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The Kitty Oliver Collection

Identifier: 2004.1

Scope and Contents

The Kitty Oliver Collection consists of correspondence, personal and professional papers, photographs, newspaper clippings, printed materials, and awards of Sotuh Florida journalist and educator Kitty Oliver.

The collection also contains the Race and Change Project, a group of multiple oral history interviews with African-Americans, European-Americans, and immigrants regarding their memories growing up in Broward County, the United States, and other countries. Subjects include family and community lifestyle, race relations and societal change from the late 1920's through the aftermath of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and desegregation. The collection contains audio and visual content of participants from the Race and Change Project including research composed by students taught by Kitty Oliver, and an essay written by Deborah Works entitled "Historical Sketches and Rare Glimpses of the North Fork of the New River: a history of its natural and human environment" (2001). The majority of Dr. Oliver’s questionnaires, transcripts and interviews consist of ongoing research study of race and ethnic relations, geographical history and social change through the collection of oral histories of Whites, Blacks/African-Americans and immigrants of various Hispanic/Latinx, Caribbean and Asian backgrounds. Research sites include the South Florida cities of Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami, Opa-locka, Delray Beach and Boca Raton; North Fork and Liberia – historically significant Black/African-American communities; towns along Florida’s landmark Lake Okeechobee; Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale; and Ghana, West Africa – where women who have experienced America’s racial climate shared their stories.


  • Circa 1969-2016

Conditions Governing Access

The Kitty Oliver Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Eloise "Kitty" Oliver is a South Florida journalist, professor of creative nonfiction, memoir writing as well as oral history and a professional jazz singer. She completed a Ph.D., focusing on race and ethnic communication. Dr. Oliver conducts community oral history field work and is a member of The Oral History Association (OHA). Additionally, Dr. Oliver serves as president of Kitty O. Enterprises, Inc. – which aids as a cultural diversity consulting firm located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Broward County).

Dr. Kitty Oliver also specializes in books, television documentaries and literary performances which explore race and ethnic issues. Since the 1980s, she has produced landmark work as a cultural diversity researcher, documenting growing sociocultural conversions and multiculturalism that has become a reflection of contemporary American society.

Her major public television and video productions include the PBS documentary series "Celebrate...the Cultural Connections" and a 10-part series, "Crossing Cultures/Changing Lives", which premiered in Florida, Spring, 2008 on WBEC-TV (Beacon-TV). Dr. Oliver’s contemporary work includes ongoing lecture series detailing her Race and Change project. Additionally, she produced a book entitled: Race and Change in Hollywood, Florida (Voices of America) (2000).

The Kitty Oliver Collection is open for research.


39 Hollinger Boxes

Language of Materials



The Kitty Oliver Collection contains eight series including: Series I. Correspondence, Series II: Personal Papers, Series III: Professional Papers, Series IV: Photographs, Series V. Printed Materials, Series VI. Awards, Series VII. Audio-Visual Materials, and Series VIII: Race and Change Project, 1999-2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Kitty Oliver Collection was donated by Dr. Kitty Oliver.

Separated Materials

Books from this collection were cataloged separately. Access books in the Broward County Library Catalog.

Processing Information

This collection received file level processing. This finding-aid may be updated to reflect new descriptions as well as acquisitions to the collection.

The Kitty Oliver Collection
U. Chinedu Amaefula ; Emily Calderon
June 2020 ; October 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center Repository

2650 Sistrunk Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale Florida 33311 United States