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.

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Restrictions on Access

Financial records are closed until 2027.

Researchers wishing to access audiovisual material that is 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.

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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Additional Physical Form

Series 1: Interviews and event recordings are available to the public in Emory's instance of Aviary. Songs and music under copyright have been removed or muted from these recordings. Researchers may request access to the full recording.

Related Materials in This Repository

Vincent Harding papers, 1952-2014


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. Series 1 processed by Hannah Stubblefield, May 2022.

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 Harding's, along with their daughter Rachel, conducted interviews with human rights activists and social activists from around the world. Vincent and Rosemarie Freeney Harding worked in the Southern Freedom Movement to help teach and organize major campaigns for the movement. Relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, the Harding's became involved with several organizations throughout the South such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Congress of Racial Leadership (CORE), and Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR). The Harding's central focus was to teach non-violence, encourage and mentor movement participants, and explore pathways to racial justice. In 1979, the Harding's held their first retreat that would become the motivation for intergenerational storytelling as the foundation of the Veterans of Hope Project. The Harding's relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1981 where Vincent held a faculty position at the Iliff School of Theology. This transition allowed the Harding's to expand their network to embrace other experiences of American Indian, Asian, and Chicano/Latino partners in social justice movements. These individuals were human rights activists before, during, and after the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s (Civil Rights Movement). These individuals are for whom the project is named "Veterans" as documenting and sharing the stories of elder activists: people who are veterans of grassroots struggles for freedom, peace, and human rights. Originally named the Gandhi-Hamer-King Center, the Veterans of Hope Project was founded post-Southern Freedom Movement in Colorado at the Iliff School of Theology. The interviews reflect relationships formed with individuals that were directly involved in the Southern Freedom Movement and other notable individuals who have participated in activism movements for different communities and cultures post 1960s Southern Freedom Movement. These movements include but are not limited to anti-apartheid in South Africa, Chicano, Environmental Justice, Mayan & Chiapas, Jewish Diaspora, Viet Minh, and American Indian. The Harding's also 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, elder retreats, 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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