Long Civil Rights Movement initiative

Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement

University History

Listening for a Change

Southern Oral History Program Collection

The Southern Oral History program deposits its interviews with the Southern Historical Collection, part of UNC Libraries. Their finding aid describes the SOHP's many oral history interviews, listed below. Scroll down for details on some of the SOHP's recent projects.

Series A. Southern Politics
Series B. Individual Biographies
Series C. Notable North Carolinians
Series D. Rural Electrification
Series E. Labor
Series F. Fellowship of Southern Churchmen
Series G. Southern Women
Series H. Piedmont Industrialization
Series I. Business History
Series J. Legal Professions
Series K. Southern Communities
Series L. University of North Carolina
Series M. Black High School Principals
Series O. Foundation History
Series P. The Press and the Civil Rights Movement (in process)
Series Q. African American Life and Culture
Series R. Special Research Projects
Series S. Center for Creative Leadership
Series U. The Long Civil Rights Movement: The South Since the 1960s
Series V. The Hayti Spectrum: Documenting Negro Life of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s in Durham, N.C.

Use the finding aid, the SOHP database, or the search bar below to find interviews

The Long Civil Rights Movement Initiative

As part of the Long Civil Rights Movement initiative, a team of researchers recently conducted more than eighty interviews in Charlotte and Charleston, SC, this summer to better understand how life in the South has been shaped by the black and women's liberation movements, the Vietnam War, mass migrations, natural disasters, and conservatism.

In Charleston and nearby Georgetown, the SOHP team explored the legacies of the 1969 hospital workers strike and similar protests through interviews with dozens of grassroots political activists, public officials, community leaders, historians, and others, The Charlotte interviews focused on the efforts of workers to form unions in the 1970s, the changing nature of the city's black community, and the experiences of the first African-American managers and supervisors at white-owned corporations. These interviews are being processed so they can join our growing collection of interviews from Birmingham, Chapel Hill, and Louisville.

The SOHP's interviews will provide the groundwork for "Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement," a collaborative project aimed at new ways of producing and spreading civil rights scholarship.

The News and Observer of Raleigh

In January of 2007, the SOHP launched a series of interviews examining the impact and influence of the News and Observer of Raleigh on state and regional politics from World War II until the paper's sale to McClatchy Corporation in 1995. The SOHP's Beth Millwood and Joseph Mosnier have completed more than twenty-five interviews with former governors, key legislative figures, editors, reporters, and members of the Daniels family, which owned the paper for 101 years.

The University History Project

As the civil rights movement swept through UNC's campus in the 1960s, women pushed for greater equality and opportunity at Chapel Hill. It was not until 1927 that a woman joined the university's faculty, and not until years later did a female faculty member receive tenure. The SOHP is working with the UNC Association of Women Faculty and Professionals to document the struggles and achievements of female faculty over the past four decades.

Listening for a Change

The Southern Oral History Program celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1998 by embarking on one of the most ambitious oral history projects in its history. "Listening for a Change: North Carolina Communities in Transition" is a multi-faceted initiative that documented unrecorded aspects of North Carolina's post-World War II history by conducting interviews with a host of the state's citizens.

The Southern Oral History Program
Center for the Study of the American South
Love House and Hutchins Forum
410 East Franklin St., CB# 9127, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9127
(919) 962-0455