People and places of Nashville oral histories
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Physical Desc
6 (10 audio discs interviews)


Organization & arrangement of materials
Digital files and CDs are identified by the project abbreviation: "PPN" which serves as a prefix. Arranged thereunder alphabetically by the last name of the interviewee, with two exceptions. All interviews concerning the Hermitage Hotel bear the identifer PPNHermitageH. The interview with Lillie May Burton uses the identifier: PPNBurtonLM.
General Note
Materials housed in Special Collections Division of the Main Library, Nashville Public Library.
Restrictions on Access
In library use only. Available by appointment.
Scope and content: Six audio recordings of interviews with ten individuals relating to their recollections about Nashville people and places. A few recordings are of poor quality or have tape or microphone noise. Contents include:
One series of short interviews with five individuals concerning the Hermitage Hotel, recorded in 1977, probably just before the building was shuttered by codes enforcement, due to its deteriorating condition. Most individuals talk about celebrity visits, or provide a few details about furniture and decor, renovations and remodeling, or describe in a general way, parties, dances, and musical performers such as Dinah Shore or Francis Craig. Interviewees include: W. D. Brown, describing his work as a barber at the hotel barbershop, cutting celebrities' hair, and the difficulty Eleanor Roosevelt had when she insisted her African American guests be treated in an equal manner at the hotel; Catherine Redman, a hotel resident; Gladys Burton, desk clerk, who tells about the uniforms of bell boys; Monsignor Williams recalling the banquet to mark the centennial of St. Mary's Catholic Church in 1947. Mabel Louthan, a desk clerk, provides more detail and unusual stories than anyone else, telling about the filming of the Micky Spillane movie, "Delta Factor," a performing pig, and the discovery of a dead man in the hotel lobby. Interviews were digitized as a single track bearing the digital filename identifier PPNHermitagH. Transcripts are available for all Hermitage Hotel interviews.
Mrs. Lillie May (Mrs. A.M.) Burton tells about the Burton family home, Seven Hills (interview recorded in 1976). John C. Hull tells about his work and experiences as a school principal at Cameron High School in the 1950s (interview recorded in 1974). Katie Jenkins, born in 1889, was a daughter of former slaves. In this 1982 interview, she describes her family's experiences under slavery and after freedom, and mentions several members of the Davis family, (probably her relatives). Index available. John Kiser is teaching a history class, which was audio-recorded in 1983. Lastly, Mrs. Anne Quick tells about the South Branch of the Nashville Public Library, (recorded in 1974).
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Cite as: [individual interview], People and Places of Nashville Oral Histories, conducted by Historic Nashville, Inc., Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library
System Details
System requirements for sound discs: computer with CD drive and MP3 capable software.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Copyright status is undetermined.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition unknown;,Acc. RT-100.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Other materials created by Historic Nashville, Inc. are also in the holdings of the Special Collections Division of the Nashville Public Library.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Related Materials: A news article about the Hermitage Hotel by Max York entitled "The Hermitage, Days of Grandeur" from the Tennessean dated July 3, 1977 features photographs of and brief quotations from Gladys Burton, Mabel Louthan, and W. D. Brown.
Biographical or Historical Data
In 1968 the Historic Sites Federation of Tennessee was formed. The name was changed to Historic Nashville, Inc. in 1974. Historic Nashville, Inc. (HNI) was organized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a stated purpose to document and preserve the cultural, historical, and architectural heritage of Nashville. This group was instrumental in saving Union Station, the Ryman Auditorium, and many other historic buildings. In 1970s and 1980s, they undertook a number of oral history projects, many of which were donated to the Special Collections Division of the Nashville Public Library.
Biographical or Historical Data
The origin of the People and Places oral history project is not known. It may be that this collection was established to serve as a "catch-all" function, for those interviews that did not readily fit into other HNI oral history collections. Interviews in this collection were created between 1974 and 1983. It is known that they were part of library holdings sometime prior to the year 2000, and they were likely acquired shortly after they were recorded. No release forms or administrative records exist to provide provenance or clarify rights issues.
In English
Ownership and Custodial History
Unknown provenance as of 2017. It is believed that the recordings were donated to the Nashville Public Library by Historic Nashville, Inc. shortly after they were created.
catalog;,2018;,Linda Barnickel.
inventory;,2017;,Kathy Bennett, volunteer.
original analog audiocassette recordings,reformat,2018;,Nashville Public Library,Linda Barnickel;,converted to .wav and .mp3 digital files.
Katie Jenkins interview,reformat,2006;,Safe Sound Archive;,Jim Havron via outside vendor, funded by Nashville Public Library Foundation;,converted to .mp3 digital files.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use
No further accruals are expected.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Historic Nashville, I., Burton, L. M., Hull, J. C., Jenkins, K., Quick, A., & Tyrrell, S. People and places of Nashville oral histories .

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Inc. Historic Nashville et al.. People and Places of Nashville Oral Histories. .

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Inc. Historic Nashville et al.. People and Places of Nashville Oral Histories .

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Historic Nashville, Inc., et al. People and Places of Nashville Oral Histories

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