A Collection in
Collection Number Ms93-025
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityContact Information:
P.O. Box 90001
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia 24062-9001
Phone: (540) 231-6308
Fax: (540) 231-3694
Processed by: Tamara Kennelly Special Collections Staff
© 2003 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection is open to research with the exception of tapes and transcripts for which there are no oral history release forms. Box four of the collection is restricted with no access because release forms are unavailable for these interviews.
Permission to publish material from the Appalachian Oral History Project must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
Appalachian Oral History Project, Ms93-025, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
The processing, arrangement and description of the Appalachian Oral History Project commenced in October, 2003 and was completed in November, 2003.
Most of the interviews in the collection were conducted as part of an Appalachian Oral History project in an 1991 Appalachian Community Studies class taught by Professor Jean Speer. With the possible exception of Kenneth Webb, interviewees resided in the New River Valley.
The collection covers 1986-91, with the bulk of the collection in the year 1991. Collection consists of interview tapes and interview tape logs of oral history interviews conducted by student interviewers in Dr. Jean Speer's Appalachian Community Studies class in the Department of Humanities at Virginia Tech, and by a student of Dr. Bohland. Interviewees include Frank W. Bannister, Lillie A. Beavers, Julia T. Bratton, Thomas Cartmel Brown, Carol M. Caldwell, Freeman A. Cockram, Virginia B. Creger, Robert and Josephine Dolinger, Ora Evans, Donald R. Fessler, Anne W. Frame, David H. Halsey, Mildred S. Richardson, Judith C. Sale, and Elizabeth M. Weatherford. Restricted interviews include Georgia Croy, Carlton Harmon, Jack and Lillian Minnick, and Ellison A. Smyth. Transcript available for Kenneth S. Hamblin, Sr., interview. The collection also includes undated tapes of the Shapenote Singing School and a tape of Presentation Music/Interview with Keith Webb, Arkansas Shapenote Gathering Concert.
This collection is arranged alphabetically by interviewee. Box 1 contains documentation and notes, boxes 2 and 3 contain tapes, and box 4 contains restricted tapes and tape logs.
Box-folder 1-1"The Authorized Life History of Frank W. Bannister as told to Erin J. O'Leary" March, 1991
Frank W. Bannister interview by Erin O'Leary, tape log
Box-folder 1-2Lillie A. Beavers interview by K. Michael Hanna October 13, 1986, October 31, 1986, October 7, 1987
Box-folder 1-3Lillie A. Beavers interview by Shawn Hash, tape log 1991
Box-folder 1-4Julia T. Bratton interview by Margaret G. Sale, tape log March 14, 1991
Box-folder 1-5"Oral History Report of Thomas Cartmel Brown" January 29, 1991
Thomas Cartmel Brown interview by Margaret Ann Facenda, tape log and photographs
Box-folder 1-6Carol M. Caldwell interview by Julie Ann Brunges, March 1, 1991
tape log, notes, and photographs of Catawba and Dragon's Tooth
Box-folder 1-7Freeman A. Cockram interview by Holly Lord, tape log, March 23, 1991
Mr. Cockram is the owner of Cockram's Store in Floyd.
Box-folder 1-8Virginia B. Creger interview by Margaret G. Sale, tape log February 28, 1991
Box-folder 1-9Robert and Josephine Dolinger interview by Lesley Leonard, tape catalog and photographs May 17, 1987
Mr. Dolinger was caretaker at Mountain Lake.
Box-folder 1-10"Living with Memories - Ora Evans: A Life History" January 30, 1991
Ora Evans interview by Heather Dorsey, tape log
Box-folder 1-11"An Oral History: Part of the Appalachian Story" February 4, 1991
Donald R. Fessler interview by Christina Small, tape log
Box-folder 1-12Ann W. Frame interview by Margaret G. Sale, tape log February 19, 1991
Box-folder 1-13David H. Halsey interview by Helena D. May, tape log March 15, 1991
Box-folder 1-14Kenneth S. Hamblin, Sr., interview by Kimberly W. Pruett, March 5, 1991
tape transcript and ephemera mounted on paper. Mr. Hamblin is a dulcimer maker.
Box-folder 1-15Perry C. and Vergie Holt interview by Trudy Teter, February 7, 1991
tape log and interview questions; "Appalachian Oral History Project"
Box-folder 1-16Mildred S. Richardson interview by Margaret G. Sale, tape log March 3, 1991
Box-folder 1-17Judith Crowell interview by Margaret Sale, tape log March 13, 1991
Box-folder 1-18Elizabeth M. Wetherford interview by Beverly Duncan, tape log March 12, 1991
Box 2Interview cassette tapes 1986-91, n.d.
Frank Bannister (2); Lillie A. Beavers (3 by Hanna; 2 by Hash); Julia Bratton (1); Thomas Cartmel Brown (3); Carol Caldwell (1); Freeman Cockram (1); Virginia Creger (1); Georgia Croy (3); Robert and Josephine Dolinger (2).
Box 3Interview cassette tapes 1986-91, n.d.
Ora Evans (3); Don Fessler (2); Anne Frame and Dr. Luke Frame (1); David Halsey (1); Perry and Vergie Holt (3); Mildred Richardson (1); Judith Sale (1); Elizabeth Wetherford Nurse (3); Shapenote Singing School (Wednesday night, 1; Thursday night, 2); Presentation Music/Interview with Keith Webb (side A); Arkansas Shapenote Gathering Concert (side B)
Microcassette Tapes: Kenneth Hamblin (3)
Box-folder 4-19Georgia Croy interview by Gustavo Colon, tape logs and 3 cassettes. Restricted. February 1, 1991, February 8, 1991, February 22, 1991, March 30, 1991
Box-folder 4-20Carlton Harmon interview by Holly Lord, tape cassette. No documentation. Restricted. n.d.
Box-folder 4-21Jack and Lillian Minnick interview by Stacey R. Minnick, cassette n.d.
Box-folder 4-22Ellison A. Smyth interview by unknown interviewer, tape log February 5, 1991
Box-folder 4-23Keith Webb interview by Stephanie Meredith, tape log n.d.