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.
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

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
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
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
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