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


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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.