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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Works Progress Administration records slave narratives



Descriptive Summary

Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Title: Works Progress Administration records slave narratives
Dates: circa 1936-circa 1939
Abstract: The WPA Slave Narratives comprise over 200 narratives of ex-slaves collected by the Works Progress Administration. Counties surveyed include Coryell, Dallas, El Paso Ellis, Frio, Galveston, Harrison, Hill, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kinney, McLennan, Medina, Navarro, Newton, Potter, Tarrant, Travis, and Val Verde Counties.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00422
Extent: 2.33 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The WPA Slave Narratives comprise over 200 narratives of ex-slaves collected by the Works Progress Administration. Counties surveyed include Coryell, Dallas, El Paso Ellis, Frio, Galveston, Harrison, Hill, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kinney, McLennan, Medina, Navarro, Newton, Potter, Tarrant, Travis, and Val Verde Counties.

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Organization

The slave narratives in this series of the WPA Records are arranged by county, and each county is assigned to a district. Within each district, individuals are alphabetized by surname.
Some of the narratives originally included photographs, and these photos are now located in a single box.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Related Materials

Forms part of the Works Progress Administration Records.

For access to more slave narratives, visit the Library of Congress American Memory Project's Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Works Progress Administration Records Slave Narratives, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

box
4H357 [SRH1230031851] District 1
A-Z: Harrison County
box
4H358 [SRH1230031853] District 3
A-W: Jasper County, Jefferson County, and Newton County
box
4H359 [SRH1230031835] District 4
C-W: Dallas County
District 6
A-W: Galveston County and Harris County
District 7
A-P: Tarrant County
box
4H360 [SRH1230031838] District 7
R-Y: Tarrant County
District 8
A-M: Coryell County, Ellis County, Hill County, Johnson County, McLennan County, and Navarro County
box
4H361 [SRH1230031839] District 8
N-Z: Coryell County, Ellis County, Hill County, Johnson County, McLennan County, and Navarro County
District 9
A-Z: Travis County
box
4J295 [SRH1230032529] District 10
A-Z: Kinney County
District 15
A-Z: Frio County, Kinney County, Medina County, Val Verde County
District 16
A-Z: Potter County
District 20
A-Z: El Paso County
Miscellaneous Interviews
Abilene, TX; Bexar County; Bowie County; Brown County; Brownwood, TX; Cherokee County; Coriscana, TX; Falls County; Houston, TX; Nacogdoches County; San Angelo, TX; San Augustine County; Tyler, TX; Wichita Falls, TX.
box
3S456 [SRH1230022092] Photographs of individual former slaves

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