The Resource Oral history interview, Fisher F. Finks ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Fisher F. Finks ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Fisher F. Finks ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley
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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 Fisher Finks and his wife, Myrtle Hurt Finks, who lived near the Big Meadows area of Shenandoah National Park until the mid 1920s. Opens with Mr. Finks reading from family documents that establish the presence of the Finks family in Virginia dating back to 1736. Describes daily life in the mountains, including local agriculture, livestock production and food preservation, as well as the important tan bark industry. Discusses popular community events, such as weddings and funerals, corn husking, apple butter boilings and courting. Recalls the traditional remedies used for common ailments and injuries, as well as a brief discussion on deadly diphtheria outbreaks and the Influenza Epidemic of 1918
  • Includes discussions of race relations in the region, the prevalence of moonshine and its possible connection to numerous local murders. Also recalls local entrepreneur, George Pollock, owner of Skyland resort and the construction of Camp Hoover, the presidential retreat created by Herbert Hoover
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded on October 6, 1978
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-47.
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Oral history interview, Fisher F. Finks ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley, (sound recording)
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Publication
Accompanying material
1 transcript (79 leaves ea. ; 28 cm.)
Control code
401268784
Extent
1 audio file (running time: 1:44:33)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Other physical details
digital ; +
Publisher number
SNP047
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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