In the 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. James Wright, a manager at the Phillis Wheatley branch of Rochester Public Libraries, commissioned a project to preserve the history of Rochester's African American community. This oral history project focused on native Rochesterians as well as longtime residents of the city, discussing topics like housing discrimination, segregation, and the importance of community. The recordings, called the Phillis Wheatley Public Library Oral History Collections, consist of 113 audio tapes, with approximately 70 hours currently digitized.
The collection can be found here.
The following table, with links to audio file pages at www.rochestervoices.org, was prepared by Chloe Tacata.
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Rights & Access information are available on each page linked above. The Rochester Voices audio files, fieldwork recordings and transcripts have been released to support research, scholarly work, and other non-commercial usage. If you use any of these recordings, please cite the source material.