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

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

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Joseph Fray ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley
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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 Joseph Fray, who was a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Madison County, Virginia, in the 1920s, and witness to the events that led to the founding of Camp Hoover, Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. Describes the work of local, state and federal officials in the planning and construction of Camp Hoover, also known as Rapidan Camp, which was a rustic retreat where President and Mrs. Hoover could escape the heat and congestion of Washington, DC. Fray reflects on the impact Camp Hoover had on Madison County, both as a works project and through the numerous benefits, such as roads, schools, and even air mail delivery, that came in the wake of its construction. Discusses the impetus Camp Hoover had on the founding of Skyline Drive and ultimately, Shenandoah National Park. Includes references to the lives of the mountain people and their sources of income, such as tan bark peeling and basket weaving, and local entrepreneur, George Pollock, owner of Skyland resort
  • A woman identified in the transcript as Mrs. Fray also contributes to the interview
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded on May 21, 1980
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-51.
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Oral history interview, Joseph Fray ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, transcribed by Peggy C. Bradley, (sound recording)
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Publication
Accompanying material
1 transcript (34 leaves ea. ; 28 cm.)
Control code
406311208
Extent
1 audio file (running time: 0:57:07)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Other physical details
digital ; +
Publisher number
SNP051
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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