Sweet Auburn Neighborhood Project oral history interviews
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Sweet Auburn Neighborhood Project oral history interviews

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Sweet Auburn Neighborhood Project (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: Sweet Auburn Neighborhood Project oral history interviews
Dates: 1978
Quantity: 1.0 cubic ft.
Quantity: 71 audiotapes cassette
Abstract:The collection consists of oral history interviews and transcripts of interviews of residents and merchants in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia in 1978. The interviewees discuss personal background, social and economic conditions among the African American residents of Sweet Auburn, recollections of the riot of 1906, the fire of 1917, the Depression, the Butler Street Urban Renewal Project (1950s), cross-town migration, and the civil rights movement. The collection also contains information regarding research and preparation for the grant project.
Identification: aarl93-002

Biographical/Historical Note

The Sweet Auburn Neighborhood Project is an oral history project that was funded by an NEH Youth Project grant. The oral histories of Auburn Avenue residents and merchants were gathered by local teenagers in 1978. With support from Atlanta's Bureau of Cultural Affairs as well as NEH, Project Director Dr. Harry Lefever, Chairman of the Spelman College Sociology Department, and two other scholars trained youth between the ages of sixteen and twenty in oral history techniques. The project participants also learned to prepare a subject index, contribute to photographic essays, and prepare both newsletters and a Sweet Auburn walking tour book.

The two major goals of the Project were to "(1) compile and distribute historic and sociological information about the Sweet Auburn Neighborhood, and (2) to provide a meaningful learning experience for a group of young people ranging in ages from sixteen to twenty years."


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of oral history interviews and transcripts of interviews of residents and merchants in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia in 1978. The interviewees discuss personal background, social and economic conditions among the African American residents of Sweet Auburn, recollections of the riot of 1906, the fire of 1917, the Depression, the Butler Street Urban Renewal Project (1950s), cross-town migration, and the civil rights movement. The collection also contains information regarding research and preparation for the grant project.


Arrangement

The collection remains in original order.

I. Cassette Tapes.

II. [Project preparation materials and student publications]

III. Transcripts


Index Terms

African Americans--Georgia--Economic conditions.
African Americans--Georgia--Social conditions.
Atlanta (Ga.)--Race relations.
Atlanta (Ga.)--Social life and customs.
Auburn Avenue Neighborhood (Atlanta, Ga.)
Civil rights movements--Georgia.
Depressions, 1929--Georgia.
Fires--Georgia--Atlanta.
Oral histories (document genre).
Riots--Georgia--Atlanta.
Sound recordings.
Urban-rural migration--Georgia--Atlanta.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, series, Sweet Auburn Neighborhood Project oral history interviews, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Provenance

The Sweet Auburn Neighborhood Project was given to the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History in September, 1993 by Dr. Levefer.

Processing Information

Processed by VDH June 1994


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Copyright Restrictions

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.


Related Material

This collection also contained the following issues of the Atlanta Daily World.

June 18, 1976
August 13, 1978 (50th Anniversary Issue)
June 17, 1979

These issues have been transferred to the Auburn Avenue Research Library Archives Division Rare Newspapers and Periodicals Collection. These papers are also available on microfilm in the Reference Division.


Container List

 

Series I: Cassette Tapes

The Sweet Auburn Neighborhood Project collection has a total Of 71 cassette cases and 70 tapes. Case 45 (Dr. Nash) is empty. Tapes 11 and 36 are missing.

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1Great Fire of 1917

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2Roger McKearny (Wheat Street Towers), 4/24/78

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2AMr. Burgess (Southern Stamp and Stencils) / Maurice Carmichael (owner-Henry's Grill) / Jake Foster (Municipal Market), [n.d.]

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3W.A. Scott Ill (Atlanta Daily World), [n.d.]

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4W.A. Scott III

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5Ms. Jefferson (Murphy's Painting Shop) / Richard Johnson (Almo Tailoring Shop), 3/15/78

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6Hosea Adams / Mr. Glaze (Fire Station #6), 3/17/78

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7Wendy Robinson (Wheat Street Towers), 3/30/78

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8Mike Sears (WXAP) / Joe Walker (WERD), 3/78

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9A.J. Taylor (owner of Rib Shack)

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10A.J. Taylor

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12Rev. William H. Borders (Pastor, Wheat Street Baptist Church), 4/26/78

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13Hosely Randall (Wheat Street Towers), 4/25/78

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14Ms. Simpson (Boulevard), 4/26/78

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15Ron Frazier (Dance School), 4/28/78

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16Mr. Frank Scott (Bradley Street), 4/27/78

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17Mr. Minter / Ms. Thomas (Cathy Crawford Nursing Center), [n.d.]

