Appalachian Oral History Project

A Guide to the Appalachian Oral History Project 1986-91 Ms.1993.025


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Tamara Kennelly

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1993.025
Title
Appalachian Oral History Project1986-1991
Quantity
1.25 Cubic Feet 4 boxes
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
This collection contains oral history interview cassette tapes and tape logs for 23 interviews conducted by students with 25 interviewees in the local community. Most interviews were collected as part of a 1991 Appalachian Community Studies class of Professor Jean Speer of the Department of Humanities at Virginia Tech. Unless noted, interviews have not been transcribed. For some interviewees, there is a student paper based on the interview.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Conditions Governing Access

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.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Appalachian Oral History Project, Ms1993-025, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Appalachian Oral History Project commenced in October, 2003 and was completed in November, 2003.


Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Contents

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.

Arrangement

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • Oral histories (literary works)
  • University History
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1970-)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Appalachian Oral History Project by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

box-folder 1 folder: 1
"The Authorized Life History of Frank W. Bannister as told to Erin J. O'Leary"
March, 1991
Scope and Contents note

Frank W. Bannister interview by Erin O'Leary, tape log

box-folder 1 folder: 2
Lillie A. Beavers interview by K. Michael Hanna
October 13, 1986, October 31, 1986, October 7, 1987
box-folder 1 folder: 3
Lillie A. Beavers interview by Shawn Hash, tape log
1991
box-folder 1 folder: 4
Julia T. Bratton interview by Margaret G. Sale, tape log
March 14, 1991
box-folder 1 folder: 5
"Oral History Report of Thomas Cartmel Brown"
January 29, 1991
Scope and Contents note

Thomas Cartmel Brown interview by Margaret Ann Facenda, tape log and photographs

box-folder 1 folder: 6
Carol M. Caldwell interview by Julie Ann Brunges,
March 1, 1991
Scope and Contents note

tape log, notes, and photographs of Catawba and Dragon's Tooth

box-folder 1 folder: 7
Freeman A. Cockram interview by Holly Lord, tape log,
March 23, 1991
Scope and Contents note

Mr. Cockram is the owner of Cockram's Store in Floyd.

box-folder 1 folder: 8
Virginia B. Creger interview by Margaret G. Sale, tape log
February 28, 1991
box-folder 1 folder: 9
Robert and Josephine Dolinger interview by Lesley Leonard, tape catalog and photographs
May 17, 1987
Scope and Contents note

Mr. Dolinger was caretaker at Mountain Lake.

box-folder 1 folder: 10
"Living with Memories - Ora Evans: A Life History"
January 30, 1991
Scope and Contents note

Ora Evans interview by Heather Dorsey, tape log

box-folder 1 folder: 11
"An Oral History: Part of the Appalachian Story"
February 4, 1991
Scope and Contents note

Donald R. Fessler interview by Christina Small, tape log

box-folder 1 folder: 12
Ann W. Frame interview by Margaret G. Sale, tape log
February 19, 1991
box-folder 1 folder: 13
David H. Halsey interview by Helena D. May, tape log
March 15, 1991
box-folder 1 folder: 14
Kenneth S. Hamblin, Sr., interview by Kimberly W. Pruett,
March 5, 1991
Scope and Contents note

tape transcript and ephemera mounted on paper. Mr. Hamblin is a dulcimer maker.

box-folder 1 folder: 15
Perry C. and Vergie Holt interview by Trudy Teter,
February 7, 1991
Scope and Contents note

tape log and interview questions; "Appalachian Oral History Project"

box-folder 1 folder: 16
Mildred S. Richardson interview by Margaret G. Sale, tape log
March 3, 1991
box-folder 1 folder: 17
Judith Crowell interview by Margaret Sale, tape log
March 13, 1991
box-folder 1 folder: 18
Elizabeth M. Wetherford interview by Beverly Duncan, tape log
March 12, 1991
box 2
Interview cassette tapes
1986-91, n.d.
Scope and Contents note

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 3
Interview cassette tapes
1986-91, n.d.
Scope and Contents note

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 folder: 19
Georgia 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 folder: 20
Carlton Harmon interview by Holly Lord, tape cassette. No documentation. Restricted.
n.d.
box-folder 4 folder: 21
Jack and Lillian Minnick interview by Stacey R. Minnick, cassette
n.d.
box-folder 4 folder: 22
Ellison A. Smyth interview by unknown interviewer, tape log
February 5, 1991
box-folder 4 folder: 23
Keith Webb interview by Stephanie Meredith, tape log
n.d.