Documenting America: Footnotes

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1 The names provided in the captions for these photographs have been supplied by M.G. Trend, an anthropologist who lived in Gee's Bend during the 1980s.

2Stryker to Rothstein, 5 February 1937, Roy E. Stryker Papers, University of Louisville.

3 Beverly Smith, "Molasses and Sowbelly," American Magazine 124, no. 1 (July 1937), 156-57, 164-67; Stryker to Rothstein, 18 February 1937, Roy E. Stryker Papers, University of Louisville.

4 Resettlement Administration report dated 21 May 1937; FSA-OWI Written Records, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. The supplementary reference files in this collection contain a number of variants of this report carrying later dates; similar overviews may be found in the Charles L. Todd/Migratory Labor Collection in the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress.

5 Renwick C. Kennedy, "Life at Gee's Bend," Christian Century, 1 September 1937, 1072-75.

6 Resettlement Administration report dated 21 May 1937, 8; see also a Farm Security Administration report dated 16 September 1939, revised 17 January 1941; FSA-OWI Written Records.

7 John Temple Graves II, "The Big World at Last Reaches Gee's Bend," New York Times Magazine, 22 August 1937, 12-15.

8 Farm Security Administration report, 16 September 1939, revised 17 January 1941, FSA-OWI Written Records; Post Wolcott's photographs are stored in lot 1617, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

9 Paul K. Conkin, Tomorrow a New World: The New Deal Community Program (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1959), 230. A thorough overview of the Gee's Bend project, including an economic analysis of its outcome that calculates a one dollar benefit for each two dollars spent, may be found in M. G. Trend and W. L. Lett, "Government Capital and Minority Enterprize: An Evaluation of a Depression-Era Social Program," American Anthropologist 88, no. 3 (September 1986), 595-609.

10 The recordings and additional documentation are part of the Robert Sonkin/Gee's Bend, Alabama and the Charles L. Todd/Migratory Labor collections in the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress.

11 Wilma Dykeman and James Stokely, Seeds of Southern Change: The Life of Will Alexander (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962), 311-15.

12 Janet Strain McDonald, "Quilting Women," in Black Belt to Hill Country: Alabama Quilts from the Robert and Helen Cargo Collection (Birmingham: Birmingham Museum of Art, 1982), 21-26.

13 Calvin Trillin, "The Black Womens of Wilcox County Is About to Do Something," New Yorker, 22 March 1969, 102-8.

14 Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton, Seeing Historic Alabama: Fifteen Guided Tours (University, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1982), 143.

15 The exhibit, titled Five Cent Cotton was organized by Jo Roy; its accompanying booklet is Five Cent Cotton: Images of the Depression in Alabama (Birmingham, Alabama: Birmingham Public Library, 1982). The materials collected during the course of the oral history project are in the Birmingham Public Library.

16 Telephone conversation with Katherine Tucker Windham by Claudine Weatherford, 19 July 1985, Documenting America, 1935-1943 Project Records, Supplementary Archives, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.


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