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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

The Manuscript Index is arranged alphabetically by collection name.  To access a finding aid, please click on its name.

To search the Manuscript Index for a specific research topic, please enter the term into the Search Library Box below. 

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Collection Title:CL 35 Black Oral History CollectionCreator:Booth Library
Processed By:Deb Maloney
Date Completed:October 2009
Provenance:The items in this collection were acquired through the African-American oral history project and donated to the Booth Library by Tom Byrne in 1994. 

Afro-Americans-History; Oral history

Historical:Black Oral History Project- The Black Oral History Project was conducted by Chemung County Historical Society staff and community volunteers from 1989 until 1991.  It was conceived as a follow-up to the collaborative exhibit and publication A Heritage Uncovered: The Black Experience in Upstate New York, 1880-1925 and sought to capture information about a more contemporary black experience. 
Scope:The Black Oral History Collection contains audio cassettes and typed transcripts of interviews conducted for the Black Oral History Project, 1989-1991, along with photographs of the participants. 

You can listen to the recordings at the New York Heritage website.


Extent:1.5 linear feet
Date Span:1989-1991
Abstract:This collection contains audio cassettes and transcripts of interviews done as part of the African-American oral history project, 1988-1991. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
List entitled "Those Already Interviewed" as part of Black Oral History Project, with the names, addresses and phone numbers of interviewees, with names of interviewers included, October 31, 1989.Document010101
Black Oral History Project Photography List, with names, addresses, phone numbers, and some workplace locations of those interviewed, with names of interviewers, December 2, 1989.Document010102
Permission form to allow the use of photographs by the Chemung County Historical Society, signed by Joann Browne and witnessed by Wilma Hughey, December 1, 1989.Document010103
Permission form for the use of photographs by the Chemung County Historical Society, signed by Eva Williams, November 5, 1990.Document010104
List of Oral History Cassette Tapes used by E.B.I transcription class, prepared by Connie Barone at the Chemung County Historical Society, January 1990.Document010105
Audio cassette tape of the Black Oral History Project, with hand-written note saying "Audio is not good - new 'cleaned' copies done by B. Curtis", March 1, 1990.cassette tape010106
Audio cassette tape with hand-written note "For insruction with Educator 1990".Cassette tape010107
Video tape - A Heritage Uncovered: The Black Experience in Upstate New York, Black Oral History Project, Summer/Fall 1988.Videotape010108
Biographical information about Jennie V. Dunmyer, interviewed as part of the Black Oral History Project, October 13, 1989.Document010201
Transcript of interview of Jenny Dunmyer conducted by Eva Williams as part of the Black Oral History Project, October 13, 1989.Transcript010202
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