

Dates

  • 1954-2000 (Bulk: 1999-2000)
  • Majority of material found within 1999 - 2000

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use. It is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Each release form states, "Exceprts from these interviews may also be published at some future point in newspaper or book form, but this will only be done with the stated permission of the interviewee." There may be restrictions on use. Please consult the individual release form for each interview subject.

In addition to the above provision, single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

0.59 Cubic Feet (About 60 cassette tapes and 10 related items)

Biographical / Historical

The Baltimore Civil Rights History Project was a project to document the experience of individuals active in the Baltimore civil rights movement, primarily taking the form of oral histories with these people. Francois Furstenberg oversaw the project when he was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. Furstenberg was motivated to conduct these oral histories because his grandfather, who connected him with many interview subjects in this collection, was active in the civil rights movement.

Scope and Contents

The collection spands 1954 to 2000. It primarily features oral histories, recorded in 1999 and 2000, conducted with Baltimore civil rights movement activists. The project began as part of Johns Hopkins University professor Larry Kramer's course, "Living History: The Baltimore Civil Rights History Project" but was eventually overseen by Francois Furstenberg. Interviews were conducted by Furstenberg and students in a course he taught. The collection also includes primary sources from the late 1960s and early 1970s, inlcuding pamphlets, publications, clippings and related material about the civil rights movement in Baltimore, which were donated by interview subjects. Materials located in the collection's accession file include release forms, summaries of interviews, and class papers students wrote reflecting on the interviews they conducted.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The oral histories in this collection are recorded on audio cassettes. Special Collections can provide digitized copies of interviews by request.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Francois Furstenberg, September 2019.

Related Materials

The Johns Hopkins University oral history collection, MS.0404, has some oral histories with the same interview subjects, including Chester Wickwire and M. Gordon "Reds" Wolman.

Processing Information

Processed by Jordon Steele, October 2019.

It is possible that some of the months and days of the interviews are not correct, since they may have been written down incorrectly by interviewers in the documentation provided. Researchers should carefully review the interview to determine the exact date. Please contact Special Collections to provide any corrections. Regardless, all interviews took place between 1999 and 2000.

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Source

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA