Tanbark industry in the Shenandoah Valley oral histories
Scope and Content
Tanbark Industry in the Shenandoah Valley Oral Histories, 1987, 1991, is comprised of audio interviews, transcripts, and a background paper, documenting the history of the bark peeling industry in the Shenandoah Valley. The collection includes interviews that explore the various processes used to produce leather, including references to the peeling, grinding and extracting of bark to yield the tannin (tannic acid) which was used to tan animals skins and hides. The interviews focus specifically on the mills, extract factories and tanneries in the Shenandoay Valley, including the Timberville extract factory, and the Ziegler, Elkton and Houck tanneries of Rockingham County, Virginia.
- Creation: 1987
- Creation: 1991
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Conditions Governing Use
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Two of the oral histories were created by Mia Barb, an undergraduate at JMU, who completed the project as an intern in Special Collections during the summer of 1991. The internship was a joint project between the Carrier Library, Special Collections and the U.S. Forest Service. The oral history interview with D.D. Wilkins was conducted by Chris Bolgiano, head of Special Collections, and John Coleman, who worked for the U.S. Forest Service.
0.25 cubic feet (4 folders, 4 audiocassettes, 3 cds)
Language of Materials
Tanbark Industry in the Shenandoah Valley Oral Histories, 1987, 1991, is comprised of audio interviews, transcripts, photographs, and a background paper, documenting the history of the bark peeling industry in the Shenandoah Valley.
Collection was donated in 1991 by Mia Barb.
Collection was cataloged at the item level in 1991; the descriptive metadata was compiled into a Finding Aid format in 2019. Cassette tapes were transferred to MAMA-R 700MB gold cd-r using Tascam cc-222 mkII; 618mb. Audio recordings were digitized by Kirsten Mlodynia, Digital Project Specialist at JMU Libraries in July 2018.
Genre / Form
- Bark -- Harvesting
- Bark -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
- Bark peeling -- Economic aspects
- Bark peeling -- Environmental aspects
- Industries -- Virginia -- Rockingham County -- Sources
- Leather industry and trade -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
- Tanneries -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.)
- Tanneries -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
- Tanners -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
- Tanning -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.)
- Tanning -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
- A Guide to the Tanbark Industry in the Shenandoah Valley Oral Histories, 1987, 1991
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