The Southern Maryland Studies Center recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project:   Stories of Southern Maryland.  This project focuses on the transcription of 40 oral history interviews documenting the history and culture of Southern Maryland. The selected oral histories cover themes that give voice to minorities and covers subjects that prove to be important research material given current events, such as segregation, the influenza epidemic and The Great Depression in Southern Maryland. The resulting transcripts will be available to the public at no cost through ADA compliant pdf files that will be posted on our website as they are completed.
If you wish to listen to a specific oral history, please send an email to with the identifier number or name of the oral history that interests you.

Transcripts are listed in numerical order according to each oral history’s identifier number.


Oral History Identifier; Interview with: Subjects Tags
OH-00012; Joseph Hungerford Morton, Havannah S. Morton School integration, Education, Teaching, Vocational education, State departments of education, Industrial arts, African American teachers K-12 education, Music teacher, Religion
OH-00013; William A. Diggs African American History, Education, Teaching, African American teachers, School discipline, Segregation in education, Segregation, Racism, Lynching, Slavery, Sharecropping, United States Naval Powder Factory, Genealogy, Rural conditions William A. Diggs, Emancipation, One room school house, Food preservation
OH-00014; Emma Agnes Murray Middleton Education, Teaching, School librarians, Segregation, School integration, Catholic Church, Church schools, Transportation, Genealogy, Rural conditions, Piscataway Indians Church integration, Charles County infrastructure, Piscataway Conoy Tribe
OH-00020; Julia Hyde Posey Newspaper presses, Rural electrification, Catholic schools, Genealogy, Political parties, Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945, Port Tobacco (Md.), Rural conditions La Plata Tornado 1926, Port Tobacco Times, Times Crescent, Mount Bleak
OH-00021; Julia Hyde Posey Newspaper presses, Genealogy, Port Tobacco (Md.), Rural conditions, Segregation, St. Ignatius Church (Port Tobacco, Md.), National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland, Piscataway Indians Port Tobacco Times, Times Crescent, Mount Bleak, Piscataway Conoy Tribe
OH-00033; Gertrude Wright McWilliams Navy-yards and naval stations, Depressions, World War, 1939-1945, Segregation, Transportation, United States Naval Ordnance Station (Indian Head, Md.), Indian Head (Md.), Civil service, County government, Women politicians, Wills, Inheritance and succession, Inheritance and transfer tax Register of Wills, Depression, 1929
OH-00037; John Wesley Thompson Thomas Stone National Historic Site (Md.), World War, 1939-1945, United States Naval Powder Factory, Excavations (Archaeology), Architecture, Agriculture, Horse racing Habre de Venture, Beehive Lodge, Black masonic Lodge
OH-00047; Lillian V. Parks Segregation in education, African American teachers, County school systems, Charles County Board of Education, Segregation, Single-parent families; Education, Higher (Higher Education) J.C. Parks
OH-00052; Julia Mudd Cox Totten Rural conditions, Agriculture, Antique and classic cars, Education, County school systems, Office management, Charles County Board of Education F.B. Gwynn, Ryon’s Store
OH-00057; Barnsley Edgar Warfield and Hazel Warfield Rural conditions, Rural electrification, Patuxent River (Md.), Ferries, Shellfish gathering, Fishing, Fish declines, Education, Middle school principals, School integration, Race relations, Piscataway Indians, Slavery, Farm tenancy, United States--History--War of 1812, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 Benedict, (Md.), Benedict fire of 1909, Patuxent Native Americans, War of 1812, Camp Stanton, Civil War, 1861-1865
OH-00077; Mercedes Key Upshaw African American teachers, Education, Rural conditions, School discipline, Segregation in education, School integration, Rural schools Pomonkey (Md.), Key store, One room school house
OH-00085; Dorothy W. Barbour Education, African American teachers, Segregation, School integration, Genealogy, Rural conditions, Farm tenancy, St. Joseph's Church (Pomfret, Md.), Rural schools One room school house
OH-00089; James Willard Dutton Fishing, Depressions, United States Naval Ordnance Station (Indian Head, Md.), Education, Bateaux, Fishing nets, Pound net fishing, Drift net fishing, Striped bass fisheries, American eel fisheries Watermen, Nanjemoy Creek and Depression, 1929
OH-00090; Joseph Francis Stine Oystering, Crabbing, Fishing boats, Fish hatcheries, Dredging (Fisheries), Education, Rural Conditions, General stores, Genealogy, World War, 1939-1945 Watermen, Rock Point (Md.), Wicomico River (Charles County, Md.), Cobb Neck (Md.), D-Day, 1944 (Normandy invasion)
OH-00098; Harry Thomas Stine Oystering, Depressions, Fishing boats, American oyster fisheries, Pollution, Environmental protection, Cobb Island (Md.), Potomac River, Transportation, Genealogy, Civil service, World War, 1939-1945 Watermen, Depression, 1929, Rock Point (Md.), Wicomico River (Charles County, Md.), Cobb Neck (Md.), The Oyster Wars, D-Day, 1944 (Normandy invasion)
OH-00120; Thurman E. and Idell P. Thompson Rural Conditions, Agriculture, Depressions, Genealogy, Segregation, Sharecropping, Religion, Methodist church buildings, La Plata (Md.) La Plata United Methodist Church
OH-00245; William Preston Williams Confederate States of America, Spies, Potomac River, United States Naval Proving Ground (Indian Head, Md.), Point Lookout Prison Camp for Confederates, Soldiers, Black (Black Soldiers), United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 Confederate sympathizers, Civil War, 1861-1865

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National Endowment for the Humanities

The Stories of Southern Maryland Oral History Transcription Project has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Stories of Southern Maryland.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this transcription, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.