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Collection Number: 04258

Collection Title: Thaddeus Ferree Papers, 1935-1941

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 420 items)
Abstract Primarily life histories, folkways, legends, and other items written and collected by workers of the Federal Writers' Project of North Carolina, 1938-1941, with accompanying administrative material, including instructions to writers. Most of the life histories are variants of items in the Federal Writers' Project Papers (#3709) in the Southern Historical Collection, but ten do not appear in that collection. The folkways and legends are chiefly stories concerning North Carolina in the colonial, Revolutionary, and Civil War periods. A number of essays relate to Raleigh, N.C. T. S. Ferree collected this material in the course of his work as a research editor with the Federal Writers' Project in Raleigh, N.C.
Creator Ferree, Thaddeus, circa 1881-circa 1972.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
Writings of Federal Writers' Project employees are in the public domain.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Thaddeus Ferree papers #4258, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Thaddeus S. Ferree, Jr., Raleigh, N.C., in January 1981.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Thaddeus S. Ferree was born about 1881, possibly in Randolph County, N.C. He was licensed as an attorney in the fall of 1905 and set up his practice in Greensboro, N.C. Sometime before 1918, T. S. Ferree was married. He and his wife Lelia L. Ferree had at least one child, Thaddeus, Jr. About 1918, Lelia became ill, and the Ferrees moved to the country in Randolph County. T. S. Ferree taught school there for the next fourteen years.

The Ferree family moved to Raleigh, N.C., around 1932. They lived first at 609 Fayetteville Road, and Ferree probably worked as a salesman. By 1933, they had moved to 915 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, and Ferree was employed as a salesman by Carolina Pines, Inc. In 1934, the Ferrees settled at 310 W. Hargett Street, and Ferree possibly began to practice law again. During 1935, Ferree worked intermittently for the Wake County Emergency Relief Administration Service.

By 1938, T. S. Ferree had begun to work in Raleigh for the Federal Writers' Project. From 1 October 1939 to 7 April 1941, he worked continuously for the Federal Writers' Project as a research editor, apparently supervising the work of several others. Ferree was also employed occasionally as a private researcher, probably in genealogy, during this time. He was discharged from the Federal Writers' Project on 7 April 1941 ("removal required by law after 18 months of continuous employment.")

After 1941, T. S. Ferree resumed his law practice. He died in Raleigh, around 1972, at the age of 91.

(Additional biographical information is available in the control file of these papers.)

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The T. S. Ferree Papers consist of records from the North Carolina Federal Writers' Project produced between 1935 and 1941, with most materials dating from between 1938 and 1941. Included in the collection are life histories; folkways and legends; essays on North Carolina's history, culture, and geography; and some administrative materials, primarily writers' guides and manuals.

Items have been divided into two series. Series I, Writings is divided into three subseries: life histories, folkways and legends, and other writings. "Other writings" (Subseries IC) is further divided into writings relating to the American Guide Series: North Carolina Guide and How They Began; writings about Raleigh, N.C.; writings about the rest of North Carolina; and drafts of two longer pamphlets--N. C. Browder's "The Co-op That Failed" and T. P. Matthews's "Secrets of a Dixieland Trapper."

Writings included in Series I were composed by many workers of the Federal Writers' Project in North Carolina, including Mary A. Hicks, Gertrude Gunter, W. O. Saunders, Travis Jordan, Claude Dunnagan, Edwin Massengill, Frances L. Harriss, and others. T. S. Ferree seems to have written only on the educational institutions of Raleigh and on epitaphs. However, his work as a research editor is evident in items throughout Series I.

Series II is composed of administrative materials of the Federal Writers' Project. It is also divided into three subseries: correspondence, writers' manuals and instructions to workers, and miscellaneous items. These administrative materials reflect the framework within which the writings in Series I were composed.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse I. Writings, 1937-1941.

About 372 items.

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About 35 items.

Life histories written from interviews by Federal Writers' Project workers. All subjects are from North Carolina. Arrangement is alphabetical by last name of interviewer. Many of the life histories written by W. O. Saunders are accompanied by carbon copies of letters to W. T. Couch and, occasionally, by a manuscript note to George L. Andrews. All of these letters were written in 1939.

