The Resource Oral history interview with Olin Norman Leake, interviewed by Laura A. Oakes, (sound recording)

Oral history interview with Olin Norman Leake, interviewed by Laura A. Oakes, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview with Olin Norman Leake
Title
Oral history interview with Olin Norman Leake
Statement of responsibility
interviewed by Laura A. Oakes
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Interviewee
Interviewer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This interview records the recollections of Mr. Olin Norman Leake who was a chemical operator from 1948-1986 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 during the middle years of the plant's history (to date)
  • (cont.) Describes training procedures and the production process for drugs such as streptomycin; (also mentions vitamin B-1, B-12, and chicken feed drugs such as nicarbazine and sulfaquinoxaline). Refers to packaging and sterilization of drugs and process of batch operations. Mentions communication within the plant; safety/accident quality control measures and health care; company housing; community relations and outside activities. Recalls employer-employee relations and employment practices (wages, benefits status of minorities and women); shift work; and the strike of 1984. Talks about impact of WWII on plant, employees and area (blackouts, draft). Mentions competition from international production (ex. Egypt plant), and impact of machinery taking place of workers
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  • bibliography
  • biography of composer or author
  • historical information
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded at the home of Mr. Olin Norman Leake of Harrisonburg, Va. on July 12, 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. 3-3.
Label
Oral history interview with Olin Norman Leake, interviewed by Laura A. Oakes, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
  • Complete transcription of tape 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., 1941-191, 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] / 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 (26 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
25364003
Dimensions
1/8 in.
Dimensions
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
Extent
1 sound cassette (75 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
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