The oral history consists of ten digital files: 2011.174.38.1a, 2011.174.38.1b, 2011.174.38.1c, 2011.174.38.1d, 2011.174.38.1e, 2011.174.38.1f, 2011.174.38.1g, 2011.174.38.1h, 2011.174.38.1i, and 2011.174.38.1j.
Priscilla Tietjen Bassett recalls growing up in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attending Smith College, and Emmett W. Bassett, Ph. D. remembers growing up in Henry County, Virginia, serving in World War II, and attending Tuskegee Institute, where he assisted George Washington Carver with research. They tell how they met at a protest of a segregated restaurant in Massachusetts, raising money for Emmett Till's mother, their involvement in many civil rights groups in New York, and attending the March on Washington. They also discuss Dr. Bassett’s career as a professor of dairy science, Mrs. Bassett's career as a librarian, and their struggles as an interracial married couple.
This is a rectangular light colored cotton bag with two sections. The single long pocket is divided in two by a piece of cotton, creating two pockets. There is a section of cloth that folds over the top of the bag, creating a flap. A string made of rolled up fabric is attached to the right corner of the flap.
This is a spreading metal caliper with curved, rounded ends. There is a crossbar scale that slides as the rounded ends get farther apart. The small circular screw that holds the scale in place has become detached.
This is a metal caliper with a sliding scale. The head has pointed edges. The top section is fixed in place, while the lower section moves up and down the ruler. A small screw is present at the side of the lower section.