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Finding Aid for the Memories of Mississippi Essay Collection (MUM00592)

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Finding Aid for the Memories of Mississippi Essay Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Memories of Mississippi Essay Collection
Dates: 1994
Collector: University of Mississippi
Physical Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM00592
Location: General Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Abstract: The collection contains first-person essays about life in Mississippi during the Great Depression, written as entries in an essay contest titled "Memories of Mississippi."

Administrative Information

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid encoded by Kathryn Michaelis, April 2012.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Subject Terms

Depressions -- 1929 -- Mississippi
Farm life -- Mississippi
Families -- Mississippi
Mississippi -- History -- 20th century
Education -- Mississippi -- History



Historical Note

The "Memories of Mississippi" essay contest, held in 1994, solicited writings from persons age 60 or older who lived in north Mississippi between 1929 and 1941. The essays contain personal reflections of their authors on topics such as farm life, the economy, family life, education, and various others. The contest was sponsored by the University Museums at the University of Mississippi; the Mississippi Humanities Council; the Friends of the Museums; the Graduate School of the University of Mississippi; Northeast Community College; Itawamba Community College; Tate County Historical Society; Coahoma Community College; and the H.W. Durham Foundation.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains 163 essays received as entries in the "Memories of Mississippi" essay contest.

User Information

Preferred Citation

Memories of Mississippi Essay Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The Memories of Mississippi Essay Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

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Related Material

Resources at the University of Mississippi

A selection of the essays in this collection have been bound and cataloged as Memories of Mississippi, Call number F341 .M53 1994


All of the essays have been numbered and arranged in groups of approximately 20 per folder.

