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C. L. Franklin Oral History Project: 1998-2003
Summary Information
Title: C. L. Franklin Oral History Project
Creator: Salvatore, Nick, 1943-
Dates: 1998-2003
Extent: 47 transcripts, 117 audiocassettes (in 3 boxes)
Abstract:
Professor of history at Cornell University; recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted in the course of Salvatore's research into the life and career of C. L. Franklin, African American clergyman, long-time pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, and active participant in the civil rights movement.
Call number: 0510 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Bentley Historical Library staff, 2005

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Professor Nick Salvatore (donor no. 9548) and came to the library in December 2004.

Access Restrictions:

The collection open without restriction.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, C. L. Franklin Oral History Project, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Professor of history and American culture at Cornell University. Author of a study of Rev. C.L Franklin Singing in a Strange Land : C.L. Franklin, the Black Church, and the Transformation of America, published in 2005.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The records of the C.L. Franklin Oral History Project, 1998-2002, consist of audiocassette recordings and typed transcripts of interviews conducted by Dr. Nick Salvatore as part of his research which resulted in publication of the book Singing in a Strange Land : C.L. Franklin, the Black Church, and the Transformation of America. Among the 47 interviewees were family members, parishioners in Franklin's church, ministerial colleagues from Detroit, and civil rights activists. Among the topics covered are personal recollections of Franklin, his preaching style, the role of gospel music in Franklin's ministry and his influence gospel music styles, and Franklin's role as civic and civil rights leader.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • African American clergy -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • African American churches -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • African Americans -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Baptists, Black -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Clergy -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Civil rights -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Detroit (Mich.) -- Church history.
  • Detroit (Mich.) -- Race relations.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Franklin, C. L. (Clarence LaVaughn), 1915-1984.
  • New Bethel Baptist Church (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Franklin, C. L. (Clarence LaVaughn), 1915-1984.
  • Bazmore, Grace.
  • Bazmore, Ray.
  • Billup, Edward Lee.
  • Branch, E. L.
  • Branch, Margaret.
  • Buck, Bea.
  • Cleveland, Clyde.
  • Corbett, Brenda.
  • Featherstone, Arthur.
  • Franklin, Erma.
  • Franklin, Vaughn.
  • Fraser, Douglas A. (Douglas Andrew), 1916-2008.
  • Greenleaf, Beverli.
  • Gregory, Karl.
  • Hall, Milton.
  • Henry, Milton.
  • Hentoff, Nat.
  • Hill, Mary.
  • Holley, James.
  • Hooks, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lawson), 1925-2010.
  • Hurley, Hula Gene.
  • James, Ivory.
  • Jenkins, Cheri.
  • Johnson, Arthur L.
  • Jones, S. L.
  • Kimble, J. M.
  • Kincaid, Harry.
  • King, Carolyn.
  • Kirby, Jerome.
  • Kyles, Samuel.
  • LaFayette, Bernard.
  • Lewis, John, 1940-
  • McCoy, Robbie., Mrs.
  • Malone, Wallace.
  • Matthews, David.
  • Moore, B. T.
  • Myles, Cleo.
  • Penn, Sylvia.
  • Perkins, Myra.
  • Perry, Hicken.
  • Rodgers, Patricia.
  • Stephens, Yvonne.
  • Stepp, Marc.
  • Thompson, Charlie.
  • Todd, Willie.
  • Williams, Jasper.
  • Williams, Ralph.
  • Young, Claud.
  • Bazmore, Grace.
  • Bazmore, Ray.
  • Billup, Edward Lee.
  • Branch, E. L.
  • Branch, Margaret.
  • Buck, Bea.
  • Cleveland, Clyde.
  • Corbett, Brenda.
  • Featherstone, Arthur.
  • Franklin, Erma.
  • Franklin, Vaughn.
  • Fraser, Douglas A. (Douglas Andrew), 1916-2008.
  • Greenleaf, Beverli.
  • Gregory, Karl.
  • Hall, Milton.
  • Henry, Milton.
  • Hentoff, Nat.
  • Hill, Mary.
  • Holley, James.
  • Hooks, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lawson), 1925-2010.
  • Hurley, Hula Gene.
  • James, Ivory.
  • Jenkins, Cheri.
  • Johnson, Arthur L.
  • Jones, S. L.
  • Kimble, J. M.
  • Kincaid, Harry.
  • King, Carolyn.
  • Kirby, Jerome.
  • Kyles, Samuel.
  • LaFayette, Bernard.
  • Lewis, John, 1940-
  • McCoy, Robbie., Mrs.
  • Malone, Wallace.
  • Matthews, David.
  • Moore, B. T.
  • Myles, Cleo.
  • Penn, Sylvia.
  • Perkins, Myra.
  • Perry, Hicken.
  • Rodgers, Patricia.
  • Stephens, Yvonne.
  • Stepp, Marc.
  • Thompson, Charlie.
  • Todd, Willie.
  • Williams, Jasper.
  • Williams, Ralph.
  • Young, Claud.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
C. L. Franklin Oral History Project [series]
 
