Guide to the Joan and Robert K. Morrison Collection
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0359
Creators:
Morrison, Joan, -2010
Morrison, Robert K.
Beirne, Barbara T.
Dates:
1985 - 1987
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
6 Cubic feet
20 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection is comprised of 139 audiocassettes (original copies only), 80 transcripts and tape summaries, and photographs (including some negatives). The transcripts and photographs also exist in single copies only, but they may be used with care by researchers.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged in four series.
Series 1: Original Audio Cassette Tapes, 1983-1986
Series 2: Transcripts/Tape Summaries, 1984-1986
Series 3: Photographs, 1984-1986
Series 4: Reference Tapes and CDs, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
In 1985, Joan and Robert Morrison conducted approximately 100 oral history interviews with a wide variety of Americans about their experiences during the 1960s. They also collected photographs of each of their interviewees—one taken during the 1960s and the other taken at the time of the interview. Portions of fifty-nine of those interviews were published in their 1987 book, From Camelot to Kent State: The Sixties Experience in the Words of Those Who Lived It (Times Books). Some of the new photographs, which were taken by Barbara Beirne, also were exhibited at The New School in 1989.
The interviewees include civil rights activists, anti-war activists, Vietnam War soldiers, Gold Star mothers, Peace Corps members, Weathermen, black leaders, and counter culture figures. Some of the narrators are members of the rank-and-file, others played leading roles. The in-depth interviews focus on three main questions: 1) What motivated you to act as you did in the Sixties? 2) What actions did you take and what were the results? 3) How did your experiences in the Sixties affect the way your life has developed since then?
Source Information taken from memo to National Museum of American History Collections Committee.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Barbara Humphrys, archivist, 1991 and revised Wendy Shay, archivist, 1998.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Barbara Humphreys.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Morrison's donated this collection of audiocassettes, transcripts, and photographs to the National Museum of American History Archives Center in 1989.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Tape recordings not available for playback until researcher copies are made; researchers must use transcripts until then.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Some original interviews have restrictions; these have been withheld by the Morrisons' until they can get clearances from the interviewees.
Preferred Citation
Joan and Robert K. Morrison Collection, 1983-1987, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Audiocassettes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Transcripts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oral history Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African Americans -- Civil rights Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audiotapes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States -- History -- 1960-1990 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Protest Movements Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Peace movements -- 1960-1970 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Soldiers -- 1960-1970 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Civil rights Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Portraits -- 1960-1970 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Civil rights workers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Peace Corps (U.S.) -- 1960-1970 Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moore, Harold (Gold Star parent) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gold Star Mothers, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moore, Irma (Gold Star parent) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives