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Clayton County (Ga.) oral history collection

Repository: Emory University. Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Collection Description (Extant): The collection consists of the eighty-eight audiocassette tapes of the Atlanta-area oral history interviews recorded from 1989-1998. The interviews include a cross-section of interviewees from Clayton County, the majority of them from the county seat of Jonesboro. Some interviewees are not Clayton County citizens, but are people who have worked there for many years. A few interviewees live outside Clayton County, but are related to the broad thrust of the project by historical period, topic, or family relationship.

The collection consists of interviews with males, females, whites, African-American, Protestants, Catholics, and Jews. In terms of employment the interviewees range from housewives and African-American maids to city, county, and state employees, to small business people, doctors, lawyers, judges, police officers, prison guards, educators, members of the Georgia Ku Klux Klan, and the clergy.

The interviewers always asked questions about the relationship between the races, memories of the Ku Klux Klan, the changing roles of women, and how personal attitudes have changed since World War II.

Access Copy Note: Unrestricted access.

Date(s): 1989-1998

Existing IDs: Manuscript Collection No. 828

Extent: 1.75 linear ft. (7 boxes)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Wesley G. Bailey, III, Charles M. Bartlett, Effie Baynes, Sam Blalock, Charles Brown, Dorothy Brown, Sharkley Buford, Ware Callaway, William T. Camp, Calvin Craig, Bessie Shedrick Crowder, Joe Crumbley, Ann Dunivin, Herbert Glen Floyd, Loraine Floyd, John Fuller, Katherine Cates Gibbs, Byron Hand, Henry Hand, Raymond Head, Marian Hodges, Katie Lamb Hope, Lucy Huie, Phillip Callaway, Martin G. Itzkowitz, Carlton Ivey, Trudy Ivey, Raymond E. Johnson, Eloise Keiser, Paul Kurtz, Clarence Lamb, Jeanette Lamb, Mattie Taylor Lester, Betty Edmonds Long, Mary Lynberg, Elizabeth Marshall, Eddie Mae Matthews, Philo McKinnon, Joe Mundy, Wilma Jean Nipper, Wallace Edward Norrington, James D. Parker, Frances Pauley, Ann Plant, Tee Reamer, Wells Riley, Nancy Riley, Lucille Rivers, Catherine Carnes Romeo, Hillyer Royston, Hal Shields, Edith H. Smith, Fred Smith, Rev. Smith, Anna Lois Souder, Thurmond Starr, Fay Gecik, Wade Starr, Jack Stephens, Betty Talmadge, Herman Talmadge, Frances Campbell Tatum, Ronnie Thronton, Albert Wallace, Allen Wasserman, Vera Maude Weems, Wilbur Whaley, Edmonds Woods, Huie Singer

Rights (Extant): All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


African Americans--Georgia
Georgia--Race relations
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--Georgia


Sound recordings


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