A Guide to the Appalachian Oral History Project 1986-91 Appalachian Oral History Project Ms1993-025

A Guide to the Appalachian Oral History Project 1986-91

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1993-025


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Processed by: Tamara Kennelly Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection number
Ms1993-025
Title
Appalachian Oral History Project 1986-91
Physical Characteristics
4 containers; 1.25 cu. ft.
Collector
The Appalachian Oral History Project was donated to the Special Collections in 1993.
Language
English
Abstract
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

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.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Appalachian Oral History Project must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Appalachian Oral History Project, Ms1993-025, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Processing Information

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

Biographical/Historical Information

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 Content Information

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.

Contents List

Appalachian Oral History Project 1986-91.
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