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Anne Romaine Research Regarding Alex Haley

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2828

This collection houses research materials that Anne Romaine created while writing her unfinished biography of Alex Haley. Among these items are interviews, articles by and about Haley, and materials documenting his years in the Coast Guard.

Dates

  • 1920s-1990s (bulk 1980s-1990s)
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1990

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

4 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses research materials that Anne Romaine created while writing her unfinished biography of Alex Haley. Among these items are interviews, articles by and about Haley, and materials documenting his years in the Coast Guard.

Biographical/Historical Note

Anne Romaine was a Southern folksinger, author, activist, and historian. Born Dorothy Anne Cooke in 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia, she grew up in North Carolina and attended Queen's College in Charlotte. Following time spent in Mexico on mission work, she returned to the United States and earned her masters degree in history from the University of Virginia. It was here she met civil rights activist Howard Romaine, whom she married in 1965. The couple relocated to Atlanta and had one daughter together, Rita Marie. Romaine later worked at the Alex Haley House in Henning, Tenn. During this time she met Haley and began working on his biography. Additionally she served as cofounder, along with Bernice Johnson Reagon, of the Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project. Romaine died in 1995 after complications with a ruptured appendix.

Alex Murray Palmer Haley (1921-1992) was an author, member of the U. S. Coast Guard, and journalist. He was born to a college professor and grammar schoolteacher and grew up in Henning, Tenn. Haley graduated from high school at the age of 15 and attended college from 1937 to 1939, when he joined the U. S. Coast Guard as a messman. He rose to the rank of Chief Journalist, a position created for Haley. After retiring from the Coast Guard in 1959 and publishing several articles in newspapers and magazines, such as Reader's Digest and Playboy, Haley published, with great success, The Autobiography of Malcolm X in 1964. However, his greatest achievement came with the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. For this work, he received a Pulitzer Prize, many other awards, and several honorary degrees. He briefly taught at the University of Tennessee and lived his last days on a farm in Clinton, Tenn. In Henning, Tenn., Haley was buried at his boyhood home, which is now the Alex Haley State Historic Site.

Arrangement

This collection contains three boxes divided into four series:

  1. Series I: Interviews, 1986-1992, undated
  2. Series II: Articles, 1950s-1990s (bulk 1980s-1990s)
  3. Series III: Other Material, 1920s-1990s (bulk 1980s-1990s)
  4. Series IV: Oversized Materials, 1985-1987, 1993

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult:

Missing Title

  1. MS.2032, Anne Romaine Collection
  2. MS.2055, Anne Romaine Collection
  3. MS.3041, Anne Romaine Audiotape Collection

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480