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Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Sarah Collins-Rudolph Oral History, 2014



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Collins-Rudolph, Sarah
Title: Collins-Rudolph, Sarah, Oral History
Dates: 2014
Abstract: The Collins-Rudolph (Sarah) Oral History, 2014, contains DVD recordings of interviews conducted with Collins-Rudolph on the subject of her early life, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963, and the aftermath of the bombing for herself and her family. The collection includes a typed transcript of the interview, as well as clippings and other research materials.
Accession No.: 2015-231
OCLC No.: 935719713
Extent: 1/2 in., 2 DVDs
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

On Sunday, September 15, 1963, a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan ripped through the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The bombers had planted 19 sticks of dynamite outside the basement, which exploded shortly after Sunday school, at 10:22am. Four young girls were killed in the blast: Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, Denise McNair and Addie Mae Collins. In addition, 22 were injured, including 12-year-old Sarah Collins-Rudolph, the sister of Addie Mae Collins. Sarah Collins-Rudolph lost her right eye in the blast and spent two months in the hospital recovering from her injuries, missing her sister’s funeral.

The 16th Street Baptist Church had served as the headquarters of civil rights efforts for African Americans, who faced systemic racism and violence in Birmingham. The cruelty of the attack captured the nation’s attention and served as a turning point in the ongoing civil rights movement. National outrage over the bombing is credited with helping to spur the passage of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Scope and Contents

The Collins-Rudolph (Sarah) Oral History, 2014, contains DVD recordings of interviews conducted with Collins-Rudolph on the subject of her early life, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963, and the aftermath of the bombing for herself and her family. The collection includes a typed transcript of the interview, as well as clippings and other research materials.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Collins-Rudolph, Sarah -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) -- Alabama -- Birmingham
Subjects
Bombings -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History -- 20th century
African American children -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History -- 20th century
Civil rights movements -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History -- 20th century
Murder -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History -- 20th century
African American churches -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History -- 20th century
Places
Birmingham (Ala.) -- Race relations

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sarah Collins-Rudolph Oral History, 2014, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Esther Kirchner, November 2015.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2X87b DVD's of oral history interview with Sarah Collins-Rudolph, October 16, 2014
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4A57 Transcript of oral history interview with Sarah Collins-Rudolph, October 16, 2014
Clippings and background research material, 2014

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