Vaughn Middle School Oral History Project Records

 Collection
Identifier: 82-13
Guide To "Reno In The Depression Years"

This oral history collection was completed in December 1980 by the seventh and eighth grade students in the Academically Talented Program at Vaughn Middle School. The students were trained in oral history methods by Katherine Totten, University of Nevada Oral History Department, and ATP teacher, Christine Cendagorta. Chroniclers were selected based on residence in Reno during the Depression years, current availability and health, and ability to relate to young people. Students researched the topic and then prepared a list of ten questions for each interview.

The resulting tapes, each about forty-five minutes long, give an interesting picture of Reno during the Thirties. The topic was inspired in part by Studs Terkel's book Hard Times.

Chroniclers: George Wingfield, Jr., Sister Margaret McCarran, Neil Plath, Ty Cobb, Joseph Jackson, John Sanford, and Frank Beloso.

Guide To "Working" Tapes

This collection of nine tapes is an oral history collection completed in February 1982 by the seventh and eighth grade students in the Academically Talented Program at Vaughn Middle School. The topic was suggested by Studs Terkel's book, Working: People Talk

About What They Do. Eighteen students participated in the project: researching, preparing questions, interviewing their subject, then writing reports. Students suggested career areas and ATP teacher, Christine Cendagorta, selected and arranged meetings with the chroniclers.

Questions focused on how people feel about their work: family conflicts, job satisfaction, ethical considerations, pay, etc.

Careers represented: air traffic controller, newspaper feature writer, veterinarian, attorney, law enforcement, chemistry, judge, and computer programmer.

Participants: Richard Dickinson, Federal Aviation Admin.; Sandy Macias, Reno Newspapers, Inc.; Robert Cocanour, DV.M. Sparks Emergency Veterinary Clinic; Calvin Dunlap, Washoe County District Attorney; David Spencer, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Mark Kroth, Trigon Corporation; Jerry Center, Washoe County School District Computer Center; Robin Wright, Reno Municipal Court; Brent Royle, Washoe County Sheriff's Dept.
This collection of nine tapes is an oral history collection completed in February 1982 by the seventh and eighth grade students in the Academically Talented Program at Vaughn Middle School. The topic was suggested by Studs Terkel's book Working: People Talk

About What They Do. Eighteen students participated in the project: researching, preparing questions, interviewing their subject, then writing reports. Students suggested career areas and ATP teacher, Christine Cendagorta, selected and arranged meetings with the chroniclers.

Questions focused on how people feel about their work: family conflicts, job satisfaction, ethical considerations, pay, etc.

Careers represented: air traffic controller, newspaper feature writer, veterinarian, attorney, law enforcement, chemistry, judge, and computer programmer.

Participants: Richard Dickinson, Federal Aviation Admin.; Sandy Macias, Reno Newspapers, Inc.; Robert Cocanour, DV.M. Sparks Emergency Veterinary Clinic; Calvin Dunlap, Washoe County District Attorney; David Spencer, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Mark Kroth, Trigon Corporation; Jerry Center, Washoe County School District Computer Center; Robin Wright, Reno Municipal Court; Brent Royle, Washoe County Sheriff's Dept.
This oral history collection was completed in December 1980 by the seventh and eighth grade students in the Academically Talented Program at Vaughn Middle School. The students were trained in oral history methods by Katherine Totten, University of Nevada Oral History Department, and ATP teacher, Christine Cendagorta. Chroniclers were selected based on residence in Reno during the Depression years, current availability and health, and ability to relate to young people. Students researched the topic and then prepared a list of ten questions for each interview.

The resulting tapes, each about forty-five minutes long, give an interesting picture of Reno during the Thirties. The topic was inspired in part by Studs Terkel's book Hard Times.

Chroniclers: George Wingfield, Jr., Sister Margaret McCarran, Neil Plath, Ty Cobb, Joseph Jackson, John Sanford, and Frank Beloso.

Dates

  • 1980

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Audio cassettes require a playback device. Contact manuscripts librarian for more information.

Extent

0.25 Cubic Feet (15 audio cassette tapes)

Abstract

Audio tape interviews conducted by the seventh and eighth grade students in the Academically Talented Program at Vaughn Middle School record the subjects thoughts on how they felt about their work, family conflicts, job satisfaction, ethical considerations, and pay. This oral history collection was completed in December 1980 by the seventh and eighth grade students in the Academically Talented Program at Vaughn Middle School. The students were trained in oral history methods by Katherine Totten, University of Nevada Oral History Department, and ATP teacher, Christine Cendagorta. Chroniclers were selected based on residence in Reno during the Depression years, current availability and health, and ability to relate to young people. Students researched the topic and then prepared a list of ten questions for each interview.

The resulting tapes, each about forty-five minutes long, give an interesting picture of Reno during the Thirties. The topic was inspired in part by Studs Terkel's book Hard Times.

Administrative note

Students from a gifted program interviewed Reno community members on the topics of "working" and life in Reno in the 1930s, following the model of author Studs Terkel.

Arrangement

This collection is unarranged.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Oral interviews, Christine Cendagorta, donated 06/21/82, accessioned as 82-13
Title
A Guide to the Records of Vaughn Middle School Oral History Project
Status
completed
Author
staff
Date
June 2008
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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