LeFlore County, Mississippi, and environs, circa 1940s-1997, bulk 1995

Please Note:

An NEH grant-funded digitization project is currently underway to digitize the entirety of the Behind the Veil collection. Portions of the collection will be closed to public access during 2022-2023. For access requests, please contact the Rubenstein Library.

Selected interviews and transcripts from this collection have already been digitized and are available online: Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South - Duke Digital Collections.

Scope and content:

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.

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Collection restrictions:

An NEH grant-funded digitization project is currently underway to digitize the entirety of the Behind the Veil collection. Portions of the collection will be closed to public access during 2022-2023. For access requests, please contact the Rubenstein Library.

Selected interviews and transcripts from this collection have already been digitized and are available online: Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South - Duke Digital Collections.

Access note. Collection contains audiovisual formats that may need to be reformatted before use. Contact Research Services for access.

Access note. Some materials in this collection are electronic records that require special equipment. Contact Research Services with questions.

Access note. Collection contains fragile materials such as film negatives that may require extra assistance from staff. Contact Research Services for access.

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