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18Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

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19Andrew McKenzie (Baker Street), [n.d.]

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20Mamie Oaks (Cathy Crawford Nursing Center), 5/9/78

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21Mr. Hollingsworth, 5/10/78

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22William Maxwell (Cathy Crawford Nursing Center), 5/10/78

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23Mr. Lampkins, 5/15/78

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24Rena Burnson, 5/15/78

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25Reverend Hightower, 5/15/78

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26Lucille Scott (Atlanta Daily World), 5/16/78

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27Mrs. Nina King (daughter of Cornellus King), 5/16/78

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28Fletcher Coombs (Mutual Federal), 5/25/78

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29Fletcher Coombs

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30Tommie Dawson, 6/5/78

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31Walter Oliver, 6/6/78

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32Mr. Hollingsworth, 6/6/78

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33Mr. Hollingsworth

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34America Watson, 6/7/78

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35Clara Thomas, 6/7/78

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37Mrs. Robinson (Wheat Street Towers) Tape 2 (see # 7)

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38AMr. Preston Tribles, 6/7/78

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38BMr. Preston Tribles

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39Count Jackson, 6/6/78

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40Mrs. Iona McMeen, 6/6/78

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41Benny Smith (Ebony Restaurant), 6/14/78

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41BBenny Smith

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42Mrs. Lucille Scott (Atlanta Daily World), 6/14/78

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43Dr. Nash, 6/26/78

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44Ms. Hamilton (daughter of contractor Mr. Hamilton), 7/12/78

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45Tape case empty, marked Dr. Nash, 7/13/78

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46Jimmy Collier, 7/25/78

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47Rev. Borders / Mr. Nash / Mr. Jefferson / C.A. Scott discuss John Wesley Dobbs, 8/2/78

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48Reverend Jones (Pastor of Big Bethel Church), 8/3/78

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49Matthew Johnson, 8/3/78

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50L.D. Milton (Milton and Yates), 8/4/78

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51Ms. Mable Hawk, 8/78

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52Mr. Golden Billups, 8/8/78

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53Mr. Golden Billups

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54Mr. Ron Wilson, 8/11/78

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55Ella Martin, 8/11/78

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56Reverend Moore, 8/14/78

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57Reverend Moore

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58Joe Garrison, 8/16/78

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59Mr. Eagleson (Spelman College), 7/18/78

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60Cleveland Scott, 8/18/78

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61John Calhoun / X.L. Neal, 8/18/78

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62Millicent Jordon (about her father, John Wesley Dobbs), 8/22/78

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62ASeveral Tenants, 8/28/78

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63C.A. Scott (Atlanta Daily World), 9/14/78

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64Mr. Funderberg, 9/18/78

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65Dr. T.J. Flanagan, 9/15/78

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66Dr. T.J. Flanagan

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67Dr. T.J. Flanagan, 9/22/78

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68Dr. T.J. Flanagan

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69Reverend Jones (about Big Bethel), 9/21/78
 

Series II: [Project preparation materials and student publications]

The materials Dr. Lefever created in preparation for this project include a copy of the NEH application, the overview of the project, fact sheet, list of references, subject index, and interview guide. The second kind of materials are the three items the students published: the two volumes of the Sweet Auburn Chronicle and the Sweet Auburn Walking Tour.

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11Application for NEH Grant to fund the Sweet Auburn Neighborhood Projects
2Overview of the Sweet Auburn Neighborhood Project
3Important Facts about the "Sweet Auburn" Community
3Buildings Constructed by Blacks in "Sweet Auburn"
3CETA Young People
3Sweet Auburn Quiz
3Atlanta, You Ought to Know Your Auburn Avenue
3'Sweet Auburn' History is Saved
4List of References on "Sweet Auburn"
5 Sweet Auburn Chronicle. Vol. 1, No. 1, July, 1978
6 Sweet Auburn Chronicle. Vol. 1, No. 2, August, 1978
7 Sweet Auburn Walking Tour
8Interview Guide for the Sweet Auburn Project
9Subject File: Sweet Auburn Neighborhood Project
 

Series III: Transcripts

The transcripts that the students wrote up from their taped interviews do not follow the tapes exactly. Several of the tapes do not have transcripts.

