Homecoming '86 oral history project, 1986
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African American Baptists -- Tennessee.
African American business enterprises -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
African American businesspeople -- Tennessee.
African American churches -- Tennessee.
African American cooks -- Tennessee.
African American dentists -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
African American educators -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
African American families -- Tennessee.
African American household employees -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
African Americans -- Religious life.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Social life and customs -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
African Americans -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
African Americans -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Alcohol -- Social aspects.
American Ace Coffee and Tea (Nashville, Tenn.).
Antioch (Davidson County, Tenn.).
Architecture, Domestic -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Baptists -- Tennessee.
Barbershops -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Business enterprises -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Businesspeople -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Caldwell family.
Caldwell, James E., -- 1854-1944.
Caldwell, Rogers Clark, -- 1890-1968.
Caldwell, Wentworth, -- d. 1996.
Candyland (Nashville, Tenn.).
Cane Ridge (Davidson County, Tenn.).
Carmack, Edward Ward, -- 1858-1908.
Central business districts -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Children -- Tennessee -- Social conditions.
Churches -- Tennessee.
Churches of Christ -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Citizens Savings Bank and Trust (Nashville, Tenn.).
Construction workers -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Cooper, Robin, -- -1919.
Courtship -- Southern States.
Cumberland River (Ky. and Tenn.).
Dentists -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Dutchman's Curve (Nashville, Tenn.).
Dwellings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
East Nashville (Nashville, Tenn.).
Education -- Tennessee.
Educators -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Eighth Avenue Reservoir (Nashville, Tenn.).
Families -- Tennessee.
Farm life -- Tennessee.
Farris Hardwood Lumber Company (Nashville, Tenn.).
Fifth Avenue (Nashville, Tenn.).
Fires -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
First Baptist Church Capitol Hill (Nashville, Tenn.).
Fisk University.
Funeral homes -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Gardner's Funeral Home (Nashville, Tenn.).
George Peabody College for Teachers.
Giles County (Tenn.).
Grand ole opry (Radio program).
Greeks -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Grocery trade -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
H.G. Hill Co.
Hill, H.G. -- (Horace Greeley), -- 1873-1942.
Hills of Calvary Memorial Park (Nashville, Tenn.).
Historic buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Homemakers -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Howard School (Nashville, Tenn.).
Hume-Fogg High School (Nashville, Tenn.).
Immigrants -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919 -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Jefferson Street (Nashville, Tenn.).
Jews -- Charities.
Jews -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Johnson family.
Jubilee Singers (Fisk University).
Leisure -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Locomotive engineers -- Tennessee.
Locomotives -- Southern States.
Log cabins -- Tennessee -- Davidson County.
Longview (Nashville, Tenn.).
Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company.
Macpherson, Joseph T., -- 1899-1991.
Marriage customs and rites -- United States.
Mayors -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Medicine -- Tennessee.
Meharry Medical College. -- School of Dentistry.
Melton, James, -- 1904-1961.
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.).
Music teachers -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Musicians -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Biography.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Fire, 1916.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
New Hope Baptist Church (Nashville, Tenn.).
North Nashville (Nashville, Tenn.).
Old Hickory Singers.
Opera -- 20th century.
Opera -- New York (State) -- New York.
Opera -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Oral history -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Oral history -- Methodology.
Oral history -- United States.
Peabody Demonstration School.
Pearl High School (Nashville, Tenn.).
Performing arts -- New York (State) -- New York.
Physicians -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Politicians -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Prohibition -- Tennessee.
Race relations -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Radio broadcasting -- Tennessee.
Radio stations -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Railroad accidents -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Railroad trains.
Railroads -- Safety measures -- United States.
Railroads -- Signaling -- Block system.
Railroads -- Tennessee.
Recreation -- Tennessee.
Restaurants -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Restaurateurs -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Robincroft (Nashville, Tenn.).
Schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Segregation -- Tennessee.
Shelton, Aaron, -- 1910-2000.
Singers -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Slavery -- Tennessee -- History.
Southern States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Supermarkets -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Teachers -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Tennessee -- History -- 20th century.
Tennessee -- Race relations.
Tennessee -- Religious life and customs.
Tennessee -- Rural conditions.
Transportation -- Tennessee.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Anecdotes.
Vanderbilt University.
Vanderbilt University. -- Women's Center.
WBAW (Radio station : Nashville, Tenn.).
Weddings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Women -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Women -- Political activity -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Women -- Societies and clubs -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Women -- Tennessee -- Nashville -- Biography.
Women lawyers -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Women's studies -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Work, John W. (John Wesley), -- 1901-1967.
World War, 1914-1918 -- United States.
WSM (Radio station : Nashville, Tenn.).

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Document/manuscript/pamphlet/archival material
Physical Desc
26 audio recordings
.4 cu. ft.