The citations to life histories below identify the interviewer, title of life history, name of person interviewed, occupation of person interviewed, and residence of person interviewed. Those life histories preceded by an asterisk are variant forms of life histories in the Federal Writers' Project Papers (#3709).

Folder 1

*Abner, John H. "A Quiz Kit? A Casket?" Samuel B. Barnwell, casket finisher and interior decorator, Gastonia, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 1

Houston, Russell. "I Live a Full Life." John Plummer, doctor of medicine, Raleigh, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 1

*Jordan, Travis. "Bill Saunders, Landowner." Bahama, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 1

*Jordan, Travis. *"Hazel Wicker." Housewife (?), Durham, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 1

*Jordan, Travis. *"John Lincoln." Insurance salesman, Durham, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 1

Folder 2

*"Life in Erwin Village." Several subjects living in a cotton mill village, West Durham, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 2

*"Martha Hinton--A Good Woman." Former owner of a boarding house, Durham, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 2

"Millie Markham's Story." Ex-slave in Durham, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 2

*"Pearl Phillips." Occupation undeterminable, Durham, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 2

*King, R. O. "Mrs. Nancy Gill's Lodging House." Raleigh, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 2

Folder 3

Kluttz, Samuel. "Teach 'er off, Charlie." Charlie Jackson, tobacco farmer, Smithfield, N.C. (two variant copies) #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 3

Martin, Thurmand D. "Born to Be a Hero." Nick Stewart, World War I veteran, Danbury, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 3

Matthews, T. Pat. "Hubert Harris." Ex-slave, Raleigh, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 3

Matthews, T. Pat. "Jacop Thomas." Ex-slave, Raleigh, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 3

Matthews, T. Pat. "Lafayette Miles." Son of an ex-slave, Raleigh, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 3

Matthews, T. Pat. "Walter Boone." Son of an ex-slave, Raleigh, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 3

Folder 4

*Overton, Frank. L. "Hold, Hell! I've Got to Have the Money Now." Horatio S. Seymour, tenant farmer, Camden, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 4

*Rogerson, Anna Belle W. "A Late Education." E. C. Shue, minister, Robersonville, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 4

*Saunders, W. O. "Business is a Pleasure." George A. Twiddy, Merchant, Elizabeth City, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 4

*Saunders, W. O. *"Hopes It Will Be Twins." Wilma Alexander (pseud.), housewife, Elizabeth City, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 4

*Saunders, W. O. *"I Didn't Raise My Children to Want Meet." Georgia Rice, housekeeper, Elizabeth City, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 4

Folder 5

*Saunders, W. O. *"Just Stays Home an' Minds His Own Business." John H. Bunch, saw-mill hand, Elizabeth City, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 5

*Saunders, W. O. "Some Things That Never Change." S. S. Nixon, fisherman, Stumpy Point, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 5

*Saunders, W. O. *"A Taskmaster in the Vineyard of the Lord." Rev. Carey Miles Cartwright, minister, Elizabeth City, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 5

*Saunders, W. O. *"When a Good Coffin Cost Only $4.50." G. Riley Swindell, carpenter, Elizabeth City, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 5

*Saunders, W. O. *"Where Toime Is Kind." Morris Beasley, houseboat occupant, Collington Island, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 5

Folder 6

*Saunders, W. O. No title. Tom Burnett, scavenger, Elizabeth City, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 6

*Saunders, W. O. *No title. Arthur Graham Harris, doctor of medicine, Fairfield, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 6

*Saunders, W. O. *No title. Isaac (Big Ike) O'Neal, retired merchant and former seaman, Ocracoke, N.C. (two variant copies) #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 6

Folder 7

*Saunders, W. O. *No title. Joe Singleton, barber, Elizabeth City, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 7

*Saunders, W. O. *No title. John W. Twiford, ex-moonshiner, East Lake, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 7

*Vaughn, William L. "Joseph Mandell." John A. Mayo, attorney, Washington, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 7

No author. "Mary Anngady (Princess Quango Hennadonah Perceriah)." Ex-slave, married to an Abyssinian prince captured by P. T. Barnum. Raleigh, N.C. #04258, Subseries: "IA. Life Histories." Folder 7

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About 161 items.

