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African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection, 1983-1992

Collection Overview

Title: African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection, 1983-1992

ID: OH 029

Primary Creator: Grice, Michael

Extent: 0.4 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


This collection is made up of twenty-nine reel-to-reel sound recordings containing interviews between film maker Michael Grice and African-American railroad porters employed in the Portland area. These recordings form much of the background research used for Grice's 1985 film, "Black Families and the Railroad in Oregon and the Northwest." A VHS copy of the film is included in the collection. The collection's website includes digital versions of the interviews along with interview transcriptions: http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/oh29/index.html

Scope and Content Notes

The subjects featured in these interviews are: Otto Rutherford, Woodrow E. Wilson, Lonnie Wilson, Jimmy Sullivan, Cleophas Smith, Vernon Gaskin, Willie Rice, James Brooks, Congressman Augustus Hawkins, E. Shelton Hill, Si Greene, Daniel Allen, Eddie Butler, Hazel Murray, Lawrence Alberti, Cliff Jackson, Walter Reynolds, George Canada, and Alfred Richardson.

Biographical / Historical Notes

An educator and co-founder of the World Arts Foundation, Michael "Chappie" Grice has been an advocate for the preservation of African-American culture. In 2010, he was honored by the National Education Association with the H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Award. His film on African-American railroad porters was featured at the Oregon Historical Society exhibit "Railroading and Portland's Black Community."

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 cubic foot box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: This collection is a component of the Oregon Multicultural Archives, which also houses the Oregon Multicultural Archives Oral History Collection (OH 018).

Preferred Citation: African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection (OH 29), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.


Grice, Michael

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Grice, Michael
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