When collaborating with Rosa Parks on the book, I Am Rosa Parks, Haskins spent many hours talking to Ms. Parks about her life and experiences in the Civil Rights Movement. He recorded these frank and often humerous conversations on audiocassettes, which were donated to the Smathers Libraries upon his death.
A recent oral history digitatization project included the fourteen recorded conversations, placing the audio and written transcripts up for public access in the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). while the digitatization project is still in operation, two of the interviews are linked below:
The James Haskins Collection consists of over 3,000 books, manuscripts and papers. When searching the collection, you will find copies of Dr. Haskins works such as, African Heroes, The Harlem Renaissance, The Cotton Club, and I Have a Dream : the Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. You will also discover copies of books from Professor Haskins' personal collection, including many children's titles and other historical, psyschological and anthropological works that he used in his research. A substantial number of books from his personal collection are signed first editions, from many respected authors in the field of children's literature and African American Studies.
Some items of interest are:
A finding aid for the James Haskins Collection is in process and should be published in spring 2013. The Special Collections staff and the librarian for African American Studies will be happy to consult with you and help you find the materials that you need for your research.