Grace McCune papers

Grace McCune papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: McCune, Grace, 1899-
Title: Grace McCune papers
Dates: 1936, 1938-1939
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet 3 boxes
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)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of drafts of interviews conducted by Grace McCune during the time she worked for the Federal Writers Project, Athens, Georgia. Interviews include name of interviewee, address, job title, place of employment, and “colored” or “white.” Several interviews contain editorial remarks by McCune’s supervisor.

Index Terms

Federal Writers' Project.
Georgia Writers' Project.
Slave narratives--Georgia--Athens.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Grace McCune papers, ms 1478, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Interviews, Manuscripts

11Notebook, [1936 January]-1938 May
2Notebook, 1938 May
3Notebook, 1938 April-July
4Notebook, 1938 May-June
5Notebook, 1938 July-August
6Notebook, 1938 August-September
7Notebook, 1938 August
21Notebook, 1938 August-September
2Notebook, 1938 September-December
3Notebook, 1938 September
4Notebook, 1938 October
5Notebook, 1939 January
6Notebook, 1939 January 5
7Notebook, 1939 February
8W. Sullivan, Union Bus Station, Athens, Ga., 1939 March
9Judge Matthews, City Court, Athens, Ga., 1939 April 10
10[J.H.] Robertson, Manager, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Atlanta, Ga., 1939 April 14
11M. Annie Mains, Beauty Operator, Madam's Beauty Parlor, Athens, Ga., 1939 April 24
12Diasy M. Johnson, Hair Dresser,, 1939 April 26
13Col. John Henry Middlebrooks, Black Smith Shop Athens, Ga., 1939 June 8
14Jannie Favors, Propietor, Favors Cafe, Athens, Ga., 1939 June 23
15Dr. W.M. Burson, Veterinary Surgeon, Athens, Ga., 1939 June 29
16Samuel Augustus Sheats, Grocery Store, Athens, Ga., 1939 July 20
17Susan Jones McIntosh, Cook & Laundry Woman, Athens, Ga., 1939 July 26
18Notebook, 1939 July
19Cornelia Peterson, Sewing Woman, Liberty Dry Cleaning Place, Athens, Ga., 1939 August 4
20John E. Petropol, Fruit Store & Drink Stand, Athens, Ga., 1939 August 11
21Illegible, undated
22Miscellaneous, 1938, undated

Series 2: Interviews, Typewrittten

31Georgia Smith, Cobb St., undated
2Miss Mary Bacon, Hill St., 1938 August 3
3Alice Bradley, Athens, Ga., undated
4F.A. Taylor, Manager, The City Bus Lines, 1939 April 10
5Willis Coffer, Findley St., undated
6Mrs. Margaret Davis, Athens, Ga., 1939 January 18
7Mrs. Annie Grady Emerick, G.M., Athens, Ga., 1938 December 20
8Mr. Jackson W. Ernest, Confederate War Veteran, Peters St., undated
9[Gann and Reeves Livery Stable], handwritten, undated
10Dr. Hiram, Woman Dentist, West Washington Street, Athens, Ga., undated
11Alice Hutcheson, Rockspring St., undated
12Maria Jackson, Athens, Ga., 1938 December 13
13Mrs. Mamie Lewis, Dry Goods Store, Partner & Peddler, Athens, Ga., undated
14Mr. Robert L. McCune, Spanish American War Veteran, Athens, Ga., [1938]
15Vincent Matthews, Recorder and Judge, City Court, City Hall, Athens, Ga., 1939 April 12
16Old Shoe Comfort in New Shoe Appearance, 1939
17Mr. Joe M. Orr, Confederate Soldier, Athens, Ga., 1938 July 11
18Cornelia Peterson, Sewing Woman, Liberty Dry Cleaning Place, Athens, Ga., 1939 August 4
19Marriam McCommons, Athens, Ga., 1938 March 24
20Nellie Smith, illegible
21Paul Smith, China Street, 1938 August
22Southern Department Store, Athens, Ga., Abe Link, Mrs. M.H. Elliott, Mrs. B.F. McEntire, Mr. Mell McCurdy, 1939 January 24
23Georgia Telfair, Athens, Ga., 1938 April 14
24Olin Williams, Newton St., undated
25Miscellaneous - School Notes
26Miscellaneous - First Aid