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CONTENT WARNING: Some of these texts contain offensive and racist language used by the creators of these documents.

W. T. Couch (1901), a white publisher and editor, was also a part-time official of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration, as assistant and associate director for North Carolina, 1936-1937, and as director for the southern region, 1938-1939. These papers include his correspondence relating to the project and narratives (called "life histories") of about 1,200 individuals, written by about 60 members of the project after one or more oral history interviews with the subjects. Persons interviewed, many of them African Americans, described life in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

03709_0113: I Don't Do No Votin'

03709_0113: I Don't Do No Votin'

Lula Gray, circa 1902, Manna, S.C., Black housewife; Rich Gray, 1888, Robertsville, S.C., Black turpentine foreman, Carters, no date given

12 pages: 66% complete (67% corrected)
03709_0115: William and Corneal Jackson

03709_0115: William and Corneal Jackson

William Jackson, Ocala, 1903, Black, phosphate miner; Corneal Jackson, 1908, Key West, Black, housewife, Lakeland, 20 January 1939

12 pages: 58% complete (100% corrected, 42% needs review)
03709_0125: Mister Homer

03709_0125: Mister Homer

Homer Jordan, no date given, Dinsmore, white salesman and installment collector, Jacksonville, 3 February 1939

Collaboration is restricted.

14 pages: 57% complete (57% corrected)
03709_0126: Martin Cross, Wood and Fuel Dealer

03709_0126: Martin Cross, Wood and Fuel Dealer

Montgomery Corse, [1865?], [Virginia?], white, wood and fuel dealer, Jacksonville, 2 February 1939

9 pages: 11% complete (100% corrected, 89% needs review)
03709_0127: Reverend W. C. Sale

03709_0127: Reverend W. C. Sale

Reverend W. C. Sale, no date given, Alabama, white, clergyman, Jacksonville, no date given

13 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
03709_0128: George Harmon Kirby

03709_0128: George Harmon Kirby

James Kerby Ward, no date given, Togo, white, bus driver, Jacksonville, no date given

Collaboration is restricted.

12 pages: 41% complete (42% corrected)
03709_0130: Ceceilia Patrourtsa

03709_0130: Ceceilia Patrourtsa

Cecelia Janes Lazos Poulos, no date given, Greece, Greek, wife of a restaurateur, Jacksonville, 21 April 1939

Collaboration is restricted.

11 pages: 9% complete (9% corrected)
03709_0131: James Kerby Ward

03709_0131: James Kerby Ward

James Kerby Ward, no date given, Togo, white, bus driver, Jacksonville, 17 February 1939

12 pages: 25% complete (25% corrected)
03709_0133: Mayselle Sweat Green (another version)

03709_0133: Mayselle Sweat Green (another version)

Mayselle Sweat Green, circa 1917, no place given, white, cigar factory worker, Jacksonville, 20 February 1939

10 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
03709_0134: Robert Smith

03709_0134: Robert Smith

David Smith, circa 1901, no place given, white, sharecropper, elevator operator in a pulp mill, Jacksonville, 22 December 1938

Collaboration is restricted.

11 pages: 27% complete (63% corrected, 36% needs review)
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