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United States. Works Progress Administration

 Organization

Biography

The Works Progress Administration was a government agency involved in public works programs. The agency was established in 1935 as part of the New Deal, and employed millions of Americans. The program was renamed the Work Projects Administration in 1939.

Found in 74 Collections and/or Records:

T. Pat Matthews interview with Mary Anngady

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2874
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of a typescript of an interview. Anngady was interviewed by T. Pat Matthews in 1937 as part of the Federal Writer's Project for the Works Progress Administration. The item includes handwritten corrections. Anngady was educated on her master's plantation and went to Shaw Collegiate Institute after the Civil War. She gives a detailed description of what her husband told her of African tribal life. She talks about "savages," witch doctors, tribal kings, and...
Dates: 1937

Mary A. Hicks interview with Viney Baker

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2882
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of a typescript of an interview. Baker was interviewed by Mary A. Hicks in 1937 as part of the Federal Writer's Project for the Works Progress Administration. The item includes handwritten corrections. Baker was freed after the Civil War, but he continued to be forced to work, and he was treated very poorly. His mother was sold in the middle of the night. He describes severe beatings and being reunited with his mother.

Dates: 1937

Mary A. Hicks interview with David Blount

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2885
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of a typescript of an interview. Blount was interviewed by Mary A. Hicks in 1937 as part of the Federal Writer's Project for the Works Progress Administration. The item includes handwritten corrections. Blount tells a detailed story of how his master fired an abusive overseer. He also tells of how he stopped a slave revolt from occuring on the plantation. He acompanied his master to the Civil War as his "personal servant." Blount talks about Jim, a slave who...
Dates: 1937

Mary A. Hicks interview with Clay Bobbitt

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2872
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of a typescript of an interview. Bobbitt was interviewed by Mary A. Hicks in 1937 as part of the Federal Writer's Project for the Works Progress Administration. The item includes handwritten corrections. Bobbitt was treated very poorly as a slave. He had little food and clothing and was allowed no diversions. His wife was sold months after their marriage. He also talks about "poor white trash," "Shim Sham," which were African Americans of mixed ancestry, and...
Dates: 1937

Travis Jordan interview with Fanny Cannady

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2887
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of a typescript of an interview. Cannady was interviewed by Travis Jordan in 1937 as part of the Federal Writer's Project for the Works Progress Administration. The item includes handwritten corrections. Cannady tells about how her master, despite his wife's pleading, shot and killed a slave for making a negative comment about the Confederate Army. The victim's brother then ran away and was later caught and severely beaten. She also describes her mother's...
Dates: 1937

Mary A. Hicks interview with Mandy Coverson

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2879
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of a typescript of an interview. Coverson was interviewed by Mary A. Hicks in 1937 as part of the Federal Writer's Project for the Works Progress Administration. The item includes handwritten corrections. Coverson was a child when her mother died, and she was raised in the plantation house. She describes the Union Army briefly, talks about the Ku Klux Klan, and gives thanks for her freedom.

Dates: 1937

Mary A. Hicks interview with Lucy Ann Dunn

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2884
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of a typescript of an interview. Dunn was interviewed by Mary A. Hicks in 1937 as part of the Federal Writer's Project for the Works Progress Administration. The item includes handwritten corrections. She describes the master's house and the slave cabins on the plantation. She gives both her own and her master's reaction to the Yankee invasion. She also gives a heartfelt account of her courtship and marriage to her late husband, Jim Dunn.

Dates: 1937

James Farmer autobiography and diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1433
Scope and Contents

Two holograph volumes in three parts with accompanying carbon and ribbon copy typescripts; typescript and draft of typescript of 1881-1882 diary. Describes his early life in England, missionary work for the Mormon Church in England, his immigration to Utah and accounts of ship passage, overland travel to Salt Lake City, Utah and settlement and life in Sanpete County, Utah. The 1881-82 diary deals with a mission to England. Also includes patriarchal blessings.

Dates: 1851-1882

Edith S. Hibbs interview with Alex Huggins

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2914
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of a typescript of an interview. Huggins was interviewed by Edith S. Hibbs in 1937 as part of the Federal Writer's Project for the Works Progress Administration. Huggins claims that the stories of slave whippings are all "bunk," and says that his master treated him well. He tells of how he and his friends went out looking for adventure, so they ran off to sea. He tells of his service in the Union Navy and about his life at the time of the interview.

Dates: 1937

Mary A. Hicks interview with Alice Baugh

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2890
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of a typescript of an interview. Baugh was interviewed by Mary A. Hicks in 1937 as part of the Federal Writer's Project for the Works Progress Administration. The item includes handwritten corrections. Baugh tells stories as related by her mother who was a slave. Alice claims that life under slavery was a happy and prosperous time. She says that slaves cried from sorrow when emancipated and that they sang, "We'll hang Abe Lincoln on de Sour Apple Tree." ...
Dates: 1937