Historic Nashville, Inc. 1910-1935 oral history project, 1980-1982
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Adams, Alfred Thompson, -- 1898-1982.
Agriculture -- Tennessee.
Allison, Annie Claybrooke, -- 1872-1950.
Autobiographies -- Tennessee.
Automobiles -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Balls (Parties) -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Bank failures -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Banks and banking -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Belle Meade (Tenn.).
Belle Meade Country Club (Nashville, Tenn.).
Bransford Realty Company (Nashville, Tenn.).
Broadway Avenue (Nashville, Tenn.).
Business enterprises -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Businesspeople -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Cain-Sloan Department Store (Nashville, Tenn.).
Caldwell & Company (Nashville, Tenn.).
Caldwell, Rogers Clark, -- 1890-1968.
Capitalists and financiers -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Carmack, Edward Ward, -- 1858-1908.
Centennial Club of Nashville.
Central business districts -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Charities -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Children -- Tennessee -- Social conditions.
Churches -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
City and town life -- Tennessee.
Clubs -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Collective memory -- Southern States.
Cooper, Robin, -- -1919.
Courtship -- Southern States.
Cumberland River (Ky. and Tenn.) -- Flood, 1926-1927.
Dating (Social customs) -- Anecdotes.
Davidson County (Tenn.).
Debutante balls -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Debutantes -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Department stores -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Southern States -- Personal narratives.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Tennessee.
Dorris automobile.
Duncan College Preparatory School (Nashville, Tenn.).
Dutchman's Curve (Nashville, Tenn.).
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (Old Hickory, Tenn.).
East Nashville (Nashville, Tenn.).
Edgewood (Nashville, Tenn.).
Education -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Edwin Warner Park (Nashville, Tenn.).
Entertainment events -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Farms -- Tennessee, Middle.
Fires -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Floods -- Cumberland River (Ky. and Tenn.).
Floods -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Girls' schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Glendale Park (Nashville, Tenn.).
Hermitage (Hermitage, Tenn.).
Hermitage Club (Nashville, Tenn.).
Hermitage Hotel (Nashville, Tenn.).
Hillsboro Pike (Davidson County, Tenn.).
Homemakers -- Tennessee.
Horse racing -- Tennessee.
Horses -- Tennessee.
Hospitals -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Hotels -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Household employees -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Housing -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Hume-Fogg High School (Nashville, Tenn.).
Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919 -- Tennessee.
Insurance companies -- Tennessee.
Iroquois Steeplechase -- (Nashville, Tenn.).
Junior League of Nashville.
Lea, Luke, -- 1879-1945.
Leisure -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Loveman, Berger & Teitlebaum (Nashville, Tenn.).
Manier family.
Marriage -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Memory -- Personal narratives.
Memory -- Social aspects -- Tennessee.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Biography.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Commerce.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Fire, 1916.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Flood, 1926-1927.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Officials and employees.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Tornado, 1933.
Nashville Banner.
Neighborhoods -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Nightclubs -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Noel Hotel (Nashville, Tenn.).
Parties -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Peabody Demonstration School.
Percy Warner Park (Nashville, Tenn.).
Physicians -- Biography.
Pontotoc (Nashville, Tenn.).
Prohibition -- Tennessee.
Public Square (Nashville, Tenn.).
Radio -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Radio broadcasting -- Social aspects -- Tennessee.
Railroad accidents -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Reconstruction Finance Corporation.
Recreation -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Renraw (Nashville, Tenn.).
Roosevelt, Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano), -- 1882-1945 -- Public opinion.
Royal Oaks (Nashville, Tenn.).
Rutledge Hill (Nashville, Tenn.).
Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, Tenn.).
Ryman, Thomas Green, -- 1841-1904.
Schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Sex role -- Southern States.
Shopping -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Single-sex schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Skalowski's (Ice cream parlor : Nashville, Tenn.).
Sloan family.
Sloan, John E., -- 1904-1988.
Social history -- 20th century.
South Nashville (Nashville, Tenn.).
Sports -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Stores, Retail -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Street-railroads -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Suffragists -- Tennessee.
Tarbox School (Nashville, Tenn.).
Temperance -- Tennessee.
Tennessee -- Biography.
Tennessee -- Economic conditions.
Tennessee -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Tennessee -- Officials and employees.
Tennessee -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Tennessee -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition -- (1897 : -- Nashville, Tenn.).
Theaters -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Tornados -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Transportation -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Influence.
United States. -- Army. -- Field Artillery, 114th.
Upper class -- Tennessee -- Nashville -- Social life and customs.
Vanderbilt University.
Vanderbilt University. -- Law School.
Vanderbilt University. -- School of Medicine.
Vendome Theatre (Nashville, Tenn.).
Voting -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Wallace University School (Nashville, Tenn.).
Ward Seminary (Nashville, Tenn.).
Ward-Belmont College (Nashville, Tenn.).
Warner family.
Warner, Percy, -- 1861-1927.
Weddings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
West End Avenue (Nashville, Tenn.).
Women -- Education -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Women -- Suffrage -- Tennessee.
Women -- Suffrage -- United States.
Women -- Tennessee -- Nashville -- Social life and customs.
Women -- Tennessee -- Nashville -- Societies and clubs.
Women -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
World War, 1914-1918 -- United States -- Personal narratives.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans -- Tennessee.
Zibart family.
Zibart's Books (Nashville, Tenn.).
Zibart, Alan W., -- d. 1995.
Zibart, Carl F.

