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Lois Fernandez Oral History

Collection ID

SCRC 285

Related Subject(s)

Collecting Area(s)


Collection Summary

Lois Fernandez Oral History

1969-1999, bulk 1999

Collection ID
SCRC 285

Fernandez, Lois

5.58 linear feet (7 boxes)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English.


Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note

Lois Fernandez is a community activist, entrepreneur and co-founder of ODUNDE. Initiated in 1979, ODUNDE is the oldest continuously running African-American community festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Description of Collection

Tapes, transcripts, and background information for an oral history with Lois Fernandez conducted by the Head of the Urban Archives at Temple University. Interview was conducted between December 8-10, 1999.

Patron Information

Other Finding Aids and Indices

Please see also the Index of Oral Histories by Personal Name.

Research Access

Collection is open for research. Materials in Box 2: notes, drafts, and floppy disks of oral history, may not be used. Researchers must use the final, bound copy of the transcript.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Technical Access

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Lois Fernandez Oral History are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Lois Fernandez Oral History, Acc. 936, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Acquired on January 9, 2001.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in July 2015. Finding aid revised to include box list in June 2017 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services.


Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Fernandez, Lois

Corporate Names:

African American dance -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History
Odunde (Festival)
Festivals -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
African Americans -- Social life and customs

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Oral histories
Sound recordings


1          1          Background information, biographical statements, and newspaper clippings on Lois Fernandez          1969-1993, undated

1          2          Bound copy of oral history transcript          1999

2                    Notes, drafts, and floppy disks of oral history (Restricted)          1999

3                    Unbound copies of draft and final transcript, with floppy disks          1999

4                    Original, backup, and copies of oral history cassette tapes          1999

5                    Backup and copies of oral history cassette tapes          1999

6                    VHS videotapes of oral history          1999

7                    VHS videotapes of oral history          1999