Ex-slave interviews WPA

Ex-slave interviews WPA

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: United States. Work Projects Administration. Georgia.
Title: Ex-slave interviews WPA
Dates: 1932-1937
Quantity: 1.6 Linear feet (4 document boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of depositions of interviews with former slaves. These papers first arrived in Georgiana with the closing of the WPA in 1941. The records in each WPA office were distributed to various state libraries including these surveys of African Americans living during the 1930s who had been born into slavery. The collection is arranged alphabetically by interviewee. Each deposition recounts some aspect of slave life and the collection is full of anecdotes, folk-lore, authentic oral history and other miscellaneous information. Box 1, folder 1 contains information concerning the organization and design of the original interview structure.
Coll. Number: ms916

Biographical/Historical Note

"The Works Progress Administration (renamed during 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. It fed children and redistributed food, clothing, and housing. Almost every community in the United States had a park, bridge or school constructed by the agency, which especially benefited rural and Western populations. Expenditures from 1936 to 1939 totaled nearly $7 billion. The budget at the outset of the WPA in 1935 was 1.4 billion dollars. It provided work for three million "employables" at this time, however there were an estimated 10 million unemployed persons at this time. By 1943, the total amount spent was over $11 billion."

Source: "Works Progress Administration." Wikipedia.


Index Terms

African Americans--Georgia--Interviews.
Freedmen--Georgia--Interviews.
Freedmen--History--Georgia--Sources.
Georgia--History--Sources.
Interviews.
Slavery--Georgia--History--19th century--Sources.
Slaves--Georgia--Social conditions--19th century--Sources.

General Notes

These interviews have been published and are available via the World Wide Web at the Library of Congress's American Memory site: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ex-slave interviews WPA. MS 916. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
13Adams, Rachel- Putnam County
 
4Albright, Priscilla- Muscogee County, Crawford Plantation
 
5Allen, Washington-South Carolina> Lafayette, Alabama
 
6Allen, W.B.-Russell County, Alabama
 
7Ates, Caroline-Wilkinson County
 
8Atkinson, Jack-Butts County
 
9Austin, Hannah Hall
 
10Avery, Celestia-Troup County, Heard plantation
 
11Baker, Georgia-Taliaferro County, Alexander H. Stephens plantation
 
12Battle, Alice Caldwell-Bibb County
 
13Battle, Jasper-Crawfordville > Hancock County
 
14Benefield, Willis-Burke County, Miller plantation
 
15Benton, Harriette-Jasper County
 
16Benton, Harriet-Troup County [father 1/2 Indian]
 
17Bethune, Thomas Greene-"Blind Tom"-Muscogee County
 
18Binns, Arrie Sybert Gullatt-Lincoln County
 
19Blakely, Sallie-Thomaston
 
20Bland, Henry-Edenton, Ga, Coxton plantation
 
21Body, R.-Harris County
 
22Bolton, James-Oglethorpe County
 
23Bostwick, Alec-Morgan County
 
24Boudry, Nancy
 
25Bradshaw, Tillman-Pulaski County
 
26Briscoe, Della-Putnam County, Russ plantation
 
27Brooks, George-Muscogee County
 
28Brown, Easter
 
29Browning, George Washington-Walton County
 
30Bryan, Andrew-[preacher]
 
31Bunch, Julia-Edgefield County, South Carolina
 
32Burch, R.F.-Laurens County-CSA
 
33Burden, Augustus-Walker plantation, Windsor Springs
 
34Butler, Marshal-Wilkes County
 
35Byrd, Sarah-Orange County, Virginia > Augusta, Byrd plantation
 
36Calloway, Mariah-Wilkes County, Willis plantation
 
37Campbell, Ellen-Augusta
 
38Carpenter, Mary-Harris County
 
39Carter, George-Virginia > Savannah
 
40Castle, Susan-Clarke County-Thomas Read Rootes Cobb, 1823-1862
 
41Caulton, George-Halifax County, Virginia
 
42Cawthon, Cicely-Stephens County
 
43Chatman, Callie-Stewart County
 
44Childs, Mary- South Carolina, Roof plantation
 
45Claibourn, Ellen- Columbus County, Boyd plantation
 
46Clay, Berry- Telfair County, Macon [freeman, 1/2 Indian]
 
