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William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection


Collection Description:

The William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection spans the years 1933 through 1978, with most of the materials dated between 1972 and 1978. The collection consists mainly of oral history interview tapes and transcripts done in the 1970s, 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 , published in 1980.

As a part of the Civil Right Greensboro (CRG) project, the entire collection has been digitized. However, only portions are presented on this website. No audio is included due to poor quality and some interview transcripts were not included due to issues with content.

Most of the transcripts were edited for style, punctuation, clarity and accuracy while listening to the original audio recording. However, in some cases no original audio recording exists. Transcripts for which there is no original audio recording are versions of the original transcripts in which CRG staff attempted to correct and clarify gaps and misspellings from the original. These transcripts are indicated with a statement before the full text begins. While every effort was made to edit these transcripts as accurately as possible, it should be noted that the edited version could not be verified against the original interview. In cases where no original transcript existed, a new one was created by listing to the original audio recording.

For more information on this collection, please consult the collection finding aid.

Repository: Duke University


Items from this collection included in the CRG digital archive

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Item thumbnail image Trouble in Greensboro: A Report of an Open Meeting Concerning Disturbances at Dudley High School and North Carolina A&T State University
Date: March 1970
By: North Carolina Advisory Committee on Civil Rights
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This thirty-one page report contains preliminary findings regarding student protests originating at Greensboro's Dudley High School around May 1, 1969, which escalated over several weeks and culmin...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Ezell and Corene Blair by William Chafe
Date: May 12, 1971
By: Ezell Alexander Blair, Sr.
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This May 12, 1971 oral history interview with Ezell and Corene Blair, conducted by William Chafe, primarily documents Mr. and Mrs. Blair’s experience with school and business segregation and desegr...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with David Richmond by Clay Carson
Date: April 10, 1972
By: David Richmond
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This transcript of an April 10, 1972, oral history interview conducted by Clay Carson with David Richmond primarily documents Richmond’s participation in the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth’s...

Item thumbnail image Notes on Interview with D. Edward Hudgins by William H. Chafe
Date: July 6, 1972
By: William Henry Chafe
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This is a six-page, typed set of notes by William Chafe from a July 6, 1972, interview with D. Edward Hudgins. Shorthand is used throughout, including "GB" for "Greensboro." Chafe notes that Hudgin...

Item thumbnail image Notes on Interview with George Roach by William H. Chafe
Date: July 6, 1972
By: William Henry Chafe
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This is a four-page, typed set of notes by William Chafe on a July 6, 1972, interview with George Roach. Shorthand is used throughout, including "GR" for "George Roach" and "GB" for "Greensboro." C...

Item thumbnail image Notes on Interview with Otis Hairston Sr. by William H. Chafe
Date: July 17, 1972
By: William Henry Chafe
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This is a four-page, typed set of notes by William Chafe based on an July 17, 1971, oral history interview with Otis Hairston Sr. Shorthand is used throughout, including "OH" for "Otis Hairston," a...

Item thumbnail image Notes on Interview with Dr. George and Anna Simkins by William H. Chafe
Date: July 19, 1972
By: William Henry Chafe
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This is a four-page, typed set of notes by William Chafe on a July 19, 1972, interview with Dr. George and Anna Simkin. Shorthand is used throughout, including "GB" for "Greensboro." Chafe notes th...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Kay Troxler by William Chafe
Date: 1973
By: Catherine Kirkpatrick Troxler
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This transcript of an oral history conducted by William Chafe circa 1973 with Evelyn Troxler primarily documents Ms. Troxler’s involvement in school desegregation in Greensboro in the 1950s and 196...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Louise Smith by William Chafe
Date: February 9, 1973
By: Louise Covington Smith
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This February 9, 1973, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with Louise Smith primarily documents Ms. Smith’s involvement in school desegregation in Greensboro, North Carolina. Topics ...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with John Foster by William Chafe
Date: February 14, 1973
By: John R. Foster
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This February 14, 1973, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with John Foster primarily documents Foster’s work on the Greensboro School Board during desegregation in the fifties and s...