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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Mary Price Adamson, April 19, 1976. Interview G-0001. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Adamson attends the North Carolina College for Women

With the financial support of her brother, Adamson completed two years at North Carolina College for Women.

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Oral History Interview with Mary Price Adamson, April 19, 1976. Interview G-0001. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Anyhow, in the course of time my mother moved up to Lynchburg to live with my sister Mildred who was working for the YWCA up there. So the next year, Teeny and I went to the college, and we were together at the college. There was a different kind of life. Then in the course of that time-I could get all these straightened outit's not important-my brother Jimmy came home for a holiday from his work as a doctor of the Guggenheim Mine in Bolivia. He, incidentally, had taken that job when he got through with his internship at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Massachusetts and went to Bolivia where he lived for seventeen years and sent money home to his mother and the five younger children in the family. So he, in effect, supported . I mention this because it's a very significant angle of our family life for a member of it to do. He didn't ever expect any appreciation. This was just something that he could do, just as my brother Enoch, who had been at Chapel Hill, he finished his graduate work in journalism. This was the time my father was very, very sick. So Enoch just came home to the farm, and lived there for a winter and took care of things so that my mother there. There was nothing else to do. I mean, that that's a it . This has meant a great deal to me, my family background, and it's now distressing to me that our family, which had been so close, has now in the course of time dissolved. Whether that's of any sociological interest, I don't know. But personally it was a matter of great concern.
MARY FREDERICKSON:
So even though you weren't at home when you were small with these older brothers and with your older sister Ruth, you were very close to them anyway.
MARY PRICE ADAMSON:
That's right.
MARY FREDERICKSON:
And they remained very close to your mother and close to Chapel Hill.
MARY PRICE ADAMSON:
That's right. And to all of us. We were a very close family.
MARY FREDERICKSON:
When you were graduating from high school and making plans to go to college, was there any question of where you would go? Was it just assumed that you would go to North Carolina College for Women?
MARY PRICE ADAMSON:
Yes, because of the financial angle of first living home, and then it was the cheapest place to go because although I didn't want to teach, supposedly one got free tuition by agreeing to teach at the college, which I didn't do. But I was willing to take my chances. So with the money that Jimmy was sending home, you see, I managed to go to college and pay what had to be paid.