Manuscript/Mixed Material Image 26 of Federal Writers' Project: Slave Narrative Project, Administrative Files

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M E M ORANDUM
June 9, 1937

TO:

STATS DIRECTORS OF THE FEDERAL WRITERSf PROJECT

FROM:

Henry G.

Alsberg, Director

In connection with the stories of ex-slaves, please
send in to this office copies of State, county, or city laws
affecting the conduct of slaves, free Negroes, overseers, patrollers, or any person or custom affecting the institution of
slavery. It will, of course, not be necessary to send more
than one copy of the laws that were common throughout the state,
although any special law passed by a particular city would constitute worthwhile material.
In addition, we should like to have you collect and
send in copies of any laws or accounts of any established customs relating to the admission to your State of bodies of slaves
from Africa or other sections, the escape of slaves, etc. also,
we should like to see copies of advertisements of sales of slaves,
published offers of rewards for fugitive slaves, copies of transfers of slaves by will or otherwise, records of freeing of
slaves, etc. Public records of very particular interest regarding any transaction involving slaves should be photostated and
copies furnished to the 7/as'iington office.
Furthermore, contemporary accounts of any noteworthy
occurrences among the Negroes during slavery days or the Reconstruction period should be copied, if taken from contemporary
newspapers. If such records have been published in books, a
reference to the source would be sufficient. V/e have been receiving a large number of extremely interesting stories of exslaves. The historic background of the institution of slavery,
which should be disclosed with the information we are now
requesting, will be very helpful in the execution of the plans
we have in mind.
Copies sent to;
Alabama
Georgia
Maryland
Arkansas
Kentucky Mississippi
Florida
Louisiana Missouri

North Carolina
Oklahoma
South Carolina

Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Ohio
Kansas


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Title
Federal Writers' Project: Slave Narrative Project, Administrative Files
Genre
Interviews
Medium
32 pages
Source Collection
Federal Writer's Project, United States Work Projects Administration (USWPA)
Repository
Manuscript Division
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mesn.001
Language
Online Format
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