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“Southwest Remembered: A Story of Urban Renewal” Oral History Project

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: OHP011

Scope and Contents

Between 1983 and 1985, Dolores Smith conducted 33 oral history interviews as a part of her film project Southwest Remembered: A Story of Urban Renewal. Interviewees were residents, business owners, and others with longstanding connections to the Southwest neighborhood. Topics include the Southwest neighborhood before urban renewal, the effects of urban renewal on the neighborhood and community, childhood and life experiences, and work and social life.


  • Creation: 1983 - 1985


Conditions Governing Use

The Library holds copyright for items in this collection with a signed release. There are no restrictions on the use of these collection materials. Reproduction of an oral history without a signed release is not permitted.

Biographical / Historical

Dolores Smith was a news photographer at WJLA-TV.


2.5 Linear feet

3 Boxes

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Custodial History

Dolores Smith conducted these interviews between 1983 and 1985, which were a part of her film project Southwest Remembered. The film project was funded by a grant from the D.C. Humanities Council. Following production of the film the tapes and transcripts were donated to the Library in the early 1990s. There is no deed of gift for this collection, but all interviewee releases are granted to the Library.

Processing Information

After the initial donation to the Library, the transcripts were placed in folders and stored them in a filing cabinet with other oral histories. Audio recordings placed a cabinet for patron use. In 2014, the tapes and transcripts were digitized and in 2017 the collection was reprocessed. Transcripts were placed into folders and boxed. All known audio tapes were organized and boxed for long term storage. All administrative documents, including releases, were placed into the control file.

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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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