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Guide to "The way it was, or at least how I remember experiencing it," 1980-1986

Summary

Collection comprises Lola Frances Wilson Smith's 920-page typescript autobiography, including Wilson and Carroll family history, focusing on the period between 1909, when her parents married, and 1944, when she gave birth to her first child. Includes an additional 36 pages of introductory material where Smith describes herself. Smith accompanies her narrative with hand-drawn maps and illustrations or photocopies of illustrative material from other sources. She also includes copies of documents (marriage licenses, government documents, certificates, etc.) obituaries, genealogical charts, newspaper articles, family photographs, and private letters. Pages 885 to 920 are included as representative of Smith's working draft for the piece.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11063
Title
The way it was, or at least how I remember experiencing it
Date
1980-1986
Creator
Smith, Lola Frances Wilson, 1917-2004
Extent
0.6 Linear Feet, 1 upright hollinger, 1 upright half-hollinger
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises Lola Frances Wilson Smith's 920-page typescript autobiography, including Wilson and Carroll family history, focusing on the period between 1909, when her parents married, and 1944, when she gave birth to her first child. Includes an additional 36 pages of introductory material where Smith describes herself. Smith accompanies her narrative with hand-drawn maps and illustrations or photocopies of illustrative material from other sources. She also includes copies of documents (marriage licenses, government documents, certificates, etc.) obituaries, genealogical charts, newspaper articles, family photographs, and private letters. Pages 885 to 920 are included as representative of Smith's working draft for the piece.

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[Identification of item], The way it was, or at least how I remember experiencing it, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Introductory material, manuscript autobiography pages 1-706
(7 folders)
Box 1
Manuscript autobiography pages 707-920
(2 folders)
Box 2
 

Historical Note

Lola Frances Wilson Smith was born into a sharecropping family in rural Alabama in 1917. She attended Berea College in 1936, and graduated with a degree in Biology in 1939. In 1942, she graduated from the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, then married Clarence Edwin Smith; the couple had four children. She died in 2004.


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Provenance

The way it was, or at least how I remember experiencing it was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, October, 2015

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0106.