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Patrick County [Virginia] Oral History Project Records

Identifier: Ms-1983-007

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of taped interviews; transcripts; biographical information about the interviewees; a subject card index to the interviews; a film, "Up and Down These Roads: a Rural County in Transition"; slide/tape programs; and such project documents as the original proposal, the final report, photographs, publicity clippings, and program posters. For a published guide to the collection, available in Special Collections, see Addison catalog record.


  • 1980 - 1984


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Historical Note

Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Regional Library and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to explore the theme of "Continuity and Change in a Rural Community." It was conducted between September 1980 and August 1982. The project began by presenting a series of folklife programs on local traditions of music, dance, verbal art, history, and material culture; continued by collecting and transcribing taped oral histories of families and communities, building a collection of photographs of the county's past and present, and expanding the public branch library's and the University library's collections in regional literature, folk culture, and history; and then combining these activities as resources for producing a series of public programs which pursued the basic theme of "continuity and change" in this rural Southwest Virginia county.


30 Cubic Feet (30 boxes (Boxes 1-13, 17, 17a, 17b are in larger record cartons), including 202 cassette tapes, 74 sound reel to reel tapes, 80 slides, and 1 16mm film reel, and 2 oversize folders)


This collection is in its original order, although some boxes have been condensed. Audio boxes 1-8, which contain cassette tapes, are now in Cartons 1 and 2, with a 9th audio box housed separately. Please note: Because materials were consolidated, there are no boxes 16, 21, or 26.

Physical Access

Please note: This collection is in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Source of Acquisition

The Patrick County Oral History Project Records were donated to Special Collections in 1982.

Related Archival Materials

There is also a published history and guide to the collection: Perry, Thomas David. 2009. Patrick County Oral History Project: A Guide. Ararat, Va: Laurel Hill Publishing. Spec Large F232 .P3 P4745 2009.

Separated Materials

Two copies of the film "Up and Down These Roads" were found in this collection were removed and cataloged for the Newman Library Film Collection.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Patrick County Oral History Project Records by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Patrick County [Virginia] Oral History Project Records
Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
2010 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US