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Afro-American Studies Department, Oral History Project, Black Cincinnatians in the 20th Century

 Collection
Identifier: UA-76-32

Scope and Content

Records produced by an oral history project on black Cincinnatians in the 20th Century, including correspondence, tape recordings, transcripts, photograph albums, and a printed report. The project documents the lives of many lesser-known, but influential Cincinnatians.

The interviewees were:

Willie David Anderson: A member of the Marcus Garvey Movement - U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association).

Rufus Atwood: Former President of Kentucky State College

Ray Clark: Cincinnati physician for over 50 years. Clark was among the first group of Black physicians admitted to the staff of Cincinnati's Jewish Hospital.

Alvin Darden: Cincinnati physician who discusses prejudice against black physicians

Charles Dillard: Cincinnati physician involved with the Lincoln Heights Health Center and director of the Walnut Hills-Evanston Medical Center

Angelene Jamison: Professor and author of Black American literature and daughter of North Carolina sharecroppers

Mary Kent: Dressmaker and co-owner of The Thatched Roof, an Afrikan Clothing Boutique

Carolyn Ligon: Mother of four living on welfare

Loretta Cessor Manggrum: Religious songwriter and composer.

Lena Beatrice Morton: Retired teacher, administrator, lecturer and author of three books.

Myrtis Mosley: Associate Dean at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Urban League

Wilbur Page: A minister involved in recreation in Cincinnati

Ida May Rhodes: Educator who taught in the Cincinnati Public School system for 42 years. Rhodes taught at Douglas Elementary School for 32 years before moving to South Avondale to integrate the faculty.

Eddie Sellers: Director of the West End Health Center, wife of a minister, and mother of 4 children. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Nursing

Tom Shaw: Artist

Donald Spencer: Real estate and insurance professional and graduate of the University of Cincinnati who wrote plays, musicals, and comedies as a young man

Willard Stargel: Teacher, coach, and graduate of the University of Cincinnati who grew up in Cincinnati's West End

John O. Thomas: Pianist and singer with a group called John Thomas and the Voice of Faith and a graduate of Woodward High School.

Harry Turner: The first Black probation officer in the Hamilton County Municipal Court Probation Department

Gilbert Young: Assistant Co-Curator of the University of Cincinnati's Fine Art Collection and Artist. Young is a graduate of the Cincinnati Art Academy



Scope and Contents

The interviewees were:

Willie David Anderson: A member of the Marcus Garvey Movement - U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association).

Rufus Atwood: Former President of Kentucky State College

Ray Clark: Cincinnati physician for over 50 years. Clark was among the first group of Black physicians admitted to the staff of Cincinnati's Jewish Hospital.

Alvin Darden: Cincinnati physician who discusses prejudice against black physicians

Charles Dillard: Cincinnati physician involved with the Lincoln Heights Health Center and director of the Walnut Hills-Evanston Medical Center

Angelene Jamison: Professor and author of Black American literature and daughter of North Carolina sharecroppers

Mary Kent: Dressmaker and co-owner of The Thatched Roof, an Afrikan Clothing Boutique

Carolyn Ligon: Mother of four living on welfare

Loretta Cessor Manggrum: Religious songwriter and composer.

Lena Beatrice Morton: Retired teacher, administrator, lecturer and author of three books.

Myrtis Mosley: Associate Dean at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Urban League

Wilbur Page: A minister involved in recreation in Cincinnati

Ida May Rhodes: Educator who taught in the Cincinnati Public School system for 42 years. Rhodes taught at Douglas Elementary School for 32 years before moving to South Avondale to integrate the faculty.

Eddie Sellers: Director of the West End Health Center, wife of a minister, and mother of 4 children. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Nursing

Tom Shaw: Artist

Donald Spencer: Real estate and insurance professional and graduate of the University of Cincinnati who wrote plays, musicals, and comedies as a young man

Willard Stargel: Teacher, coach, and graduate of the University of Cincinnati who grew up in Cincinnati's West End

John O. Thomas: Pianist and singer with a group called John Thomas and the Voice of Faith and a graduate of Woodward High School.

Harry Turner: The first Black probation officer in the Hamilton County Municipal Court Probation Department

Gilbert Young: Assistant Co-Curator of the University of Cincinnati's Fine Art Collection and Artist. Young is a graduate of the Cincinnati Art Academy

Dates

  • 1975-1976

Creator

Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

History of Black Cincinnatians Oral History Project

The Black Cincinnatians Oral History Project was the result of the work of Eleanor Smith of UC's Afro-American Studies Department and her students. The goal of this project was to preserve historical information on the input of African-Americans into the city of Cincinnati. Students completed the interviewing, transcribed and edited the tapes, and typed the final transcripts. The students involved in the project were: Raymond Kennedy, Karen Stanley, Wilma J. Toney, Anthony Black, Laura Bell, Danny Johnson, Vanessa J. Pearson, Sylvia A. Menefield, Emma Holmes, Bill Lewis

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

Records produced by an oral history project on black Cincinnatians in the 20th Century, including correspondence, tape recordings, transcripts, photograph albums, and a printed report.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type: transcripts, photos, and tapes.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library

Title
Finding aid for the Afro-American Studies Department, Oral History Project, Black Cincinnatians in the 20th Century
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Finding aid prepared by Suzanne Maggard
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

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