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1 Title:   Slave narratives from the Federal Writers' Project  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   Georgia Writers' Project  
  Dates:   1936-1939  
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The collection consists of interviews organized by Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Project, with women and men born into slavery. Transcripts, dated 1936-1939, are in multiple formats, and mostly contain name of person interviewed, date of interview (or date of interview submission), date of birth, and name of research worker, editor or author. Interviews recount experiences of being enslaved, and are full of anecdotes, folklore, and authentic history. The collection also contains information concerning the organization and design of the original interview structure.
 
  Identifier:   ms916  
  Repository:   Hargrett Library  
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2 Title:   Grace McCune papers  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   McCune, Grace, 1899-  
  Dates:   1936, 1938-1939  
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The collection consists of drafts of interviews conducted by Grace McCune during the time she worked for the Federal Writers Project, Athens, Georgia. Interviews include name of interviewee, address, job title, place of employment, and "colored" or "white." Several interviews contain editorial remarks by McCune's supervisor.
 
  Identifier:   ms1478  
  Repository:   Hargrett Library  
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3 Title:   Freedmen labor contracts  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands  
  Dates:   1868  
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Collection includes two Freedmen's Bureau labor contracts. First contract shows hire of freedmen John Papur and James ward at $75/month and freedwoman Martha Andams at $40/month by Julius M. Binel. Second contract is a sharecropper agreement between Donald Graham and freedmen Thomas Parks, Silas Armstrong, Emma Armstrong Soloman King, Geoge Washington, and Jack Fletcher.
 
  Identifier:   ms4086  
  Repository:   Hargrett Library  
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4 Title:   John A. Rockwell papers  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   Rockwell, John A. (John Arnold), 1840-  
  Dates:   1866-1872  
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The collection consists of papers of John A. Rockwell from 1866 to 1872, mainly correspondence written by Rockwell to his brother, Alfred P. Rockwell. The letters detail John Rockwell's activities as General Superintendent of the American Missionary Association for Middle and Southwest Georgia. Topics discussed include the establishment of schools for freedmen, financial matters, and funding of various projects. Also contained in the collection are a few letters from John Rockwell to Rev. Edward P. Smith which discuss the establishment of a trust fund with a loan from Alfred Rockwell.
 
  Identifier:   ms1027  
  Repository:   Hargrett Library  
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5 Title:   William Jones family papers  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   Jones, William, active 1833-1857  
  Dates:   1813-1910  
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The collection consists of papers of the William Jones family of Augusta, Georgia from 1813-1910. Includes correspondence; account books, financial records, and receipts relating to Jones' cotton gin business (1833-1857); freedmen contracts; and legal papers relating to Jones' duties as executor of Marshall Keith's estate and guardian of the Keith children. The correspondence, mainly to William Jones, pertains to business matters, his guardianship of the Keith children, and family matters. Correspondents include Sarah Jane Jones Griffin, Arthur W. Jones, William H. Jones, and Sophie Jones. The early materials (1813-1863) pertain to the Isham Keith family and contain correspondence between Isham, Marshall, and Peter Keith.
 
  Identifier:   ms1749  
  Repository:   Hargrett Library  
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6 Title:   W.P.A. Georgia Writers Project life stories  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   Hargrett Library  
  Dates:   1939-1940  
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The collection consists of over 150 oral history interviews. In 1939 and 1940 the W.P.A. workers went to the homes and businesses of men and women, both black and white, and asked them to tell about their lives and business experiences. The stories were written down in the words and dialect used. The stories were later edited, which included changing the real names of the persons mentioned and changing some of the titles. The majority of the persons interviewed lived in the Athens area. Some of those interviewed remembered the days of slavery and the Civil War. Others discussed their jobs, such as farmer, washwoman, principal, and insurance agent. All of the transcripts are photocopies.
 