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Document/manuscript/pamphlet/archival material
Physical Desc
29 audio recordings
33 indexes
1 transcript
5 manuscripts


Organization & arrangement of materials
Arrangement: Digital files and CDs are identified by the project abbreviation: "HNIOHP" which serves as a prefix. Arranged thereunder alphabetically by the last name of the interviewee. *Note that this same prefix identifier is also used in several other distinct projects created by Historic Nashville, Inc.
General Note
Materials housed in Special Collections Division of the Main Library, Nashville Public Library.
General Note
Conversion of analog interviews to digital format made possible by funding from the Nashville Public Library Foundation in 2006.
General Note
Interviewees include: Alfred T. Adams; Catherine Pilcher Avery; Corinne Calhoun Bailey; Mrs. Nell(Nellie Marie Gardner) Barnes; J. C. Bradford; John S. Bransford; Mary Linda Manier (Mrs. W. P.) Cooper; R. Lee Davis; Dr. Henry L. Douglass; Martha F. (Mrs. Howard) Eskridge; Bernard Evers; Mary Dudley Dake Fletcher; Ernest K. Hardison; Dorothy Loomis; Mary Tom Warner Mallison; Thomas Miller Manier; Hunter McDonald; Jeannette A. Noel; Marguerite (Mrs. W. Thomas) Phillips; Kay Early (Mrs. Fred) Russell; Robert Sneed; Rev. William T. Steele; Cornelia Folk Stevens; Jeanette Sloan (Mrs. Robert J.) Warner; Ellen Stokes (Mrs. Wm. H.) Wemyss; Walker Whiteside; Mrs. Douglas Wright; Alan Zibart; Carl Zibart.
General Note
Persons interviewed for this project, but for which no audio recordings have been found (as of May 2018); only paper indexes exist to provide information about the contents of these interviews: May Winston Buntin (Mrs. H. G.) Hill; Elizabeth Jacobs and Mary Jane Werthan; Dan May; Kate Savage Zerfoss. No recording exists for Martha Lindsey, however a written transcript of the interview is provided.
General Note
A few interviews from the collection may be cataloged separately, and may have brief excerpts accessible through the Digital Collections portal on the Nashville Public Library website. Some of these items may not be properly attributed to the HNI 1910-1935 Oral History Project.
Scope and content: The 1910-1935 Oral History Project is comprised of 29 extant audio recordings conducted from 1980 to 1982 by two staff members of Historic Nashville, Inc. Focus of the interviews is upon lived experiences during the early decades of the twentieth century, particularly from the perspective of upper class and upper middle class, white, well-educated individuals.
General topics include: childhood, courtship and marriage, social life, schools and education, transportation, recreation and leisure activities, parks, hotels, family life, domestic tasks, including the use of servants, medicine, shopping, businesses, theaters, floods, horses, horse racing and gambling, early automobiles, streetcars, neighborhoods, downtown, and other aspects of life in Nashville in the early twentieth century.
Specific topics of interest include: women's suffrage, prohibition, the Dutchman's Curve train wreck of 1918, World War I, the East Nashville fire of 1916 and the tornado of 1933, the shooting of Edward Ward Carmack by Robin Cooper, and the Great Depression, particularly the collapse of Caldwell & Co. Also included are a few recollections of family stories about the Civil War, or family history in general.
Prominent individuals mentioned include: Rogers Caldwell; Percy Warner; Luke Lea; and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Specific places frequently mentioned include: Belle Meade Country Club; West End Avenue; East Nashville; Warner Parks; Glendale Park and zoo; Hume-Fogg High School; and the Ryman Auditorium.
