The Resource Oral history interview, Margaret Brooks Burruss ; interviewed by Chris Bolgiano, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Margaret Brooks Burruss ; interviewed by Chris Bolgiano, (sound recording)

Oral history interview
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Margaret Brooks Burruss ; interviewed by Chris Bolgiano
Records the reminiscences of Margaret Brooks Burruss, a graduate of the Madison College class of 1945. Describes her decision to enroll at Madison and her first days on campus. Discusses her involvment in the Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri Sigma) sorority and briefly mentions other Greek letter societies on campus at that time. Mentions her various roommates and the living conditions in a number of dormitories at the college. Compares the dress codes and rules of conduct for students in her class with those of current JMU undergraduates. Speaks briefly of Madison College President Samuel Duke and Professor John McIlwraith. Relates local reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. Discusses the impact of wartime rationing, as well as the absence of young men, on campus life. Describes various social activities at Madison College, such as May Day, the election of Miss Madison, New Girl/Old Girl Weddings, cotillions and other themed dances. Relates her entry into the field of commercial art upon graduation and her engagement and marriage to Robert Burruss. Discusses briefly her ancestors' experiences during the Civil War, mentioning the battles at Chancellorsville and Port Republic specifically, as well as Union general Phil Sheridan. Briefly mentions former and current Carrier Library Deans Dennis Robison and Ralph Alberico
Cataloging source
Date time place
Recorded at the home of Mrs. Burruss in Lynchburg, Va., on Jan. 24, 2001
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. 21-1a - 21-1b.
Oral history interview, Margaret Brooks Burruss ; interviewed by Chris Bolgiano, (sound recording)
  • Complete transcription of tapes available
  • STACK COPY: Text material only (transcripts). Call no.: LD3141.M56577 B65 2001
  • Forms part of JMU centennial voices, no. 1, an oral history project. For ACCESS TO THE COMPLETE COLLECTION including tapes and printed materials, see Special Coll. number SdArch nos. 21-1 through 21-5. (Tapes only: Special Coll. Oral history interview [sound recording] / Madison Confessional, 2001 (SdArch no. 21-2). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Nelson Hoover (SdArch no. 21-3). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Madison Confessional, 2004 (SdArch no. 21-4). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Marylou Musser Brown (SdArch no. 21-5.)
Accompanying material
1 transcript (32 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
Control code
1/8 in. +
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
2 sound cassettes (ca. 90 min.)
Groove width / pitch
Other physical details
1 7/8 ips
Specific material designation
sound cassette
1 7/8 ips (tapes)
Tape configuration
Tape width
1/8 in.

Library Locations

    • Special Collections Research CenterBorrow it
      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
      38.438299 -78.8741916
Processing Feedback ...