Vivian Carter Mason Interviews, 1978 | Special Collections and University Archives
Discrimination against African Americans
Mason, Vivian Carter
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century
Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century
Powell, Adam Clayton, 1908-1972
Race relations--History--20th century
School integration--Massive resistance movement
School integration--Virginia--Norfolk--History--20th century
Segregation in education--Virginia--Norfolk
Women's Council for Interracial Cooperation (Norfolk, Va.)
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The collection consists of the cassette tapes and transcripts of four interviews recorded between March and October of 1978. Each interview of Vivian Carter Mason was conducted by Zelda Silverman. The interviews primarily cover the early 1900s up to the 1950s and largely with regard to Carter Mason's family history and civil rights issues.
The March 24, 1978 interview tape was damaged. Although it was restored, some of it is still inaudible. Topics covered in this interview include: Her experiences trying to find employment, her home town in upstate New York, police in Norfolk in the 1940s, taking her son to New York to go to school.
The March 29, 1978 interview includes discussion of her childhood in Auburn New York, Carter family history, slavery, civil rights issues, social work, the train accident.
The May 8, 1978 interview includes discussion of her civil rights experiences, job discrimination, black colleges, Adam Powell, the NAACP.
The October 19, 1978 interview covers civil rights issues, Norfolk politics, the Women's Council on Interracial Cooperation, segregation, Massive Resistance in Norfolk.