The African American oral history project (1971-1973) contains interviews with people who resided in Utah during the Depression and World War II era. Those interviewed discuss their experience being African American in Utah during this time. Items discussed include difficulty finding housing and jobs as well as discrimination in public areas and from neighbors. Audio is also available for the interviews.
Interviews with African Americans in Utah consist of transcripts detailing events recalled by the interviewees spanning the time period from 1889 to 1988. Topics include family life, work, religion, discrimination, civil rights experiences, and relations with the white, and in particular the Mormon, establishment in Utah. Most interviews were conducted by Leslie G. Kelen of the Oral History Institute. Click here to view the digitized items from the collection.