Ray Dawson Oral History Transcript
July 7, 1974
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: NY, June 1991
Finding Aide by: Chaise Carter, March 2012
Ray Dawson was born on July 28, 1888 to Ed and Jenny Fulton Dawson. Dawson had two brothers and one sister. He grew up on a farm outside of Wabash and Lagro Indiana. Dawson attended school until the eighth grade, when he quit in order to help his father on the farm. He worked as a farm hand until 1930 when he purchased his own acreage. Dawson states that his friends pressured him to join the Ku Klux Klan, but stood firm on his beliefs that the KKK was an organization “full of idiots.”
Source: Oral History Transcript, July 7, 1974
Scope and Content Note:
This collection contains a transcript of an oral history of Ray Dawson, interviewed by George Dingledy. Dawson discusses his limited schooling, living and working on a farm, the Great Depression, and the Ku Klux Klan.
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July 1984 Transcript
Size of Collection: 1 transcript
Collection Dates: 1888 to 1984
Provenance: Wabash Carnegie Public Library Oral History Project
Access : The collection is open for research use.
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Wabash Carnegie Public Library, Wabash Indiana and the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English.
Alternate Formats: None