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Society General Meeting

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

Tyler Public Library—Taylor Auditorium

Speaker: Ari Wilkins

Program: “The WPA Slave Narratives”

The WPA Slave Narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration, later renamed Work Projects Administration (WPA). At the conclusion of the Slave Narrative project, a set of edited transcripts was assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. In 2000-2001, with major support from the Citigroup Foundation, the library digitized the narratives from the microfilm edition and scanned from the originals 500 photographs, including more than 200 that had never been microfilmed or made publicly available. This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs divisions of the Library of Congress. The published volumes containing edited slave narratives are arranged alphabetically by the state in which the interviews took place and there under by the surname of the informant.

Bio of Ari Wilkins:

  • Ari Wilkins is a genealogist, library associate, lecturer, and family historian. As a member of Dallas Public Library’s Genealogy staff, Ari has created several educational programs. The “Basic Research” program series she created focused on genealogical databases such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and Fold3.
     

  • She consults for the Afrigeneas website and Proquest’s African American Heritage database. Ari has lectured nationally at Federation of Genealogical Societies, Samford's Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, and Alabama State University Genealogical Colloquium.
     

  • Ms. Wilkins has concentrated her interests in North Carolina and Louisiana research and specializes in African American genealogy and research.

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