The Resource Oral history interview with George Elliot Reeke, interviewed by Laura A. Oakes, (sound recording)

Oral history interview with George Elliot Reeke, interviewed by Laura A. Oakes, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview with George Elliot Reeke
Title
Oral history interview with George Elliot Reeke
Statement of responsibility
interviewed by Laura A. Oakes
Creator
Contributor
Interviewee
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This interview records the recollections of Mr. George Elliot Reeke who was a maintenance engineer from 1941-1980 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 was present at the founding of the plant through its building years
  • (cont.) Mentions the building of the plant and its physical layout; descriptions of jobs and key personnel; employment practices (wages, benefits, status of minorities and women); administrative research and production activities (ex. riboflavin process, thiamin, streptomycin, penicillin, atabrin, various vitamins); employer-employee relations; outside activities (clubs, etc.); communication within the plant, safety/quality control measures and health care; transportation of raw materials; company housing; community relations and economic impact; environmental impact (fish kill in the Shenandoah River); and the impact of WWII on the plant, employees and community
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Accompanying matter
  • bibliography
  • biography of composer or author
  • historical information
  • other
Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded at the home of Mr. George Elliot Reeke of Harrisonburg, Va. on July 3, 1990
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. 3-2a - 3-2b.
Label
Oral history interview with George Elliot Reeke, interviewed by Laura A. Oakes, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
  • Complete transcription of tapes available
  • Letter to interviewee, interview guide (3 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 #25353125). For details on individual interviews, all conducted by Laura Oakes, see the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / Olin Norman Leake (OCLC record #25364003). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Barry Jay Ream (OCLC record #25378928)
  • 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 (47 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
25355675
Dimensions
1/8 in.
Dimensions
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (105 min.)
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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