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110Transcript of Tape 1: Great Fire of 1917
11Transcript of Tape 2: Roger McKeary
12Transcript of Tape 2A: Mr.Burgess / Maurice Carmichael / Jake Foster
13Excerpts from Tapes 3 and 4: W.A. Scott III
14Transcript of Tape 3: W.A. Scott III
15Transcript of Tape 4: W.A. Scott III
16Transcript of Tape.5: Richard Johnson
17Transcript of Tape 5: Ms. Jefferson
18Transcript of Tape 6: Hosea Adams / Mr. Glaze
19Transcript of Tape 7: Wendy Robinson
20Transcript of Tape 8: Mike Sears / Joe Walker
21Transcript of Tape 9: A.J. Taylor
22Transcript of Tape 10: A.J. Taylor
23Transcript of Tape 12: Reverend Borders
24Transcript of Tape 13: Hoseley Randall
25Transcript of Tape 14: Ms. Simpson
26Transcript of Tape 15: Ron Frazier
27Transcript of Tape 16: Frank Scott
28Transcript of Tape 17: Mr. Minter / Ms. Thomas
29Transcript of Tape 18: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
30Transcript of Tape 19: Andrew McKenize
31Transcript of Tape 20: Mamie Oaks
32Transcript of Tape 21: Mr. Hollingsworth
33Transcript of Tape 23: Mr. Lamkins
34Transcript of Tape 24: Rena Burnson
35Transcript of Tape 25: Reverend Hightower
36Transcript of Tape 26: Lucille Scott
37Transcript of Tape 27: Mrs. Nina King
38Transcript of Tapes 28 and 29: Fletcher Coombs
39Transcript of Tape 31: Walter Oliver
40Transcriot of Tape 32: Mr. Hollingsworth
41Transcript of Tape 33: Mr. Hollingsworth
42Transcript of Tape 35: Clara Thomas
43Transcript of Tape 37: Mrs. Robinson
44Transcript of Tape 38A and 38B: Mr. Preston Tribles
45Transcript of Tape 39: Count Jackson
46Transcript of Tape 40: Mrs. Iona McMeen

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21Transcript of Tape 41: Benny Smith
2Transcript of Tape 41 A: Benny Smith
3Transcript of Tape 42: Mrs. Lucille Scott
4Transcript of Tape 43: Dr. Nash
5Transcript of Tape 44: Ms. Hamilton
6Transcript of Tape 45: Dr. Nash
7Transcript of Tape 46: Jimmy Collier
8Transcript of Tape 47: Reverend Borders / Mr. Jefferson / Dr. Nash / C.A. Scott discuss John Wesley Dobbs
9Transcript of Tape 48: Reverend Jones
10Transcript of Tape 49: Mr. Matthew Johnson
11Transcript of Tape 50: L.D. Milton
12Transcript of Tape 51: Ms. Mable Hawk
13Transcript of Tape 54: Mr. Ron Wilson
14Transcript of Tape 55: Ella Martin
15Transcript of Tape 56: Reverend Moore
16Transcript of Tape 58: Joe Garrison
17Transcript of Tape 59: Mr. Eagleson
18Transcript of Tape 60: Cleveland Scott
19Transcript of Tape 62: Millicent Jordan
20Transcript of Tape 64: Mr. Funderberg
21Transcript of Tape 65: Dr. T.J. Flanagan
22Transcript of Tape 66: Dr. T.J. Flanagan
23Transcript of Tape 67: Dr. T.J. Flanagan
24Transcript of Tape 68: Dr. T.J. Flanagan
25Transcript of Tape 69: Reverend Jones about Big Bethel
26Tape Outlines: Tapes 2 - 10
27Tape Outlines: Tapes 12 - 20
28Tape Outlines: Tapes 21 - 29
29Tape Outlines: Tapes 31 - 39
30Tape Outlines: Tapes 40 - 48
Original card subject index