Stokesville and North River Gap Oral Histories, 1996-1997 *JMU Faculty Papers*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Veith, Kay
Creator:
Geier, Clarence R.
Creator:
Chapman, C. Thomas
Creator:
Monger, Kathryn
Title:
Stokesville and North River Gap Oral Histories
Collection No.:
SdArch 35
Date:
1996-1997
Extent:
1 box, 14 audiocassettes, .42 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English .
Abstract:
The Stokesville and North River Gap Oral Histories, 1996-1997, are comprised of audio interviews, census data, genealogy research and scans of photographs related to prominent families of the North River Gap area and town of Stokesville, in Augusta County, Virginia.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Stokesville and North River Gap Oral Histories, 1996-1997, SdArch 35, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University.

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Biographical / Historical

The collection is comprised of research materials created by Kay Veith, Kathryn Monger and C. Thomas Chapman, James Madison University students who took courses taught by Dr. Clarence Geier, professor of Anthropology. Their research contributed to the book, "North River Gap – Stokesville, Augusta County, Virginia: A Selected Genealogy and Oral History of Residents," authored by Kay Veith, with contributions by Carole Nation and Clarence Geier, published in 1996. The project was a joint venture between members of the JMU history and anthropology departments, and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests of Roanoke. Photograph scans were made from photographs belonging to individuals that participated in field survey.

Dr. Clarence Geier is a professor emeritus of Anthropology at James Madison University, where one of his primary research areas was the archeology of the American Civil War, specifically in the Shenandoah Valley. Kay Veith, who conducted many of the oral histories in this collection, was a student at JMU in the mid-1990s. Veith was a member of the Massanutten Chapter of the Archeological Society of Virginia, where she served as Secretary and chief organizer. Veith conducted fieldwork on many projects, including the Shenandoah National Park Archaeological Survey Program in the early 2000s. James Madison University established the Kay Veith Field Archeology Award to support young archeologists. Kathryn Monger undertook the geneology project on Reba Sirk Floyd.

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Scope and Content

The Stokesville and North River Gap Oral Histories, 1996-1997, is comprised of audiorecordings and research files from the professional papers of Dr. Clarence Geier, a professor emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology at James Madison University. Materials include recordings, scanned photographs and other documents gathered from oral histories conducted with people in the Stokesville, and North River Gap area in August County. Narrators in the recordings discuss various topics, including the practice of tanbarking, the flood of 1949 in Stokesville, buildings in Stokesville, the Mt. Solon CCC camp, and personal family histories. The collection also contains genealogical studies of the North River Gap area.

Family names represented in the collection include Maichel, Sheffer (Scheffer, Shaver), Hise, Cramer, Loyd, Floyd, Todd, Daggy, Wilfong, Sirk, Karicofe, among others.

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Arrangement

The interviews are arranged alphabetically by last name, and further arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Audio is restricted pending processing. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Conditions

Rights assessment is the responsibility of the researchers. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

Materials were transferred by Dr. Clarence Geier on September 11, 2017.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

Related Resources

"North River Gap – Stokesville, Augusta County, Virginia: a selected geneology and oral history of residents" Kay Veith; with contributions by Carole Nash and Clarence R. Geier. James Madison University, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, 1999.

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • oral histories (literary works)
  • Cramer family

Personal Name

  • Geier, Clarence R.

Subject

  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.). Camp Mt. Solon -- History
  • Mountain people -- Virginia -- Augusta County -- Social life and customs
  • Mountain life -- Virginia -- Augusta County -- History
  • Tanneries -- Virginia -- Augusta County -- History
  • Lumber trade -- Virginia -- Augusta County -- History
  • Buildings -- Virginia -- Augusta County
  • Augusta County (Va.) -- History
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History
  • Todd family
  • Lloyd family
  • Michael family
  • Shaffer family
  • Floyd family
  • Heiss family
  • Wilfong family

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Bibliography

Nash, Carole. "Kay Veith Named ASV Avocational Archaeologist of the Year," Archeological Society of Virginia Massanutten Chapter. Volume 35, Issue 11, November 2014. http://www.mcasv.org/Points/NOV_2014.pdf (accessed on July 23, 2018).

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Augusta County Census Data from 1840, 1850, 1860 from the North River Gap, undated box 1 folder 1
List of Family Names from the North River Gap Area, undated box 1 folder 2
Kiracofe Family Biographies and Stokesville histories, undated box 1 folder 3
Reba Sirk Floyd Genealogy Project, 1996 box 1 folder 4
Floyd Family Photograph Scans, undated box 1 folder 5
Huffer Family Photograph Scans, undated box 1 folder 6
Sirk Family Photograph Scanst, undated box 1 folder 7
Stokesville, VA and Cass, WV Photograph Scans, undated box 1 folder 8
Unidentified Scans, undated box 1 folder 9
Alan Cramer, interviewed by Kay Veith, October 28, 1996
Supporting documentation box 1 folder 10
Alan Cramer, interviewed by Kay Veith, November 12, 1996
Supporting documentation box 1 folder 11
H. Russell Daggy Sr., interviewed by Kay Veith, March 7, 1997
Supporting documentation box 1 folder 12
Leon S. Kiracofe, interviewed by Kay Veith, February 19, 1997
Supporting documentation box 1 folder 13
Clarence "Boxie" Loyd, interviewed by Kay Veith, November 27, 1996
Supporting documentation box 1 folder 14
Clarence "Boxie" and Sophia Loyd, interviewed by Kay Veith, December 11, 1996
Supporting documentation box 1 folder 15
Clarence "Boxie" Loyd and Martha Knott (Huffer family) interview, December 27, 1996
Supporting documentation box 1 folder 16
Clarence "Boxie" Loyd, interviewed by Kay Veith, February 11, 1997
Supporting documentation box 1 folder 17
Sophia Loyd, interviewed by Kay Veith and Amy Carmichael, February 11, 1997
Supporting documentation box 1 folder 18