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Oral History

The Oral History collection at Ricks Library consists of audio and audio transcripts featuring people who lived in the Yazoo County area during the 20th century.

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Oral History – Transcripts


Allen, Barbara – Yazoo Folklore

Allgood, Sr., Mrs. W. E – General Yazoo Recollections

Allgood, Sr., Mrs. W. E. – Civil War Days


Bailey, Amanda Cary – Life in Yazoo County 1940s and 1950s

Balsley, Dr. Daisy – Her father Dr. Robert Fullilove of Afro-American Hospital

Robert Bowman – People & Life in Yazoo County

Mary Brabston – Yazoo Recollections

William Bradford Energy – efficient home

R.J. Brown –  Commercial Fisherman


Thomas H. Campbell – Law Practice Afro-American Hospital

Carter, Mississippi History- Mr. & Mrs. E.T. Jordan

Louie Andrew Cary  –Yazoo County in the early 1900s

Minnie Brister Clark – Life in Yazoo County 1920s-1930s

Jerry Clower – Storytelling

Mrs. Ray Cobb –Yazoo Recollections

Fred Corley – Yazoo Alderman 1970s


Clayton Davis  – Life in Yazoo County 1940s

George and Jessie Davis – Yazoo Recollections

Grady Davis – Life in Yazoo County 1930s

Laura B. Davis –Yazoo Recollections

Herman B. DeCell –Yazoo  Lawyers- January 1980

Herman B. DeCell – Yazoo Law Practice- February 1980

Herman B. DeCell – on John Oakes- September 1974


Charles H. Estes, Sr. – Life in Yazoo after 1900

Charles M. Estes, Jr. – Yazoo Recollections


Mrs. H. L. Fennel  –  Biographical Material

Mrs. W. H. Ferguson – Yazoo Recollections

Mable Oneal Ferris – Yazoo Recollections

Fuller, Albert- Recollections of Phoenix, MS in the early 1900s (Interview Date: November 13, 1974)


Leola Galloway – Afro-American Hospital

Magnolia Turnbow Gates – Yazoo Recollections #1

Magnolia Turnbow Gates – Yazoo Recollections #2

Mrs. L.L. Geralds – Yazoo Recollections

Gibbs School Students – Transcript #1

Gibbs School Students – Transcript #2

Mrs. Elaine Goods – Yazoo Recollections

Daisy Greene and Mary Louise Miller – Discussing Dr. L. T. Miller (See “Mary Louise Miller and Daisy Greene – Discussing Dr. L. T. Miller”)

Jewell Nolan Guion – Life in Yazoo County 1930s 1940s

T.C. Guion –  Life in Yazoo County 1910s-1940s


P.C. Harbin – Life in Holly Bluff 1910-1920

Greg Harkins – Chairmaking

Julia Houck Hartley – Yazoo County after 1900

Lindy Hathcock – Yazoo County 1960s

Hawk, “Hammer” – Discusses Yazoo City after 1900 (Interview Date: September 1974)

Jessie P. Hearn –  CHURCHES Yazoo City and Greenville

Hinshaw, Barbara Morgan and Robert Hinshaw – Drug Stores in Yazoo (Interview Date:Feb 1974)

Miller Holmes, Sr. – Banking

Huddleston, Jr., T.J. and Mrs. Henry [Willie Jean] Espy – Afro-American Hospital-March 1980

Margaret Humphreys – St. Clara Academy


Honor Ingram – Old buildings in Yazoo City Recollections after 1900

Dave Irwin  –  Yazoo Recollections


Kelly Jackson – Yazoo Recollections

Kelly Jackson – Slave Life of Father

Christine Fouche Johnson – Yazoo County-1920s-1930s

Clara Johnson – Yazoo City After 1900

Floyd Johnson – Life in Yazoo County

Maybelle Johnson – Potatoes Molasses bread and other recipes

M.D. Jones – Yazoo County 1920s-1930s

Mr. & Mrs. E.T. Jordan- Discuss the history of Carter, MS (See “Carter, Mississippi History- Mr. & Mrs. E.T. Jordan”)


Mrs. Curtis Ketchum – Yazoo Recollections


Sister Leota – St. Francis Catholic School

Willeva Lindsey – Afro-American Hospital

Mary Bradshaw Luckett  – Yazoo Recollections

Lynch, Albert – Recollections of Yazoo City in the early 1900s (Interview Date: September 1974)


Main Street Panel – Discussion

Mrs. W.W.Marshall – Yazoo Recollections 1930s

Hugh Mcgraw – Yazoo Recollections

Mrs. Teresa Mcgraw – Family background

Mary Louise Miller – Yazoo  Recollections

Mary Louise Miller and Daisy Greene – Discussing Dr. L. T. Miller

Mrs. J.M. Myers – Biographical Material


Eunice Nelson – Afro-American Hospital

Soloman T. Nicholas, Sr. – Family experiences after 1904

S.T. Nicholas, Jr. – Yazoo City 1920s-1930s

Mrs. Daisy L. Nolan – Yazoo County Early 1900s

Kermit Nolan – Yazoo Experiences 1930s-1940s


Hubert Owens – Afro-American Hospital


Mrs. J.W. Parker – Concert Series in Yazoo City

Evie Louise Pepper – Yazoo County Birds

Ivy Pepper – Personal Experiences

Meadow Perry Jr. with Marguerite Riley – Yazoo Recollections

Dewitt Peyton – Yazoo Recollections

Mrs. Burdette Pollard – Yazoo Recollections

Gene Powell – Writings of Interviewee

Jo G. Prichard III  – Discusses John Oakes


Riley, Marguerite (See Meadow Perry, Jr with Marguerite Riley- Yazoo Recollections)

E.B.Roberts – Life in Yazoo County


Joy Hearn Sartain – Yazoo Recollections

J.P. Sartain – Yazoo Recollections

Sadie Setzler – Quilting

F.W. Sharbrough – Holly Bluff

George Sigrest – Dulcimer-Making & Knife-Making

Jack Sloan – Yazoo Recollections

Mr. & Mrs. M.M. Smith – Views on Yazoo City

Winnie Jean Stanton – Life on Ridge Road 1940s

Laurie Lightcap Stigler – Methodist Church-1904 Fire

Gene Stonestreet – Yazoo Recollections

Emma Lee Stubblefield – Early Life in Yazoo City

Mary Swayze – First Baptist Church


E.F. Thigpen – Bentonia

Robert &  Bobbie Towery – Toymaking

Transcripts without tapes – A list for the Bicentenial Project

Mary Tuck – On Slavery in the U.S.

Eugene &  Joan Turner – Views of Yazoo City


Cyril A. Walwyn – Afro-American Hospital

Will Washington – Yazoo Recollections

Mrs. Niceine Weber – Yazoo Recollections

Mrs. James Whatley – Views of Yazoo City

White, Barbara – Views of Yazoo City (Interview Date: Sep 1974)

Mrs. Louis A. White – Family Background

Flemming Whitney, Jr. – Life in Yazoo City

Jim Wigley – Yazoo Recollections

Mrs. Willie Davis Wilkerson- Descendant of large landowners who were former Yazoo County slaves

Mrs. John G. Williams – Yazoo City early 1900s

Wilson, Charity – Quilting-February 1974

Tampa Wilson – Basket Making


Yates, Joy- Recalls her family background

































































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