Answered By: Jana Ronan
Last Updated: Oct 29, 2014     Views: 91

I think that you can do some work online, but you might also need to come into Library West to look at primary sources we have on microfilm. Here are some suggestions for places to look: 1. There was a comprehensive report of the racial strife in St. Augustine, made to the FL Legislature in 1965. This is available online. Search the Library Catalog to access: Racial and civil disorders in St. Augustine : report of the Legislative Investigation Committee. 2. It would be good to look at articles in local newpapers as well. We have St. Augustine papers and Jacksonville papers in our microfilm collection, on the third floor of Library West. We do not have indexes for these, but you could use the dates given in the legislative report that is listed above, to browse the papers on those days: a. St. Augustine Record call no. AN2.F6S2 R43. b. The Florida times-union, call no. AN2.F6J2 F5 I found some African-American papers online, where you could expect to get a different perspective: c. Florida star (look this one up in the catalog by journal title to connect): 3. You could look at coverage in national newspapers. a. Black Studies Center database has full-text of black papers such as the Chicago Defender and Cleveland Call and Post. b. ProQuest Historical Newspapers database has the big papers, such as the New York Times, Atlanta Constitution, etc. (to connect to Black Studies Center or ProQuest Historical Newspapers by using the Database Search at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/databases.html 4. You may also try reading interviews with people who experienced the event, archived in the Sam Proctor Oral History Program: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/oral Choose the full text tab and search for “st Augustine” Here are some interviews I saw that might work for you: Interview with Governor Farris Bryant – several references to demonstrations, etc. in St. Augustine Interview with Raiford Brown – race conditions Highway Patrolman Edward L. Herring - protecting protestors during 1964 There is a section St. Augustine Civil Rights : http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ohcrsa. Click on the tab for “all items” to see the list of interviews.

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