1974 May 20
Ware (Mass.) - Oral history interview with former resident of Enfield, Mass., Quabbin River Valley. School days (b.1898); life in Enfield; holidays; Civil War veteran (Capt. Kimball). Original tape held in the collections of the Swift River Valley Historical Society. Tape noted by Duckert as incomplete; Smith family (of Smith's Village); Irish in Smith's Village.
1966 Oct. 1
Ware (Mass.) - Oral history interview with former residents of Greenwich, Mass., Quabbin River Valley, recorded at Greenwich Foundation Reunion in Ware; hymn singing. Original tape held in the collections of the Swift River Valley Historical Society.
1975 June 11
Westminster (Mass.) - Mr. Newton (Fay) discussing Millington and other Quabbin towns; Mrs. Newton (Reita) discusses Ballard family of New Salem and her outdoor wedding in 1923. Original tape held in the collections of the Swift River Valley Historical Society.
1975 Nov. 4
Ashley, Ruth Ballard
Shutesbury, Mass. - "Talking about the old days, the Ballard family, New Salem people, the New Salem Academy, old fashioned foods;" also Ballard Tavern, sugaring off, brown bread, brewis, bread coffee, bubble and squeak. Original tape held in the collections of the Swift River Valley Historical Society.
1982 Aug. 9
Easthampton (Mass.) - Oral history with parish priest of Notre Dame du Bon Conseil in Easthampton. Morissette had been priest at the church for seven years after having been an administrator there for eight. Morissette grew up in Chicopee, a child of immigrant parents, speaking only French at home. Studied at Assumption College and then (1941) to seminary in Montreal. Classes at St. Georges ... more
1982 Aug. 8
Easthampton (Mass.) - Oral history with former gérant (manager) of the Town Infirmary (Hospice d'Easthampton) on Oliver Street, Easthampton. Racine arrived in Easthampton in 1947 from Quebec and married a French Canadian woman from Springfield. Had arranged a job at Hampton Specialty prior to emigration with assistance of a brother in law who had already emigrated. Continues to speak French ... more
1982 Aug. 9
St. Pierre, Eugène
Northampton (Mass.) - Oral history with man born into a Canadian family in Northampton Aug. 21, 1910. Studied in Canada, but did not complete his course and returned to Northampton where there were many more Canadians then than now, perhaps 1,000 or 1,200 families in his parish, mostly speaking French. Children studied French at the parochial school (Sacre Coeur). Most French were concentrat... more
1982 Aug. 17
St. Laurent, Anne
Chicopee (Mass.) - Oral history with former dressmaker Anne St. Laurent, who was born in Laval, Quebec and came to the United States with her family as a young woman, taking up work first at a tailor's shop in Chicopee Falls, Mass., and then for several years as a dressmaker at Dorothy Dodd in Holyoke, where she gradually picked up the English language with the help of her coworkers. Subsequently she to... more
1982 Aug. 9
Easthampton (Mass.) - Oral history with the Lussier family. Mr. Lussier’s family relocated from Winchendon to Easthampton, Mass. to find a French Catholic school when he was a child, and Mrs. Lussier’s family moved from Gardner for work. She discusses her time playing piano along with instrument ensembles for silent films. Their daughter, Lucille, talks about growing up going to a French sc... more
1982 Aug. 17
Springfield (Mass.) - Oral history with the Gagnon family, part of the Frando-American community in Springfield since 1953. Topics include their participation in Franco-American activities at St. Joseph’s Church, their interest in Franco-American studies, and what nationality means to them, as people with roots in America, Canada, and France.