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Newly online: Martha Young Papers

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Martha Young of Greensboro, Alabama, was known for her studies of the dialect of Southern African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th century.  She wrote and performed her writings to the accolades of many.  Here’s an example of a recital advertisement at the Astor Gallery in NYC on November 1906.
The Martha Young Papers Collection (MS 1597) contains many of the works (over a thousand!), as well as correspondence, photographs and pictures, genealogical information on the Tutwiler and Young families, and other miscellaneous items. Martha Young was the granddaughter of Henry Tutwiler and niece of Julia Tutwiler.

Examples of her works include  a poem called “The Strangeness of It (Uncle Isham Speaks)” and “Why Brother Buzzard Has No Potatoes of his Own”, a short story from around 1900.

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