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Adair County (KY) oral history

Repository: Lindsey Wilson College. Archives and Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): The oral histories in this collection number 125 and are on audio cassette. As of October 2010, around 40-50 have been digitized and few have transcripts. Three have been identified by library staff as dealing with civil rights; these have not been transcribed or digitized. One is of a cassette of Margaret Grady that is titled 'History of Blacks in Adair County.' Another is a cassette of Bob White titled Kentucky Politics: Past Experience. Finally, there is a tape titled 'Black Educational Conditions in the early 1900s.'

Collection Description (Extant): [The below description is from the Kentucky Historical Society's survey of oral history collections and is available at]
Most of these interviews are by students in political history and Kentucky studies classes at Lindsey Wilson College. Topics include the history of the college, family and personal histories, the history of Adair County, the history of Glens Fork, farming, tobacco farming, threshing wheat, lye soap making, spinning, butter churning, beekeeping, hunting, fishing, folk toys, cockfighting, raising gamecocks, raising and breeding horses, genealogy, superstitions, water witching, haunted houses, ghost stories, ginseng digging, sorghum making, hog killing, sausage making, curing ham, doll making, quilting, arrowhead collecting, shingle making, bluegrass music, Christmas customs, marriage customs, medicine, grist mills, sawmills, religion and the ministry, crimes (shootings, stabbings, and robberies), hangings, military experiences, Monroe County politics, the Tim Lee Carter family, the administration of Governor Lawrence W. Wetherby, the history of blacks in Adair County, education for blacks in Adair County in the early twentieth century, teaching, one-room schools, the Gradyville flood (June 7, 1907), the history of athletic coaching in Kentucky, the Trabue-Russell House, the Battle of Tebb's Bend (July 4, 1863), and one interviewee's experiences in the Congo in Africa. Copies of many of the interviews are at the Eastern Kentucky University Archives (see Collection Number 10-06), Kentucky Oral History Commission (see Collection Number 18-20 and Appendix 1), and Western Kentucky University Folklife Archives (see Collection Number 46-01).

Access Copy Note: The oral histories are entered into the library's catalog.

Condition Note: The cassette tapes are of low quality but are audible.

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: approximately 3-4 linear feet

Language: English

Interviewees: Margaret Grady, Bob White

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


Adair County (Ky.)
African Americans--Civil rights--Kentucky
African Americans--Education--Kentucky
African Americans--Kentucky
Civil rights movements--Kentucky


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