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This guide facilitates access to various primary and secondary sources on the African American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy movements. The main emphasis is on African American Civil Rights. Please note that the guide is not comprehensive, so we encourage you to schedule an online appointment with a librarian or contact us via Ask a Librarian if you need help finding sources. Thanks!
Oral Histories and Interviews
Oral History Center (University of Louisville)
Find oral histories, including a number of online audio recordings, focusing on civil rights and African American life in Louisville. Search by keyword (e.g., "civil rights") or browse by topic.
Oral History Archives (Rutgers University)
Find oral histories related to African American and LGBTQ+ civil rights activism.
Civil Rights History Project (Library of Congress)
Find video interviews, full-text transcripts, and additional materials focusing on the history of the African American Civil Rights Movement. Click on the link to the Library of Congree YouTube channel to access the videos.
Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement (UNC Chapel Hill)
Find audio recordings and transcripts focusing on civil rights activism and desegregation in the south.
Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Interviews (Washington University)
Find video interviews conducted with civil rights activists for a PBS documentary in the 1980s.
Black Women Oral History Project (Harvard University)
Find interviews with Black women civil rights activists and community organizers.
Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History (University of Washington)
Find streaming video oral histories focusing on civil rights in Seattle, including African American, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ activism.
Civil Rights Oral History Collection (Washington State University)
Find a small number of audio recordings on the African American Civil Rights Movement as experienced in Washington and other states.
Latina and Latino Oral Histories (UCLA)
Find oral history transcripts focusing on Mexican American civil rights and other topics.
LGBTQ Oral History Links (University of Toronto)
Find an extensive list of links to various LGBTQ oral history and interview projects.
Civil Rights Digital Library (University of Georgia)
Find primary sources on the Civil Rights Movement, including oral histories, photographs, and more.