A New Database on Oral History Collections of the Civil Rights Movement

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture have launched a new Web site presenting a database of oral history projects about the civil rights movement.

The Civil Rights History Project has data on more than 1,000 oral history collections in libraries, museums, and university archives. Scholars can search the database to locate collections across the country.

A second phase of the project will consist of new oral history interviews from people whose stories have not been recorded previously. In addition, photographs, home movies, letters, diaries, and documents relating to the civil rights movement will be collected, digitized, and made available online at the Web site.

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