Category Archives: African-American History

Working Lives Oral History Project

Our Digital Collections not only feature manuscripts and photographs, but also audio. One of our audio collections is the Working Lives Oral History Project. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, this project focuses on black … Continue reading

Letter from Westly Townsend, An Empancipated Slave

A few months ago, we blogged about a project funded by the NHPRC to digitize the Septimus D. Cabaniss Papers. This is a really fascinating collection, containing the personal and business papers of a Civil War era attorney from Huntsville, … Continue reading

Cotton production in the 60’s

One of the major forms of agriculture in the south, cotton production shaped the lives of many. The Marjory L. Smith Slide Collection contains 71 color slides taken by Marjorie in and around Hayneville (Lowndes County) Alabama in the early … Continue reading

Newly online: Martha Young Papers

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 … Continue reading