Civil Rights in Prince Edward County – Oral History Collection
LU-156

Information about the Collection

The oral history tapes and transcripts in this collection are from interviews conducted by students from various classes at Longwood University over the course of 5 years.  The interviews all pertain to the subject of school segregation and the struggle for civil rights in Prince Edward County and particularly Farmville, Virginia. 

Provenance

Audio recordings were given to the library periodically from the late 1990s through the early 2000s. Greenwood Library interns and staff completed transcripts, after tapes were transferred to the library.

Scope and Content

This collection contains 44 tapes of 37 oral history interviews and transcripts from 29 of those interviews conducted between 1997 and 2002.  The topics of the interviews cover broadly: the struggle for civil rights in Prince Edward County, school desegregation, and the closing of the public schools in Prince Edward County.

Size

This collection consists of 1.6 linear feet and is housed in (1) flat box and (1) legal-sized Hollinger box.

Notes

Consent and release forms are not present for several of these interviews (marked with *).  Those oral histories are not currently available for research purposes.

While the collection includes the original recordings for these interviews, all audio has been converted to a digital format and is available online in Longwood’s Digital Commons. The library will not provide access to the original audiocassette tape.

In addition, note that sound quality of some of recordings is not ideal and the interviews may be difficult to decipher.

Contents of the Collection

  • Interview 1995.01, Nellie Coles* (2 tapes)
  • Interview 1995.02, Ethel Fisher*
  • Interview 1995.03, James Ghee* 1/25/1995
  • Interview 1995.04, James Ghee* 4/22/1995 (2 tapes)
  • Interview 1995.05, Ernestine Herndon*
  • Interview 1995.06, Clara Johnson*
  • Interview 1995.07, Laverne Pervall*
  • Interview 1995.08, Edith Austin*
  • Interview 1997.01, Barbara Johns Powell*
  • Interview 1997.02, Nancy Iverson*
  • Interview 1998.01, Willie Shepperson*
  • Interview 1998.02, Lester Shepperson* (2 tapes)
  • Interview 1998.03, Ethel Fisher, Connie Rawlins, & Vera Allen*
  • Interview 1998.04, Ed Peeples and Ruby Walker*
  • Interview 1998.05, L. Shepperson & E. Isaac*
  • Interview 1998.06, Connie Curry*
  • Interview 1998.07, Cheryl Brown Henderson & Ron Heinemann*
  • Interview 1998.08, Shirley Eanes
  • Interview 1998.09, Jacqueline Wall (2 tapes)
  • Interview 1998.10, Margaret Brown and Larine Watts
  • Interview 1998.11, James Lee
  • Interview 1998.12, Angeles Christian
  • Interview 1998.13, Armistead (Chuckie) Reid
  • Interview 1998.14, Woodrow Parker
  • Interview 1998.15, Kathy Smith
  • Interview 1998.16, Maida Woods-Davis*
  • Interview 2000.01, Mary Berlin
  • Interview 2000.02, William and Henry Powell (2 tapes)
  • Interview 2000.03, R.C. Smith*
  • Interview 2000.04, Dr. Carolyn Wells
  • Interview 2000.05, Jacquelyn Reid
  • Interview 2000.06, Nell Casteen
  • Interview 2000.07, Odessa Branch
  • Interview 2000.08, Rita Moseley
  • Interview 2000.09, William F. Watkins (2 tapes)
  • Interview 2002.01, Theresa Clark
  • Interview 2002.02, Dorothy Holcomb (2 tapes)

*Consent and release form missing or non-existent.

  • Transcript 1995.02, Ethel Fisher*
  • Transcript 1995.04, James Ghee* 4/22/1995
  • Transcript 1995.05, Ernestine Herndon*
  • Transcript 1995.07, Laverne Pervall*
  • Transcript 1995.08, Edith Austin*
  • Transcript 1997.01, Barbara Johns Powell*
  • Transcript 1998.01, Willie Shepperson*
  • Transcript 1998.02, Lester Shepperson*
  • Transcript 1998.04, Ed Peeples and Ruby Walker*
  • Transcript 1998.08, Shirley Eanes
  • Transcript 1998.10, Margaret Brown and Larine Watts
  • Transcript 1998.11, James Lee
  • Transcript 1998.12, Angeles Christian
  • Transcript 1998.15, Kathy Smith
  • Transcript 1998.16, Maida Woods-Davis
  • Transcript 2000.01, Mary Berlin
  • Transcript 2000.02, William and Henry Powell
  • Transcript 2000.03, R.C. Smith*
  • Transcript 2000.04, Dr. Carolyn Wells
  • Transcript 2000.05, Jacquelyn Reid
  • Transcript 2000.06, Nell Casteen
  • Transcript 2000.07, Odessa Branch
  • Transcript 2000.08, Rita Moseley
  • Transcript 2000.09, William F. Watkins
  • Transcript 2002.01, Theresa Clark
  • Transcript 2002.02, Dorothy Holcomb

*Consent and release form missing or non-existent.

Resources

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