Chris D. Howard Papers, 1972-1983

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Howard, Christopher, 1961-, Grabarek, R. Wense, McKissick, Floyd B. (Floyd Bixler), 1922-, Pearson, Conrad Odell, 1902-, and Semans, Mary Duke Biddle Trent
Oral history and research collection forming the basis for Duke University undergraduate Chris D. Howard's 1983 senior honors thesis, including research notes and recorded interviews with political and civil rights leaders in Durham, North Carolina.
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Materials in English
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Collection contains Howard's research material for an honors thesis. There are fifteen envelopes of research notes, chronologically arranged. The notes concern the early history of Durham, from 1865 to the 1960s, and events related to the struggle for racial equality in Durham, N.C. The collection includes a set of 29 audiocassettes 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. There are notes and outlines of these interviews (both those on cassette tapes and others conducted by telephone) and a list of persons interviewed by Howard, Also included are copies of two papers, written by other Duke students in 1972 and 1978, about the Civil Rights Movement in Durham, N.C. during the early 1960s. Forms part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University.

Biographical / historical:

Chris D. Howard was an undergraduate at Duke University when he interviewed prominent Durham political and civil rights leaders as part of his senior honors thesis in 1982 and 1983. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from MIT. In 1993 he joined the faculty of the College of William and Mary, teaching and authoring books and articles on social policy in the United States.

Acquisition information:
The Chris D. Howard Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 1985.
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Processed by Craig Breaden, January 2019




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