University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Works Progress Administration Records: Slave Narratives



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Works Progress Administration.
Title: Works Progress Administration Records: Slave Narratives
Abstract: The WPA Slave Narratives comprise over 200 narratives of ex-slaves collected by the Works Progress Administration. Counties surveyed include Coryell, Dallas, El Paso Ellis, Frio, Galveston, Harrison, Hill, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kinney, McLennan, Medina, Navarro, Newton, Potter, Tarrant, Travis, and Val Verde Counties.
Extent: 2 ft., 4 in.
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The WPA Slave Narratives comprise over 200 narratives of ex-slaves collected by the Works Progress Administration. Counties surveyed include Coryell, Dallas, El Paso Ellis, Frio, Galveston, Harrison, Hill, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kinney, McLennan, Medina, Navarro, Newton, Potter, Tarrant, Travis, and Val Verde Counties.


 

Organization

The slave narratives in this series of the WPA Records are arranged by county, and each county is assigned to a district. Within each district, individuals are alphabetized by surname.
Some of the narratives originally included photographs, and these photos are now located in a single box.

Related Material

Forms part of the Works Progress Administration Records.

For access to more slave narratives, visit the Library of Congress American Memory Project's Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 .


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Slave Narratives, Works Progress Administration Records, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4H357 District 1:
A-Z: Harrison County
box
4H358 District 3:
A-W: Jasper County, Jefferson County, and Newton County
box
4H359 District 4:
C-W: Dallas County
District 6:
A-W: Galveston County and Harris County
District 7:
A-P: Tarrant County
box
4H360 District 7:
R-Y: Tarrant County
District 8:
A-M: Coryell County, Ellis County, Hill County, Johnson County, McLennan County, and Navarro County
box
4H361 District 8:
N-Z: Coryell County, Ellis County, Hill County, Johnson County, McLennan County, and Navarro County
District 9:
A-Z: Travis County
box
4J295 District 10:
A-Z: Kinney County
District 15:
A-Z: Frio County, Kinney County, Medina County, Val Verde County
District 16:
A-Z: Potter County
District 20:
A-Z: El Paso County
Miscellaneous Interviews:
Abilene, TX; Bexar County; Bowie County; Brown County; Brownwood, TX; Cherokee County; Coriscana, TX; Falls County; Houston, TX; Nacogdoches County; San Angelo, TX; San Augustine County; Tyler, TX; Wichita Falls, TX.
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3S456 Photographs of individual former slaves