Stories collected by Federal Writers' Project workers, dealing primarily with North Carolina history of the colonial, Revolutionary, and Civil War periods. Some of these stories have been published, an example being "Woman Trouble" by Travis Jordan, (in Bundle of Troubles, Federal Writers' Project, 1943). Authors whose stories appear in this subseries include Mary A. Hicks, T. Pat Matthews, Travis Jordan, W. O. Saunders, N. H. Bartlett, Furman Bisher, Frances L. Harriss, Edwin Massengill, Claude Dunnagan, John H. Abner, Ethel M. Cottingham, James Larkin Pearson, Christine Taylor, Cassie Gant, Sue Orice, Adyleen Merrick, Esther Searle Pinnix, and many others. These folkways and legends are arranged alphabetically by title or first line of text.

Folder 8

Abner Droole's treasure (Furman Bisher) #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 8

Adam's vigil (Mrs. Francis Bruguire) #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 8

An African queen (no name) #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 8

An apology to Seth Sothel (Robert Mitchell) #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 8

Barn dance figures #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 8

Betsy Dowdy's ride #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 8

Betsy Powell, the witch #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 8

The Beginning of Yaupon Tea #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 8

Folder 9

Blowing bush #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 9

The bone buyer #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 9

A brave Whig woman #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 9

The broken arrow head #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 9

The broken leg band #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 9

Buried treasure #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 9

Folder 10

A certain care for the shakes in the early nineteenth century #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 10

The cherry trees #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 10

Chopping and log rolling parties #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 10

A chunk of fire #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 10

Tarelton's romance (Colonel Tarleton's romance) #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 10

A colonial romance #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 10

A colored woman's story #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 10

Folder 11

Cornwallis' barrel of gold #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 11

Cotton growing in slavery times #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 11

The crack of doom #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 11

Dan Tucker's philosophy #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 11

Daniel Boone's romance #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 11

Law tales for laymen and wayside tales from Carolina by Joseph Lacy Seawell #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 11

Death of General Steel #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 11

Folder 12

The devil at the spring #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 12

Dr. Polly #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 12

Dr. Polly Creech #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 12

Dyeing sixty years ago #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 12

Eel Olive, the prankster #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 12

Escape #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 12

Folder 13

The fall of the Cherokee Nation foretold #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 13

The fatal chew [tobacco] #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 13

The fatal fortune #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 13

The federal greenback #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 13

Fire hunting #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 13

First houses in North Carolina wilds #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 13

Footwashing #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 13

The Fort Hamby raiders #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 13

A Fort Watauga romance #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 13

Fortune telling and marriage #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 13

Folder 14

The friendship of an Indian #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 14

A genius and his neighbors #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 14

Get away from the crowd #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 14

Getting married used to be a serious matter #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 14

The ghost of Harriet #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 14

The ghost of Rockford Road #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 14

Ghosts of Abbott's Creek #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 14

Glowing rock (an eternal beacon) #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 14

Gold Hill tragedy #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 14

Gravy and reconstruction #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 14

Folder 15

The hanging #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 15

The hanging in Bethabara #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 15

Harrison-Beasley kidnapping case #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 15

Hauling "harrican" liquor in a hearse #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 15

An heroic Whig nurse #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 15

The hog-skin Indian #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 15

The home guard and deserters #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 15

Home remedies in nineteenth-century North Carolina #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 15

Folder 16

Hot peppers #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 16

House of plenty and house of want #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 16

How the Gahar Indians came to use salt #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 16

New Bern area history #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 16

Indian woods #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 16

Initials on a tree #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 16

I's a coon-hunting nigger #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 16

I've seen hard times before #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 16

Folder 17

Joanna's crossroads #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 17

Kiwaw and Kiovana (a legend of the heart-leaf) #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 17

Kimesville Lake #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 17

The Lafayette snuff box #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 17

