Mississippi Humanities Council
Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Mary Holmes College
Helen Robson Walton Learning Resource Center
Mary Holmes College
Route 50 West
West Point, MS 39773

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1257
West Point, MS 39773
Contact person/title: Mr. Marty Price, director
Telephone: 601-494-6820
Fax number: 601-494-5319
E-mail: mprice@ra.ms.edu
Web site:
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00-7:00 p.m These hours apply when school is in session. Call for holiday hours.
Services/Restrictions: Photocopy service is available at .10 a page. Copies of transcripts may be purchased.


Mary Holmes College Oral History Project: Sharecropper Papers

Number of interviews: Approximately 340+
Number of transcripts: Approximately 340+
Number of tapes: Approximately 340+ reel-to-reel tapes
Year(s) interviews were conducted: 1969-1971
Year(s) covered in the interviews: Late 19th century on
Principal interviewer(s): Clarence M. Simmons, Alvin Thomas, and Willie Wade Pulliam

As the name indicates, the emphasis of this collection is on sharecropping. Only a few interviews contain information on the civil rights movement. Among questions asked that pertain to the current project were: What do you think of the Civil Rights Act?, Do you think that integration is a good thing?, and Will equality ever come?

The interviews were conducted between 1969 and 1971 at various locations throughout the state. The principal interviewers were Clarence M. Simmons, Alvin Thomas, and Willie Wade Pulliam. Some of the interviews were conducted by librarians and students.

Though the interviews were originally recorded on cassette tapes, all are currently on reel-to-reel tape and are in excellent shape. The library has a reel-to-reel machine, though the director expressed a little concern about its reliability. The transcripts, which show signs of considerable use, are edited. Ten interviews in the collecion are pertinent to this bibliography.

Interviews in the collection are

Alean Adams Leon Clark Shirley Maxine Simmons
Dora J. Adams Mrs. Eddie M. Johnson Richard Williams
John Buffington Booker T. Miles
Alberta Burnett James Sanders

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