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Oral History Collections 

 

Chinese Oral Histories
This collection consists of interviews focusing on the history and culture of the Chinese people in the Mississippi Delta. This Mississppi Humanities Council funded oral history project was completed in 2000.

Civil Rights Oral Histories
This collection consists of interviews focusing on the Civil Rights struggle of African Americans in the Mississippi Delta during the 1950s and 60s. This Mississippi Humanities Council funded oral history project was completed in 2001.

Delta Black Farmers

This collection consists of interviews focusing on small black farmers in the Mississippi Delta.

Delta State University Oral Histories
This collection consists of interviews focusing on the history of Delta State University. This Mississippi Humanities Council funded oral history project was completed in 2001.

Delta Food Oral Histories
This collection consists of interviews focusing on local culinary related oral histories.  The Deep South Regional Humanities Center recognizes that Foodways – the way we deal with food sources and its preparation, say a lot about individual regional cultures. 

Italian Oral Histories
This collection consists of interviews focusing on the history and culture of the Italian people in the Mississippi Delta. This Mississippi Humanities Council funded oral history project was completed in 2001.

Other Oral Histories                                                                                                 The Delta State University Archives has over 200 oral history interviews covering a wide range of subjects concerning the history and culture of the Mississippi Delta. These interviews are not part of a specific project and are generally from the 70s, 80s, and early 90′s.                                                                                                                

German POW Oral Histories                                                                                                                                                                                  The Mississippi Humanities Council funded an oral history project on German POWs that were in the Mississippi Delta during the period during the WWII years (1942-1945).  There were several POW camps located in Mississippi.  A major camp was at Camp McCain near Grenada.  Several side camps operated from the main camp, including one in Merigold, MS.

Historical Neighborhoods Oral Histories

The objective of this project was to gain information and insight from Cleveland residents and homeowners who live in Cleveland’s historic district.

Jewish Oral Histories

This collection of Jewish Oral Histories was part of a Delta State University Advanced Research Writing ELR 702 class project entitled "Growing Up Jewish in the Delta."  The histories give insight what it is like from a Jewish prospective, to grow up in the Delta.

Patchwork Oral History Project                                                                                                                      In late 1999, the Mississippi Humanities Council funded an oral history project that targeted individuals whose life stories would supplement the documentation of Mississippi history by the Mississippi Oral History Project.

Sharkey Issaquena Oral History Project                                                                           This series of interviews dates to the mid 1970′s and focused on the Delta, its farming practices and labor situation during WWII, and the move from the use of animals to machinery.  Also contained in the interview is the origins of Delta Council.

Early American Literature Class Project

This collection of oral histories was part of a project for Delta State University’s Early American Literature class.  Each oral history participant focused on a specific interest on a variety of topics.

 

West Tallahatchie High School Oral History Project

Throughout the Spring 2010 semester, middle school students at West Tallahatchie High School participated in a living history project to explore the history and culture of their town.  This project was sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.  Their support made this project possible and will provide for future living history projects such as this to occur in the future.  Click here to view the video. (the video is in the email below) Each living history collected during the project is available for research purposes from the University Archives. 

World War II 

This collection of oral histories was a Delta State University Advanced Writing Class (ELR 702) that focused entirely on interviews from veterans of World War II and interviews from persons on the homefront. 

 

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