Federal Writers' Project Papers

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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.

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03709_0001: A Negro Cook's Day

03709_0001: A Negro Cook's Day

Rosa Lee Johnson, circa 1908, Waycross, Ga., Black cook, Ozark, no date given

6 pages: 100% corrected
03709_0002: The Hines

03709_0002: The Hines

Mary Hines, no date given, Monroe County, Black teacher, Atmore, 2 January 1939

9 pages: 100% corrected
03709_0004: Julia Rhodes

03709_0004: Julia Rhodes

Julia Rhodes, circa 1904, Tallapoosa County, white mill worker, Alexander City, 11 October 1938

3 pages: 100% corrected
03709_0005: Bertie Turner

03709_0005: Bertie Turner

Bertie Turner, no date given, no place given, white boarding-house operator, Alexander City, 30 December 1938

4 pages: 100% corrected
03709_0006: Looking Around with a Hay Farmer

03709_0006: Looking Around with a Hay Farmer

Leonidas Cockrell, circa 1867, no place given, white farm owner, McCainville, 14 September 1938

6 pages: 100% corrected
03709_0007: Soil Pipe Worker

03709_0007: Soil Pipe Worker

William Smith, circa 1870, Ohio, white soil pipe worker, Anniston, 31 January 1939

6 pages: 100% corrected
03709_0008: Sam Lynn, Fisherman and River Rat [Famous for Fish]

03709_0008: Sam Lynn, Fisherman and River Rat [Famous for Fish]

Sam Lynn, circa 1879, no place given, Black fisherman, Eufaula, 11 January 1939

10 pages: 100% corrected
03709_0009: Mid-Wives are Called "Grannies"

03709_0009: Mid-Wives are Called "Grannies"

Aunt Granny [Lula] Rousseau, 1861, Eufaula, Black midwife, Eufaula, 15 December 1938

6 pages: 100% corrected
03709_0010: Three Workers of Cowikee Cotton Mill

03709_0010: Three Workers of Cowikee Cotton Mill

Mrs. Lee Snipes, no date given, no place given, white textile weaver; T. Clements, no date given, no place given, white textile fireman; Mrs. Champion, no date given, no place given, white textile weaver, Eufaula, 13 October 1938

6 pages: 100% corrected
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