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Detroit WestSiders Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: UOH001949
Collection consists of video recordings and transcripts for 12 interviews. African American residents of Detroit's West Side reminisce about their family's arrival in Detroit, in many cases via migration from the South; their childhoods; family life, religious life, and community and leisure activities, including the Nacirema Club; values, views on education, and work ethic; local businesses and occupations; area churches, schools, and other important institutions; the impact of World War II and other historical events; racism, segregation, and integration efforts; and the character and history of the neighbhorhood as a whole.
The following participants were interviewed: Catherine Carter Blackwell, Julius Combs, Juanita Rosario Diggs, George Gaines, Horace Jefferson, Amelita Mandingo-Burton, Jean Ernst Mayfield, Suesetta Talbert McCree, Jean Hurst Mitchell, Cornelius Pitts, Felix Seldon, and Glenn Wash.

Dates

  • 2005-05-15 - 2005-09-19

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.

Extent

.75 Linear Feet ((1 MB, 1 OS). ) : Consists of 12 printed transcripts and 12 VHS tapes.

0.868 Megabytes ((12 files). ) : Consists of MS Word documents.

Abstract

The Detroit WestSiders organization was founded in 1995 to research and preserve the history of the people and institutions that made the west side of Detroit a nurturing and progressive enclave for African Americans in the period from 1920 to 1950. In 2005, as part of the WestSiders project, Reuther Library Field Archivist Louis Jones conducted oral history interviews with 12 longtime community members. The WestSiders compiled and selected this documentation for books and a website to educate the public about the neighborhood's culture and history. Collection consists of video recordings and transcripts for 12 interviews. African American residents of Detroit's West Side reminisce about many subjects such as their personal stories, community life, local businesses, significant events, and general neighbhorhood history.

History

The Detroit WestSiders organization was founded in 1995 to research and preserve the history of the people and institutions that made the west side of Detroit a nurturing and progressive enclave for African Americans in the period from 1920 to 1950. (The boundaries of this neighborhood are Epworth to W. Grand Boulevard, Tireman to Warren, Vinewood to Grand River, Buchanan to W. Grand Blvd., and American, Bryden, and Central.) In 2005, as part of the WestSiders project, Reuther Library Field Archivist Louis Jones conducted oral history interviews with 12 longtime community members. The WestSiders compiled and selected this documentation for books and a website to educate the public about the neighborhood's culture and history.

Arrangement

Transcripts and tapes are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.

Acquisition

Donated by Louis Jones, Walter P. Reuther Library, in or after 2005.

Other Copies

Digital copies of unedited versions of the transcripts and portions of each video recording are available on the Detroit WestSiders website.

Related Materials

The Westsider

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on September 28, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Detroit WestSiders Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-09-28
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.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA