The Resource Oral history interview with Mary Spitzer Etter, interviewed by Monica Malinowski, (sound recording)

Oral history interview with Mary Spitzer Etter, interviewed by Monica Malinowski, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview with Mary Spitzer Etter
Title
Oral history interview with Mary Spitzer Etter
Statement of responsibility
interviewed by Monica Malinowski
Creator
Contributor
Interviewee
Interviewer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This interview records the reflections of Mrs. Mary Spitzer Etter, (commuter student, music major, class of 1934) about college days at the Harrisonburg State Teachers College, referred to by the students during her time as Bluestone Hill (now known as James Madison University). Reminisces about Dr. P. Duke, the president; freshman class initiation (New Girl/Old Girl Wedding); various class days, May Day festivities and other social events, complete with costumes. Also, participation in academic/social groups such as the Glee club, Latin Club and other music and literary groups, Greek societies; required assemblies (story of her being mistakenly missed at assembly and the consequences), the Lyceum Programs, and special trips such as the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester. Mentions the dedication of Wilson Hall (1931), a weekend at the college camp, and a story about Dr. Duke's and students' climb up Massanutten Peak. Talks about favorite teachers such as Miss Edna Shaeffer, her voice teacher, also mentions Dr. Wayland, the history teacher. Speaks about the college paper, the "Breeze," study habits, the library, honor code, smoking among students, and town-gown relationships. In general, creates a picture of what it was like to be a young lady at a decorous Southern women's teacher's college during Depression days
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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 Mary S. Etter, Harrisonburg, Va. on March 1, 1996
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. 7-2a - 7-2b.
Label
Oral history interview with Mary Spitzer Etter, interviewed by Monica Malinowski, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
  • Stack copy: TRANSCRIPT AND BACKGROUND PAPER ONLY
  • Complete transcription of tape available
  • Summary of interview setting and accompanying speech text by Mary Etter for Founders Day, March 14, 1995 ("Madison through the years: the Duke years") ; also available with tape and full transcription
  • Also known as: A social history of student life at JMU: an oral history
  • Forms part of James Madison University : A Social history of student life, an oral history project. For a synopsis/background information on the project, see bibliographic record for: James Madison University : Social history of student life [background paper]. Part of an oral history project / Monica Malinowski. For details on individual interviews, all conducted by Monica Malinowski, see bibliographic records for the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / Caroline Marshall. Oral history interview [sound recording] / Lauren Webb. Oral history interview [sound recording] / Robert Bernard Pritchard
Accompanying material
1 transcription (43 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
36855219
Dimensions
1/8 in.
Dimensions
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (ca. 80 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.

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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