Ella May Thornton collection regarding Blind Tom

Ella May Thornton collection regarding Blind Tom

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Thornton, Ella May, 1885-
Title: Ella May Thornton collection regarding Blind Tom
Dates: 1908, 1941,1954-1964
Quantity: 1.0 folder(s)
Coll. Number: ms569

Biographical/Historical Note

Ella May Thornton was the former State Librarian for the state of Georgia.

Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins (1849-1908) was an African American musician and composer. Blind from birth and born into slavery, Wiggins became well known for his piano virtuosity. Though undiagnosed at the time, it is likely that he was autistic as well.

--Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins (1849-1908). New Georgia Encyclopedia. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/arts-culture/thomas-blind-tom-wiggins-1849-1908 (Retrieved October 23, 2015)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of magazine articles, excerpts, and reprinted articles Ella May Thornton collected that are associated with Blind Tom Wiggins. The collection also consists of a photograph of Blind Tom, photocopy of “Battle of Manassas”, and correspondence between Thornton and staff at public record offices, libraries and museums regarding Thornton’s inquiry of Blind Tom and the men who owned him as a slave.

Index Terms

African American musicians--Georgia.
Blind Tom, 1849-1908
Death certificates.
Stats (copies)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Ella May Thornton collection regarding Blind Tom, ms569, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Documents, 1908, 1941,1954-1964