47Cody, Pierce- Cody plantation
 
48Cofer, Willis- Wilkes County, Cofer plantation
 
49Coker, Emma- Augusta
 
50Colbert, Mary- Oglethorpe County
 
51Cole, John- Oglethorpe County
 
52Cole, Julia- Monroe County, Grant plantation
 
53Coleman, Fannie Cawthon- Virginia, Franklin County, Stephens County
 
54Colson, Authur- Wilcox County
 
55Colquitt, Kizzie Long- Elbert County
 
56Crocker, Sara- Dodge County-Fulton plantation
 
BoxFolder
21Dabney, Austin -Wilkes County > Zebulon
 
2Davis, Minnie -Athens
 
3Davis, Mose-Perry
 
4Derricotte, Ike -Athens
 
5Dillard, Benny-Elbert County/Goosepond
 
6Amelia Dorsey-Beech Island, South Carolina
 
7George Eason-Forsyth, Georgia
 
8Callie Edler-Floyd County
 
9Martha Everette-Pulaski County
 
10Lewis Favor-Meriwether County
 
11Mary Ferguson-Maryland / Talbotton Ga
 
12Randall Flagg-Russell County, Alabama
 
13Lula Flannigan-Watkinsville
 
14Fannie Fulcher-Augusta
 
15Anderson Furr-Hall County
 
16Leah Garrett-Richmond County
 
17Fannie Gibon-Roanoke, Alabama
 
18Mary Gladdy-Muscogee County
 
19Julia Glover-Burke County
 
20Anna Grhat-Gwinnett County
 
21Sarah Gray-Gwinnett County
 
22Alice Green-Clarke County
 
23Isiah Green-Greensboro
 
24Margaret Green-Edgefield, South Carolina
 
25Minnie Green-Griffin
 
26Wheeler Gresham-Wilkes County
 
27Abner Griffin-McDuffie County
 
28David Gullins-Putnam County
 
29Heard Griffin-Walton County
 
30Ella Hawkins
 
31Jane Smith Hill Harmon-Wilkes County
 
32Dosia Harris-Greene County
 
33Henderson Harris-Talbot County
 
34John Harris
 
35Shang Harris-Franklin County
 
36Squire Harris-Edgefield County, South Carolina
 
37Ethel Harrison-Virginia > LaGrange
 
38Tom Hawkins-Belton, South Carolina
 
39Ella Hawkins-Muscogee County
 
40Bill Heard-Elbert/Oglethorpe Counties
 
41Emmaline Heard-Henry County
 
42Robert Heard-Jackson County
 
43Benjamin Henderson-Jasper County
 
44Jefferson Franklin Henry-Clarke County
 
45Robert Henry-Oglethorpe County > Wilkes County
 
46Mary Hodge [white] Gordon > Bartow County
 
47Laura Hood-Griffin
 
48Charlie Hudson-Elbert County
 
49Carrie Hudson-Elbert County
 
50Annie Huff-Macon County
 
51Bryant Huff-Camack> Augusta
 
52Easter Huff-Oglethorpe County
 
53Fannie Hughes-Hawkinsville
 
54Bettie Hunt-Troup County
 
55John Hill-Madison, Georgia
 
56Lina Hunter-Oglethorpe County
 
57Emma Hurley-Wilkes County
 
58Alice Hutcheson-Monroe County
 
59Cassie Hutchinson-Macon County, Alabama
 
60Jemima Hutchinson-Etowah Heights
 
BoxFolder
31Amanda Jackson-Glascock County
 
2Camilla Jackson-DeKalb County
 
3Easter Jackson-Troup
 
4Snovey Jackson-Va > Baldwin > Troup
 
5Mahala Jewell-Oglethorpe [McWhorter]
 
6Addie Johnson-Muscogee
 
7Benjamin Johnson-went CW
 
8Ella Johnson-SC
 
9Georgia Johnson-Elbert > Mississippi>Arkansas-[Barrow]
 
10Manuel Johnson-Wilkes County
 
11Susie Johnson-Upson County
 
12Easter Jones-Burke County
 
13Estella Jones-Augusta area
 
14Fannie Jones-Augusta
 
15Rastus Jones-North Carolina>Mississippi-Union army
 
16Jennie Kendricks
 
17Emmaline Kilpatrick-Greene County
 
18Frances Kimbrough-Harris County
 
19Robert Kimbrough-Harris County
 
20Charlie King-Meriwether County
 
21Nicey Kinney-Jackson County
 
22John King [Horace]
 
