The Resource Oral history interview, Mrs. Helen Irvin Wells ; interviewed by Inez Ramsey and Carolyn Hobson, transcribed by Theresa Staropoli, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Mrs. Helen Irvin Wells ; interviewed by Inez Ramsey and Carolyn Hobson, transcribed by Theresa Staropoli, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Mrs. Helen Irvin Wells ; interviewed by Inez Ramsey and Carolyn Hobson, transcribed by Theresa Staropoli
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Records the reminiscences of Mrs. Helen Irvin Wells (b. 1898) of Harrisonburg, Va., school teacher at Grottoes, Elkton and Bridgewater Elementary schools and cook at Madison College for fifteen years. Describes her childhood incl. holiday observances (Easter, Christmas); games, ghost stories told by the half-breed Indian, making dolls & hats from corn husks, honeysuckle baskets; education (Effinger School, recollections of L. Simms, her brother, the poet U.G. Wilson, spelling contests, school schedule based on farming seasons), and later education at Va. State College); histories of local Methodist churches (circuit preachers John Wesley, Mr. Otterbein), gardening, canning, recipes (scripture cake); making quilts, hook rugs, and tatting (making lace)
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded at the home of Mrs. Helen Irvin Wells, Harrisonburg, Va. on July 18, 1978 (?) Note that the paper indicates three dates (July 18-20, 1978)
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
interviews
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no. 5-5a - 5-5d.
Label
Oral history interview, Mrs. Helen Irvin Wells ; interviewed by Inez Ramsey and Carolyn Hobson, transcribed by Theresa Staropoli, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
  • THERE IS NO GENERAL COLL. (STACK) COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS
  • Complete transcripts of tapes available in Special Collections
  • Forms part of vol. 2 from the 2 vol. set of "African Americans in Harrisonburg" oral history tapes, transcripts and accompanying materials with the following inclusive call no.: Special Coll. SdArch 5-1 - 5-7, v. 1-2. Other parts from vol. l: Oral history interview [sound recording] / Mrs. Peggy Curry; interviewed by Eugene "Ickey" Hollins (OCLC #32023614). Oral history interviews [sound recording] / Mrs. Willie Nickens; interviewed by Inez Ramsey, Vicki Lloyd (OCLC #32024953)
  • Parts from vol. 2: Oral history interview [sound recording / Mrs. Roberta Morgan Webb; interviewed by Vicki Bemisderfer (OCLC #32029972). Oral history interview [sound recording] / James Curry; interviewed by Inez Ramsey (OCLC #32022135). Vol. 2 also contains accompanying printed materials and photos
  • 4-leaf paper contains recollections of the well known teacher, Lucy Simms, the names of local black Civil War veterans, and a list of prominent black leaders within the community
Accompanying material
4 transcriptions (5, 7, 9, 6 leaves ; 28 cm.) + 4-leaf paper on interviews, 1-leaf biographical sketch, floor plan of Effinger Street School, 1908 as remembered by Mrs. Wells, copy of her teaching contract (Oct. 3, 1921, Bridgewater, Va.), envelope of interview notes, and a questionnaire form.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
32029918
Dimensions
1/8 in. +
Dimensions
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (4 sides at ca. 115 min. total)
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.

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      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
      38.438299 -78.8741916
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