The Resource Oral history interview, Elmer Atkins ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith and Jim Northrup, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Elmer Atkins ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith and Jim Northrup, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Elmer Atkins ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith and Jim Northrup, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston
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Contributor
Interviewee
Interviewer
Transcriber
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Genre
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 the reminiscences of Elmer Atkins, who was born and raised near Beech Spring, Virginia prior to the establishment of Shenandoah National Park in 1934. Describes his home and family life, schooling, holidays and community events. Among the topics discussed are farming, raising of livestock, log homes and the local bark peeling industry. Includes references to revival meetings, wakes and funerals, herbal remedies, moonshining, the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919 and the chestnut tree blight that decimated the species in the early decades of the 20th century. Mr. Atkins also comments on the forced eviction of his family and neighbors to make way for the construction of the national park
Related
Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded on July 24, 1979, in Sperryville, Virginia
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-4.
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Oral history interview, Elmer Atkins ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith and Jim Northrup, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston, (sound recording)
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Publication
Accompanying material
1 transcript (35 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Control code
265896523
Extent
1 audio file (running time: 1:00:04)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Other physical details
digital ; +
Publisher number
SNP004
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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