Mississippi Humanities Council
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
County-Canton Public Library
||102 Priestly Street
Canton, MS 39046
||Jennifer A. Smith, branch
coordinator, genealogy librarian
||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.
||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
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.