Anne Romaine Papers, 1935-1995 (bulk 1960-1995)

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Anne Romaine Papers, 1935-1995 (bulk 1960-1995)

1935-1995 (bulk 1960-1995)

Anne Romaine (1942-1995), folk music performer, historian, and writer, was active in the civil rights movement, and, with Bernice Johnson Reagon, created the Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project, a racially mixed group of traditional artists who toured the South. Romaine, who was married to civil rights activist Howard Romaine, also worked with Guy Carawan, Esther Lefever, and Hazel Dickens. Materials, 1935-1995, include correspondence, book manuscripts, songs, publicity materials, photographs, and recordings of Anne Romaine's performances. Among the topics covered are civil rights work in the 1960s, labor organization, cotton mills and textile workers, Bernice Johnson Reagon and the Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project, country music, labor songs, and folk music as a means of social protest. Also included are materials relating to her husband Howard Romaine; to her teaching career; and to her interest in astrology, particularly psychic readings. Personal and business correspondence, 1962-1995, includes many copies of outgoing letters. There are also manuscripts of two books, one about the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the other a biography of Alex Haley; song-lyrics and audio and video recordings of Romaine's performances and workshops; and publicity photographs and posters relating to Romaine and to musicians and other performers who worked with the Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project. Also included are photographs of Romaine's family and slides reflective of various social injustices that Romaine used as backdrops in her performances.

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