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Collection Number: 20048

Collection Title: Mary Anne McDonald Collection, circa 1968-1995

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 120 items)
Abstract The collection of white public health professional and ethnographer Mary Anne McDonald contains audio recordings, transcriptions, and field notes related to her folklore research on African American quilters in Chatham County, N.C., for her 1985 master's thesis completed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The recordings on audio cassette tape and accompanying transcriptions are oral history interviews with quilters Mollie Rogers, Jennie Burnett, Betty Lee, Laura Lee, Lilli Lee, and Thelma Horton. Narrative field notes by McDonald, correspondence with her interviewees, newspaper clippings, funeral programs, other printed items, and a photograph supplement the oral histories with the quilters. Additional cassette and open-reel tapes include field recordings of choirs at Russell Chapel AME Zion Church and Hamlet Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Pittsboro, N.C., and recordings of 1968 radio broadcasts by evangelical Christian ministers at the Christian Admiral Conference Hall in Cape May, N.J. Field notes for these recordings are also included. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator McDonald, Mary Ann
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mary Anne McDonald Collection #20048, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Mary Anne McDonald is a public health professional at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. She received a master's degree in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 1985. Her thesis was titled "'Because I needed some cover,' Afro-American Quiltmakers of Chatham County, North Carolina." In 1999, she received her Ph.D. from UNC's School of Public Health. Her dissertation was titled "An Ethnography of Helping: Lay Health Advisors in an African American Community."

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