May 17, 2022

U.S. History: Civil Rights Movement: Stanford U. Makes Audio Interviews and Transcripts From 1965’s “Project South” Available Online

From Remix: Stanford U. Libraries Newsletter:

During the summer of 1965, eight students from Stanford University (sponsored by KZSU, Stanford’s student radio station) spent ten weeks in the southern states tape-recording information on student participation in the Civil Rights Movement. The tapes gathered during that summer comprise the only library of recorded information on this (or any other) ongoing social movement in America at the time. These audio and transcripts from the collection are now available online and open to the research community.

From a Blog Post by Stanford University Archivist, Daniel Hartwig:

The eight interviewers — Mary Kay Becker, Mark Dalrymple, Roger Dankert, Richard Gillam, James McRae, Penny Niland, Jon Roise, and Julie Wells — were sponsored by KZSU, Stanford’s student radio station, and their original intent was to gather material suitable for rebroadcasting in the form of radio programs. Northern college students who were working in the South for the first time were the major focus, although many other topics were also investigated.


Several of the two-person interview teams recorded parts of the Jackson, Bougalusa, Greensboro, Crawfordsville, and West Point demonstrations, and also gathered various other action tapes of civil rights workers canvassing voters, conducting freedom schools, or participating in demonstrations. Finally, the interviewers recorded many mass meetings and gathered much material on the orientation sessions of MFDP in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and of SCLC in Atlanta, Georgia.

Direct to Streaming Audio, Transcripts, and Other Materials (via Online Archive of California/Stanford University Archives