New cultural pluralism in the Shenandoah Valley oral histories
Scope and Content
This oral history series studies the immigration of various ethnic groups into the Shenandoah Valley, starting with a review of past history (see background paper). Records interviews of individuals who provide services to refugees; also interviews of individuals representative of groups new to the area. Shows how these people are maintaining their cultural identities and how they are adapting to mainstream Valley culture. Studies reasons why they left their homeland; why they settled in the Valley; how their cultures differ; what troubles they have had maintaining their cultures; and how they perceive their reception by local residents. Interviews conducted with seven individuals providing services for immigrants include: Rev. Joseph S. Roberson, Alex Flores, Marlene Webb, Marta F. de Meza, Laura Draim, Sam Ritchie, and Sheryl K. Wyse. Interviews of new immigrants include: Willie Chavez, Ana Sanchez and Efraim Sanchez-Garcia, Tanya and Sasha Reut, and Thu Huynh. Series of five articles from Daily news-record (Harrisonburg, Va.), Dec. 28-29, 1995 include: Valley Hispanics fare well at orchards, poultry plants / Bettina Tilson; Mexican natives find good, bad in America / Bettina Tilson; Few Hispanics appear on welfare rolls / Chris Edwards; Tax laws require immigrants to pay / News-record staff; Hispanics working to adapt to life as Valley residents / Chris Edwards. Article from July 27, 1996: Hispanic census: Service group places count below estimates, refutes job/tax stereotype / Julie Collins.
Access to the Oral Histories is governed by agreements with the narrators. 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.
The copyright interests for select oral histories have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oral histories were created by Theresa Starapoli, an undergraduate student at JMU, who completed the project as an intern in Special Collections in 1992. The internship was funded by a Burruss Grant.
0.74 cubic feet (13 folders; 8 audiocassettes)
Language of Materials
The New Cultural Pluralism in the Shenandoah Valley Oral Histories, 1992-1993, is comprised of 8 audio recordings and 12 transcripts or summaries of interviews by undergraduate history intern, Theresa Staropoli, with individuals from the Shenandoah Valley who provide services to refugees and immigrants, and individuals representative of groups new to the area.
Content is arranged in no particular order.
Collection was donated by Theresa Staropoli on April 28, 1993.
Oral histories were cataloged at the item level in 1997; The descriptive metadata was compiled into a Finding Aid format in 2019. Audio recordings were transferred from audiocassette digital files by Kirsten Mlodynia, Digital Project Specialist at JMU Libraries in July 2018.
- Assimilation (Sociology)
- Children of immigrants -- Education
- English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers
- Hispanic Americans -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.)
- Immigrants -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.)
- Literacy programs -- Virginia
- Multiculturalism -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.)
- Oral histories (literary works)
- Russian Americans -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.)
- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- 20th century
- United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Psychological aspects
- United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-
- A Guide to the New Pluralism in the Shenandoah Valley Oral Histories, 1992-1993
- JMU Cataloging
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description