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Kellogg African American Health Care Project Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: UOH001710
The collection consists of transcripts for 41 interviews, plus background files of photocopied clippings and images for some of the interviewees. There are audio recordings for all of the interviews excepts: Alice Burton, David Northcross Jr., Ophelia Northcross, and Lionel Swan. Interviewees discuss their lives and medical work, efforts to desegregate Detroit area hospitals, and social and economic conditions faced by African Americans, particularly in regard to health care.
Interviews were conducted with the following 41 participants: William Anderson, Reginald Ayala, Arthur Boddie, Wilma Brakefield-Caldwell, Henry Bryant, Alice Burton, Waldo Cain, James Collins, Claude and Vivienne Cooper (interviewed together), Gladys Dillard, George Gaines, Leon Gant, Herman Glass, Della Goodwin, Joseph Harris, Frank Iacobell, Horace Jefferson, Sidney Jenkins, Arthur Johnson, Rachel Keith, William Lawson, Josephine Love, Hayward Maben Jr., Berna Mason, Suesetta McCree, Dorothy Mottley, David Northcross, Ophelia Northcross, Marjorie Peebles-Meyers, Frank Raiford, Rev. Garther Roberson, Rev. Dr. S.L. Roberson, Elsie Smith, Fannie Starks, Lionel Swan, Natalia Tanner, Oretta Todd, Irma Webb, Charles Whitten, Charles Wright, and Watson Young.

Interviewers were George Myers, Ronald Amos, and others from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Dates

  • 1997 - 1998

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

Proper credit must be given to the University of Michigan Medical School and the principal investigators in citing these oral history interviews.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet ((5 MB, 2 OS). ) : Consists of 41 printed transcripts, 11 background files, and 94 audiocassettes

Abstract

The Kellogg African American Health Care Project Oral Histories are the result of a project carried out by the University of Michigan's Historical Center for the Health Sciences, 1997-2000 (interviews conducted 1997-1998), and sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to create and bring together resources relating to the African American health care experience in southeast Michigan from the 1940s through the 1960s. To this end, principal reseachers George Myers III and Ronald Amos and other U-M staff interviewed African American patients, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, and representatives from regional and national organizations for first-hand accounts concerning health care of the time period, as well as issues of racial discrimination, labor and migration patterns, and attitudes toward the health care system. The collection consists of transcripts and recordings for 41 interviews, plus background files of photocopied clippings and images for some of the interviewees. Interviewees discuss their lives and medical work, efforts to desegregate Detroit area hospitals, and social and economic conditions faced by African Americans, particularly in regard to health care.

History

The Kellogg African American Health Care Project Oral Histories are the result of a project carried out by the University of Michigan's Historical Center for the Health Sciences, 1997-2000 (interviews conducted 1997-1998), and sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to create and bring together resources relating to the African American health care experience in southeast Michigan from the 1940s through the 1960s. To this end, principal reseachers George Myers III and Ronald Amos and other U-M staff interviewed African American patients, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, and representatives from regional and national organizations for first-hand accounts concerning health care of the time period, as well as issues of racial discrimination, labor and migration patterns, and attitudes toward the health care system.

Arrangement

Transcripts are organized alphabetically by interviewee last name, followed by background files, which are arranged in two parts according to the creators' separation of the interviews into two groups. Tapes are organized alphabetically by interviewee lastname.

Custodial History

The original title of the research project was "Documenting the Health-Care Experience of African Americans in Southeastern Michigan: The Compilation and Dissemination of Primary Resources Relating to Health Care, the Health Professions, and the Health Sciences."

Acquisition

Deposited by George Myers III in two installments on March 13, 1998, and September 1, 2000.

Other Copies

Copies of the oral history interviews were deposited at three other area institutions: the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit; the Burton Historical Collection (Detroit Public Library); and the Center for Afro-American and African Studies (University of Michigan). The oral history interviews plus project administrative records are housed at the Bentley Historical Library as the Kellogg African American Health Care Project Records. Excerpts of the interview transcripts and audio clips are available online at the Kellogg African American Health Care Project website, https://www.med.umich.edu/haahc/.

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on May 13, 2016. Folders and tapes reprocessed and numbered by Ciera Casteel on March 6, 2019.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Kellogg African American Health Care Project Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-05-13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-03-06: Inventory added by Ciera Casteel.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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