Pathfinder: African American Narratives

The following web page serves as an online reference to Internet sources to oral histories ranging from slave narratives to more recent accounts involving segregation and civil rights.
Oral Histories
American Communities: An Oral History Approach
A universtiy student project creating documentation of local African American experiences in Durham, North Carolina during the 1900s. Accounts represent experiences that deal with an overview of segregation and specific dipiction of segregation as it applied to schools and other public locations.
African-American Richmond: Educational Segregation and Desegregation
Fourteen oral history interviews with local Richmond, Virgina American American residents done in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University students as part of a course. Participants were interviewed regarding their education experiences.
Documenting the American South
"Southern persectives of American history and culture" are captured in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's electronic collection of narratives.
Civil Rights Documentation Project
The University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage in conjunction with the Tougaloo College Archives compiled this oral account of the Civil Rights Era.
American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography
A collection of slave narratives on the Web.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Oral history clips of Louis Armstrong from the Schomberg's Louis Armstrong Jazz Oral History Project.
Creating an Oral History
Oral History Association
National Endowment for the Humanities
Southern Oral History Program
Association for the Study of African American Life and History


For a comprehensive listing of general oral histories, visit: