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Portland (Me.) -- History, African Americans -- Maine -- Portland, University of Southern Maine, Center for the Study of Lives, Jill Cournoyer (1957-), Gerald E. Talbot (1931-) -- Oral History, Eugene B. Jackson (1923-2015) -- Oral History, Leola Marshall -- Oral History, Margaret D. Lawson (1929-2017) -- Oral History, Dana Cylar Richardson (-2000) -- Oral History, Eugene Cummings, Ronald S. Lynch



The Center for the Study of Lives was established in 1988 by Robert Atkinson, professor emeritus of human development, multicultural studies, and religious studies at University of Southern Maine. Collection includes recordings and documents related to oral histories conducted by Jill Cournoyer and other students of Joseph Conforti. Interviewees are Eugene Cummings, Rev. Margaret Lawson, Ronald S. Lynch, Leola Marshall, Dana Richardson, and Gerald E. Talbot. Also includes a speech by Eugene Jackson. Interviewees speak about their lives and histories as African Americans in the United States, particularly in Portland, Maine.

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0.25 Linear Feet (1 Box)


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This collection is open for research.

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Materials in this collection are the physical property of the University of Southern Maine Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the creator, or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult Special Collections staff.

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Center for the Study of Lives, Gift, 2011



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