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Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0256
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NORFOLK WOMEN'S ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

Jean E. Friedman, Coordinator

SCOPE AND CONTENTS

Focusing on sex roles of the 1930's, as influenced by the Great Depression, this project produced tapes of 17 interviews and an additional recording of speeches and music. Special Collections has the typed transcripts and a detailed subject index in the file drawer labeled oral history/interviews.  The subject index covers such subjects as abortion, adoption, Afro-Americans, chauvinism, contraception, co-habitation, child care, dating, divorce, education, feminism, job discrimination, marriage, menstruation, parenting, pregnancy, religion, sex, venereal disease, and virginity. These subjects, however, only scratch the surface of different subjects covered and indexed from the interviews.

INTERVIEW INVENTORY

Interview 1: Discussion of prostitution in Norfolk in the 1930's and 1940's by a Norfolk physician and his wife.  Interviewer: Kathleen Bolt.
Transcription is 34 pages.

Interview 2: Life experiences of a Jewish woman who came to New York in 1922 and to Tidewater in late 1939. Includes work history, sexual history, and sexual attitudes, with a focus on sex roles of the l930's. (Interview conducted at Jewish Community Center).  Interviewer: Jean E. Friedman
Transcription is 15 pages.

Interview 3: Life experiences of a female Jewish immigrant from Germany, who came to New York in 1938, then later moved to Tidewater. Includes work history, sexual history, and sexual attitudes, with a focus on sex roles of the 1930's. (Interview conducted at Jewish Community Center).  Interviewer: Irene Roughton
Transcription is 8 pages.

Interview 4: Work, religious, and political experiences of a widowed, Irish Catholic housewife and ex-missionary, who moved from Norfolk to Fredricksburg, helped organize the Equal Suffrage League in Fredricksburg, and practiced medicine in China and the United States until 1940. Interview also includes a discussion of the Civil War.  Interviewer: Jean T. Bchternach
Transcription is 9 pages.

Interview 5 (5a & 5b): Life experiences of a senior citizen from New York, with focus on work history, sexual history, and sex role orientation, especially as influenced by the economics of the Depression era. (Interview conducted at YWCA).  Interviewer: Debbie Chuback-Wilson
Transcription is 43 pages.

Interview 6: Side one contains part of an interview with a 70-year old white Jewish female who had lived in Norfolk for one year at the time of this interview. (Remainder of side one blank). Side two contains the entire interview, as recalled by interviewer. (Interview conducted at Jewish Community Center). Interviewer: Kathleen Bolt
Transcription is 7 pages.

Interview 7: Life experiences of a 62-year-old white Norfolk housewife. Includes work history, sexual history, and sexual attitudes, with a focus on sex roles of the 1930's. Interviewer: Terry Waff
Transcription is 10 pages.

Interview 8: Life experiences of a 43-year-old Greek-Orthodox Norfolk woman who was born in 1930 and attended a Catholic boarding school. Includes work history, sexual history, and sexual attitudes, with a focus on sex roles of the 1930's.  Interviewer: Pat O'Neill
Transcription is 14 pages.

Interview 9: Discussion with a 66-year-old Catholic woman from a Baptist background. (Some portions inaudible due to background noise).  Interviewer: Project Volunteer
Transcription is 13 pages.

Interview 10: In a 15-minute interview, a married 50-year-old white male gives a male perspective on issues involving work, sexuality, and sex roles by answering many of the same questions as those posed to female interviewees.  Interviewer: Suzette Smith
Transcription is 9 pages.

Interview 11: Life experiences of a 70-year-old white Norfolk woman from a strict religious background. Includes work history, sexual history, and sexual attitudes, with a focus on sex roles of the 1930's.  Interviewer: Project Volunteer
Transcription is 17 pages.

Interview 12: Life experiences of an elite woman of Norfolk, including sexual history and focusing on sex roles, especially those of the 1930's. (25-minute interview)  Interviewer: (Name not given)
Transcription is 12 pages.

Interview 13: Experiences of an elite 68-year-old white Lutheran woman of Norfolk. Including sexual history and other information regarding sex roles. This 15-minute interview focuses almost exclusively on the 1930's.  Interviewer: Marilyn Melchor
Transcription is 7 pages.

Interview 14: Life experiences of a 55-year-old white Norfolk female. Includes work history, sexual history, and sexual attitudes, with a focus on sex roles of the 1930's.  Interviewer: Jean E. Friedman
Transcription is 26 pages.

Interview 15: A joint interview with two senior citizens - a 74-year-old orthodox Jewish woman and a 74-year-old Jewish widow who was active in labor union movements and who came to New York from Russia at age 15, then to Tidewater in 1958. (Interview conducted at Jewish Community Center).  Interviewer: Jean E. Friedman
Transcription is 25 pages.

Interview 16: Life experiences of a 60-year-old Norfolk senior citizen, including work history, sexual history, and sexual attitudes, with a focus on sex roles of the 1930's. (Some portions inaudible)(Interview conducted at YWCA).  Interviewer: (Name not given)
Transcription is 8 pages.

Interview 17: Discussion with a 62 year old black women who lived in Norfolk, Virginia and worked as a domestic. Interesting account of the changes that have taken place in the raising of children. Includes work history, with a focus on the Depression.  Interviewer: (Name not given)
Transcription is 6 pages.

Revised: 7/14/08