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Oral history interview

Author: Wells, Mrs. Helen Irvin.
Publisher: 1978.
Series: James Madison University sound archives, no. 5-5a - 5-5d.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on Cassette : Cassette recording : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Records the reminiscences of Mrs. Helen Irvin Wells (b. 1898) of Harrisonburg, Va., school teacher at Grottoes, Elkton and Bridgewater Elementary schools and cook at Madison College for fifteen years. Describes her childhood incl. holiday observances (Easter, Christmas); games, ghost stories told by the half-breed Indian, making dolls & hats from corn husks, honeysuckle baskets; education (Effinger School,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
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Biography
Named Person: Wells, Mrs. Helen Irvin; Wells family.; Irwin family.; Lucy Simms; U G Wilson; John Wesley; Philip William Otterbein, Bp.
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Wells, Mrs. Helen Irvin.
OCLC Number: 32029918
Notes: Complete transcripts of tapes available.
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] / James Curry; interviewed by Inez Ramsey (OCLC #32022135). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Mrs. Peggy Curry; interviewed by Eugene "Ickey" Hollins (OCLC #32023614). Oral history interviews [sound recording] / Mrs. Willie Nickens; interviewed by Inez Ramsey, Vicki Lloyd (OCLC #32024953).
Parts from vol. 2: 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.
4-leaf paper contains recollections of the well known teacher, Lucy Simms, the names of local black Civil War veterans, and a list of prominent black leaders within the community.
Event notes: Recorded at the home of Mrs. Helen Irvin Wells, Harrisonburg, Va. on July 18, 1978 Note that the paper indicates three dates (July 18-20, 1978).
Description: 2 sound cassettes (4 sides at ca. 115 min. total) : 1 7/8 ips ; 1/8 in. + 4 transcriptions (5, 7, 9, 6 leaves ; 28 cm.) + 4-leaf paper on interviews, 1-leaf biographical sketch, floor plan of Effinger Street School, 1908 as remembered by Mrs. Wells, copy of her teaching contract (Oct. 3, 1921, Bridgewater, Va.), envelope of interview notes, and a questionnaire form.
Series Title: James Madison University sound archives, no. 5-5a - 5-5d.
Responsibility: Mrs. Helen Irvin Wells ; interviewed by Inez Ramsey and Carolyn Hobson, transcribed by Theresa Staropoli.

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Records the reminiscences of Mrs. Helen Irvin Wells (b. 1898) of Harrisonburg, Va., school teacher at Grottoes, Elkton and Bridgewater Elementary schools and cook at Madison College for fifteen years. Describes her childhood incl. holiday observances (Easter, Christmas); games, ghost stories told by the half-breed Indian, making dolls & hats from corn husks, honeysuckle baskets; education (Effinger School, recollections of L. Simms, her brother, the poet U.G. Wilson, spelling contests, school schedule based on farming seasons), and later education at Va. State College); histories of local Methodist churches (circuit preachers John Wesley, Mr. Otterbein), gardening, canning, recipes (scripture cake); making quilts, hook rugs, and tatting (making lace).

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