2.5" wide by 1.25" high
University seal on left, "DUKE" printed on right
Made by College Seal in Cambridge, Massachussetts
Given by Karl D. Hauser
Artifacts donated by Henry J. Pyle, M.D., Grand Rapids, Michigan
Bag belonged to Henry J. Pyle, M.D., Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Behind the Veil (BTV) project records and preserves the living memory of African American life during the age of legal segregation in the American South, roughly from the 1890s to 1950s. Most of the over 1200 interviews were conducted by BTV staff in private homes with one person or two people, often a married couple or two siblings; in many interview recordings one can hear additional voices in the background. There are also a number of larger group interviews usually associated with a family or local club. The interviewers came to the sessions with a standard list of questions crafted by staff for the project.
The collection guide entry for each person interviewed usually offers biographical data voluntarily provided by the interviewee; details may include date of birth, place of birth, and present and past occupations.
The interviews typically lasted at least one or two hours, but some lasted much longer and were sometimes conducted over several days. They were recorded on audiocassettes which have been digitized and are available online along with other associated materials.