Writing The Saga of Coe Ridge 1976

A Guide to the Collection of Oral History Interviews at Indiana University Bloomington

Finding aid prepared by the staff of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, 2000-2002

Creator: Indiana University Center for Documentary Research and Practice
Title: Writing The Saga of Coe Ridge
Collection No.: ohrc013
Dates: 1976

Quantity: 1 Interview

(Audio files, transcripts, and collateral materials )
Abstract: William Lynwood Montell answers questions about the oral history methods he used in writing The Saga of Coe Ridge .
Location: Interviews are housed in Franklin Hall, Room 0030A. Contact ohrc@indiana.edu for more infomration. Copies of interview transcripts are also held by the IU Libraries University Archives. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for Documentary Research and Practice office.
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Center for Documentary Research and Practice
Franklin Hall 0030B
601 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Business Number: 812-855-2856
URL: https://cdrp.mediaschool.indiana.edu/

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one interview, lasting forty-five minutes. The interview consists of one reel and a typed transcript, as well as collateral materials.


Usage Restrictions:

The archive of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice at Indiana University is open to the use of researchers. Copies of transcript pages are available only when such copies are permitted by the deed of gift. Scholars must honor any restrictions the interviewee placed on the use of the interview. Since some of our earlier (pre-computer) transcripts do not exist in final form, any editing marks in a transcript (deletions, additions, corrections) are to be quoted as marked. Audio files may not be copied for patrons unless the deed of gift permits it, and a transcript is unavailable for that interview. The same rules of use that apply to a transcript apply to the audio interview. Interviews may not be reproduced in full for any public use, but excerpted quotes may be used as long as researchers fully cite the data in their research, including accession number, interview date, interviewee's and interviewer's name, and page(s).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[interviewee first name last name] interview, by [interviewer first name last name], [interview date(s)], [call number], [project name], Center for Documentary Research and Practice, Indiana University, Bloomington, [page number(s) or tape number and side if no transcript; if digital audio and no transcript, cite time when quote occurs].

Acquisition Information

Oral history interviews conducted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory from 1968 to the present, with particular focus on the history of twentieth-century America and the Midwest.

Collection Inventory

Montell, William Lynwood , February 7,1976

No(s): 76-004

Physical Description: 17 pages; 1 reel, 3 3/4 ips, 45 minutes; no index

Scope and Content Note: William Lynwood Montell, born 1913, folklorist and oral historian, discusses the research methodology for his book The Saga of Coe Ridge . He discusses using written historical records such as census data to confirm and contrast oral histories gathered from the residents of Coe Ridge, Kentucky, about the murder of George Taylor. He also touches upon the philosophy of writing histories and the importance of including oral records as well as written ones in historical accounts. Although oral records may not be "true" in the strictest sense of the word, they serve to flesh out what was popularly believed and can be useful in the analysis of the history as a whole.

Indexed Terms:

  • Places:
    • Coe Ridge, Kentucky
  • Occupations:
    • Folklorist
    • oral historian
  • Subjects:
    • Oral History
    • written history
  • People:
    • Taylor, George, 1716-1781

Access Status: Open