Container List

Folder 1: Essays 1-20
1) "A Child of the Depression" by Mary Sherwood
2) "From Delta to City Life" by Henrietta Shaw
3) "Memories of my Childhood" by R.D. Davis
4) "The Flood of 1934" by Mary Luckey Ainsworth
5) "Growing Pains" by Dessie Bryant
6) "Life ain't no Chrystal Stair" by Jean P. Ford
7) "Hardtimes" by Beatrice Peace
8) "A Gift to Remember" by Rose Cade
9) "All One Family" by Frances Darby
10) "Pigs and Pidgeons" by Sam C. Hudson
11) "Christmas Day at Parchman" by George Rives
12) "Memories on a 1929 MS Farm" by Jessie Zeigler
13) "Wedding Present Pigs" by Floy Manning
14) "Growth Experience" by Annie Ruth Brown
15) "Sawbriers, Biscuits..." by Ross Collins Robinson
16) "Memories" by Dorothy Russell
17) "Life in the Thirties" by Dale Hollingsworth
18) "The Depression" by C.L. Kendrick
19) "House went with the Job" by Lee Dell Dowdle
20) "Depression and a Delta Teenager" by Dorothy Gregg
Folder 2: Essays 21-40
21) "Great Depression" by Van Milam
22) "Schools Helped Us" by Mabel Shaheen
23) "Development of a Cattleman" by Hayley Dandridge
24) "Why did God make me..." by Aline Wagner
25) "Farm Life" by Eva Ellzey
26) "Last Real 4th of July" by Evelyn Flint
27) "Thank You, Mr. Mac" by Emily Humphrey
28) "Farm Life" by Jean Polk
29) "Doom, Gloom and the Alibi Club" by May Belle Bartlett
30) "Memories of Uncle Stark" by Marguerite Williams
31) "Education at Courtland School" by Jane Seale
32) "Uncle Buck's Back Yard" by Annie-Glenn Howell
33) "Memories of the Depression" by Blache Aldrich
34) "Rural Churches in MS - 1941" by Lola May Autry
35) "Life on the Farm 1929-1941" by Fred McGaughy
36) "Making Ends Meet" by Charline Lowry May
37) "Thoughts on the Depression" by Tommie Taylor
38) "Three Stories" by Bettye Galloway
39) "The Revival" by James White
40) "Papa's Babies" by Harriet Jackson
Folder 3: Essays 41-60
41) "Struggle For a Better Life" by Jeanette James
42) "Rat Killing in the 1930s" by Joe Jim Hogan
43) "The Tornado" by Bettye Butler
44) "The Place" by Mary Rose Wilds
45) "Entertainment and Recreation" by Louise Avent
46) "The Days of the Depression" by Doris Applin
47) "Hard Times" by Susie Marshall
48) "FDR's A-B-C's" by Della Davidson
49) "Them Were the Good Days" by Mil Murray Hopkins
50) "Making of a Registered Nurse" by Leora Simpson
51) "Depression of the 30s and 40s" by Robbie Wiggs
52) "Happy Jack in 1939" by Frederick Beckett
53) "Winning over the Trials..." by Mary Hastings Crumby
54) "Early Memories in Calhoun County" by Margaret Brown Burris
55) "Education and Cultural Events" by Henry Heggie
56) "Franklin Delano Roosevelt" by Hazel Briscoe
57) "My Unique Family" by Gwen Chrestman
58) "Disaster and Recovery" by Carmen Weatherall
59) [untitled] by Lou Della Gladney
60) "The Red Clay Hills" by John Oswalt
Folder 4: Essays 61-80
61) "Ketchup Sandwiches" by Betty Lundy
62) "Making Ends Meet" by Sara Raymond
63) "Memories That Bless" by Marie Lewis Todd
64) "Making a Little Go a Long Way" by Elinor Bridges
65) "Growing up during Hard Times" by Kathlyn Martin
66) "Education and Cultural Events" by Bub and Geneva Epting
67) "The Depression" by Arlene Melton
68) "Butter Bean Christmas" by Mary Herndon
69) "My Gifts From Heaven" by Rebecca Haas Smith
70) "Memories of Mississippi" by Frances Brenner
71) "A Depression Farm Memory" by Guy Hopkins
72) "The Great Depression" by Herman Irwin
73) "When I was young..." by Janet Kirchhofer
74) "Life During the Depression" by Martha Davis
75) "The Depression" by Deree Easterling
76) "Workin' on the Railroad" by Charles Potts
77) "Revive us Again" by Catherine Giacometti
78) "Surviving the Depression" by Dorothy Holley
79) "Courtship, Marriage, and Family" by Cuple Gray
80) "Transportation..." by Travis Gray
Folder 5: Essays 81-100
81) "Surviving the Depression" by Charlice Nanney
82) "Sharecropping Charades" by Janice Thrash
83) "Chester Street" by Mable Williams Hurt
84) "Hard Times" by Eloise Newell
85) "In Memory of Rolling Stores" by Dovie Owens
86) "I Remember the New Deal" by Callie Young
87) "Childhood memories..." by Jane Mapp
88) "Depression Days" by Annie Lee Warren
89) "The Guardian Angel" by M.B. Mayfield
90) "The Cotton was so White" by Bernice Jenkins
91) "Reflections on the Depression" by Jamie Brigance
92) "Don't Say Merry Christmas" by Nancy Sharp
93) "Through College..." by Lourie Allen
94) "A Day to Remember" by Dorothy Vaughn
95) "A Dollar's Worth" by Elizabeth Dollar Wamble
96) "Depression Era Talent Contests" by Helen Crawford
97) "Recycling 1930s Style" by Sam Crawford
98) "The Great Depression" by Mary Lowery
99) "Through the Eyes of a Survivor" by T.B. Rodabough
100) "Impressions of the Depression" by Dorothy Morgan
Folder 6: Essays 101-120
101) "Life in the Hatchie Bottom" by Howard Crawford
102) "My Own Experience" by Valerie Howell
103) "Farming: A Way of Life" by Robert Scott
104) "A Day in the Cotton Patch" by Janie Chapman
105) "Life During the Depression" by Johnnie Willingham
106) "Farm Life and Recreation" by Mattie Lou Butler
107) "Hard Times of the Heart" by Alton Meadows
108) "The Depression" by Mary Alice Holoman
109) "A Merchant Daughter..." by Virginia Johnson
110) "Farm Life in Tippah County" by Robert Fryar
111) "Hardships of Farm Life" by Beatrice Downs
112) "The Depression" by Henry Meeks
113) "Working Years" by Charles Wheeler
114) "My Family" by Hershel Shields
115) "Finding Employment" by Charlie Davis
116) "Rural Life During the Depression" by Lila Voyles
117) "Farm Life" by Effie Hamlin
118) "The Thirteenth Bale" by Tom Rinehart
119) "The Depression Era" by Mildred West
120) "A History Day Wedding" by Rev. and Mrs. Cecil Bennett
Folder 7: Essays 121-140
121) "Life of Lelia Hughes" by Lelia Hughes Lewis
122) "Moving to Mississippi" by James Crider
123) "Share-croppers Life" by James Pounders
124) "Life in the CC Camp" by Carlie Carson
125) "The Summons" by Wanda Walker
126) "The New Primer" by Mary Wynn
127) "Train Through Mississippi..." by Patsy Clark Pace
128) "A Teacher Takes Time Out..." by Lela T. Clark
129) "Mississippi: A Story" by Ruble Leathers
130) "The Original Boxcar Kids" by Christine Potts
131) "The Denson Farm..." by Effie Denson Green
132) "Farm Life" by Conrad Bishop
133) "It was not as Simple Back Then" by Angie Miller
134) "From the Perspective of a Teen" by Nell Johnson
135) "Allen Line" by Juanita Michael
136) "Memories of the Depression" by C.W. Deaton
137) "My School Was Special..." by Laura Cartwright
138) "FDR: Little Man's Big Man" by Ivy Hardy Ricks
139) "Making Do" by Aileen Ricks Hoover
140) "Those Depression Years" by R.G. Counce
Folder 8: Essays 141-163
141) "The Depressed Amory" by Frank Smith
142) "The Depression" by E.R. Butler
143) "A Close-Knit Community" by Ruth Johnson
144) "The Farmer's Will" by William Lowrey
145) "Heartfelt Memories" by Edith Sims
146) "Legend of the Eaton Gang" by Gladys Eaton
147) "Life as I Knew It" by Elizabeth Crawford
148) "Memories of my Life" by Nettie Cartwright
149) "A Poor Man's Story" by Ralph Hamblin
150) "The Depression and Fleet Epting" by Fleet Epting
151) "The Surprise" by Pansy Shirley
152) "The Country Doctor" by Elizabeth Gates
153) "Family Memories" by Libby Savely
154) "The Great Depression" by Kenneth Denton
155) "The Storm Before The Storm" by Alice Vaughn
156) "Farm Life" by Lois Hill
157) "Memories of my Grandmother" by Dovie Allen
158) "Farm Life 1929-1941" by David Brown
159) "Memories of Hard Times" by Euerzie Mosley
160) "The Depression and I" by Leora Thompson
161) "Thinking Back" by Charles Treas
162) "From Dollar Cotton to..." by J.B. Bailey
163) "School Days" by Bill Rieves
Folder 9: Informational brochures and master list of essays