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Explorations in Black Leadership project papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 16674

Content Description

This collection contains briefings with preparatory materials, questions and notes for oral histories conducted as part of the Explorations in Black Leadership project. The briefings were often compiled by interns with the Institute for Public History and included interview questions, possible answers prepared for Julian Bond (the primary interviewer), biographical information, handwritten notes, and correspondence. The collection also includes audio and video cassettes, CDs, and DVDs of interviews and other project related materials.


  • Creation: 1998 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use materials in the collection in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Biographical Note

Phyllis Leffler is a professor emerita at the University of Virginia with a focus on oral history, public history, and the history of the University of Virginia. Julian Bond was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement, helping to found the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971. Bond also served in the Georgia House of Representatives, was the chairman of the NAACP from 1998 to 2010, and was a professor at the University of Virginia. Explorations in Black Leadership was a joint project co-directed by Leffler and Bond within the School of Arts and Sciences, conducted between 200 and 2015. The project consisted of oral histories of leaders from the Black community, from all areas including law, education, religion, public service, the arts, and business. It examined how leaders are nurtured and how historical circumstances shape them.


9.0 Cubic Feet (Nine boxes)

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

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Explorations in Black Leadership project papers
Stephanie Ricker
5 July 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States