The Resource Oral history interview :, James Blackwell ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch, (videorecording)

Oral history interview :, James Blackwell ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch, (videorecording)

Label
Oral history interview :
Title
Oral history interview :
Statement of responsibility
James Blackwell ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch
Title variation
Oral history interview with James Blackwell
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Records the recollections of James Blackwell, a Civilian Conservation Corps enrollee and truck driver at Camp 8, Lyndhurst/Sherando Lake, Va. from 1935-38. Describes Depression era situation, the WPA program, and enrollment in the CCC at the age of 14 or 15 in Aug. of 1935. Mentions early days at the camp site: mixing cement; constructing buildings such as the administration building; stone masonry and the rock crusher operation (incl. picking, hauling and laying face rock to create stone walls); tree planting; and later work as a truck driver (hauling dirt and fire fighting). Talks about general living conditions; food and KP; sports (boxing) and entertainment. Reminisces about military and Forest Service personnel who helped him; CCC friends; and relations with local town (Waynesboro) residents. Mentions "Old Hen" parties and encounters with mash and whiskey; quarantine scare over polio; and discharge from the camp. In general, records his experiences and impressions of four years as a CCC participant at a camp which later became a part of the national forest recreation system
Related
Cataloging source
VMC
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Filmed on January 7, 1991
PerformerNote
Interviewer: David Benavitch; interviewee: James Blackwell
Runtime
90
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no.16-5.
Technique
live action
Label
Oral history interview :, James Blackwell ; 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 Van Fossen, 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. 105 min.) : 1 7/8 ips ; 1/8 in. + 1 transcription (12 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
41337623
Dimensions
1/2 in. +
Dimensions
1/2 in.
Extent
1 videocassette (ca. 105 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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