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T. Pat Matthews interview with Louisa Covington Adams

T. Pat Matthews interview with Louisa Covington Adams

Dates: 1937 June 7

Photocopy of a microfilmed copy of the typescript of an interview. Adams was interviewed by T. Pat Matthews on 7 June 1937 as part of a Works Progress Administration assignment. Adams tells about her experiences as a slave in North Carolina. Adams said that she was treated poorly, given little food, and few clothes. Slaves were not allowed to have fun, learn to read and write, or to go to church. They were given no holidays and were forced to work even after being badly whipped. She also discusses emancipation after the arrival of federal troops during the Civil War. Adams added that the slaves were so hungry that they had to steal to survive, and she speculated that this trait has been handed down to future generations.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.) : (6 p.)
  • Creator: Matthews, T. Pat. -- United States. Works Progress Administration. -- Adams, Louisa Covington, approximately 1857
  • Call Number: MSS 2865
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Interview must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 2865; T. Pat Matthews interview with Louisa Covington Adams; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2865, LTPSC.
Custodial History
This item was photocopied from reel 79 of the 920 micrifilm collection. SCM 000 323.
Subject Terms
Civic Activism; Politics, Government, and Law; Slaves--Emancipation--North Carolina; Slaves--North Carolina--Interviews; Slavery--North Carolina; Matthews, T. Pat; United States. Works Progress Administration; Adams, Louisa Covington, approximately 1857-
Genre / Form
Interviews; Photocopies
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Finding Aid Author
Rose Frank
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-11-23 10:22:08 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Adams was a former slave living in North Carolina.

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Ryan Lee
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