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West Medford African-American Remembrance Project Oral Histories

Call Number: MS123

Scope and Contents

This collection includes oral histories created as part of The West Medford Afro-American Remembrance Project, conducted by Tufts Department of Sociology and Anthropology Associate Professor Rosalind Shaw. The West Medford Afro-American Remembrance Project was an oral history project conducted in 2005 and 2006 by the classes of Tufts University and Brandeis University in conjunction with Project LOCAL (Learning Our Communities American Lore). The aim of the West Medford Afro-American Remembrance Project was to document the lives and achievements of those who were pioneers in the West Medford community. Interviews with identified leaders in the community and the people who knew the subjects document these achievements. In 2012, an exhibit and a book were created based on these oral histories.

This collection contains project materials.Those materials include, audiocassette interviews, transcripts, student papers, and release forms. The audiocassettes have been digitized and added to Tufts Digital Library. Most of the fourteen series should contain an audio-cassette, a transcript, a digital surrogate of the audio, and a digital surrogate of the text.


  • Majority of material found within 2005 -- 2006
  • 2005 -- 2012


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.


This collection is organized into fourteen series based on interviewee: Walter Isaacs; Reverend Dr. Oscar G. Philips and Miriam Philips; Madeleine Dugger Andrews; James Sherwood Sr. and Ada Sherwood; Marie Jackson; Alonzo Fields; Edward (Buddy) Clayton; Shirley Kountze; Veronica Lanier; Lt. Col. Edward Dugger; Terri Lyne Carrington; Conrad Sharpton; Clarence Rhone; and Norma Jeffers.


1.31 Linear Feet (2 oversize boxes, 1 letter size document box, 1 volume )

1 artifact

36 Digital Object(s)

Biographical / Historical

Rosalind Shaw is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University. Her areas of expertise include transitional justice; the anthropology of mass violence and social recovery; child and youth combatants; culture and reconciliation; social memory; the Atlantic slave trade; ritual and religion; West Africa; and Sierra Leone. Shaw earned her B.A. at the University of Leicester and her Ph.D. at the University of London.

Processing Information

Krista Ferrante.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States