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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.
George Carter, circa 1877, no place given, white, logger, Talledega Springs, 25 July 1939
Isaac Johnson, no date given, Happy Hill Community near Chaton, Cajun, turpentiner, Happy Hill Community near Chatom, 29 November 1938
Jim Lauderdale, 1880, no place given, white river rat, Talledega Springs, 22 September 1938
Charley "Uncle Bud" Ryland, circa 1870, no place given, white fisherman, Talledega Springs, 21 September 1938
Orrie Robinson, 1898, Talledega Springs, white fisherman, Talledega Springs, 23 September 1938
Jim Lauderdale, 1880, no place given, white river rat, Talledega Springs, 8 August 1939
Sam Brakefield, 1873, [Lamar County?], white miner, [Lamar County?], no date given
Lula Wright, 1868, Cotton Valley, Black tenant farmer, Tuskeegee, 18 January 1939
Isaac Hathaway, no date given, Cincinnati [Ohio?], Black sculptor, Tuskeegee, 2 January 1939
Joe Vaughn, circa 1861, Canada, white shrimp factory worker, Bayou La Batre, 29 November 1938