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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.


  • 1937


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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Oral history interview with Viney Baker must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Viney Baker (1859-?) was a slave in Durham County, North Carolina, in the 1860s. Viney Baker was born in 1859 in Virginia on the plantation of Mr. S. L. Allen. He was moved with his mother, Hannah Murray, to Durham County, North Carolina as a child. By Baker's account, Mr. Allen had over one hundred slaves and five hundred acres of land. His mother was sold during the night while he was sleeping. Baker did not understand the significance of the end of the Civil War and Mr. Allen kept him on as a slave despite the Confederate surrender. At the age of twelve, Baker's mother came back to free him.


1 folder (0.02 linear ft.) : (2 p.)

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Custodial History

This item was photocopied from reel 79 of the 920 microfilm collection. SCM 000 323. Andronicus Publ. Co., 1941. Five reels of microfilm were purchased for $115 in 1971.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from; Andronicus Publ. Co.; 1971.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Oral history interview with Viney Baker
Rose Frank
19 May 2011
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States