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Amelia Wallace Vernon oral history collection

Identifier: SCL-MS-AWV-0050

Transcriptions of interviews used in researching Vernon’s 1993 book: African Americans at Mars Bluff, South Carolina

Transcriptions of oral history interviews collected while researching Vernon's 1993 book: African Americans at Mars Bluff, South Carolina; topics discussed include African-American biography, family history, cultivation of rice, farming in general, construction, and other aspects of rural life.

Family names represented include: Bailey, Brown, Bryant, Bultman, Charles, Coker, Cooper, Egleton, Ervin, Ford, Fraley, Gary, Gaskins, Gregg, Guiles, Hannah, Howard, Johnson, Law, Lucky, Mack, Marcus, Moody, Peterson, Pinkney, Robertson, Robinson, Saunders, Scott, Sellers, Smalls, Taylor, Waiters, Wallace, Williams, Williamson, Wilson, and Zanders.

In Box 1, folders labeled (AA – ZZ) and (AAA 84 - CCC 82) cover the years 1977 to 1983. Interviews conducted during 1990’s appear to be brief addenda following up on information from earlier interviews.

Box 1 includes “Note to Linguists Studying Archie Waters Tapes : The chief value in... the Archie Waiters tapes is because he used the old Mars Bluff African American way of speaking. That way of speaking will have completely vanished in a few years."

List of Persons Interviewed (1977-1995)

List of Persons Interviewed (1977-1995)

Bailey, Ruth Lee 88E

Bailey, Willie 88E

Brown, Melvin 94D 94E

Brown-Bryant, Renee 97G

Bultman, John Parker 85I 85J

Charles, David 95D 95E 95I

Charles, Josephine Perry 95D 95E 95I

Coker, Annie Mae QQ RR 85A 85B

Coker, Leon QQ RR 4 85A 85B

Cooper, Henry 85A

Egleton, Gertrude (Maggie) 86D

Ervin, Martha Adams 97M

Ford, Herman 86D 95J

Fraley, Robert Middleton 97L 98A

Gaskins, Louise Williamson 96F 96G

Gary, Viola Williamson 96F 96G

Gregg, Mattie Smalls 87D

Guiles, Alexander 96D 96E

Hannah, Elizabeth Edwards 96A

Howard, Theola Cox 94C 5 97H 97I

Johnson, Blanch Edwards 96B 96C

Johnson, Frances PP

Johnson, Julia PP

Law, Lena Mae Smalls 87H

Lucky, Jacqueline 98E

Mack, Julia Bell 97A 97B 97C

Marcus, David 86B 86C 96M 98D

Moody, Rebecca Barr 95M 95N 95O 95P 95Q 95R 96H 96I 97E 6 97F

Peterson, Rubin 86C 95K 95L

Pinkney, Atleene BBB

Robertson, Gwen 96K 96L

Robinson, Cora Ford 88C

Saunders, Frank 87I

Saunders, Russell 87I

Scott, Elizabeth Harllee 97G

Sellers, Bernice 97K

Sellers, Jerome 97K

Sellers, Mable Smalls OO

Smalls, Cora 87H

Taylor, Harmon 87C 7

Waiters, Annie Lee NN

Waiters, Archie 1975Y 1975Z 1976A 1976B 1976C 1976D 1976E AA BB CC DD EE FF GG HH II JJ KK LL MM NN SS TT WW XX YY ZZ AAA 85E 85F 85G 85H 85K 86A 8 87A 87B 88A 88B 90A

Waiters, Brainger 95A

Waiters, Catherine 1976A 1976C 1976D 1976E AA BB CC DD EE FF GG NN AAA 85K 86A 87B 88A 88C 90A 91A 91B 94A 94B 95A 95B 95C

Waiters, Geraldine 87G 9

Waiters, Hester 87G

Waiters, Johnnie 85K

Waiters, Michael NN

Waiters, Otis Cornelius 94F

Waiters, Rena Bell 96J

Waiters, Rena Bell (con’t) 97D

Wallace, Amelia Mellichamp 93A

Wallace, Chisolm CCC

Williams, Claudia Williamson UU

Williams, Dorchester 97K 97L 98E

Williams, Dorothy Smalls 87H

Williamson, Claudia 95F 95G

Williamson, Matthew 85C 10 85D 95F 95G

Wilson, Vicie Ford 95S

Zanders, Ida Ellison 87E 88D 88E


  • 1977-1998


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