Transcripts [subseries]
Box   1  
Group Interview
Box   1  
Bazmore, Grace and Ray
Box   1  
Billup, Edward Lee, Hill, Mary (joint interview)
Box   1  
Branch, Rev. E. L.
Box   1  
Branch, Margaret
Box   1  
Buck, Bea (edited transcript)
Box   1  
Cleveland, Clyde
Box   1  
Corbett, Brenda
Box   1  
Featherstone, Arthur
Box   1  
Franklin, Erma
Box   1  
Franklin, Vaughn
Box   1  
Fraser, Douglas, Stepp, Marc (joint interview)
Box   1  
Greenleaf, Beverli
Box   1  
Gregory, Karl
Box   1  
Hall, Milton
Box   1  
Henry, Milton
Box   1  
Hentoff, Nat

(notes from telephone interview)

Box   1  
Hill, Mary

(see Billup, Edward Lee)

Box   1  
Holley, James
Box   1  
Hooks, Benjamin
Box   1  
Hurley, Hula
Box   1  
James, Ivory
Box   1  
Jenkins, Cheri
Box   1  
Johnson, Arthur
Box   1  
Jones, S. L.
Box   1  
Kimple, J. M.

(see Matthews, David)

Box   1  
Kincaid, Harry
Box   1  
King, Carolyn
Box   1  
Kirby, Jerome
Box   1  
Kyles, Samuel
Box   1  
Lafayette, Bernard
Box   1  
Lewis, John
Box   1  
McCoy, Mrs. Robbie
Box   1  
Malone, Wallace
Box   1  
Matthews, David and Kimble, J. M.
Box   1  
Moore, Sr., B. T.
Box   1  
Myles, Cleo
Box   1  
Penn, Sylvia
Box   1  
Perkins, Myra
Box   1  
Perry, Hicken
Box   1  
Rodgers, Patricia
Box   1  
Stephens, Yvonne
Box   1  
Stepp, Marc

(see also Fraser, Douglas)

Box   1  
Thompson, Charlie
Box   1  
Todd, Willie
Box   1  
Williams, Jasper
Box   1  
Williams, Ralph
Box   1  
Young, Claud
 
Audiocassettes [subseries]
Box   2  
Bazmore, Grace and Ray (3 tapes)
Box   2  
Billup, Edward Lee, Hill, Mary (2 tapes)
Box   2  
Branch, Rev. E. L. (3 tapes)
Box   2  
Branch, Margaret (2 tapes)
Box   2  
Cleveland, Clyde (2 tapes)
Box   2  
Corbett, Brenda (3 tapes)
Box   2  
Featherstone, Arthur (2 tapes)
Box   2  
Franklin, Erma (5 tapes)
Box   2  
Franklin, Vaughn (3 tapes)
Box   2  
Fraser, Douglas, Stepp, Marc (2 tapes)
Box   2  
Greenleaf, Beverli (4 tapes)
Box   2  
Gregory, Karl (4 tapes)
Box   2  
Hall, Milton (2 tapes)
Box   2  
Henry, Milton (3 tapes)
Box   2  
Holley, James (3 tapes)
Box   2  
Hooks, Benjamin (3 tapes)
Box   2  
Hurley, Hula Gene (2 tapes)
Box   2  
James, Ivory (3 tapes)
Box   2  
Jenkins, Cheri (1 tapes)
Box   2  
Johnson, Arthur (3 tapes)
Box   2  
Jones, S. L. (2 tapes)
Box   3  
Kincaid, Harry (2 tapes)
Box   3  
King, Carolyn (2 tapes)
Box   3  
Kirby, Jerome (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Kyles, Samuel (4 tapes)
Box   3  
Lafayette, Bernard (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Lewis, John (3 tapes)
Box   3  
McCoy, Mrs. Robbie (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Malone, Wallace (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Matthews, David and Kimble, J.M. (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Moore, Sr., B. T. (4 tapes)
Box   3  
Myles, Cleo (2 tapes)
Box   3  
New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis, TN (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Penn, Sylvia (2 tapes)
Box   3  
Perkins, Myra (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Perry, Hicken (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Rodgers, Patricia (1 tapes)
Box   3  
Stephens, Yvonne (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Stepp, Marc (2 tapes)
Box   3  
Thompson, Charlie (4 tapes)
Box   3  
Todd, Willie (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Williams, Jasper (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Williams, Ralph (3 tapes)
Box   3  
Young, Claud (3 tapes)
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Material

Related collections at the Bentley Historical Library include the C.L. Franklin Papers and the records of New Bethel Baptist Church.