Collection Number: 20161

Collection Title: Herman Bell Interview with Jim Milligan, Christiana Milligan, and Nettie Whaley, 1967

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Archival processing of the Herman Bell Interview with Jim Milligan, Christiana Milligan, and Nettie Whaley was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Abstract Audio recording of an interview conducted in Gullah (Sea Island Creole dialect) with Jim Milligan, Christiana Milligan, and Nettie Whaley, all African American residents of Edisto Island, S.C., about life on Edisto Island. Topics include the local environment, effects of the Civil War, houses, food, fishing, and schools. Also included are Brer Rabbit and Brer Cooter stories, proverbs, and animal tales. Recorded by Herman Bell, a white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty member in the Department of Linguistics, during the summer of 1967, probably at Milligan's home on Edisto Island, S.C. The collection also contains supporting documentation prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. Documentation consists of tape logs, which include information about the collector and informants and descriptions of content.
Creator Bell, Herman, 1933-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Access to audio materials may require production of listening copies.
Copyright Notice
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 Herman Bell Interview with Jim Milligan, Christiana Milligan, and Nettie Whaley #20161, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20201008.1).
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Herman Bell (1933-) is a white professor, Nubian languages researcher, and author. He received his M.Litt. in Ancient Egyptian and Coptic from the University of Oxford in 1962, his M.A. in Linguistics: African Languages and History from Northwestern University in 1966, and his Ph.D. in Linguistics: Nubian Languages and Geographical Names from Northwestern University in 1968. Bell was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1968 to 1972. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and the Dean of Graduate Studies at Azad University IR in Oxford. Biographical information found in Bell's curriculum vitae.

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Open reel audio recording of an interview conducted in Gullah (Sea Island Creole dialect) with Jim Milligan, Christiana Milligan, and Nettie Whaley, all African American residents of Edisto Island, S.C., about life on Edisto Island. Topics include the local environment, effects of the Civil War, houses, food, fishing, and schools. Also included are Brer Rabbit and Brer Cooter stories, proverbs, and animal tales. Recorded by Herman Bell, a white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty member in the Department of Linguistics, during the summer of 1967, probably at Milligan's home on Edisto Island, S.C. The collection also contains supporting documentation prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. Documentation consists of tape logs, which include information about the collector and informants and descriptions of content.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, Meredith Kite, October 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, October 2020

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

Archival processing of the Herman Bell Interview with Jim Milligan, Christiana Milligan, and Nettie Whaley was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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