The Resource Oral history interview, Clarence Somers ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith and Jim Cotter, transcribed by Jeanette Shapiro, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Clarence Somers ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith and Jim Cotter, transcribed by Jeanette Shapiro, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Clarence Somers ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith and Jim Cotter, transcribed by Jeanette Shapiro
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Interviewee
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The Shenandoah National Park oral history collection, SdArch SNP, (SC# 4030), consists of 135 interviews of people who were living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia prior to the creation of the Shenandoah National Park. Most of the interviewees resided on land that was claimed by eminent domain by the commonwealth of Virginia and subsequently turned over to the US government in the 1930s. For a description of the entire collection see the Finding Aid
  • Records an interview with Clarence Somers, who planted and maintained the Judd Gardens at Skyland Resort from 1922 to 1945. Judd Gardens were named for George and Marianna Judd of Washington, DC, who owned several lots and cabins at Skyland, including the land where the gardens were laid out in 1910. Mrs. Judd was allowed to remain at Skyland after the property was incorporated into Shenandoah National Park in 1936, until her death in 1958. The gardens were abandoned by order of the National Park Service in 1945
  • The interview consists chiefly of comparisons of plants and trees found at during a recent botanical survey of the site of the gardens, conducted by Jim Cotter of the National Park Service, with Mr. Somers' recollection of the garden plantings through 1945. Comments by a woman identified only as Mrs. Somers, (believed to be Beulah V. Somers, (née Sours)), occur throughout the interview, as do references to George F. Pollock, owner of Skyland Resort
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded on September 11, 1976, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Somers
Form of composition
unknown
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
interviews
Music parts
not applicable
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
SNP-35.
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Oral history interview, Clarence Somers ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith and Jim Cotter, transcribed by Jeanette Shapiro, (sound recording)
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Publication
Accompanying material
1 transcript (19 p. ; 28 cm.)
Control code
318193661
Extent
1 audio file (running time: 0:36:37)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Other physical details
digital ; +
Publisher number
SNP035
Terms governing use
Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of James Madison University's Libraries & Educational Technologies' Special Collections (540) 568-3612, library-special@jmu.edu.

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