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African Americans in Durham, NC in the Rubenstein Library

Collections Documenting Black Life in the Bull City

Oral Histories

  • Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South Records, 1940-1997 - Behind the Veil contains over 1,200 interviews with African Americans discussing their lives in the early/mid 20th century. There are 44 interviews with Durham residents in the colleciton and 310 from North Carolina. All Durham interviews are available online here.
  • Duke University Oral History Program collection, 1973-1978 - Collection containing 238 oral history interviews conducted by project participants in the years 1973-1978 and 1992. Most interviews deal with the civil rights movement in North Carolina, especially Durham, Chapel Hill, and Greensboro.
  • John E. Fleming papers, 1961-2014 - Collection contains an interview of Asa Spaulding conducted by Dr. John E. Fleming. Fleming was a research assistant for Spaulding's autobiography
  • Chris D. Howard papers, 1972-1983 - The papers includes a set of 29 audio cassettes of oral interview recordings conducted by Howard, with local individuals such as Wense Grabarek, Vivian McCoy, Floyd McKissick, Conrad Pearson, Jake Phelps, Ben Ruffin, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, and others who participated in, or witnessed this struggle.