The HistoryMakers: A New Primary Source for Scholars GCP-07-08

Julieanna L. Richardso
Vernon D. Jarrett Senior Fellow at The Great Cities Institute of the University of Illinois at Chicago

Abstract
This paper explores the possibilities of increasing the use and accessibility of The HistoryMakers’ video oral history archive.  The archive of oral histories of African American “HistoryMakers” from a wide range of backgrounds is a potential resource for academics, school teachers, students, and historians alike.  Information is presented on the current state of the archives, potential future uses, and the importance of documenting and preserving these oral histories to gain a deeper understanding of African American history and experience.

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