  Identifier:   ms2872  
  Repository:   Hargrett Library  
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7 Title:   George Wagner papers  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   Wagner, George, 1841-1906  
  Dates:   1862-1868  
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The collection consists of papers of George Wagner from 1862-1868 and includes diaries, correspondence, official reports, and military documents. The bulk of the material pertains to Wagner's service in the Veteran Reserve Corps with the Freedman's Bureau in Georgia from 1866-1868. Written during this period, the diaries describe Wagner's daily duties as an officer with the Bureau, political activities in Georgia during Reconstruction, and problems between the freedmen and whites. The collection also includes monthly reports sent from Americus, Columbus, and Griffin, Georgia by Wagner to Bureau headquarters in Washington, D.C. detailing supplies and clothing issued to Freedman. Additional materials pertain to Wagner's service with the 110th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, the Invalid Corps, and the Indiana Confederate prison, Camp Morton.
 
  Identifier:   ms895  
  Repository:   Hargrett Library  
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8 Title:   Henry Hicks ledgers  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   Hicks, Henry, 1834 or 1835-  
  Dates:   1843, 1852-1873  
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The collection consists of three ledgers kept by Henry Hicks from 1852-1873. Hick's first ledger contains lecture notes from courses taken at the Medical College of Georgia, from lectures given by Drs. Louis A. Dugas, Paul F. Eve, and Robert S. Newton. The remainder of the ledger, and the remaining two ledgers, contains patient accounts, listing name of patient, services provided, charges and medicine dispensed. Ledgers also list the mileage Hicks charged as he traveled to visit his patients. Loose papers include a Freedmen list, an IOU, and a list of accounts. These accounts appear to be from an estate sale on December 28, 1843 and list household goods, livestock and names of people who were enslaved.
 
  Identifier:   ms3219  
  Repository:   Hargrett Library  
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9 Title:   W.P.A. Georgia Writers Project  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   Georgia Writers' Project  
  Dates:   1930s-1940s  
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The collection consists of a portion of the material given to the University of Georgia by the Georgia branch of the W.P.A. upon its termination in 1941. Most of the material in the collection was gathered from areas within the University of Georgia Libraries Special Collections Department, such as the Georgia Room vertical file and the Manuscripts Department. As one of the main purposes of the project was to preserve historical data relating to Georgia, the papers consist of transcribed legal documents, summaries of newspaper stories, personal interviews, and accounts of social and cultural events. The topics are extremely diverse, and represent only a sampling of the subjects covered by the project. The two main sections of the collection are the city and county files. Prominent in this area are several subheadings devoted to cultural concerns. These include sections covering Atlanta theater, arts, and a well documented section covering opera performances presented in Atlanta from 1866 through 1940. The county files document the establishment of each county in Georgia and include historic events and/or points of interest. Also included are a group of interviews with ex-slaves from around the state and two folders of general folklore relating to slavery. Another section of note includes colonial legal records (wills, deeds, receipts, etc.), but the records do extend into the mid 1800s. These records include transcriptions of Georgia House Journals, Executive Council Minutes, Governor's correspondence, Military affairs, Indian treaties, Indian depredation records, etc.
 
  Identifier:   ms1500  
  Repository:   Hargrett Library  
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10 Title:   Peninah W. Thomas family papers  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   Clinch, Batavia Thomas  
  Dates:   1821-1959  
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The collection consists of papers of Peninah W. Thomas and the Thomas family of Athens (Ga.) from 1821-1959. The papers include correspondence, bills and receipts, account books, legal documents, and sermons (1890s) written by Robert Toombs DuBose. The bills and receipts (1821-1910) contain several receipts for wages paid by Peninah W. Thomas to freedmen. The account books (1834-1845) contain bank accounts of Stevens Thomas and lists of accounts and purchases. The correspondence includes letters (1838-1870) between Peninah W. Thomas and her daughters Ella (Hull), Batavia (Clinch), and Mary (Saffold). The letters mainly contain news of family or friends and social events, but of particular interest are letters from Batavia living in Connecticut during the Civil War. The letters discuss the fall of Ft. Sumter and northerners' inability to understand southern attitudes. Also included are letters from Thomas Reynolds and John Shannon discussing plantation management, the cotton market, and other details of Thomas' business interests. From 1870-1941 letters are between Jennie Stovall (DuBose) and Robert Toombs DuBose, mostly personal but also containing some information on Georgia land sales, his ministry, and service in the Georgia House of Representatives.
 