Lazy Jack and his calf skin (from Journal of American Folklore) #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 17

The legend of Mad Sheep Mountain #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 17

The legend of the hatter as poet #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 17

The letalones #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 17

Folder 18

Looms and weaving #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 18

The lot bowl #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 18

The lotus #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 18

The loyalty of the Scots #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 18

The mad woman who routed a troop of Union soldiers #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 18

Mary Slocumb's gourd #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 18

The marrying house #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 18

Mike, the wizard #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 18

Folder 19

A Mother-Hubbard sermon #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 19

The muster oak #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 19

Negro worship (annual revivals, camp meeting, the "ring-sings") #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 19

New luster added to name of Hewes #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 19

New Year's customs #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 19

Night funerals #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 19

Night's adventure [about Irishman's adventures] #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 19

North Carolina camp meeting anecdotes of the late nineteenth century #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 19

North Carolina genius #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 19

North Carolina robins #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 19

Folder 20

Oconee, the half-breed #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

Old Bud's ghost #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

Old home remedies #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

The Old Horn Inn #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

An old Methodist camp meeting #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

An old spring #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

An old story #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

Old tavern days in Oxford #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

Old times #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

Origin of Croatan Indians #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

Origin of Lake Mattamuskeet #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

Orton on Cape Fear #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 20

Folder 21

A pane of glass #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 21

Perry, the fisherman #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 21

The pioneer and his trades #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 21

The pirate #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 21

The precious article #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 21

A public hanging #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 21

The red flannel petticoat #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 21

The redemption of Howling Wolf #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 21

Rogue's harbor #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 21

The royal governor and the princess #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 21

Folder 22

Said the governor of North Carolina--"It's a long time between drinks" #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 22

Saint Peter, the grasshopper (new version) #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 22

Scarboro mill #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 22

Sectional differences in language usage #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 22

The short cut #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 22

A slacker's wife #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 22

Slave marriage #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 22

Slavery in North Carolina #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 22

A slavery-time witch #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 22

Folder 23

The soap maker #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 23

Some unusual dishes #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 23

The spirit of the Dismal [Swamp] #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 23

Stephen Ham, the ditcher #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 23

Stories on a rock #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 23

The story of a sword #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 23

Terbaccer Chawin' Champ #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 23

There was laughter in those days #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 23

Those horse and buggy days #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 23

Folder 24

"To win you must follow me" #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 24

A tobacco anecdote #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 24

Tobacco comments [farmers in general] #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 24

The tombs of three governors on the Trent River #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 24

A Tuscarora tale #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 24

Two in a bed #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 24

Uses for the flour sack #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 24

The wailing hill #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 24

We-Quo-Whom [Falls of the Neuse] #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 24

Folder 25

When eggs were six cents a dozen #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 25

When mails were slow #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 25

When men first flew #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 25

William Young runs a race #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 25

Wills of the early 1800s #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 25

The wishing well #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 25

Folder 26

Woman trouble #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 26

Yankee borders #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 26

Yaupon tea and taters #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 26

The yellow dog as "seen" by the transient bard [labor strikers] #04258, Subseries: "IB. Folkways and Legends." Folder 26

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About 176 items.

Essays composed by Federal Writers' Project workers, dealing with the history, culture, and geography of North Carolina.

"The Co-op That Failed" by Nat C. Browder. Three versions are included.

Folder 27

Browder, "Co-op," version 1 #04258, Subseries: "IC. Other Writings." Folder 27

Folder 28

Browder, "Co-op," version 2 #04258, Subseries: "IC. Other Writings." Folder 28

Folder 29

Browder, "Co-op," version 3 #04258, Subseries: "IC. Other Writings." Folder 29

"Secrets of a Dixieland Trapper" by Thaddeus Pat Matthews. Typescript. #04258, Series: "I. Writings, 1937-1941." Folder 29

30: Matthews, "Secrets" #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 30

Materials relating to the American Guide Series: North Carolina Guide (Chapel Hill, 1939) and How They Began: the Story of North Carolina County, Town, and Other Place Names (New York, 1941). #04258, Series: "I. Writings, 1937-1941." Folder 30

