This is a site dedicated to the history of the Harlem chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, also known as Harlem CORE. During the civil rights movement, this was one of the most prominent chapters of CORE who, along with the NAACP, SNCC and Dr. King’s group, the SCLC, were considered to be one of the most important civil rights organizations at the time. This chapter is especially significant as it played a large role in the organization shifting to Black nationalism during the Black Power movement.
The site will not only contain items as part of it’s digital archive, but will also feature
sections of a research paper done on the history of Harlem CORE while I was still here at NYU.
This site is intended to collect variations of soldier correspondence (or communications) starting as early as the Revolutionary War. So far I have a few letters from a couple of different wars in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, but I would like to add letters from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars if possible. I am also planning to include a number of soldier blogs from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, as I would like this to be a main focus. I haven’t quite figured out how I can/want to do this though. Eventually I plan to use the site to examine the changes made by technology to soldiers’ communications and how this is epitomized with the current use of blogs by soldiers over seas.
here is the link to my current project
(the documents are all currently private pending a few responses I’m waiting for concerning copyright… I will make them public for this class though in case we are talking about them in class today)
Below is the link to my online archive. I’m having some trouble changing my theme so it is currently still in the default theme. My goal is to digitize as much of the collection of personal papers of Mary Ann Dickinson Smith as is possible given the time. Mary, the wife of Senator Truman Smith of Connecticut, was a copious letter writer. In addition to writing daily, she saved what seems like most, if not all of her correspondence. Remarkably, much of the correspondence she wrote herself, especially those letters sent to her husband and her sons, was also saved and is included in the collection as well. Mary’s letters illustrate the intimacies of daily life in the mid 19th century, while allowing a contemporary reader a window into a world long since gone.
I will be creating a website to support the research I have been doing on the Harlem chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). I have been doing oral history interviews with ex-members and searching for documentation regarding their stories.
This research is a big part of my M.A. thesis and my future PhD work.
I have already started building the site – http://www.harlemcore.com
For now, it will have a general history of the organization and many of the documents (and photos) that I have been able to find over the last year and a half.