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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_0135: Pedro Barrios

03709_0135: Pedro Barrios

Pedro Barrios, 1881, Cerro, Havana, Cuba, Cuban, cigar-maker, cigar factory reader, Ybor City, 1935. Note: Material from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration Sociological Survey, Ybor City, 1935

11 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
03709_0136: Dr. M. Santos

03709_0136: Dr. M. Santos

Dr. M Santos, 1888, Sagua la Grande, Cuba, Cuban, cigar-maker, optometrist, Ybor City, 1935. Note: Material from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration Sociological Survey, Ybor City, 1935

13 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
03709_0142: Domingo Ginesta

03709_0142: Domingo Ginesta

Domingo Ginesta, 1865, Havana, Cuba, Cuban, cigar-maker, Ybor City, 1935. Note: Material from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration Sociological Survey, Ybor City, 1935.

5 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
03709_0143: Fermin Souto

03709_0143: Fermin Souto

Fermin Souto, 1858, Ferrol de Galicia, Spain, Spanish, cigar-maker and secretary Spanish Club, Ybor City, 1935). Note: Material from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration Sociological Survey, Ybor City, 1935.

13 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
03709_0144: My Opinion on the Autobiography Written by Mr. Cortina

03709_0144: My Opinion on the Autobiography Written by Mr. Cortina

Gerardo Cortina Pinera, 1912, Havana, Cuba, Cuban, unemployed cigar-factory reader, Ybor City, 1935. Note: Material from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration Sociological Survey, Ybor City, 1935.

3 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
03709_0148: Turnips Today, Turnips Tomorrow

03709_0148: Turnips Today, Turnips Tomorrow

George Carter, 1842, Virginia, Black, formerly enslaved, Savannah, 17 January 1939

15 pages: 86% complete (100% corrected, 13% needs review)
03709_0151: From around the World to a Georgia Farm

03709_0151: From around the World to a Georgia Farm

Ernest Gerber, circa 1883, Langnou, Switzerland, white farmer, Marietta, 25 February and 25 May 1939

34 pages: 5% complete (100% corrected, 94% needs review)
03709_0152: From around the World to a Georgia Farm (another version)

03709_0152: From around the World to a Georgia Farm (another version)

Ernest Gerber, circa 1883, Langnou, Switzerland, white farmer, Marietta, 25 February and 25 May 1939

41 pages: 0% complete (98% corrected, 98% needs review)
03709_0153: The Relief Lady

03709_0153: The Relief Lady

Nell Pentecost, no date given, no place given, white, county relief director, Carrolton, 1 July 1939

23 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
03709_0154: Right Livin'

03709_0154: Right Livin'

Evie Louvenia Robinson, circa 1881, Oglethorpe County, white, practical nurse WPA Housekeepers Project, Athens, 1 November and 22 November 1939

8 pages: 0% complete (100% corrected, 100% needs review)
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