Organization & arrangement of materials
Organization: Two series: I. Interviews; II. Project planning files;,Series I. Digital audio files and CDs are identified by the project abbreviation: "OHP86" which serves as a prefix. Arranged thereunder alphabetically by the last name of the interviewee.
General Note
Materials housed in Special Collections Division of the Main Library, Nashville Public Library.
General Note
Conversion of analog interviews to digital format made possible by funding from the Nashville Public Library Foundation in 2006-2007
General Note
Interviewees include: Angelo Anderson; Burrell Ball; Hattye R. Bubis; Wentworth Caldwell; James H. Crowder; Kossie Gardner; Dr. Henry Hill; John E. Hostettler; Joseph Macpherson; Lillian Mangrum; Andrew L. McMurry; Elnora Berry Moore; Ida Morgan; Louis Nicholas; Nancy Ransom; William C. Sheffield; J. B. Singleton; Fannie Belle Taylor; Anne Wagner; Leon T. Whitt; Maggie Wilkes; Anita Williams; Edith McFall Work; Jerome I. Wright.
General Note
Persons interviewed for this project, but for which no audio recordings have been found (as of May 2023), available as transcripts: Dorothy Hatcher; Grafta Looby-Westbrook (partial transcript); Edward Bullock Rhea; Aaron Shelton.
General Note
A few interviews from the collection may be cataloged separately, and may have brief excerpts accessible through the Digital Collections portal on the Nashville Public Library website.
Restrictions on Access
In library use only. Available by appointment.
Restrictions on Access
Portions of Series II. Project planning files have redactions to protect privacy of individuals
Abstract: Thirty interviews conducted with Nashville elders, recalling in autobiographical form their major life events and experiences. Most are audio recordings although a few may exist only as full or partial transcripts. Interviews were conducted as part of the statewide initiative known as Homecoming '86, a celebration of local communities and their history. Planning documents for the oral history project are also part of the collection.
Scope and content: Series I. Interviews. Topics discussed include: childhood, family, schooling, higher education, courtship and marriage, careers, teaching, churches and religious life, farming, chores, economic conditions, wartime conditions (particularly on the homefront during World War I), politicians, transportation, railroads, entertainment, music, restaurants, entrepreneurship and businesses, rural and city life, and many other subjects. Several interviewees discuss music in various forms: including home life and personal musical instruments and singing; classical music; opera; bluegrass; religious hymns and church music; musical education, training, and teachers; WSM and the Grand Ole Opry; the Nashville Symphony; and related subjects. African American narrators recall starting businesses; working as domestic help for white families; race relations; education; Fisk University and Meharry Medical College; segregation; religion; life in both rural and urban settings; and occasionally, recollections about enslaved family members. A few female narrators talk about women's activism, particularly in the political sphere in the mid to late 20th century. Notable events recalled by some of the narrators include: the shooting of Edward Ward Carmack by Robin Cooper; the East Nashville fire of 1916; the Dutchman’s Curve train wreck in 1918; and the bursting of the 8th Avenue Reservoir. Nearly all interviews have topical indexes to the recording; almost none have transcripts.
Series II. Project Planning Files include various planning documents, such as correspondence; identification of potential interviewees and interviewers; forms; question lists; and "Golden Days: An Oral History Guide" produced by Dr. Richard Blaustein of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, for statewide use for local Homecoming '86 projects.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Cite as: [Interviewee name] Interview, Homecoming '86 Oral History Project, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library
Additional Physical Form
Original audiocassette recordings,Restricted to staff use only
System Details
System requirements for sound discs: computer with CD drive and MP3 capable software.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
About half of the interviews do not have formal release forms on file. Those that do, acknowledged that the interviews would be given "to a Nashville research center" and that "people interested in the city's history may use them in their studies." However, the release forms have no explicit statement concerning intellectual property rights.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Copyright deeded to Nashville Public Library in 2016 by Paul Clements, founder of the Nashville Heritage Project. Nashville Public Library does not have intellectual property rights to the interview with Andrew L. McMurry.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition unknown, probably given to the library shortly after recordings were created;,Gift;,ca. 1987
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Intellectual property rights in recordings created by Nashville Heritage Project,Paul Clements;,Gift;,2016;,Acc. 2016.008
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Recording of Andrew L. McMurry,Patrick Barnes;,Gift;,2007;,Acc. 2007.039
Location of Other Archival Materials
Related Materials: Nashville Heritage Project and Paul Clements also were responsible for the creation of the Century III Oral History Project, which is also in the holdings of the Special Collections Division
Biographical or Historical Data
Homecoming '86 was a statewide initiative in Tennessee to celebrate communities in the state. The project was first announced by Governor Lamar Alexander in his inauguration speech on Jan. 13, 1983. The Nashville Heritage Project, under the direction of Paul Clements, participated in Homecoming '86 celebrations in Nashville by recording oral histories with Nashville's elders. Emphasis was upon those age 90 (born in 1896, the year of Tennessee's centennial) or older, who had lived in Davidson County for many years. The Tennessean newspaper was also a partner in the project, creating a series of regular feature articles based upon the interviews.
In English, portions of one interview in Greek
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Finding aid available in repository;,interview level control.,https://catalog.library.nashville.org/Record/CARL0001009985/DownloadSupplementalFile?fileId=168
Ownership and Custodial History
Recordings created by Nashville Heritage Project in 1986 under the direction of Paul Clements. It is not known who donated the materials to the Nashville Public Library, or when. Custodial history details of McMurry interview uncertain, although donor Patrick Barnes is related to one of the interviewers, R. Don Barnes.
describe and catalog;,2023;,Linda Barnickel
original analog audiocassette recording of McMurry interview,reformat;,2023;,Cindy Gadley;,converted to .wav and .mp3 digital files
indexing;,2016;,Kathy Bennett, volunteer
indexing;,2008;,Jim Havron
inventory;,2015-2016;,Linda Barnickel
original analog audiocassette recordings,reformat;,2006-2007;,Safe Sound Archive;,Jim Havron via outside vendor;,converted to .mp3 digital files
Accumulation and Frequency of Use
No further accruals are expected


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Nashville Heritage Project., Blaustein, R., Clements, P., Connelly, J. L., Crippens, N. A., Egerton, J., & Mitchell, R. Homecoming '86 oral history project .

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

Nashville Heritage Project et al.. Homecoming '86 Oral History Project. .

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

Nashville Heritage Project et al.. Homecoming '86 Oral History Project .

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Nashville Heritage Project., et al. Homecoming '86 Oral History Project

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