The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Mill workers oral histories
Repository: Columbus State University. Archives
Collection Description (Extant): The Mill Workers Oral Histories Collection consists of 41 audio tapes, 29 of which are transcribed, of interviews with employees of textile mills in the Columbus area. Most interviews have typed transcripts, though some are handwritten. The interviews were conducted as part of a class at Columbus State University in 1988. The subjects were employees of the Bibb Manufacturing Company, Swift Textiles, Inc. (Swift Manufacturing Company), Muscogee Manufacturing, Eagle and Phenix Mill, Meritas Mill, and many others. Most were employed at the mills between c. 1935 and the interview date in 1988.
The oral histories include memories about a variety of subjects: the Depression; moving from farm and rural life to the city; segregation; WWII; women in the mills; technical information about the machines and products being manufactured; relations between supervisors, bosses, and others; life in a mill town; disability and retirement compensation; relations between mill workers and other residents of Columbus; race relations; and viewpoints of children of the mill workers.
Existing IDs: MC 109
Extent: 41 audio tapes
Finding Aid URL: http://archives.columbusstate.edu/findingaids/mc109.php
Interviewees: Josephine Adkins, Willie Autrey, Celia Bailey, Vera Baker, Aphonso Biggs, Brumbelow, Lester Butler, Julia Cooper, Evelyn Cox, Raymond Cox, Dorothy Dorse, W. O. Garrett, Travis Hall, Harry Harden, Bob Herring, Frank Kelly, Mr. Dunaway, John Harrison, Eric G. Hubbard, Jessie Johnson, Georgia Lamb, Iva Lankford, Richard McGhee, Brenda Mollet, Maria Meltzer, Luther Morris, Beulah Patterson, Robert Passmore, Ophelia Perry, Eulis Pippin, Brady Pope, W. W. Purks, Kathy Schofe, James E. Shavers, Reuben Smith, Martha Stephens, I. V. Tucker, Dora L.Watson, Betty Wilks, Melvin Wilks, Henry G Wright
Rights (Extant): Permission to publish material from the Mill Workers Oral Histories Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives.