Category Archives: Oral History

John Kenyon Chapman Papers, 1969-2009

Creator: Chapman, John Kenyon.
Collection number: 3419
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Abstract: John Kenyon Chapman (1947-2009), known as Yonni, was a life-long social justice activist, organizer, and historian who focused his academic and social efforts on workers rights and African American empowerment in central North Carolina. Chapman was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in 1947; graduated from Harvard University in 1969; and then moved to Atlanta, Ga., to join the fight for African American equality. He relocated to North Carolina in 1975 and worked as a laboratory technician at the North Carolina Continue reading John Kenyon Chapman Papers, 1969-2009

Penn School papers, 1862-2004.

Creator: Penn School papers, 1862-2004.
Collection number: 3615
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Abstract: The Penn School on Saint Helena Island, S.C., was founded during the Civil War by northern philanthropists and missionaries for former plantation slaves in an area occupied by the United States Army. Over the years, with Continue reading Penn School papers, 1862-2004.

Federal Writers’ Project papers, 1936-1940.

Creator: Federal Writers’ Project.
Collection number: 3709
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Abstract: W. T. Couch (b. 1901), while director of the University of North Carolina Press, was also a part-time official of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration, as assistant and associate director for North Continue reading Federal Writers’ Project papers, 1936-1940.

Mound Bayou collection, 1928-1995

Creator: Mound Bayou (Bolivar Co., Miss.) collection.
Collection number: 5009-z
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Abstract: Mound Bayou, located in Bolivar County, Miss., was founded on 12 July 1887 as an African-American colony by Isaiah T. Montgomery and Benjamin T. Green. In 1994, Milburn Continue reading Mound Bayou collection, 1928-1995

New Bern Oral History Project records, 1991-1994.

Creator: New Bern Oral History Project.
Collection number: 4751
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Abstract: The New Bern Oral History Project was undertaken by members of the Memories of New Bern Committee, New Bern, N.C., beginning in 1991. Under the direction of Joseph F. Continue reading New Bern Oral History Project records, 1991-1994.

Herman Bell collection, 1967.

Abstract: Interview conducted in Gullah (Sea Island Creole dialect) with Jim Milligan, Christiana Milligan, and Nettie Whaley, all African Americans of Edisto Island, S.C., about life on Edisto Island. Topics include the local environment, effects of the Civil Continue reading Herman Bell collection, 1967.

William Jesse Kennedy papers, 1902-1982.

Creator: Kennedy, William Jesse, 1889-1985.
Collection number: 4925
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Abstract: William Jesse Kennedy, Jr. (1889-1985), businessman, author, and community leader, was born in Andersonville, Ga. He began his affiliation with North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Continue reading William Jesse Kennedy papers, 1902-1982.

Joan Fenton collection, 1952-1978.

Creator: Fenton, Joan.
Collection number: 20015
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Abstract: Folklorist and performer Joan Fenton earned a Masters degree in folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981. She is the owner of several stores in Charlottesville, Va., that feature traditional and contemporary Continue reading Joan Fenton collection, 1952-1978.

Bryan T. McNeil Oral history collection, 1997.

Creator: McNeil, Bryan T.
Collection number: 20298
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Abstract: Interviews conducted in West Virginia in 1997 by Bryan T. McNeil for his honors essay “In My Time: The Strike of 1949 in the Lives of the Coal Miners of Southern West Virginia” Continue reading Bryan T. McNeil Oral history collection, 1997.