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Guide to the Friends of Negro Spirituals Oral History Collection
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Oral history interviews

Physical Description: 10 oral history transcripts and DVDs

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes DVDs and transcriptions of oral history interviews with William Bell, Lyvonne Chrisman, Marcella Huggins Conley, Doug Edwards, Sam Edwards, Jacqueline B. Hairston, Autris Thomas Paige, Linda Tillery, and Cleophas and Sadie Carter Williams. Each interview transcript includes an overview of the oral history project and an introduction by Sam Edwards.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by last name of interviewee.
Box 1

Interview with William Bell 2007-07-14

Description

Oral history interview conducted by Deeann Mathews with jazz pianist and conductor William Bell discussing his childhood, moving to California, and Negro spirituals and conductors, and his work as conductor of the Oakland Bay Area Community Choir.
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Interview with Lyvonne Chrisman 2007-06-20

Description

Interview conducted by Nancy Thompson with Lyvonne Chrisman discussing her work preserving Negro spirituals as co-founder of the Friends of Negro Spirituals.
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Interview with Marcella Huggins Conley 2007-06-23

Description

Interview conducted by Sharon Henderson-Nichols with professor and social worker Marcella H. Conley discussing her family, education, career, and stylized versus spontaneous spirituals.
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Interview with Helen Dilworth 2007-08-11

Description

Interview conducted by Deeann Mathews with educator Helen Dilworth discussing her introduction to spirituals, their history and meaning, her academic work, and the challenge of preserving spirituals.
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Interview with Doug Edwards 2007-07-14

Description

Interview conducted by KaSelah Crockett with radio host Doug Edwards discussing his broadcasting career, his advocacy for Negro spirituals, and how spirituals relate to the history of African Americans.
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Interview with Sam Edwards 2007-06-16

Description

Interview conducted by Ronnie Lee Robinson with social worker Sam Edwards Jr. discussing his childhood and first exposure to Negro spirituals, and his motivation for co-founding the Friends of Negro Spirituals.
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Interview with Jacqueline B. Hairston 2007-06-30

Description

Interview conducted by Yerdua Caesar-Kaptoech with pianist, musical arranger and educator Jacqueline B. Hairston discussing her childhood and career, musical arrangement, and her efforts to preserve Negro spirituals.
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Interview with Autris Thomas Paige 2007-08-11

Description

Interview conducted by Lyvonne Chrisman with singer and performer Autris Thomas Paige discussing his childhood, schooling, and the influence of Negro spirituals on his family and career.
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Interview with Linda Tillery 2007-08-11

Description

Interview conducted by KaSelah Crockett with performing artist Linda Tillery discussing her experiences as a choir director, her travels, and the importance of Negro spirituals as a part of the fabric of African American life.
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Interview with Cleophus Williams and Sadie Carter Williams 2007-06-30

Description

Interview conducted by Lashunda Tate with longshoreman Cleophus Williams and his wife Sadie Williams discussing their family history, business and social ties, and how Negro spirituals have played an integral role in their lives.