Works Progress Administration (WPA) Transcriber's Notes
I have transcribed the handwritten documents as literally as possible. Some terms in the interviews are not in common usage, and some would be offensive if used in a contemporary document. Readers are reminded that these transcripts reflect the exact words of the interviewee or the interviewer as written in 1940-1941.
I have noted variant spellings using "[sic]", but I did not try to note grammatical constructions that differ from current usage for they are generally obvious and not easily taken for a typographical error in transcription.
In some cases, I imposed logical capitalization because some of the interviewers mixed upper and lower case letters in words throughout the text.
I also added commas in a few cases to clarify the meaning (usually in a list of items, or where spacing or other cues in the original conveyed meaning lost when typed).
Each transcription reflects the numbers and answers to questions as they appeared on that transcription. The numbering of questions is another area of possible confusion. The answers to the questions were numbered by the interviewers (but the questions are not listed). Occasionally the interviewers omitted numbers or renumbered answers to questions following those they had skipped. For example, in the interview with George Washington (Lonoke County), the interviewer skipped the number 9, but the question there for number 10 is apparently the same as question number 9 on the master form. The numbers for subsequent questions on that questionnaire answer sheet continue to be inconsistent with the numbering of questions on the master form.
Originals of these documents are preserved in the United States WPA Historic Records Survey Collection, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville:
|Box No. *||County
(Mrs. Jessie Childs)
|66||Crawford||William, Author||2, handwritten|
|96||Hempstead||Johnson, Chess||3, typewritten|
|96||Hempstead||McKinley, A.R.||5, handwritten|
|96||Hempstead||Mitchell, Ben||3, typewritten|
|96||Hempstead||Moore, Primus||3, typewritten|
|96||Hempstead||Reed, Lawston||3, typewritten|
(Mrs. John Royal)
|96||Hempstead||Smith, William||3, typewritten|
(Mrs. Eligah Sutton)
|96||Hempstead||Tellington, Frank||6, handwritten|
|123||Johnson||Newton, Pate||19, handwritten|
|251||Washington||Blakeley, Adeline||4, typewritten|
|266||Yell||Edwards, Laura Jackson (Mrs. John Edwards||1, typewritten|
|266||Yell||May, Ike||3, typewritten|
|266||Yell||Parker, Harry||6, handwritten|
|ov 6||Lonoke||Washington, George||1, handwritten|
number, in the United States WPA Historic Records Survey Collection,
Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
**Letters after number of pages indicate if the report is typewritten (T) or handwritten (H)