Scope and Contents
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.
- between 1900 and 1920
- Finch, Julia Neely (Author, Person)
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Biographical / Historical
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.
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Handwritten manuscript by Birmingham author Julia Neely Finch describing "an old-time Southern Mammy."
The A. S. Williams III Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama
Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010
Title on phase box spine: Mammy Stories by Julia Neely Finch of Birmingham
Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013
- Guide to the "Mammy stories"
- September 2013
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