Grace McCune papers

Grace McCune papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: McCune, Grace, 1899-
Title: Grace McCune papers
Dates: 1938-1939
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 half box)
Abstract:The collection consists of the notebooks kept by Grace McCune during the time she was employed by the Federal Writers Project in Athens, Georgia. Also included are copies of many of her interviews. Several of these show editorial remarks by her supervisor. A small part of the collection involves educational classes taken by Grace McCune.
Coll. Number: ms1478

Biographical/Historical Note

Grace McCune was born in November 29, 1899 to the parents of Daniel J. McCune and Gertrud McCune. As far as her social security number shows, she was born in New Jersey. She lived with her parents and grandfather John McCune. It seems that her mother died fairly early on in her life since she does no appear in the city directories past the year of 1925. She lived with her father who was an Athens Police officer and her grandfather who was a plumber and later became a sales clerk for a grocery store. The house she grew up in. 881 1/2 College Avenue, was owned by her parents, which means that they must have fairly well off during a time of economic upheaval. She would have been considered the daughter in a middle class family. After her father's death in August of 1926, she began to move around a great deal, as well as change jobs on a regular basis. The combination of her father's death and the depression had a profound effect on her economic situation. She had a whole array of jobs ranging from a sales clerk to a laundress. She began working for the Federal Writer's Project in 1938. Her first assignment must have been the Slave Narrative Collection because her interview with Mirriam McCommons falls at the beginning of that year. She continued to work for the WPA even after her interviews with the free blacks. 1930's Race relation in the American South: Relationship of Grace McCune and Mirriam McCommons / Jennifer Briggs (Retrieved March 5, 2009)

The Federal Works Project was a program established in the United States in 1935 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as part of the New Deal struggle against the Great Depression. It provided jobs for unemployed writers, editors, and research workers. Directed by Henry G. Alsberg, it operated in all states and at one time employed 6,600 men and women. The American Guide series, the project's most important achievement, included guides for every state and territory (except Hawaii), as well as for Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Philadelphia; for several major highways (U.S. 1, Ocean Highway, Oregon Trail); and for scores of towns, villages, and counties. The state guides, encyclopaedic in scope, combined travel information with essays on geography, architecture, history, and commerce. The project also produced ethnic studies, folklore collections, local histories, nature studies - a total of more than 1,000 books and pamphlets. Encyclopedia Britannica Online (Retrieved March 5, 2009)


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Federal Writers' Project. -- History-Sources
Georgia Writers' Project. -- History-Sources
McCune, Grace, 1899- -- Interviews
McCune, Grace, 1899- -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Narratives (document genre)
Slave narratives--Georgia--Athens.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Grace McCune papers, 1938-1939. MS 1478. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Manuscripts, March 1938-August 1939

11March-April 1938
2April 1938
3April-July 1938
4May-June 1938
5July-August 1938
6August 1938 (No. 1)
7August 1938 (No. 2)
21August-September 1938
2September 1938 (No. 1)
3September 1938 (No. 2)
4October 1938
5January 1939
6January 5, 1939
7February 1939
8March 27-29, 1939
9April 10, 1939
10April 14, 1939
11April 24, 1939
12April 26, 1939
13June 8, 1939
14June 23, 1939
15June 29, 1939
16July 20, 1939
17July 26, 1939
18July 1939
19August 4, 1939
20August 11, 1939
21No Date

Series 2: Interviews

31Bacon, Miss Mary
2Bradley, Alice
3City Bus Lines
4Coffer, Willis
5Davis, Margaret
6Emerick, Annie Grady
7Ernest, Jackson W.
8Gann and Reeves Livery Stable
9Hiram, Dr.
10Hutcheson, Alice
11Jackson, Maria
12Lewis, Mamie
13McCommons, Marriam
14McCune, Robert L.
15Matthews, Vincent
16Old Shoe Comfort in New Shoe Appearance
17Orr, Joe M.
18Peterson, Cornelia
19Smith, Georgia
20Smith, Nellie
21Smith, Paul
22Southern Department Store
23Telfair, Georgia
24Williams, Olin
25Miscellaneous - School Notes
26Miscellaneous - First Aid