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Black Women at Virginia Tech Oral History Project Records

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1995-026

Scope and Content

The Black Women at Virginia Tech Oral History Project Records include interviews focused on the entry experience of the individual into the Virginia Tech community and the interviewees' perceptions of the climate and attitudes within the university community, particularly as pertains to race and gender. The collection includes cassette tapes, DAT tapes, and transcripts of interviews with some of the first Black women students at Virginia Tech (Jacquelyn Butler Blackwell, Marguerite Harper Scott, and Linda Edmunds Turner); Marva Felder Davis, first Black homecoming queen; Cheryl Butler McDonald, first Black woman in the Corps of Cadets; and Elaine Dowe Carter, catalyst of the project and doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech. Interviews were conducted by Carter and University Archivist Tamara Kennelly.

Some materials include copies of items from interviewees' times at Virginia Tech, originally dating to the 1960s and 1980s.

Transcripts of interviews with students and with two staff members (Cora McDaniel Pack and Rhonda Miller Rogers) are available in print. Transcripts and audio of several interviews are available online.

Dates

  • 1994 - 2000

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The majority of the collection is open for research. Restrictions on access to specific files or types of files are noted at the item level in the inventory.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Administrative History

The Black Women at Virginia Tech Oral History Project was a multi-phase research and educational collaborative program of the University Libraries and the Women's Center at Virginia Tech. The project involved the identification of the first Black women students, staff, and faculty at Virginia Tech and the collection of their oral history narratives.

Extent

3 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Abstract

The Black Women at Virginia Tech Oral History Project was a multi-phase research and educational collaborative program of the University Libraries and the Women's Center at Virginia Tech. The collection includes cassette tapes, DAT tapes, and transcripts of interviews with some of the first Black women students at Virginia Tech. The interviews focus on the entry experience of the individual into the Virginia Tech community and the interviewees' perceptions of the climate and attitudes within the university community, particularly as pertains to race and gender

Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Special Collections and University Archives in several accruals beginning in 1995.

Existence and Location of Copies

Several of the interviews in this collection have been digitized and are available online with transcripts. Links to individual interviews are included at the item level in the inventory.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Black Women at Virginia Tech Oral History Project Records by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the collection was completed in 2001.

Creator

Title
Black Women at Virginia Tech Oral History Project Records, 1994-2000
Status
Completed
Author
Laura Katz Smith, Manuscripts Curator
Date
2001 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308