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Explorations in Black Leadership project papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ViU-2022-0016

Content Description

This collection contains binders with preparatory materials, questions, notes, and VHS tapes from fifty-one interviews conducted between 2000 and 2015 by Julian Bond and Phyllis Leffler as part of the Explorations in Black Leadership project. This project consisted of oral histories of leaders from the Black community, from all areas including law, education, religion, public service, the arts, and business, examining how leaders are nurtured, and how historical circumstances shape them. The binders contain interview questions, possible answers prepared for Julian Bond, the primary interviewer, by interns with the Institute for Public History, handwritten notes, and correspondence. There are also three cubics (Boxes 7-9) of audio and video cassettes, CDs, and DVDs of interviews and other project related materials.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Phyllis Leffler, 3 November 2022

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

Original digital media (floppy disks, zip disks, thumb drives, born-digital files, etc.) and other media formats such as LPs, audiotapes, videotapes, films, CDs, and DVDs, etc. cannot be handled directly by patrons. Appointments must be made in advance to request these items held by Special Collections. In most cases, materials must be reformatted before they can be accessed, sometimes at the researcher’s expense. Please use our online reference request form ( to request access to these materials or to ask for further information or to schedule access to audio-visual materials.


  • Creation: 2000 - 2015



9.0 Cubic Feet (Nine boxes)

120 items (29 VHS, 52 DVCAMs, 29 optical disks, 2 DVs, 8 Betacam SPs )


Box 1 - 10 items, 8 binders and 2 folders. Box 2 - 11 binders. Box 3 - 9 binders. Box 4 - 8 binders, 1 copy of Black Leaders on Leadership: Conversations with Julian Bond by Phyllis Leffler, 1 VHS tape, and 2 floppy disks. Box 5 - 7 binders. Box 6 - 7 binders. Box 7 - 58 A/V and digital materials (28 VHS, 6 DVCAMs, and 24 optical disks). Box 8 - 48 A/V materials (46 DVCAMs and 2 DVs). Box 9 - 14 A/V and digital items (8 Betacam SP, 1 VHS, and 5 optical disks).