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.

Descriptive Summary

Elgin Wendell Mellown papers 1939-1969
Mellown, Elgin Wendell, 1904-1975.
2.00 Linear Feet, 67 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

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

Historical Note

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

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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


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

Processing Information

Initially processed by Don Sechler

Completed August 3, 1998

Last updated March 6, 2013

Encoded by Walt Evans and Cat Saleeby

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 3-12-86

Original restriction on collection lifted March 6, 2013.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.