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Union County Farmstead project records, 1983-1984

Collection Overview

Title: Union County Farmstead project records, 1983-1984

ID: 1/6/MSS 389

Creator: Adams, Jane

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Organized into three series: (1) Oral histories, (2) subject files, and (3) photographs.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1985

Languages: English [eng]


This collection consists of oral histories, historical records, prints and negatives related to rural life in Union County, Illinois. The images relate to the transformation of rural life, including rural conditions, social life and customs,  in Union County, Illinois in the twentieth century.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Union County Farmstead Project collection consists of the negatives, photographic prints, oral histories and copies of original documents of Jane Adams, who investigated late nineteenth and early twentieth century rural life in Union County. Adams was an SIUC anthropology faculty member who, at the time of the research project, was a student in anthropology and social history at the University of Illinois.  This 1983-1984 research was done in conjunction with her doctoral dissertation entitled, The Transformation of Rural Social Life in Union County, Illinois in the Twentieth Century (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Illinois, 1987).  Adams’ book, The Transformation of Rural Life:  Southern Illinois, 1980-1990 (University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1994), is based upon her dissertation research.  Adams worked on the project with the Union County Historical Society.

Adams sought contributions of materials and reminiscences from local citizens through a column she wrote for the Dongola Tri-County Record.  Her column, “Not So Many Years Ago,” recounted various historical facts and stories which Adams uncovered during the course of her investigations.

Biographical Note

Jane Adams grew up on a Jackson County (Illinois) farm, attended University School, and graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received her Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  As a high school student she helped desegregate Carbondale's restaurants and, in 1964, went to Mississippi as part of the Civil Rights Movement's Freedom Summer. She taught anthropology at Southern Illinois University for 24 years, retiring in 2010 as a full professor. She was active in the Arbor District Neighborhood Association and served on the City's Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee and Carbondale City Council.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Related Materials: Jane Adams papers, VFM 1574

Related Publications: Jane Adams.  The Transformation of rural life: Southern Illinois, 1890-1990. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolinda Press, 1994.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Union County Farmstead project records, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Oral historiesAdd to your cart.
This series consists of 11 individual interview transcripts.  These individuals were interviewed because of their connection with the Walton farm, near Anna, Illinois, and the Kimber farm, near Dongola, Illinois, either as family members, renters or laborers.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Basler, Al.  March 17, 1984Add to your cart.
Discusses early life of Nathaniel Green, farming
Folder 2: Cerny, Elizabeth. January 31, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Kinder, Maude. March 23, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lingle, Oscar "Dutch". February 9, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Rendleman, Edith. January 24, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Rendleman, Edith. February 9, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Rhodes, William S. January 30, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Rhodes, William S. February 7, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Sirles, Helen R.  March 2, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Weaver, George. January 26, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Weaver, Ruby C., January 1, 1984Add to your cart.
Series 2: Subject filesAdd to your cart.
These genealogic materials were supplied by the interviewees and are all photocopies of originals. It includes family correspondence, ledgers, diaries and newspaper clippings.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Hoffner collectionAdd to your cart.
Includes copy of 1837 land deed, surveyor's map from 1858, land grant 1857 and 1838 from Marion and Union counties.
Folder 13: Kimber collection, 1860-1950Add to your cart.
Copies of correspondence, funeral programs, marriage license, wills, deeds related to the Kimber family; also include Civil War correspondence
Folder 14: Kimber collection, 1887-1928Add to your cart.
Newspaper clippings and correspondence copies
Folder 15: Kimber collection, 1891Add to your cart.
promissory note
Folder 16: Kimber collection, 1858-1898Add to your cart.
Tax receipts
Folder 17: Benjamin Fish Pease ledgersAdd to your cart.
Medical ledgers
Folder 18: Benjamin Fish Pease ledgersAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Benjamin Fish Pease ledgersAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Ned Walton diary, 1935-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Walton diary book, newspaper clipppingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Lloyd Allen household ledger, 1920-1921Add to your cart.
contains housekeeping items purchased when Lloyd got married and set up a household.
Folder 23: McCabe business journal, 1880Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Claire Murrie collectionAdd to your cart.
Loose pages from day book
Folder 25: Claire Murrie collectionAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Thelma Degarmore collectionAdd to your cart.
receipts and ledger pages related to Isaac Axley  and Joseph Badgley
Folder 27: Jane Adams columns, 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Series 3: Photograph negativesAdd to your cart.
Photograph negatives and prints taken of the Walton and Kimber farms, as well as the Union county, Illinois area.  Included is an index.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Index to negative collectionAdd to your cart.
Includes descriptions for individual negatives
Folder 2: Index to negative stripsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Negatives related to Union County farmsteadAdd to your cart.
Included are images from the Dongola field study, Anna field study and the Walton House field study by Southern Illinois University
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Negative albumAdd to your cart.
This series of negatives and contact prints include shots of the interior and exterior of the Kimber house, its surrounding grounds and outbuildings, and other landscapes affiliated with the farm.  These shots were taken by the photography students in the field school during the summer of 1990.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Negative albumAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Prints of negativesAdd to your cart.
Organized by contributer