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Thaddeus Ferree papers, 1935-1941.

October 12, 2009

Creator: Ferree, Thaddeus, ca. 1881-ca. 1972.
Collection number: 4258
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Abstract: Primarily life histories, folkways, legends, and other items written and collected by workers of the Federal Writers’ Project of North Carolina, 1938-1941, with accompanying administrative material, including instructions to writers. Most of the life histories are variants of items in the Federal Writers’ Project Papers (#3709) in the Southern Historical Collection, but ten do not appear in that collection. The folkways and legends are chiefly stories concerning North Carolina in the colonial, Revolutionary, and Civil War periods. A number of essays relate to Raleigh, N.C. T. S. Ferree collected this material in the course of his work as a research editor with the Federal Writers’ Project in Raleigh, N.C.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: There are a number of life histories in Sub Series 1A of African Americans, primarily formerly enslaved men and women (Folders 1 – 7). Sub series 1B contains stories and folktales collected by FWP workers.