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Loretta Dunbar Oral Correspondence Collection, 1974-1979
Loretta Dunbar served in the Peace Corps in West Africa (specifically Nigeria and Ghana) in the 1970s, where she met, fell in love with, and married Scotsman James “Hamish” Dunbar. Her recorded letters home to her mother and step-father (Lola & Wesley Kelley) in the U.S. offer rare, unguarded glimpses of daily life in this time and place. Decades later when the cassette tapes, long gathering dust, were returned to Loretta, she donated them to the South Caroliniana Library. The collection is now cataloged, digitized, and presented here with access to full transcripts and audio files.
Rosenwald Schools of South Carolina, An Oral History Exhibit
The Rosenwald Schools of South Carolina exhibit features as its center the forty-three oral history interviews forming the Tom Crosby Oral History Collection that describe the educational experiences of African Americans in South Carolina 1910s-1970s, most of whom attended Rosenwald schools and/or Allen University.
William Gravely Oral History Collection on the Lynching of Willie Earle
The William Gravely Oral History Collection on the Lynching of Willie Earle consists of 41 oral history interviews and accompanying supplementary materials. Dr. William Gravely, Professor Emeritus of Religion at the University of Denver, recorded the recollections of journalists, law enforcement officers, attorneys, clergy, relatives of Willie Earle, and other community members in relation to the lynching of African American and native South Carolinian Willie Earle on February 17, 1947