31: Tours #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 31
32: Folklore and folk customs essay #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 32
33: Essays on cities #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 33
34: Notebooks on cities #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 34
35: County information #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 35

Writings about Raleigh, North Carolina. Included are essays by T. S. Ferree and others on the Capitol building, Capitol (Union) Square, educational institutions. the Andrew Johnson House, art, the common seal, manufacturing, Memorial Auditorium, Nash Square, Pullen Park, the State School for the Blind and Deaf, and the William White House. T. S. Ferree wrote many of the essays on educational institutions; other writers include many of those listed as authors of "Folkways and Legends" (Subseries IB). #04258, Series: "I. Writings, 1937-1941." Folder 35

36-38: Capitol buildings #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 36-38
39: Capitol (Union) Square #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 39
40: Educational institutions: A-P #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 40
41: Educational institutions: Q-Z #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 41
42: Educational institutions: Notes on public and private schools #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 42
43-44: Educational institutions: Miscellaneous #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 43-44
45: Andrew Johnson House #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 45
46-47: Essays #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 46-47
48: Miscellaneous items #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 48

Other Writings about North Carolina. Essays by Ferree and others dealing with North Carolina as a whole or with particular areas of the state other than Raleigh. Subjects include churches, epitaphs, Indians, minerals, regulators, and miscellaneous essays on government and history. Many of the essays on epitaphs were composed by T. S. Ferree; many of the authors of other essays are listed in the description of Subseries IB. #04258, Series: "I. Writings, 1937-1941." Folder 48

49: Churches #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 49
50: Epitaphs #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 50
51-52: Native Americans #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 51-52
53: Minerals #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 53
54: Regulator "Movement" #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 54
55: Miscellaneous subjects #04258, Series I. Writings, 1937-1941., Folder 55
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expand/collapse Expand/collapse II. Federal Writers' Project Administrative Materials, 1935-1941.

About 47 items.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse IIA. Correspondence, 1936-1940.

5 items.

Correspondence relates primarily to projects being worked on, or special projects being developed, such as a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Constitution and Community Activity Week. None of the letters is from or to T. S. Ferree, and none directly involves him. Arrangement is chronological. Further correspondence (letters from W. O. Saunders to W. T. Couch) can be found attached to items in Subseries IA, Life Histories.

Folder 56

Correspondence, 1936-1940 #04258, Subseries: "IIA. Correspondence, 1936-1940." Folder 56

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse IIB. Writers' Manuals and Instructions to Workers.

18 items.

Manuals and instructions describe the appropriate structure for the topics to be included in the projects assigned to workers. Included are a copy of the "American Guide Manual," October 1935; supplementary instructions to the "American Guide Manual," issued in 1935 and 1936; specific instructions pertaining to tours, city guides, folklore from ex-slaves, life histories, and tall tales; and writers' manuals.

Folder 57

"American Guide Manual" #04258, Subseries: "IIB. Writers' Manuals and Instructions to Workers." Folder 57

Folder 58

Supplementary Instructions to the "American Guide Manual" #04258, Subseries: "IIB. Writers' Manuals and Instructions to Workers." Folder 58

Folder 59-60

Folder 59

Folder 60

Instructions on Specific Topics #04258, Subseries: "IIB. Writers' Manuals and Instructions to Workers." Folder 59-60

Folder 61

Writers' Manuals #04258, Subseries: "IIB. Writers' Manuals and Instructions to Workers." Folder 61

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse IIC. Miscellaneous Items.

24 items.

Miscellaneous materials are divided into two categories: miscellaneous administrative items, including T. S. Ferree's work cards, a "List of Stories (folklore)," and a "Summary of Organization, Purposes, Achievements, and Plans" of the North Carolina Federal Writers' Project; and miscellaneous jokes and poems.

Folder 62

Miscellaneous Administrative Material #04258, Subseries: "IIC. Miscellaneous Items." Folder 62

Folder 63

Miscellaneous Jokes and Poems #04258, Subseries: "IIC. Miscellaneous Items." Folder 63

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Processed by: Sandra Nyberg, January 1984

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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