The Resource Oral history interview, Mary Spitzer Etter ; interviewed by Susan E. Dawson, transcribed by Elaine Smith, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Mary Spitzer Etter ; interviewed by Susan E. Dawson, transcribed by Elaine Smith, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Mary Spitzer Etter ; interviewed by Susan E. Dawson, transcribed by Elaine Smith
Title variation
James Madison University
Title variation remainder
an environmental history
Creator
Contributor
Interviewee
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Forms part of: James Madison University: an environmental history, an oral history project. For ACCESS TO THE COMPLETE COLLECTION including tapes, original copies of all text material and interviews conducted by Susan E. Dawson, see Special Coll. call number SdArch nos. 27-1 through 27-6. (Tapes only: Special Coll. Oral history interview [sound recording] / Janet Smith (SdArch no.27-2). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Bruce Clemens (SdArch no.27-4). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Chip Horton (SdArch no.27-5). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Ronald E. Carrier (SdArch no.27-6)
  • Records the recollections of Mary Spitzer Etter, a graduate of the Madison College class of 1934. Describes the landscape and physical layout of the campus in the early 1930s. Recalls the construction and dedication of Wilson Hall, on May 15, 1931, which was attended by the first president of the college, Julian A. Burruss and his successor, Samuel P. Duke. Describes the new auditorium located in the Hall, as well as new office space for the college president and treasurer. Remarks on the minimal landscaping of the college grounds at that time, until the intervention of Prof. George Chappelear, who was instrumental in the planting of many of the trees on campus today. Recollects various aspects of student life, including the hostesses in the Dining Hall who presided over "family style" meals, regulations regarding dress and behavior, both on and off campus, and weekends spent at the College Camp on the Shenandoah River. Mentions such college traditions as the Old Girl New Girl Weddings and recounts tales of ghosts inhabiting the pedestrian tunnels running beneath the Quad. Recalls her participation in the college Glee Club, under the direction of Edna Shaeffer, including anecdotes of concerts given and live radio performances in Harrisonburg and Northern Virginia. Closes with reminisences of her 39 year teaching career, the deaths of her mother and sister, and her recent philanthropic works on behalf of James Madison University and Bridgewater College
Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded at Ms. Etter's home in Harrisonburg on June 26, 2000. Transcribed in January, 2004
Form of composition
other
Format of music
not applicable
Series statement
  • James Madison University sound archives
  • Burruss research grant in JMU history.
Series volume
no. 27-3.
Label
Oral history interview, Mary Spitzer Etter ; interviewed by Susan E. Dawson, transcribed by Elaine Smith, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
  • Complete transcription of tape available
  • "A Burruss Research Project paid [for] by endowment funds."
  • STACK COPY: Text material only (background paper, interviews, and supplemental documentation). Call no. : LD3141.M56652 D39 2000
Accompanying material
1 transcription (16 p.
Bibliography note
Research paper includes bibliographical references and "oral history index."
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
63107748
Dimensions
  • 1/8 in. +
  • 29 cm.)
Dimensions
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
Extent
1 sound cassette (ca. 90 min.)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Other physical details
1 7/8 ips
Specific material designation
sound cassette
Speed
1 7/8 ips (tapes)
Tape configuration
quarter 4 track
Tape width
1/8 in.

Library Locations

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      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
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