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Anne Romaine Collection

Identifier: MS-2055

This collection contains the interviews conducted by Anne Romaine about Alex Haley and other research material on him. Box 1 contains 58 separate audiotapes of interviews Romaine conducted during her research. They are arranged chronologically. Box 2 contains the complete United States Coast Guard file on Haley's career in the organization and the complete Alex Haley House Museum Catalogue Book.

Interested researchers may also wish to consult MS.2032: Anne Romaine Collection and MS.1888: Alex Haley Collection.


  • 1986-1994

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.


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Anne Romaine was the official biographer of Alex Haley. The collection contains her taped interviews on Haley and other research material she gathered for her never-completed biography.

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.


Collection consists of two boxes divided into three series: Taped Interviews, Other Research Material, and Coast Guard Files on Alex Haley.

Acquisition Note

Collection is property of the University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult:

Missing Title

  1. MS.2032, Anne Romaine Collection
  2. MS.2828, Anne Romaine Research Regarding Alex Haley
  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

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA