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Guide to Women's Oral Histories at the Russell Library: First Person Project

About the Project

The First Person Project collects personal narratives and oral histories documenting life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Interviews are usually between two friends or family members and typically focus on personal stories such as relationships and family histories. Interviews also touch on larger historical and cultural themes such as racial identity, religion, gay rights, the death penalty, and life in Athens and in Georgia.

Interviewees are in most cases listed first. 

These histories are part of a larger collection that can be found here

Americus, Georgia

Interviews were recorded in Americus, Georgia, at the Lee Council House in December 2013. Intervews were made possible through a partnership between the Russell Library, the UGA Archway Partnership, and the Americus Downtown Development Authority. 

Jane Butler and Angie Singletary 

Linda Fuller Degelmann and Angie Singletary 

Georgia Narratives

Georgia Narratives include interviews that highlight the personal stories of a variety of people, including many different women living in Georgia.

Dawn Bennett-Alexander and Jenniffer Jones: 3 interviews

Daniel and Sarah Riggs

Virginia Schultz and Christine Packwood 

Marjorie NeSmith and Dink NeSmith

Geneva Blasingame, Renee Donnell, and Laura Duvekot

Fannie Jordan, Renee Donnell, Laura Duvekot 

Sally Rhoden and Jodie Rhoden 

Jill Clement and Louis Boyd

Raleigh Saperstein and Callie Holmes

Christina Cotsakis and Iva Dimitrova 

Emogene Williams and Rev. Avis Williams

Jan Buley and Iva Dimitrova 

Dorothy Partridge and Iva Dimitrova

Plains, Georgia

Interviews were recorded in Plains, Georgia, at the Plains Historic Inn in February 2014. Interviews were made possible through a partnership between the Russell Library, The UGA Archway Partnership, and the Americus Downtown Development Authority. 

Allene Haugabook and Steve Short

Jan Williams and Angie Singletary

Sandra Walters and Angie Singletary

Beech Haven, Athens, Georgia

Interviews were recorded in Athens, Georgia, through a partnership between the Russell Library and Dr. Cari Goetcheus, College of Environment and Design, UGA. 

Jack and Alice Rowland

Katherine "Kitty" Ross