Mississippi Humanities Council
Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Madison County-Canton Public Library

Mailing Address: 102 Priestly Street
Canton, MS 39046
Contact person/title: Jennifer A. Smith, branch coordinator, genealogy librarian
Telephone: 601-859-7733
Fax number: 601-859-0014
E-mail: jensmith@madlib.ms.us
Web site: http://www.mad.lib.ms.us
Hours: Mon., Wed., Thur., 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Tues., 9:00- a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Fri., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Services/Restrictions: Photocopy services are available at 5 cents a page. The staff will copy transcripts. They will duplicate tapes if researchers provide their own blank tapes.


Madison County Oral History Collection

Number of interviews: 95+
Number of transcripts: 92+
Number of tapes: 200+ cassettes
Year(s) interviews were conducted: 1977-1983
Year(s) covered in the interviews: 20th century
Principal interviewer(s): Michael G. Trend, Elyda Garnett, and Lawrence J. Nelson

The interviews in the Madison County Oral History Collection were begun as a senior citizen project in 1977. The Friends of the Library continued the project, with Elyda Garnett as one of the principal interviewers. Between January and November 1982, the majority of the collection's interviews were conducted by Dr. Michael G. Trend. Trend was scholar-in-residence at the Canton Public Library with funding from a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council. Also part of the collection is one interview conducted in 1983 by Lawrence J. Nelson, who was scholar-in-residence at Pearl River County Library. The collection now has more than 95 interviews on more than 200 cassette tapes.

The interviews in the collection focus on the history of Canton and Madison County throughout the twentieth century. Topics covered that pertain to the current bibliography include citizens' reactions to the integration of schools, the civil rights movement and its effects on both blacks and whites, the activities of Freedom Summer, and the economic consequences of changes brought about by the civil rights movement.

Only two of the interviews included in this bibliography do not have transcripts. Nearly all of the remainder were transcribed by high school students. They are unedited, and in most cases, there is no final version. A few interviews include tape logs. All but six of the interviews have gifts; those have been noted as "gift pending" under the person's entry in the interviewee index. The library is in the process of obtaining signed gifts for those interviews. Cataloguing is incomplete. The library has a partial listing of the interviews conducted by Trend. Below are listed 28 interviews dealing with the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

Mrs. Floyd Black Nina Dinkins Luke Mikschl
Mary Blackmon Fred Esco James "Jack" Pentecost
Charles Boutwell Billie Flynn Fletcher Ray III
Charlotte Brown John Lamar Fortenberry Sue Reid
Jack Cauthen Flonzie Goodloe Wilbert Robinson
Luke Cheek George Jones Arthur J. Tate
Robert Chinn James Jones Jr. Woody Vinson
Robert Cox James H. Lacey Jr. Mitchell Wells
O. D. Crawford Mary Lauderdale
John T. Dawson Vickie McNeil

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