Eastern Market Oral History Project

Eastern Market Oral History Project

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Oral History Project 15

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
From 1992 – 1993 a total of 12 oral history interviews were conducted through the Eastern Market Oral History Project of which the Washingtoniana division resources for 9 interviews.  The project was done under a planning grant from the D.C. Community Humanities Council.  Valerie Pawlewicz, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, initiated the project and spearheaded efforts to raise support for it.  Participating scholars included Laura Henley Dean, D.C. State Archaeologist and Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the Catholic University of America; Ruth Ann Overbeck, Principal of Washington Perspectives and Consulting Faculty at West Virginia University; and John Michael Vlach, Chair of the American Studies Program and Director of the Folklife Program at the George Washington University.  The groundwork for the project was accomplished through research previously done on the Eastern Market Historic Structure Report under a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Helen Tangires who gave the Friends of the Eastern Market the results of her research as well as a copy of her dissertation provided further information.

SCOPE AND CONTENT
This oral history collection occupies approximately 2/3 a linear foot.  The goal of the project was to capture the undocumented history of the Eastern Market, the last vestige of the Washington market system, which for more than 100 years played a vital role in the life of the city.  The stories told by the families would contribute to a greater public understanding of the important role that public markets played in feeding the city throughout the 19th and early 20th century, providing work and a social gathering place as well as connecting the city and its people to the surrounding countryside.
 
Although transcriptions and biographical sketches for each interviewee were suppose to be transmitted to the Washingtoniana, the inventory below outlines the library’s limited holdings for each oral history interview.  Duplicates of the original tapes were donated to the division.  The timed indexes offer an encapsulated version of topics discussed during specific periods of the taped interviews.  For a summary of the project, request to see the section on Major Project Findings, pp 9-14, in the final draft report of the Eastern Market Oral History Project dated January 15, 1993, located in the General Folder.

PROVENANCE
Mary Farrell of the Friends of Eastern Market transmitted 9 of the 12 oral history interviews to the Washingtoniana division in March 1993.

RESTRICTIONS
The D.C. Public Library does not hold copyright for the collection.  It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission from the Friends of the Eastern Market in Washington, D.C., to publish or exhibit information. Reproduction of an oral history without a release is not permitted.

INVENTORY

Oral History #

Name(s)

Signed Release

Timed Index

Transcript

OHP 15-01

Buscher, Jesse, Citizen Activitist

No

Yes

No

OHP 15-02

Bowers, Ray, current Dairy Merchant

No

Yes (2)

No

OHP 15-03

Higgins, Ernest, former Worker in the Market

No

Yes

No

OHP 15-04

Calomiris, Chris, Produce Merchant

No

Yes

No

OHP 15-05

Cooper, Thomas J., former Worker in the Market

No

No

27 pp

OHP 15-06

Zambreny, Wilson E., Son of a Merchant

No

No

No

OHP 15-07

Hodges, Harry J., Jr., former Worker in the Market

No

No

19 pp

OHP 15-08

Hodges, Esther N., Daughter of former Merchant

No

No

19 pp

OHP 15-09

Glasgow, Charles, retired Fish Merchant and Manager of the Market

No

No

20 pp

OHP 15-10

Talbert, Edna E., Wife of a Farmer

No

No

No

OHP 15-11

Fowler, David, 3rd Generation Farmer

No

No

No

OHP 15-12

Sherzer, Charles, Grandson and Son of former Merchants

No

No

25 pp

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