William Henry Chafe Oral History collection, 1933-1988 and undated
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- Chafe, William H., 1942-
- The William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection spans the years 1933 through 1988, with most of the materials dated between 1972 and 1978. The collection consists mainly of oral history interview tapes and transcripts, but also includes interview notes and research files related to Chafe's book Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom.
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The William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection spans the years 1933 through 1988, with most of the materials dated between 1972 and 1978. The collection consists mainly of oral history interview tapes and transcripts, but also includes interview notes and research files related to Chafe's book Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom.
The interview tapes and transcripts (1972-1978, undated), which comprise the bulk of the collection, include interviews with government officials, participants in the North Carolina civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and opponents of the movement, including members of the Ku Klux Klan. The few research files in the collection include statistical data related to Greensboro elections (1930s-1950s), notes from the Joan Bluethenthal papers and a report by the North Carolina State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights on civil disturbances at Dudley High School and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1969.
The Audiotapes Series consists of two identical sets (one for preservation, one for use by researchers) of twenty-eight tapes containing oral history interviews. The Printed Material Series includes transcripts and/or notes on 67 oral history interviews, and three research files related to the civil rights movement and local politics in Greensboro.
Beyond the direct oral history materials, there is also a Writings and Research Series . It includes research notes for several chapters of Chafe's book in addition to newspaper clippings addressing topics such as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination and the return of black veterans from the Vietnam War; an assortment of documents regarding the Black Panther Party collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigations' Counter Intelligence Program, and a number of publications produced by other authors. While the materials predominately relate to Greensboro, this series also includes information on civil rights activity in Durham, Chapel Hill, and the Research Triangle at large. The Photographs Series includes fourteen undated photographs.
William H. Chafe's book, Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom, chronicles the continuing conflict over desegregation in Greensboro in the 1950s and 1960s. Chafe explores the "progressive mystique" that defined the terms of culturally-sanctioned behavior, looking at how civility served to preserve the South's racial order. Within this context, he discusses the city's reaction to the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the Greensboro sit-in movement begun by four college students at North Carolina A&T College in 1960, and the emergence of the Black Power Movement in the late 1960s.
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- The William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1987 and 2011 by William Henry Chafe.
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Processed by Lisa Gayle Hazirjian.
Completed January 1998
Encoded by Stephen Miller
Accession 2011-0090 processed and encoded by Carrie Mills, Jun. 2011.
Accession 2012-0029 processed and encoded by RL Move Staff and Meghan Lyon, Feb. 2012.
Digital audio resources processed and added by Craig Breaden, September 2023.
Patrons who wish to use this collection must sign a restricted materials research agreement, which may be obtained from any Special Collections reference staff person.
Since this collection does not include any release forms for oral history interviews or transcripts of interviews, researchers must secure permission from copyright holders before publishing quotes from these materials.
Original audiotapes in this collection have been dubbed for use by patrons. These tapes are organized alphabetically by the name of interviewee on side A of each tape.
Oral history series reprocessed January 2015 by Olivia Carteaux.
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- African Americans -- Civil rights -- North Carolina
Civil rights -- North Carolina -- Greensboro
Black power -- North Carolina -- History -- 20th century
Black Panther Party
African Americans -- North Carolina -- Greensboro -- Social conditions
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) -- North Carolina -- Greensboro
- North Carolina A&T State University
United States Commission on Civil Rights
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement
- North Carolina -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Greensboro (N.C.) -- Race relations
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