Oral Histories

The Black Archives of Mid-America maintains an expanding collection of oral histories that can be heard in the reading room. Below you will find descriptions of the oral history collections.

Black Archives of Mid-America / Kansas City Public Library Oral History Collection (AC12)

The Black Archives of Mid-America / Kansas City Public Library Oral History Collection consists of 59 interviews with individuals prominent in the African American community, conducted between 1975 and 1976. The collection provides insight into the history of the African American community in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Subjects covered include: business; community affairs; education; journalism; labor; law; medicine; military service; music; politics; religion; sports; and theater.

The oral history project was a grant-funded collaboration between the Black Archives of Mid-America and the Kansas City Public Library. The library served primarily in a consulting role, providing training to prospective interviewers. The Black Archives directed most other aspects of the project, including identifying interviewees, performing interviews, and creating summaries of the interviews.