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FW: Announcement of Slave Narratives Collections on American Memo ry

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  • A.J. Wright
    fyi..the American Memory site at the Library of Congress continues to add to its amazining online riches...aj wright // ajwright@uab.edu The Library of
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2001
      fyi..the American Memory site at the Library of Congress continues to add to
      its amazining online riches...aj wright // ajwright@...

      The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program announces the
      release of the online collection, "Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives
      from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938, at the American Memory Web
      site at: <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/>

      "Born in Slavery" is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints
      and Photographs Divisions of the Library of Congress. More than 2,300
      first-person accounts of slavery comprising over 9,500 page images with
      searcheable text, bibliographic records and 500 black-and-white
      photographs of former slaves are now available. More than 200
      photographs are included from the Prints and Photographs Division that
      are now made available to the public for the first time. The
      photographs of former slaves are linked to their corresponding

      The Federal Writers' Project (FWP) originally made no plans for
      collecting slave autobiographies and reminiscences. Interviews with
      former slaves were undertaken spontaneously after the inception of the
      FWP and were included among the activities of several Southern Writers'
      Projects for almost a year before these isolated efforts were
      transformed into a concerted regional project, coordinated by the
      national headquarters of the FWP in Washington, D.C. On April 1, 1937,
      the collection of slave narratives formally began with the dispatch of
      instructions to all Southern and border states directing their Writers'
      Project workers to the task of interviewing former slaves. Today, the
      Slave Narrative Collection provides a unique and virtually unsurpassed
      collective portrait of a historical population.

      This online collection features an extensive introductory essay by
      Norman R. Yetman of the University of Kansas which includes information
      about the interviewers, the people interviewed, and the processes of
      collection and compilation, as well as a wealth of fascinating stories
      and candid portraits of former slaves. The digitization of the
      collection was made possible by a major gift from the Citigroup

      Please direct any questions to ndlpcoll@...
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