The Resource Oral history interview, Jay Rainey ; interviewed by Jeremy Turner, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Jay Rainey ; interviewed by Jeremy Turner, (sound recording)

Oral history interview
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Jay Rainey ; interviewed by Jeremy Turner
Records the reminiscences of Jay Rainey, campus activist and perceived radical at Madison College during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Mentions campus life as one of the first male students at the predominantly women's teachers' college. Remembers various run-ins with the school's administration (President Dr. G. Tyler Miller, Dr. James Fox) over issues ranging from personal appearance (including winning a suit against his suspension by the college), to academic freedom, to anti-Vietnam War issues. Mentions attendance at anti-War demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and his participation and leadership in the formation of Harambee, a student activist group (Lewis Sword, etc.); Jane Fonda; also, the couple of sit-ins that occurred on the Madison College campus. In particular, mentions the student protest over the non-reappointment of three liberal-minded faculty members: James McClung, Houston Rodgers and Rodger Adkins; the consequent April 1970 sit-in at Wilson Hall on campus supporting their cause which resulted in the arrests of students and faculty; support by sympathetic faculty; his trial, jail time, and appeals
Cataloging source
Date time place
Recorded at Jay Rainey's place of work, 1314 South Main Street, Blacksburg, Va. on January 30, 1998
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no. 11-2a - 11-2b.
Oral history interview, Jay Rainey ; interviewed by Jeremy Turner, (sound recording)
  • Complete transcription of tapes available
  • Summary of interview setting included
  • STACK COPY: Background paper and transcripts only. Call no.: LD3141.M56577 T87 1998
  • Forms part of Madison College student protest, April 1970, an oral history project. For background paper: (OCLC record #40218175). For more details on individual interviews, all conducted by Jeremy Turner, see the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / Lewis Sword (OCLC record #40223456). Oral history interview [sound recording] / John Wood (OCLC #40224128)
Accompanying material
1 transcription (55 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
Control code
1/8 in.+
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
2 sound cassettes (ca. 70 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Other physical details
1 7/8 ips
Specific material designation
sound cassette
1 7/8 ips (tapes)
Tape configuration
quarter 4 track
Tape width
1/8 in.

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