This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back!
Today is Friday November 13th 2009
My name is Angela Walton-Raji
This is the African Roots Podcast.

You can always reach me at

For videos of the International Black Genealogy Summit visit the Video Griot. There is another video from the Summit that can be found at: Northwestern University. Enjoy them both!

Congratualtions to the Kansas State African American Museum for having received
a $25,000 grant to establish a statewide history and genealogy program called “Knowing Me, Knowing You.” The program is designed for anyone with a contribution to Kansas African American history. The grant, awarded by the Chester and Ada Franklin Scholarship Fund and co-trustees Bank of America and Samuel L. Adams, will allow the Wichita museum’s staff to set up video cameras at six Kansas towns with important African-American ties: Nicodemus, Topeka, Kansas City, Wichita, Hutchinson and Weir. The program is expected to begin next year.
For more information, contact Mark McCormick or Prisca Barnes at 316-262-7651 or e-mail:

From the Mississippi Digital collections First Regional Library, comes a very good resource for Tate County MS researchers.
Compiled by Louise Cox Fox 1997.

Roxana Chapin Gerdine Collection—This is a 14 page letter with no date but cleary written after the war. The letter written from one woman to anther lamenting about life now that the slaves were freed. Thought not complete with signature the letter is said to have been written by Roxana Chapin Gertine to her sister Emily McKinstry Chapin in West Point Mississippi.

I was impressed to find some oral history collections at the library of Jackson State University.
Jackson State Digital Collection NOT IMAGES—BUT still worth exploring. There are 16 inventories of a the holdings in special collections at Jackson State and some appear to be fascinating holdings and worth scheduling a visit to Jackson state to access the collections.
Included are:
Farish Street historic district of Jackson MS. Including a Senior Citizens Oral History project: Twenty-two audio cassette tapes and transcripts of oral history interviews conducted in 1976 with African American senior citizens in Jackson, Mississippi and many topics from civil rights to health issues are discussed.

Gowdy historical collection
This consists of transcripts and audio recordings of 22 interviews conducted between 1978 and 1988 with then-present and former residents of the Washington Addition (“Gowdy”) neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi. The Gowdy area was settled by African Americans in the early twentieth century. This is just a small sampling of the offerings at Jackson State Special collections.

Good news–ProQuest has put Historic Black newspapers online.
Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)
The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988)
Chicago Defender (1910-1975)
Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991)
Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)
The Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
The Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)
The Black Newspapers Collection is also available with ProQuest Black Studies Center, which features journals, Schomburg essays and dissertations and more.

Veterans History Project
This is an ongoing project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress which has collected over 55,000 first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from World War I (1914-1920), World War II (1939-1946), the Korean War (1950-1955), the Vietnam War (1961-1975), the Persian Gulf War (1990-1995) and Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present). Almost 5,000 of these narratives and oral histories have been digitized and can be explored online. Many of the interviews were made with African American Veterans.

I hope you enjoy these listings which are put here for two purposes. First it is useful to know what can be accessed, but secondly these projects should serve as models for us all as we conduct our own research. It is essential that we consider telling the stories beyond our own family circles and embrace the larger community and that we find and share those stories as well.

Thanks for listening this week.

Keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

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