American Women's History: A Research Guide
Civil Rights
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Biographical Sources

Hardy, Gayle J. American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825-1992. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1993. 496p.


Bradley, David, and Shelley Fisher Fishkin, eds. The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America. 3 vols. Armonk, N.Y.: Sharpe Reference, 1998. 1018p.

Martin, Waldo E., Jr., and Patricia Sullivan, eds. Civil Rights in the United States. 2 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2000. 851p.

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Archives Division []

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Blewen, John. Oh Freedom Over Me [online]. Saint Paul, MN: Minnesota Public Radio, 2000 [cited 18 June 2002]. Available from:
Listen to this engaging program about Freedom Summer. Topics include activist strategies, freedom songs, and Fannie Lou Hamer. The site also includes transcripts of selected interviews and a slideshow of photographs.

Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive [online]. Hattiesburg, Miss.: USM Libraries, 2000- .

Civil Rights Oral History Interviews [online]. Pullman, WA: Washington State University Libraries, n.d. [cited 14 March 2002]. Available from:

The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Massive Resistance [online]. [Richmond, Va. : Central Virginia Educational Television Corporation, c1999- ]. Available from:

The Kentucky Civil Rights Oral History Project [online]. Kentucky Historical Society, n.d. [cited 19 July 2001]. Available from:

Thomas, William G. Television News of the Civil Rights Era 1950-1970 [online]. Charlottesville: The Virginia Center for Digital History, University of Virginia, c2003 [cited 3 July 2003]. Available from:

University of California Black Alumni Series [online]. Berkeley: Library, University of California, n.d. [cited 11 March 2002]. Available from:;pt=unihist.
The site includes an oral history interview with Tarea Hall Pittman, the West Coast Regional Director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 1959 to 1967.

The Whole World Was Watching: An Oral History of 1968 [online]. Providence, RI: Scholarly Technology Group, Brown University, [1998- ]. Available from:
Most of the interviewees at least touch upon civil rights. Naomi Craig, an African American, discusses race relations and the assassination of Martin Luther King.

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Ach, William K. "Sources for the Study of Civil Rights." Microform Review 16 (Fall 1987): 316-28.

The Papers of Fannie Lou Hamer, 1917-1977. New Orleans, LA: Amistad Research Center, [1985]. 17 microfilm reels.

Talking About Women's History

Height, Dorothy. Open the Freedom Gates [Interview online]. Interviewed by Gwen Ifill. Online Newshour, 17 July 2003 [cited 30 September 2003]. Available from:

Sullivan, Patricia. The NAACP -- The First Fifty Years [Interview online]. Dialogue, 22 June 2000. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132