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

Oral history interview, James Burner ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley, (sound recording)

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Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
James Burner ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley
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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 James Burner, who was born in Page County, Virginia, not far from the future site of Shenandoah National Park. Mr. Burner served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, (CCC), during the construction of the park and later became a park ranger in the National Park Service. Describes his experiences working with local "mountaineer" men in the CCC camps, their history and social conditions in the 1930s. Mr. Burner refers to numerous local mountain families and prominent individuals involved in the creation of the park. Topics include mountain agriculture and wildlife, folk music and dancing, traditional medicines, clothing, schooling, feuds and moonshiners
  • Mr. Burner was present at the founding of the first CCC camps in Virginia and discusses them in great detail. As a naturalist and conservationist, he discusses the local flora and fauna of the region in great depth as well. Identifies numerous local plant and animal species and their habitats. Comments on early efforts to rebuild the local deer population while reducing the number of wild bears. Comments on the social and economic effects of the Chestnut Blight of the 1930s on local families
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded on September 16, 1977, in Page County, 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-19.
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Oral history interview, James Burner ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley, (sound recording)
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Accompanying material
1 transcript (82 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Control code
310116986
Extent
1 audio file (running time: 1:55:15)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Other physical details
digital ; +
Publisher number
SNP019
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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