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LIBRARY GUIDE TO Civil Rights Movement Pathfinder

Civil rights history primary sources
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff History Vault: Civil Rights and the Black Freedom Struggle
A collection of digitized primary sources documenting the civil rights movement, from the early 20th century to the 1970s with an emphasis on the 1960s. NAACP Papers are included.
Unrestricted Resource Reveal Digital: Independent Voices
Underground newsletters of the 1960s-1980s

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Chicago Defender (Proquest Historical Newspapers)
Covers several editions of the Chicago Defender newspaper from 1909-1975.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Detroit Free Press 1923-1999
 Historical coverage of the Detroit Free Press.

Documenting the American South
Oral histories (UNC Chapel Hill)

Civil Rights Digital Library of Georgia

Civil Rights Project at the Library of Congress
Oral histories, collections, essays

Civil Rights in Mississippi
Digital collections of the University of Southern Mississippi, including oral histories

Civil rights documents, photos and other materials at the Digital Public Library of America
Browse digital collections of major institutions across the US

Harry Truman Library, The Report of the President's Committee on Civil Rights (1946)

Civil rights materials at the Eisenhower Presidential Library

Civil rights archives at the JFK Presidential Library

Guides on civil rights at the LBJ Presidential Library

Martin Luther King, Jr: Historic Speeches and Interviews

Selected documents
(King Institute, Stanford U)

  • search and browse selected documents from the King Papers.
  • provides access to the The Online King Records Access (OKRA) database, with information on archival locations of thousands of speeches, sermons, letters, and other documents by and about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Photographs and audio-visual materials
Photographs of the civil rights movement (DPLA)

Voices of Civil Rights (Library of Congress exhibit)

Civil rights movement photos (National Archives)

Civil rights movement (Calisphere)

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Alexander Street Video
Contains newsreels, documentaries, interviews and other moving image materials documenting the civil rights movement
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Dan Ring
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