John Gay Collection, 1916-2002
Scope and Content Note
The materials in the
John Gay Collection consist of personal
papers, publications, newspaper clippings, journals and magazines, interviews, and maps.
Agriculture series contains histories,
interviews, names of plant varieities, reports, publications, and farming & land
Culture series contains extensive field notes and papers
documenting every facet of Liberian culture, including folklore and social structures. The
series also contains the following: hand drawn maps, family histories, interviews, photographs
of people and artwork, music, board game rules, myths, and religious information.
Economy series contains industry case studies, company
information, censuses, papers on trade, development, and slave trade.
Education series contains curriculum information, papers on
education development & reform, professional organization information, literacy projects,
and papers & reports on problems in the educational systems of Liberia.
Government series consists of papers on settlers, past
presidents, government practices, foreign policy, and civil conflicts. Also included are
articles, clippings, reports, maps and information on Liberian geography, interviews &
papers on political systems, transcripts & reports on legal cases & trials, agendas,
programs, and letters.
Linguistics series contains Kpelle classifcation papers and
field notes & research on the Kpelle language. Proverbs and information on other languages
such as Loma & Liberian English are also included.
Publications series contains scholarly works such as
dissertations and theses, essays, official reports, poems, language & educational workbooks,
journals, newspapers, magazines, and newsletters.