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Grace McCune papers

Grace McCune papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Grace McCune papers
Creator: McCune, Grace, 1899-
Inclusive Dates: 1936, 1938-1939
Language(s): English
Extent: 1.25 Linear Feet 3 boxes
Collection Number: ms1478
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Grace McCune was born in November 29, 1899 to the parents of Daniel J. McCune and Gertrud McCune. As far as her social security number shows, she was born in New Jersey. She lived with her parents and grandfather John McCune. It seems that her mother died fairly early on in her life since she does no appear in the city directories past the year of 1925. She lived with her father who was an Athens Police officer and her grandfather who was a plumber and later became a sales clerk for a grocery store. The house she grew up in. 881 1/2 College Avenue, was owned by her parents, which means that they must have fairly well off during a time of economic upheaval. She would have been considered the daughter in a middle class family. After her father's death in August of 1926, she began to move around a great deal, as well as change jobs on a regular basis. The combination of her father's death and the depression had a profound effect on her economic situation. She had a whole array of jobs ranging from a sales clerk to a laundress. She began working for the Federal Writer's Project in 1938. Her first assignment must have been the Slave Narrative Collection because her interview with Mirriam McCommons falls at the beginning of that year. She continued to work for the WPA even after her interviews with the free blacks. 1930's Race relation in the American South: Relationship of Grace McCune and Mirriam McCommons / Jennifer Briggs (Retrieved March 5, 2009)

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Grace McCune papers, ms 1478, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2020.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Federal Writers' Project
Freedmen -- Georgia.
Georgia Writers' Project
Slave narratives -- Georgia -- Athens.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Interviews, Manuscripts

11Notebook, [1936 January]-1938 May
12Notebook, 1938 May
13Notebook, 1938 April-July
14Notebook, 1938 May-June
15Notebook, 1938 July-August
16Notebook, 1938 August-September
17Notebook, 1938 August
21Notebook, 1938 August-September
22Notebook, 1938 September-December
23Notebook, 1938 September
24Notebook, 1938 October
25Notebook, 1939 January
26Notebook, 1939 January 5
27Notebook, 1939 February
28W. Sullivan, Union Bus Station, Athens, Ga., 1939 March
29Judge Matthews, City Court, Athens, Ga., 1939 April 10
210[J.H.] Robertson, Manager, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Atlanta, Ga., 1939 April 14
211M. Annie Mains, Beauty Operator, Madam's Beauty Parlor, Athens, Ga. , 1939 April 24
212Diasy M. Johnson, Hair Dresser, , 1939 April 26
213Col. John Henry Middlebrooks, Black Smith Shop Athens, Ga., 1939 June 8
214Jannie Favors, Propietor, Favors Cafe, Athens, Ga., 1939 June 23
215Dr. W.M. Burson, Veterinary Surgeon, Athens, Ga., 1939 June 29
216Samuel Augustus Sheats, Grocery Store, Athens, Ga., 1939 July 20
217Susan Jones McIntosh, Cook & Laundry Woman, Athens, Ga., 1939 July 26
218Notebook, 1939 July
219Cornelia Peterson, Sewing Woman, Liberty Dry Cleaning Place, Athens, Ga., 1939 August 4
220John E. Petropol, Fruit Store & Drink Stand, Athens, Ga., 1939 August 11
221Illegible, undated
222Miscellaneous, 1938, undated

Interviews, Typewrittten

31Georgia Smith, Cobb St., undated
32Miss Mary Bacon, Hill St., 1938 August 3
33Alice Bradley, Athens, Ga., undated
34F.A. Taylor, Manager, The City Bus Lines, 1939 April 10
35Willis Coffer, Findley St., undated
36Mrs. Margaret Davis, Athens, Ga., 1939 January 18
37Mrs. Annie Grady Emerick, G.M., Athens, Ga., 1938 December 20
38Mr. Jackson W. Ernest, Confederate War Veteran, Peters St., undated
39[Gann and Reeves Livery Stable], handwritten, undated
310Dr. Hiram, Woman Dentist, West Washington Street, Athens, Ga. , undated
311Alice Hutcheson, Rockspring St., undated
312Maria Jackson, Athens, Ga., 1938 December 13
313Mrs. Mamie Lewis, Dry Goods Store, Partner & Peddler, Athens, Ga. , undated
314Mr. Robert L. McCune, Spanish American War Veteran, Athens, Ga., [1938]
315Vincent Matthews, Recorder and Judge, City Court, City Hall, Athens, Ga. , 1939 April 12
316Old Shoe Comfort in New Shoe Appearance, 1939
317Mr. Joe M. Orr, Confederate Soldier, Athens, Ga., 1938 July 11
318Cornelia Peterson, Sewing Woman, Liberty Dry Cleaning Place, Athens, Ga., 1939 August 4
319Marriam McCommons, Athens, Ga., 1938 March 24
320Nellie Smith, illegible
321Paul Smith, China Street, 1938 August
322Southern Department Store, Athens, Ga., Abe Link, Mrs. M.H. Elliott, Mrs. B.F. McEntire, Mr. Mell McCurdy, 1939 January 24
323Georgia Telfair, Athens, Ga., 1938 April 14
324Olin Williams, Newton St., undated
325Miscellaneous - School Notes
326Miscellaneous - First Aid