The Cobb County Oral History Series was conducted by Thomas Scott, Professor of History at Kennesaw State University, and others, of prominent citizens of Cobb County, Georgia. The series was started in 1978 and interviews are still being conducted. The interviewees were people of various backgrounds from Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, Bartow, Gordon, and Fulton counties. Most of the interviews were relatively brief class projects by students taking Georgia or Social and Cultural History. All transcripts in the series have been bound and placed in the archives at KSU and in the Georgia Room of the main Cobb County Library.

Recent Submissions

  • Interview with Bishop Christopher Walker 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- )
    Oral history of Bishop Christopher Walker, Walker discusses his family tree, life, and path into ministry.
  • Interview with Martha and Mark Lemon 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (2022-03-02)
    Oral history of Martha Lemon and Mark Lemon, Martha's son. This oral history mostly covered the history of the Lemon House and family in Acworth, Georgia.
  • Interview with Jerica Richardson 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (2022-02-25)
    Oral history of Jerica Richardson, Cobb County's District Two Commisioner. Richardson discusses growing up, moving to Atlanta on the heels of Hurrican Katrina, and her nontraditional track to public office.
  • Interview with Reverend Steven Mints 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (2021-12-01)
    Oral history of Rev. Steve Mints. Rev. Mints discusses growing up in Marietta, his path into ministry and his ongoing work in the community and in government.
  • Interview with Alfred Jackson 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ); Cawley, Mary B. (2021-09-23)
    Oral history with Alfred Jackson. Oral history covers a variety of topics, including education during the early twentieth century, agriculture, cemeteries in Cobb County, Naval service, and work at the Dobbins Air Force Base.
  • Interview with Cecil Frey Bullard 

    Cawley, Mary Boswell (Kennesaw State University Archives, 1987)
    Cecil Frey Bullard was employed for 47 years by the Cobb County Sheriff's Department. Bullard discusses the Bullard family as well as farming, education, law enforcement, and historic properties in Cobb County.
  • Interview with John Steve Frey, Sr. and Sara Skelton Bozeman Frey 

    Cawley, Mary Boswell (Kennesaw State University Archives, 1988-01-28)
    John Steve Frey, Sr. was born in east Cobb County on January 4, 1898. Owner of a Marietta grocery store for 20 years, Mr. Frey later farmed and ran a cotton gin in Kennesaw. He also worked as a Cobb County deputy sheriff.
  • Interview with Harvey E. Durham and Bessie H. Durham 

    Scott, Thomas, Allan (1943 -) (Kennesaw State University Archives, 1987-05-20)
    Oral history interview with Harvey E. Durham and Bessie H. Durham. The Durhams were Acworth natives and successful farmers.
  • Interview with Charles Commander "Chuck" Clay 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (Kennesaw State University Archives, 2019-05-29)
    Oral history interview with Charles Commander "Chuck" Clay, a Marietta attorney and Georgia politician.
  • Interviews with Members of Zion Baptist Church 

    Adams, Ercelene; Andrews, Rosalie L.; Hudson, William H.; Johnson, Robert L.; Slade, Ernestine J.; Solomon, Annie Mae; Stovall, Elsie; Wilson, Hattie G.; Woods, Marion J.; Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (Kennesaw State University Archives, 1986-04-29)
    A collection of oral history interviews with long-time members of Zion Baptist Church in Marietta, GA.
  • Interview with Michael W. Thomas 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (Kennesaw State University Archives, 2018-04-17)
    Oral history interview with third-generation Cobb Countian Michael W. Thomas.
  • Interview with William G. Booth 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (Kennesaw State University Archives, 1995-06-15)
    Oral history interview with William G. Booth, whose family lived in Cobb County for generations.
  • Interview with Bernard L. "Bernie" Brown, Jr. 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (Kennesaw State University Archives, 2017-06-14)
    Oral history interview with Bernie Brown, retired administrator of Kennestone Hospital, author, and WellStar Foundation Board Trustee.
  • Interview with Robert T. Garrison 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (Kennesaw State University Archives, 2018-06-07)
  • Interview with James E. (Mack) Henderson 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (Kennesaw State University Archives, 2017-08-21)
    James E. “Mack” Henderson spent a 37-year career from 1952 to 1989 with BellSouth where he was a senior manager. He served as Cobb County manager from September 1989 to March 1993. He was a trustee of the KSU Foundation ...
  • Interview with Betty A. Gray 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (Kennesaw State University Archives, 2017-07-24)
  • Interview with Joe B. Gabriel 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ) (2017-05-23)
    Oral history interview with Joe B. Gabriel conducted by Dr. Thomas A. Scott.
  • Interview with Ruth Asbell Ivey 

    Kelley, Kathryn (Kennesaw State University Archives, 1992-04-21)
  • Interview with Hugh Lewis Grogan Jr. 

    Scott, Thomas Allan (1943- ); Grable, Jeffrey, B. (Kennesaw State University Archives, 1984-10-23)
    Hugh Lewis Grogan Jr. was the first African American council member for the city of Marietta, Georgia, serving from 1978-1982, as well as president of the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP for two terms, 1976 and 1978.
  • Interview with Emory Ray Sewell 

    Hames, Jean A. (Kennesaw State University, 1984-07-02)
    Emory Ray Sewell, better known as Coach Sewell, was an educator in Cobb County from 1956 until his retirement in 1984. He was a coach and teacher at Acworth High School and North Cobb High School but then worked at Awtrey ...

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