The Resource Oral history interview, George Berry ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, George Berry ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
George Berry ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston
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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 George Berry, who was born in the Cool Springs area near Fishers Gap, Virginia, in a log house on land that would eventually become part of Shenandoah National Park. Describes his early home and family life, school days at the Forrest Dale School, farm chores,and folk remedies. Discusses family gatherings, folk music, bark peeling and local moonshiners. Recalls his experiences working for the New Deal relief programs, the National Youth Administration as a boy, and later for its parent program, the Works Progress Administration. Mr. Berry recalls playing folk music for tourists at scenic stops along Skyline drive. Also discussed are the evictions of families from their homes, subsequently located within park boundaries, and the long term social and economic effects on those people over the following decades
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded on September 7, 1979
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-13.
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Oral history interview, George Berry ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Sharon G. Marston, (sound recording)
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Publication
Accompanying material
1 transcript (28 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Control code
272690321
Extent
1 audio file (running time: 0:55:21)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Other physical details
digital ; +
Publisher number
SNP013
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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