University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Caldwell County (Texas) Oral History Collection, 1976-1977



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Caldwell County (Texas)
Title: Caldwell County (Texas) Oral History Collection
Dates: 1976-1977
Abstract: The Caldwell County (Texas) Oral History Collection, 1976-1977, consists of 220, 90-minute audiocassette tapes, which pertain to the local history of Caldwell County. The Caldwell County Oral History Collection was established in July 1976 by the Voluntary Action Center of Caldwell County and received enough funding from the Texas Departments of Health, Education, and Welfare to support a small staff.
Extent: 6 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Caldwell County Oral History Collection was established in July 1976 by the Voluntary Action Center of Caldwell County and received enough funding from the Texas Departments of Health, Education, and Welfare to support a small staff. From 1976 to 1977 local volunteers interviewed approximately 200 elderly persons in Caldwell County about the history of the county. The volunteers recorded people of all ethnic origins and from all walks of life such as farmers, teachers, public officials, city workers, and professionals. Interviewees discussed diverse topics concerning local history such as family history, town history, occupational history, folklore, religious history, animal lore, civic groups, philosophical viewpoints, special ethnic events or festivals, agricultural history, and oil history.

Source: Adapted from Dr. Eugene Clark Library, Lockhart, Texas, “Introduction to Caldwell County Oral History Collection,” sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center.


Scope and Contents

The Caldwell County (Texas) Oral History Collection, 1976-1977, consists of 220, 90-minute audiocassette tapes, which pertain to the local history of Caldwell County. The tapes are cataloged and indexed alphabetically by the last name of the memoirist. A detailed index to the collection can be found in the holding record.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Voluntary Action Center (Caldwell County, Texas)
Subjects
Oral history--Texas--Caldwell County.
Local history--Texas--Caldwell County.
Places
Caldwell County (Tex.)--History--Sources.

Related Material

Copies of the tapes are also cataloged at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Caldwell County (Texas) Oral History Collection, 1976-1977, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2X15 Tapes 1-48
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2X291d Audio CD copies of tapes 1 - 22
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2X16 Tapes 49-96
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2X17 Tapes 97-146
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2X18 Tapes 147-194
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2X19 Tapes 195-218