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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 also of the Ku Klux Klan.


  • 1937


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Bobbitt was a former slave living in North Carolina.


1 item (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 Clay Bobbitt
Rose Frank
18 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