WPA Life Histories from Oregon

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These titles are mostly first-person accounts of life in Oregon collected during the Great Depression. The WPA project categories include: BELIEFS AND CUSTOMS, including folkways, remedies and cures and occupational lore.

Subjects include: FOLKLORE, including tall tales, ghost stories, superstitions, mining lore, folk medicine, death and burial customs and dance calls; OCCUPATIONS, including mining, logging, railroads, fur trading, circus, and fortune telling; AGRICULTURE, including orchards and irrigation; LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY, including pioneer stories, westward crossing and Wells Fargo; TRANSPORTATION, including stagecoach, automobile and railroad; RECREATION, including dances, music and songs; and ETHNIC GROUPS, including Indians, Chinese, Irish and Germans.

Places described include Portland, Milwaukee and Granite.

Interviews were conducted by project workers Manly M. Banister, Claire W. Churchill, Howard M. Corning, Ardyth Gibbs, William C. Haight, D. B. Rathburn, Andrew C. Sherbert, Walker Winslow and Sara B. Wrenn.

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