The Resource Oral history interview with Barry Jay Ream, interviewed by Laura A. Oakes, (sound recording)

Oral history interview with Barry Jay Ream, interviewed by Laura A. Oakes, (sound recording)

Oral history interview with Barry Jay Ream
Oral history interview with Barry Jay Ream
Statement of responsibility
interviewed by Laura A. Oakes
  • This interview records the viewpoints of Mr. Barry Jay Ream, employed since 1970 and now a manufacturing area head at the Stonewall Plant at Elkton, Va., a manufacturing plant of the pharmaceutical corporation, Merck & Co. He describes various aspects of work; the impact of the plant on the community and company, and events and changes which impacted on the plant, its employees, and local area. Expresses viewpoints from the perspective of an employee who is currently employed and who has knowledge of the plant's present status and insight into its possible future
  • (cont.) Discusses various personnel related issues including changes in employer-employee relations, employment practices (wages, benefits, women), labor relations and the strike of 1984, and descriptions of job responsibilities and key positions. Refers to two fairly new divisions of the company (MPMD and MCMD). Mentions the fermentation (microbiological) process and production of vitamin B-12, Mevacor, Primaxin and Carbidoba. Also mentions several accidents and the use of benzene, now known as a carcinogen. Discusses various technological changes; those made by Roy Vagelos; importance of environmental issues; and the growth of generic drugs. Talks about changing management practices resulting in competition between plants with possible plant closing (Cherokee Plant), decentralization versus centralization, and importance of research and international divisions (ex. England and Puerto Rico plants). Mentions relations with the area, in particular, Elkton; also flood of 1985
Accompanying matter
  • bibliography
  • biography of composer or author
  • historical information
  • other
Cataloging source
Date time place
Recorded at the home of Barry Jay Ream of Elkton, Va. on July 18, 1990
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. 3-4a - 3-4b.
Oral history interview with Barry Jay Ream, interviewed by Laura A. Oakes, (sound recording)
  • Complete transcription of tapes available
  • Letter to interviewee, interview guide (2 leaves), interview setting summary and index also available with tapes and full transcription
  • Forms part of Drugs in the Valley : fifty years of Merck and Co., Inc., 1941-1991, an oral history project. For more background information, see Drugs in the Valley : fifty years of Merck and Co., Inc., 1941-1991. Part of an oral history project / Laura A. Oakes (OCLC record #25353125). For details on individual interviews, all conducted by Laura Oakes, see the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / George Elliot Reeke (OCLC record #25355675). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Olin Norman Leake (OCLC record #25364003)
  • Research from this interview (along with two other interviews and a background paper) forms the basis for the bachelor honors thesis on "Drugs in the Valley : the history of the Stonewall Plant of Merck and Company, Inc., 1941-1991" / by Laura Anne Oakes (Call no.: LB1028.M32 O11; OCLC record #24801076)
Accompanying material
1 transcription (49 leaves ; 28 cm. )
Configuration of playback channels
Control code
1/8 in.
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
2 sound cassettes (95 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Other physical details
1 7/8 ips
Specific material designation
sound cassette
1 7/8 ips (tapes)
Tape configuration
quarter 4 track
Tape width
1/8 in.




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