In the 1970s, the Sangamon State University Oral History Office interviewed about 30 individuals who were eyewitnesses to the Springfield Race Riot of 1908, one of the most seminal moments in Central Illinois history. These oral histories are preserved in Brookens Library’s Archives/Special Collections department. A guide to the race riot memoirs is available on the UIS Archives website. The guide includes links to the full text of the memoirs and to a selection of the original audio interviews contained in the “Revealing Voices” podcast series at UIS’s iTunes U.
During the week of 6-8 August, WUIS aired a series of four programs on the 1908 Springfield Race Riot. These include excerpts from oral histoies in the Archives/Special Collections and feature an interview with Cullom Davis, UIS Professor Emeritus of History and the director of the oral history project in the 1970s.
There is also a set of historic photographs of the aftermath of the race riot from the Booth-Gruenendike Family Collection available online. For more information about any of these features, please email Tom Wood, UIS archivist, or phone him at 217-206-6520.