23Mollie Kinsey-Wilkes >Hancock County
 
24Julia Larken-Lincoln County
 
25George Lewis-Florida > Troup
 
26William & Bettie Lewis-Muscogee County
 
27Joe McCormick-Wilcox County
 
28Rachel McCoy-South Carolina
 
29Ed McCree-Oconee County
 
30Lucy McCullough
 
31Amanda McDaniel
 
32Tom McGruder-Pulaski County
 
33Susan McIntosh-Clarke County
 
34Matilda McKinney South West Georgia
 
35William McWhorter-Greene County
 
36Caroline Malloy-Sumter /Pulaski County
 
37Mollie Malone-Locust Grove
 
38Ed & Polly Marshall-Muscogee County
 
39Carrie Mason
 
40Susan Matthews
 
40Tom Matthews-Talbot
 
41Emily Mays-Upson
 
42William Mead-Carter's Quarters
 
43Liza Mention-McDuffie County
 
44Annette Milledge-North Augusta
 
45Aunt Harriett Miller
 
46Julia Milton
 
47Malinda Mitchell-Edgefield, South Carolina
 
48Mollie Mitchell-Griffin
 
49Elise Moreland-Houston County
 
50Bob Mobley-Crawford County
 
51Hannah Murphy-Augusta area
 
52Mtilda Mumford-Columbia County
 
53Nettie Myles-Fort Mitchell, Alabama
 
54Sara Nance-Bleckley County
 
55Fanny Nix-Upson County
 
56Henry Nix-Upson County
 
57Lewis Ogletree-Spalding County
 
58Richard Orford-Pike County
 
59George Owen-Talbot County
 
60Anna Parkes-Clarke County
 
61G W Patillo-Spalding County
 
62Anna Peek-South Carolina >Pike County
 
63Celeste Pitts-Talbot County
 
64Alec Pope-Clarke County
 
65Sim Powell-Virginia > North Carolina
 
66Georgia Anne Prather-Muscogee County
 
67Annie Price-Spalding County
 
68Beverly Pullin-Troup County
 
69Charlie Pye-Muscogee County
 
70Lula Pyron-Fayette County
 
BoxFolder
41Charlotte Raines
 
2Lillian Ramsey-Harris County
 
3Fanny Randolph-Jefferson
 
4John Rawls-Alabama > Mississippi
 
5Easter Reed-Wilcox > Pulaski County
 
6Bill Reese-Clarke County
 
7Shade Richards-Pike County
 
8Fanny Roberts-Pike County
 
9Melvina Roberts-Macon County
 
10Ferebe Rogers
 
11Henry Rogers-Hancock > Wilkes County
 
12John Rogers-Upson County
 
13Julia Rush-Saint Simons
 
14Jannie Satterwhite-Newberry, South Carolina
 
15Nancy Settles-Edgefield, South Carolina
 
16Partheny Shaw-Thomson
 
17Will Sheets
 
18Cora Shepard
 
19Robert Shepard-Oglethorpe County
 
20Tom Singleton-Lumpkin County
 
21Charlie Tye Smith-Henry County
 
22Eugene Wesley Smith-Augusta [Berkmans]
 
23Maria Smith-Augusta
 
24Mary Smith-Burke County
 
25Melvin Smith-Beauford, South Carolina > Florida
 
26Nancy Smith-Clarke County
 
27Nellie Smith-Clarke County
 
28Paul Smith-Oglethorpe County
 
29Lydia Calhoun Starks-South Carolina
 
30Emeline Stepney-Greene County
 
31Ma Stevens
 
32Laura Stewart-Augusta
 
33Emmaline Sturgis-Columbia County
 
34Ella Stinson-South Carolina > Alabama
 
35Amanda Styles
 
36Rachel Sullivan-South Carolina > Augusta
 
37Annie Talley slave owner
 
38William Taylor-Stewart County
 
39Georgia Telfair-Athens [Young Y G Harris], Knox Institute
 
40Cordelia Thomas
 
41Ike Thomas-Jasper County
 
42Kate Thomas-Troup County
 
43Tim Thornton-Virginia > Augusta
 
44Jane Mickens Tooms-Wilkes County
 
45Phil Towns-Taylor County
 
46Joe Vaughn-Monroe County
 
47John F Van Took-Macon County, North Carolina
 
48Addie Vinson-Oconee County
 
49Emma Virgel-Oconee County
 
50Sarah Virgil-Pulaski
 
51Rhodus Walton-Stewart County
 
52Willie Ward-Georgia > Mississippi [Governor Brown]
 
53Lula Washington-Randolph County, Alabama
 
54John Watts-Fayette County
 
55Peter Wells-North Carolina > Dodge County
 
56Green Wilbanks-Jackson County
 
57Frances Willingham-Twiggs County
 
58Maggie Williams-Augusta
 
59Ollin Williams-Oconee County
 
60Eliza Taliaferro Williamson-White / Whitfield County
 
61Adeline Willis-Greene >Oglethorpe County
 
62Cornelia Winfield-Oglethorpe County
 
63George Womble-Clinton County
 
64Joe Wooten-Cherokee>Pulaski County
 
65Ella Wright-Harris County
 
66Susannah Wyman-South Carolina
 
67Dink Walton Young-Talbot County
 
68Miscellaneous