Oral history interview with C. A. Scott, 1971


Scott, C. A. (Cornelius Adolphus), 1908-2000 (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with C. A. Scott, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of C. A. (Cornelius Adolphus) Scott : oral history, 1971; Oral history of C. A. (Cornelius Adolphus) Scott, 1971
In this 1971 interview conducted by Henry La Brie III, Cornelius Adolphus "C. A." Scott describes his early experiences with printing and how that affected his work as publisher and editor of the Atlanta Daily World. He explains why the Daily World supported certain political candidates and movements over others, how he used the paper for justice, and how unions have affected the paper. Scott discu sses the distinguishing features of a black newspaper, the future of the black press and advertising, and his own impact on journalism. He describes the changes of the white press as stagnant over time and talks about the successes of the black press and its role in society. Finally, he explains why the black press was being an important area of study at the time of the interview.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Family-owned business enterprises; Editors; Journalism--Social aspects; Journalism--Political aspects; Journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; African American press; African American journalists; Atlanta (Ga.); United States Race relations; Scott, C. A. (Cornelius Adolphus), 1908-2000
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 41 pages
Note (Biographical)
Cornelius Adolphus "C.A." Scott (1908-2002) was exposed to printing at an early age through his parents and as a high schooler worked at the Maroon Tiger, Morehouse College at Atlanta University's paper. A few months before graduating from high school , he dropped out to become the publisher of the Atlanta Daily World with his brother, W.A. Scott III. By the 1930s, he owned fifty newspapers, a number that would decline in subsequent decades. Scott was inducted into the Black Press Hall of Fame in 1990.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on July 14, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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