  Identifier:   ms1738  
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11 Title:   John J. Knox papers  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands  
  Dates:   1854-1946  
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The collection consists of clippings from Knox's personal scrapbook, affidavits, letters, manuscript speeches, military documents, and other material. The speeches were likely written during the time he was a teacher in Mississippi, prior to the Civil War. Of particular interest are also two speeches he gave at the Knox Institute (a Freedmen's school named after him) in Athens, Georgia. Also included are materials relating to Knox's family, including letters (many addressed to Clarkston, Michigan), an account book, and photographs.
 
  Identifier:   ms3119  
  Repository:   Hargrett Library  
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12 Title:   Akehurst - Lines family papers  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   Lines family  
  Dates:   1850-1914  
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The collection consists of correspondence and diaries of the Akehurst and Lines families from 1850-1914. The bulk of the correspondence contains letters between Jennie Akehurst, a teacher at Covington, Georgia and Sylvanus Lines of Fayetteville Georgia during their courtship (1857-1860) and married life (1861-1874). Topics discussed include family matters, life in Georgia, and news of relatives. Another portion of the correspondence consists of letters to and from Daisy Lines while teaching in Irvington, Georgia (1882-1898). Includes drafts of letters to and letters from Jerome Reneau, writing from Greene County, Alabama and Texas; correspondence to Jennie Lines; and correspondence from Daisy's aunt Anna Marie Akehurst Barham. Topics discussed include Reneau and Daisy's friendship, Reneau's farming in Alabama, social events, Daisy's teaching, and family news. The diaries were written by Jennie Akehurst Lines (1859-1861 and 1861-1871) and Anna Maria Akehurst Barham (1861-1871). Jennie's diary entries prior to 1861 mainly concern financial hardships and personal matters. Beginning in 1860, entries discuss the political climate, the 1860 election, abolitionists, and slavery. For 1861-1866, the diary contains information on Georgia's succession from the union, social life and living conditions during the Civil War, problems with slaves, and freedmen. Entries for 1866-1871 again mainly focus on personal matters. The Barham diary contains entries pertaining to the Female Orphans' Asylum (Macon, Ga.), where she was matron, the South's reaction to the Battle of Bull Run, economic and living conditions in Georgia during the Civil War, problems with Confederate currency, cotton planting both during and after the war, and problems hiring and supervising freedmen.
 
  Identifier:   ms73  
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13 Title:   Alexander H. Stephens family papers  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883  
  Dates:   1818-1944  
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The collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, financial papers, and scrapbooks. The correspondence is divided into family and business with family letters mainly among Alexander H. Stephens, John A. Stephens and Linton Stephens. They discuss family matters, politics and legal cases. Included is a letter from Alexander H. Stephens describing his trip to Athens to take his entrance examination, in which he describes the university and town as well as the countryside between Athens and Washington, Georgia. Business correspondence includes letters from Herschel Johnson, Howell Cobb, Joseph E. Brown, and Joseph H. Lumpkin. There are also items relating to John Stephens' imprisonment at Johnson Island (OH) during the Civil War. Letters during wartime included lists the members of the Stephens Rifles, flag design proposals, petitions for military positions, and discussions on the release of a Union officer from Andersonville. There is a folder of 1851 correspondence concerning a possible duel between Thomas W. Thomas and James M. Smythe, and materials regarding the surveying of Michigan and Texas Territories. Printed material includes several speeches of Alexander H. Stephens. The scrapbooks contain newspapers clippings about Alexander H. Stephens. Included is a plantation account book of the Simpson plantation, in which are lists of enslaved people, a journal of daily farm work, printed rules for managing farms and slaves, and signed contracts with freedmen.
 
  Identifier:   ms3823  
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