The Resource Oral history interview, Mrs. Willie Nickens ; interviewed by Inez Ramsey and Vicki Lloyd, transcribed by Theresa Staropoli, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Mrs. Willie Nickens ; interviewed by Inez Ramsey and Vicki Lloyd, transcribed by Theresa Staropoli, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Mrs. Willie Nickens ; interviewed by Inez Ramsey and Vicki Lloyd, transcribed by Theresa Staropoli
Creator
Contributor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Records the reminiscences of Mrs. Willie Nickens (b. 1895) of Harrisonburg, Va., school teacher and maid for twenty years at Madison College. Describes childhood incl. experiences driving cattle thru town for Siebert family; "switching" (discipline); riding horses, downtown stable, local race track; roller skating, double decker sleds; bear and snake stories, fortune telling by Bob Rawls, the half-breed Indian blacksmith; heating with pot bellied stoves, lighting by kerosene lamps; early education (Effinger, Lucy Simms schools -- knew about Tin Cup Alley school, teachers Fannie Wilson, L. Simms and brother), training at Hampton Institute and meeting President Taft; cooking (quince honey, apple butter); gardening; home remedies; Madison College (Newman farms, first men on campus, soldiers, three sorority houses at Fine Arts bldg. where she was maid); stories of Indians in Bath County where her mother was born, also in Rockingham County (dug a tunnel from Hilltop to spring at Court Square in Harrisonburg); Red Hill and Zenda; churches (AME church and the missionary from Africa, John Wesley Methodist Church, Rev. Ronald Colley); Court days; various town personalities and black businesses (barber shops, black restaurant owner, first black policeman, Joseph Williams, the Olympian, R. Earl Johnson); her family (incl. story of her mother, born into slavery -- father the master, later escaped and caught), her children; mixed race families, voting privileges; and relations between blacks and whites over the years
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded at the home of Mrs. Willie Nickens, Harrisonburg, Va. on July 17, 20, 24, 1978 and Feb. 14, 1979
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. 5-3a - 5-3e, 5-3g, 5-3j, 5-3k - 5-3l.
Label
Oral history interview, Mrs. Willie Nickens ; interviewed by Inez Ramsey and Vicki Lloyd, transcribed by Theresa Staropoli, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
  • Tapes for four interviews. Note that some tapes contain blank sides: 5-3f (side 2 of tape 3); 5-3h (side 2 of tape 4); 5-3i (side 1 of tape 5)
  • THERE IS NO GENERAL COLL. (STACK) COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS
  • Complete transcripts of tapes available in Special Collections
  • Forms part of vol. 1 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)
  • Parts from vol. 2: Oral history interview [sound recording] / Mrs. Minnie Bell Stuart; interviewed by Inez Ramsey, Brenda McCormick (OCLC #32029050). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Mrs. Helen Irvin Wells; interviewed by Inez Ramsey, Carolyn Hobson (OCLC #32029918). 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
Accompanying material
9 transcriptions (6, [5], 7, [5], [3], [4], [5], 8, 7 leaves ; 28 cm.) + l short term paper on 3 interviews by Vicki Lloyd, a questionnaire form and family tree.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
32024953
Dimensions
1/8 in. +
Dimensions
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
Extent
6 sound cassettes (9 sides at ca. 270 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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