Veterans of Hope Project records, 1995-2015

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Veterans of Hope Project.
Title: Veterans of Hope Project records, 1995-2015
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1293
Extent: 56 linear feet (56 boxes) and 9 GB born digital material (14,843 files)(.5 linear feet, 1 box)
Abstract:Records of the Veterans of Hope Project including administrative records, sound and video recordings of interviews with human rights activists, and born digital material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Selected recordings and transcripts are closed to researchers until 2020.

Financial records are closed until 2027.

Audiovisual material in this collection has been digitized, but is not currently part of Emory's digital repository. Researchers wishing to access materials that are not available online must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Access to processed born digital materials is only available in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (the Rose Library). Use of the original digital media is restricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Additional Physical Form

Selected portions of Series 1: Interviews and event recordings are available to the public on YouTube. Songs and music under copyright have been removed or muted from these recordings. Researchers may request access to the full recording.


Gift of Rachel Harding, 2014.

Custodial History

This collection was stored in Vincent Harding's offices at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Manuscript Archivist Sarah Quigley and Head of Digital Archives Erika Farr packed the audiovisual material in April 2014 and the project records in April 2015. Both sets of material were shipped directly to the Rose Library after packing.


[after identification of item(s)], Veterans of Hope Project records, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Curator of African American collections Randall Burkett as part of the Rose Library's holdings in African American history and the Civil Rights Movement.


Arranged and described at the item and box levels by Sarah Quigley, April 2014 and April 2015.

Born digital materials processed, arranged, and described by Brenna Edwards, 2020. Born digital materials include files taken from one 3.5" floppy disk, one external hard drive, and one file transfer. For information as to how these materials were processed, see the processing note in the description of series 3, Born digital material.

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Collection Description

Historical Note

The Veterans of Hope Project was founded by Vincent and Rosemarie Freeney Harding in 1997. The Hardings, along with their daughter Rachel, conducted interviews with human rights activists from around the world; developed educational curricula that emphasized nonviolence and peaceful reconciliation in social justice work; and organized workshops, symposia, and multiple youth events that offered training in nonviolence and leadership development.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the records of the Veterans of Hope Project from circa 1997-2014, including videotaped interviews with numerous human rights activists and artists such as John Biggers, Anne Braden, Elizabeth Catlett, James Foreman, Carol King, James Lawson, Bob Moses, Wallace Deen Muhammed, Sonia Sanchez, Achaan Sulak Sivaraksa, C.T. Vivian, Andrew Young and others. There are also recordings of Veterans of Hope Project events such as the grand opening of the Gandhi-Hamer-King Center, poetry readings from Sonia Sanchez, and youth-oriented programs such as Ambassadors of Hope and other summer programs. Administrative records include correspondence between staff and the activists they interviewed, as well as correspondence with supporters of the project, granting agencies, and others. Also present are financial records and grant files, promotional material, program files, meeting minutes and agendas, and transcripts of interviews.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three series: (1) Interviews and event recordings, (2) Veterans of Hope Project records, and (3) Born digital material.

Finding Aid Note

The original inventory of interviews and other recordings created by Veterans of Hope Project staff is available from the repository by request.

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