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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the "Mammy stories" W.0026

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

September 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-15T15:23-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

"Mammy stories"

Unit ID:

W.0026

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

between 1900 and 1920

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Handwritten manuscript by Birmingham author Julia Neely Finch describing "an old-time Southern Mammy."

creator

Finch, Julia Neely, 1850-1926

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

"Mammy stories," University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Related Archival Materials note

Julia Neely Finch papers, W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Philip Neely scrapbook of fugitive fiction, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Biographical/Historical note

Julia Neely Finch was born in Mississippi in 1850. Finch moved to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1900, and remained there until between 1910 and 1920, when she relocated to Connecticut to live with her daughter, Lucine Finch. An accomplished poet, Finch's poems and short stories were published in ladies' magazines; her most well-known work was a poem titled "The Unborn." Finch died on 17 September 1926 in Connecticut.

General note

Title on phase box spine: Mammy Stories by Julia Neely Finch of Birmingham

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Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Scope and Contents note

This handwritten, twenty-four page manuscript by Birmingham author Julia Neely Finch describes "an old-time Southern Mammy," which Finch writes is "a picture drawn from real life." Finch provides a vivid yet lyrical description of the unnamed mammy's physical appearance, speech, and daily life.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

African Americans (lcsh)

Alabama--Authors (lcsh)

Fiction (lcsh)

Women (localbroad)

Women authors (lcsh)

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