Guide to the Elgin Wendell Mellown papers, 1939-1969

Collection Overview

Collection contains bound manuscript diaries kept by Elgin W. Mellown (1904-1975), while superintendent of public schools in Sumter Co., Alabama during the 1940s-1960s, and other materials which shed light on conditions in Alabama schools during that period. The diaries are sometimes difficult to interpret: on occasion Mellown used an entry for organizing his thoughts on a subject, but most of the time entries consist of briefly jotted reminders and sometimes only appointments. Names are often rendered as abbreviations. Collection also contains audio tapes featuring interviews with school staff and citizens, both black and white. There are also slides related to Mellown's work.

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Collection Details

Collection Number
Elgin Wendell Mellown papers
Mellown, Elgin Wendell, 1904-1975
2 Linear Feet, 67 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Elgin Wendell Mellown Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Diaries, 1939-1946
Box 1
Diaries, 1947-1949
Box 2
Diaries, 1950-1959
Box 3
Diaries, 1960-1969
Box 4
Box 4-5
Box 5

Historical Note

Teacher, principal, and Superintendent of Public Schools in Sumter Co., Alabama from the 1930s to the 1960s.

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The Elgin Wendell Mellown papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1986.