Message #179: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Old-Time NM, TX, UT in ALH Project Date: Sun, 11 May 1997 14:20:02 -0700 Image map New Mexico These 218 titles are mostly first-person accounts of life in New Mexico collected during the Great Depression. The WPA project categories include: EARLY SETTLERS, OLD TIMER STORIES, PIONEER STORIES and PIONEERS OF NEW MEXICO. Texas These 445 titles are mostly first-person accounts of life in Texas collected during the Great Depression. Subjects include PIONEER REMINISCENCES, including those of immigrants from Europe; COWBOY AND RANCHING REMINISCENCES AND LORE, including African-Americans and Hispanics; some discussion of Indians; and more. Utah A single brief narrative from George Vogel, born in Ohio, who hunted with Buffalo Bill and fought Indians. American Life Histories Manuscripts from the Federal Writer's Project, 1936-1940. These life histories were written by the staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936-1940. The Library of Congress collection includes 2,900 documents representing the work of over 300 writers from 24 states. Typically 2,000-15,000 words in length, the documents consist of drafts and revisions, varying in form from narrative to dialogue to report to case history. The histories describe the informant's family education, income, occupation, political views, religion and mores, medical needs, diet and miscellaneous observations. Pseudonyms are often substituted for individuals and places named in the narrative texts.