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New England Storytelling Project Collection -- VFC1998-0004

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Identifier
VFC1998-0004 (local)
Date
1997 - 2001 (Bulk dates)
Creator and/or Contributor
Jane C. Beck (creator), Horace Beck (interviewer), Winifred Lambrecht (interviewer), Jill Linzee (interviewer), Linda Morley (interviewer), Kathy Neustadt (interviewer), Jullien Oliver (interviewer), Jessica Payne (interviewer), Gregory Sharrow (interviewer), Christina Barr (interviewer), Lynne Williamson (interviewer), Margaret Yocom (interviewer), Martha Cooper (photographer)
Scope and Content Note

The New England Storytelling Project was a five-year long research initiative funded by the Lila Wallace Foundation and coordinated by the Vermont Folklife Center that explored regional culture, occupational practices, and traditional arts across Connecticut, Maine, Massachsuettes, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The project is notable due to its breadth and depth, its conception and execution as a region-wide, collaborative effort, and for the complex, multi-generational snapshot of life in New England it captured.

Over the course of the project a team of regional folklorists conducted a total of 241 interviews on topics ranging from costal fishing, Native American experience, Yankee and Franco-American identity, the lives of recent immigrants and refugees, traditional music and many other topics. Photographer Martha Cooper took over 1,200 photographs of interviewees.

The resulting materials formed the basis of multiple Vermont Folklife Center programs including two radio series, Tales from New England’s Workaday World, and New England Touchstones, as well as the exhibits Gather ‘Round and Family Stories, Family Sagas

Fieldwork for the project was undertaken from 1997-2001, and included researchers Christina Barr, Horace Beck, Jane Beck, Winnie Lambrecht, Jill Linzee, Linda Morley, Kathy Neustadt, Jullien Oliver, Jessica Payne, Gregory Sharrow, Lynne Williamson, and Peggy Yocom.

The New England Storytelling Project Collection includes 100 DATs, 281 analog audiocassettes, 1,235 35mm slides, 22 4x5 color transparencies, 50 photographic prints and associated negatives, and two Recordable Laser Videodiscs (RLV), as well as associated print and digital transcripts and project administrative paperwork.

Language
English English (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
occupational folklore (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
folklore and folklife (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
heritage (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Geographic Coverage
New England (general region) (Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names)
Connecticut (state) (Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names)
Maine (state) (Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names)
Massachusetts (state) (Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names)
New Hampshire (state) (Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names)
Rhode Island (state) (Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names)
Vermont (state) (Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names)
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Related Entities:
Jane C. Beck (creator)
Horace Beck (interviewer)
Winifred Lambrecht (interviewer)
Jill Linzee (interviewer)
Linda Morley (interviewer)
Kathy Neustadt (interviewer)
Jullien Oliver (interviewer)
Jessica Payne (interviewer)
Gregory Sharrow (interviewer)
Christina Barr (interviewer)
Lynne Williamson (interviewer)
Margaret Yocom (interviewer)
Martha Cooper (photographer)
Abenaki elder, Mali Keating. Photo by Martha Cooper.