Collection Number: 05788

Collection Title: William Isom II Oral Histories of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club, 2018

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Size 14 items
Abstract William Isom II, an African American documentarian, conducted these oral histories for a short documentary to be shown at the 50th anniversary meeting of Eastern Kentucky Social Club, which was founded in 1969. The interviews document the lives of black Appalachians originally from Lynch, Ky., and 3rd and 4th wave migrations of African Americans out of the South. Topics include families, community, education, coal miners, and migration.
Creator Isom, William, II.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Isom II Oral Histories of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club #05788, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William Isom II in January 2019 (Acc. 103560).
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William Isom II, an African American documentarian, is the director of community outreach at East Tennessee PBS in Knoxville, Tenn. He produces and directs short historical films for a documentary series on black history and culture in central Appalachia.

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William Isom II, an African American documentarian, conducted these oral histories for a short documentary to be shown at the 50th anniversary meeting of Eastern Kentucky Social Club, which was founded in 1969. The interviews document the lives of black Appalachians originally from Lynch, Ky., and 3rd and 4th wave migrations of African Americans out of the South. Topics include families, community, education, coal miners, and migration.

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14 items.

Digital Folder DF-05788/1

Andrea Massey, Lynch, Ky., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/1

Digital Folder DF-05788/2

Angela Smith, Lynch, Ky., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/2

Digital Folder DF-05788/3

Annie Gist, St. Louis, Mo., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/3

Digital Folder DF-05788/4

Benny Massey, St. Louis, Mo., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/4

Digital Folder DF-05788/5

Bernie Bickerstaff, St. Louis, Mo., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/5

Digital Folder DF-05788/6

Della Watts, St. Louis, Mo., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/6

Digital Folder DF-05788/7

Gene Austin, Lynch, Ky., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/7

Digital Folder DF-05788/8

Hewitt Akal Jr., Lynch, Ky., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/8

Digital Folder DF-05788/9

Karida Brown, St. Louis, Mo., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/9

Digital Folder DF-05788/10

Lakritia Cox, St. Louis, Mo., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/10

Digital Folder DF-05788/11

P.G. Peoples, Lynch, Ky., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/11

Digital Folder DF-05788/12

Phil Obermiller and Thomas Wagner, Knoxville, Tenn., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/12

Digital Folder DF-05788/13

Richard Brown, Lynch, Ky., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/13

Digital Folder DF-05788/14

Sam Howard Jr., St. Louis, Mo., 2018 #05788, Series: "William Isom II Oral Histories, 2018." DF-05788/14

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nancy Kaiser and Clare Carlson, May 2019

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, May 2019

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