A Collection in
Collection Number Ms2004-007
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: Sam Walters Special Collections Staff
2004 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
Collection is open to research with the exception of tapes and transcripts for which there are no oral history release forms. Folder 7 in box one and tapes 5 & 8 in box two are restricted with no access because release forms are unavailable for these interviews.
Permission to publish material from the Pulaski Theater Oral History Project must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
Pulaski Theater Oral History Project, Ms2004-007, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
The Pulaski Theater Oral History Project was donated to Special Collections in 2004.
The collection focuses on personal recollections of the Pulaski Theater, which operated from 1937 to 1991. Built in 1911, the structure initially hosted concerts and vaudevillian-style entertainment. However, the theater was closed in 1922 and remained a dry goods store until its reopening as a movie theater in 1937 under its new name--The Pulaski concerts. The interviewees are residents or former residents of Pulaski, VA with the memories of the building dating back to the original Elks Theater.
The collection contains materials from 2003 to 2004 with the bulk from 2003. Collection consists of interview cassette tapes and transcripts of oral history interviews conducted in 2003 by April Allen, a PhD. candidate in the Interior Design Program within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Interviewees include Ann King and Delores Brown, Betty Guynn, Marva Hickman, Edna Isbill, Lloyd Mathews, Bob and Sharon McKinney, George Penn, Wilmer and Ethel White. Transcripts available for all interviewees with the exception of Lloyd Mathews. The collection also includes Dr. Allen's field notes and her doctoral dissertation based on the Pulaski Theater located in Pulaski, VA.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by interviewee. Box 1 contains transcripts, field notes, and Dr. Allen's dissertation. Box 2 contains cassette tapes.
Box-folder 1-1Ann King and Delores Brown interview transcript July 15, 2003
Box-folder 1-2Betty Guynn interview transcript June 19, 2003
Box-folder 1-3Marva Hickman interview transcript June 18, 2003
Box-folder 1-4Edna Isbill interview transcript July 15, 2003
Box-folder 1-5Sharon and Bob McKinney interview transcript July 22, 2003
Box-folder 1-6George Penn interview transcript July 08, 2003
Box-folder 1-7Wilmer and Ethel Ryan interview transcript n.d.
Box-folder 1-8Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Seagle interview transcript June 11, 2003
Box-folder 1-9Pricilla Stith interview transcript June 04, 2003
Box-folder 1-10Keri Vass interview transcript June 19, 2003
Box-folder 1-11John White interview transcript June 25, 2003
Box-folder 1-12Walter White interview transcript July 08, 2003
Box-folder 1-13Interview field notes n.d.
Box-folder 1-14Dr. April Allen's dissertation: "The Social Importance of a Small-town Theater: A Case Study of the Pulaski Theater, Pulaski, Virginia" April 13, 2004
Inventory available .
Box 2Interview cassette tapes n.d.Interview Cassette Tapes1. Ann King and Delores Brown2. Betty Guynn3. Betty Guynn4. Marva Hickman5. Edna Isbill6. Lloyd Mathews7. Sharon and Bob McKinney8. George Penn9. Wilmer and Ethel Ryan10. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Seagle11. Pricilla Stith12. Keri Vass13. John White14. Walter White