Mississippi Humanities Council
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Oral History Research Office
||801 Butler Library, Box
New York,, NY 10027
||Mary Marshall Clark
||9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
||The collection is open
to the public with some restrictions. The office staff
provides limited research service and limited copying
services. The staff will ship duplicate tapes of interviews
on cassettes. Inquire about costs. The staff will
also copy up to 25 pages of any unrestricted transcript
at a cost of 50 cents per page plus shipping and handling.
Inquire about fees for photocopying on-site.
Guides to the collection include the
The Oral History Collection of Columbia, edited
by Elizabeth B. Mason and Louis M. Starr. New York:
Oral History Research Office, 1979.
Oral History; Oral History at Columbia: American Craftspeople
Project, Projects and Interviews, 1987-1992. New
York: Columbia University, 1992.
This pamphlet describes various collections and lists recent
individual interviews within collections' Web site (address
Lists all interview series but does not list individual interviews
within a given series.
Has descriptions of the contents of some of the interview
Includes instructions on how to use the collection, including
some hours and telephone numbers to call Research Libraries
Information Network (RLIN).
The Oral History Research Offices project identification
number is NXCP and the interviews are catalogued in the AMC
The Oral History Research Office has very good interview
abstracts for all processed interviewed. They also have a
biographical catalogue for all interviews.
The staff is familiar with many of the interviews and willing
to help researchers.
In order to use the collection, researchers must call ahead
and make an appointment. Researchers who live outside the
New York metropolitan area must go to the Library Information
Office (234 Butler Library) with a photo ID and ask for a
research card that affords free reading privileges for up
to 14 days during a semester. Specific interviews must be
requested at the Oral History Research Office using a form
and a photo ID. After checking for restrictions, requests
are filled and interviews can be read in the Rare Book and
Manuscript Library. The Library Information Office, the Oral
History Research Office, and the Rare Book and Manuscript
Library are all located within the larger Butler Library.
The Rare Books and Manuscripts Library Web site, http://www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/rare,
lists hours. The phone numbers is 212-854-2231. Briefcases,
book bags, and outer clothing must be left in lockers that
are provided. Notebooks, pencils, and a computer may be taken
into the reading room. No pens are allowed.
Collections and Interviews
1. Student Movements of the 1960s
About 60 interviews with people who were involved in the
various student movements of the 1960s, including the civil
rights movement. Below are listed 15 interviews from that
collection that related to the movement in Mississippi:
2. Black Women Oral History Collection
In 1976 staff members at the Schlesing Library at Radcliffe
College recorded the memoirs of black women who were at least
70 years old and who had had an impact in their home communities.
The women came from all walks of life, including nursing,
teaching, and entertainment, and from all areas of the country,
including Cambridge, Boston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, and Seattle.
Only one of those recordings, an interview with Margaret Alexander
Walker, pertained to the movement in Mississippi.
3. Allard K. Lowenstein Project
This collection comprises more than eighty interviews conducted
by William Chafe, professor at Duke University, for a biography
of Allard K. Lowenstein, who was involved in most major reform
campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, including the civil rights
movement. There are cassettes for most of this collection.
Transcripts were processed with funding from the Allard K.
Lowenstein Fund, Inc. Copies are available at the Allard K.
Lowenstein Archives at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. We found 17 of these interviews to be about Mississippi.