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"Mammy stories"

 Collection
Identifier: W-0026

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.

Dates

  • between 1900 and 1920

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

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.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

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

Physical Location

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

Provenance

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Related Materials

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.

General

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

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Source

Creator

Title
Guide to the "Mammy stories"
Status
Completed
Date
September 2013
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