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Jennie B. Scott Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4108

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the papers of a freeborn African American family who lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama, in the latter half of the nineteenth century and through the mid-1960s. The major part of the collection are the diaries, correspondence, and scrapbooks of Jennie B. Scott, along with those of her sister Mrs. R. C. Lee (Rosa, also known as Doll). There are also papers from Jennie's younger daughter Ruth Teresa Dokes of Tuskegee Institute, Alabama.

Dates

  • 1910-1965

Creator

Biographical / Historical

Jennie B. Scott, third child and second daughter of Willis M. and Emma Bailey Calcote of Mississippi, was born on February 15, 1879. She married Fletcher Eugene Scott (son of Albert W. and Patience Timothy Scott) around the turn of the century. The couple lived in Mississippi and Tennessee and raised two daughters, Rosa B. (married Louisheo Alexander) and Ruth Teresa (married Ray S. Dokes).

Fletcher died in Memphis on November 11, 1933. Sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, Jennie's sister Rosa (referred to as Doll in the diaries) moved in with her. Then in December 1959, the two of them moved to Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, to live with Jennie's daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Ray Dokes (referred to in the diaries as R.T. and R. S.). Jennie died in Tuskegee, on June 16, 1965, eighteen days after the last entry in her journal where she wrote, "Sat. [May] 28: Bit of cloud. No rain here. Nice - cool. R.T. & R.S. rode out. God care for us all is my prayer."

Extent

12.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Papers of a freeborn African American family who lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama, in the latter half of the nineteenth century and through the mid-1960s

Provenance

gift of Rev. Wylheme Ragland, 2014

General

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Processed by

Martha Bace, 2015

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the Jennie B. Scott Family Papers
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
June 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500