Collection 2019.003 - The Newtown Oral History Collection

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US US-almoca 2019.003


The Newtown Oral History Collection


  • February 23, 2019 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

The Newtown Oral History Collection consist of one box measuring 6.5 linear inches.

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Archival history

The recordings were in the possession of Foster Dickson. Dickson donated the recordings to the Montgomery County Archives in 2019

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Foster Dickson is the immediate source of acquisition.

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Scope and content

The Newtown Oral History Collection is a collection of oral histories and photographs created at the Newtown Community Center on February 23, 2019. The oral histories center on daily life in Newtown throughout the 1950s and into the1970s. The oral histories in this collection represent how the creators of the collection, those that live or lived in Newtown, view their community and constitute a valuable primary source regarding first-person observations and opinions regarding the Civil Rights Movement. A number of the oral histories in the collection dwell on similar themes, including civil rights, the Civil Rights Movement and how it affected the city. Many of the interviewees also talked about a devastating flood in 1960 that destroyed almost all their possessions. . The photographs depict the interviewees, as well as the event itself.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

The Montgomery County Archives’ mission statement notes that the MCA collects non-government records, as long as they pertain to the history of Montgomery County. During the appraisal process MCA staff decided to accession all materials in this collection. No deaccessions occurred.


Future accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

This collection is organized into two series:

Series I: Oral Histories

This series contains ten oral histories created by current and former residents of Newtown. Although the oral histories range far in terms of the time frames discussed, many center on 1950-1970. There are photographs of the conducted interviews and photographs of the interviewees.

Series II: Photographs

This series contains thirty photographs taken on the same day that the interviewees created the oral histories in the collection. The photographs depict the interviewees, as well as the event itself.

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Conditions governing access

This collection does not contain any access restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction

It is presumed corporate and individual copyrights have been retained by copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

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  • English

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Physical copy of the finding aid is on hand at Montgomery County Archives.

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Donated by Foster Dickson.

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Collection creators did not create transcripts of the oral histories in the collection. Accordingly, the Montgomery County Archives has generated listening logs available on-site and by request. The listening logs point out when interviewees mention specific topics in their oral histories and note at what point in the recordings narrators begin to discuss said topics.

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