Nearly all interviews have topical indexes to the recording; almost none have transcripts. A total of five recordings are missing, but four of them have indexes which at least provides a brief overview of the contents of the missing interview. One of the missing recordings has a typed transcript. A few interviews are accompanied by related documents donated by the interviewee, such as a Manier family history and memoir; and employee lists of Caldwell and Company from 1929 and 1930.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Cite as: [individual interview], Historic Nashville, Inc. 1910-1935 Oral History Project, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library
Additional Physical Form
Original audiocassette recordings,Restricted to staff use only
Location of Originals/Duplicates
Duplicate audiocassettes,Tennessee State Library and Archives
System Details
System requirements for sound discs: computer with CD drive and MP3 capable software.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Copyright status is undetermined. These materials may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code).
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Some interviewees have signed release forms and donated to HNI "for such scholarly and educatiional purposes as Historic Nashville Inc. shall determine, the use of my taped interview," and consented that "portions of the taped interview may be used in publication." Not all interviews have signed release forms.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition unknown;,Acc. RT-100.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Seven audiocassettes: Bradford, Douglass, Evers, Fletcher, Thomas Manier, Noel, Russell;,Ophelia Paine;,Gift;,2009.,Acc. 2009.017
Location of Other Archival Materials
Related materials: Other materials created by Historic Nashville, Inc. are also in the holdings of the Special Collections Division of the Nashville Public Library.
Biographical or Historical Data
In 1968 the Historic Sites Federation of Tennessee was formed. The name was changed to Historic Nashville, Inc. in 1974. Historic Nashville, Inc. (HNI) was organized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a stated purpose to document and preserve the cultural, historical, and architectural heritage of Nashville. This group was instrumental in saving Union Station, the Ryman Auditorium, and many other historic buildings. In 1970s and 1980s, they undertook a number of oral history projects, many of which were donated to the Special Collections Division of the Nashville Public Library.
Biographical or Historical Data
The origin and purpose of the 1910-1935 Oral History Project is not known, as of 2019. HNI staff members Ophelia Paine and Lee Ann Thornton conducted the interviews between 1980 and 1982.
In English
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Finding aid available in repository;,folder level control.,https://catalog.library.nashville.org/Record/CARL0000767925/DownloadSupplementalFile?fileId=170
Ownership and Custodial History
Unknown provenance as of 2016. Release forms created and used by Historic Nashville, Inc. for some of the interviews in this oral history project indicate their intent to donate the recordings to the Nashville Public Library; it is assumed that they did so sometime in the early 1980s.
catalog;,2019;,Linda Barnickel.
inventory;,2018;,Kathy Bennett, volunteer.
original analog audiocassette recordings,reformat,2006;,Safe Sound Archive;,Jim Havron via outside vendor;,converted to .wav and .mp3 digital files.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use
No further accruals are expected.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Historic Nashville, I., Adams, A. T., Paine, O. T., Thornton, L. A., Zibart, A. W., & Zibart, C. F. Historic Nashville, Inc. 1910-1935 oral history project .

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Inc. Historic Nashville et al.. Historic Nashville, Inc. 1910-1935 Oral History Project. .

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Inc. Historic Nashville et al.. Historic Nashville, Inc. 1910-1935 Oral History Project .

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Historic Nashville, Inc., et al. Historic Nashville, Inc. 1910-1935 Oral History Project

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