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