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Collection Number: 04193

Collection Title: Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 88 items)
Abstract Stetson Kennedy was an editor of folklore materials for the Florida office of the Federal Writers' Project and an author on folklore and on social problems in the South. The collection contains correspondence and other papers relating to the Florida office of the Federal Writers' Project. The correspondence, 1938-1939, chiefly regards the preparation of the Florida state guide for the Project, and includes letters exchanged by staff members Roland Phillips and Maxwell Hunter, editing the material in Washington, D.C., and Florida director Carita Doggett Corse (born 1892). Some of this correspondence specifically addresses race relations as it relates to the guide. Other letters provide information on additional Florida projects and administrative items. Also included are 33 life histories and narratives generated by the project, all pertaining to Florida, four of which concern Mulberry Grove Plantation. The life histories are arranged by author, and include Ruth D. Bolton, Gladys Buck, Elvira E. Burnell, Bertha R. Comstock, Paul Diggs, J. M. Johnson, Rose Shepherd, Lillian Stedman, and Portia Thorington. The unprocessed material contains correspondence and writings, 1938-1945, relating to Kennedy's work for the Federal Writers' Project as well as his later career, and materials, 1938-1978, relating to African American folklorist Zora Neale Hurston.
Creator Kennedy, Stetson.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains unprocessed materials are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Stetson Kennedy Papers, #4193, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquired from Stetson Kennedy of Jacksonville, Fla., 1979-1980.
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid is filed in folder 1a.
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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Stetson Kennedy was a editor of folklore materials for the Florida office of the Federal Writers' Project and an author on folklore and on social problems in the South.

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The collection contains correspondence and other papers relating to the Florida office of the Federal Writers' Project. The correspondence, 1938-1939, chiefly regards the preparation of the Florida state guide for the Project, and includes letters exchanged by staff members Roland Phillips and Maxwell Hunter, editing the material in Washington, D.C., and Florida director Carita Doggett Corse (born 1892). Some of this correspondence specifically addresses race relations as it relates to the guide. Other letters provide information on additional Florida projects and administrative items. Also included are 33 life histories and narratives generated by the project, all pertaining to Florida, four of which concern Mulberry Grove Plantation. The life histories are arranged by author, and include Ruth D. Bolton, Gladys Buck, Elvira E. Burnell, Bertha R. Comstock, Paul Diggs, J. M. Johnson, Rose Shepherd, Lillian Stedman, and Portia Thorington. The unprocessed material contains correspondence and writings, 1938-1945, relating to Kennedy's work for the Federal Writers' Project as well as his later career, and materials, 1938-1978, relating to African American folklorist Zora Neale Hurston.

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Contents list

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88 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04193, Series: "Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Correspondence: October 1938 #04193, Series: "Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

Correspondence: November-December 1938 #04193, Series: "Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence: 1939 and undated #04193, Series: "Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

Life histories: B-C #04193, Series: "Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5-6

Folder 5

Folder 6

Life histories: D #04193, Series: "Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978 and undated." Folder 5-6

Folder 7

Life histories: J #04193, Series: "Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

Life histories: S (through Shepherd) #04193, Series: "Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978 and undated." Folder 8-9

Folder 10

Life histories: S (Stedman) through T #04193, Series: "Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

Life histories: unidentified authors #04193, Series: "Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12-14

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Unprocessed materials #04193, Series: "Stetson Kennedy Papers, 1936-1978 and undated." Folder 12-14

This collection contains unprocessed materials are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Finding aid updated for digitization by Kathryn Michaelis, August 2010; Updated by Adam Fielding and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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