The Archival Services Department is digitizing and transcribing over 100 oral history interviews focusing on western African-American history. The tapes of interviews were conducted by Paul Stewart during the 1960s-1980s. Stewart is an avid collector of African-American historical materials; his collection formed the basis of the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center in Denver, Colorado. He travelled throughout the region to interview a wide range of individuals from African-American cowboys to settlers in the Weld County African-American settlement of Dearfield, Colorado. Stewart maintained the collection of oral history interviews at his home in Aurora for years, but the tapes were starting to deteriorate.
Thanks to the work of George Junne, UNC Professor of Africana Studies, Stewart allowed the tapes to be digitized and made accessible through Digital UNC, a digital repository service. Staff members and student employees are digitizing and transcribing all of the tapes.
Currently, a sound recording of Professor Junne interviewing Walker Groves, who grew up in the African-American settlement, can be accessed through Digital UNC along with correspondence, promotional posters, brochures, and other various materials related to the history of Dearfield.