The Resource Oral history interview :, Col. John A. Betterly ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch, (videorecording)

Oral history interview :, Col. John A. Betterly ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch, (videorecording)

Label
Oral history interview :
Title
Oral history interview :
Statement of responsibility
Col. John A. Betterly ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch
Title variation
Oral history interview with John A. Betterly
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Records the recollections of Col. John A. Betterly, Company Commander of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp 8, Lyndhurst/Sherando Lake, Va. from 1936 until the beginning of World War II. Briefly mentions background as a civil engineer and Army Reservist, call to duty in 1935; first assignment as the junior officer for an all black CCC unit in Hanover, Va. and view of segregation issues as a northerner. Describes experiences as the commander of Camp NF-8: relations between enrollees, officers and townspeople (Waynesboro) and efforts to cultivate understanding between groups. Talks about the different roles of the Army (camp life) and Forest Service (work projects). Describes day-to-day administrative duties running the camp: roll call; inspections (barracks, latrine, kitchen); paperwork; paydays; discipline and hearings; and various programs run by the Army for enrollees (education and medical). Talks about his first day on the job resolving an incident between "Yankees" and "Rebels;" and experiences with specific individuals (mess sergeant and doctor). Reminisces about his family and their relation with the Camp; later work as personnel Adjutant for the District; quartermaster; Pacificism; and final days with the CCC program and 3rd Corps. In general, records his experiences and impressions of the CCC program and its impact on the lives of young people during the Depression/pre-World War II era
Related
Cataloging source
VMC
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Filmed on January 25, 1991
PerformerNote
Interviewer: David Benavitch; interviewee: John A. Betterly
Runtime
115
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no.16-4.
Technique
live action
Label
Oral history interview :, Col. John A. Betterly ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch, (videorecording)
Publication
Note
  • STACK COPY: Text material only (paper, interviews and newspaper transcripts). Call no.: SD428.G46 H57 1991
  • Forms part of: A history and interpretive proposal for Sherando Lake Recreation Area, an oral history project. For ACCESS TO THE COMPLETE COLLECTION including original copies of all text material and interviews conducted by David Benavitch on video and audio tapes, see Special Coll. call number SdArch nos. 16-1 through 16-13, Boxes I and II. (Videotapes and audiotapes only: Special Coll. SdArch no. 16-2 through no. 16-11 for the following interviewees: Larry Ballard, Karl Baumann, John A. Betterly, James Blackwell, Jack Branch, Roger Bryant, Albert Moreman, Hans Schagus, Edward VanFossen, and Mark E. Wolfe). Videotapes only: Special Coll. SdArch no. 16-12 through 16-13 for the following interviewees: Frank Haga and Garland Priddy
Accompanying material
2 sound cassettes (ca. 120 min.) : 1 7/8 ips ; 1/8 in. + 1 transcription (16 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
41337354
Dimensions
1/2 in. +
Dimensions
1/2 in.
Extent
1 videocassette (ca. 120 min.)
Medium for sound
videotape
Other physical details
sd., col.
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videocassette
System details
VHS format
Video recording format
VHS (1/2 in., videocassette)

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