Interview with fish house owner Grady Leavins

Date: October 16, 1986

Source: S1592 , Container 8 , Reel 1, Reel 2

Type: Sound

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  • Two reel to reels (also copied onto audio cassette). Interview with fish house owner Grady Leavins. He discusses his early life in Pensacola; learning the oyster fishing trade; local oystermen; opening his own seafood business; the oystering process; boats; the seafood industry; harvesting clams; Florida Seafood Festival; and ecological changes to Bay. Also available on reel to reels (reels 6-7). Between 1986 and 1987, a partnership between the Florida Folklife Program and the American Folk Center created the Maritime Heritage Survey Project. Focusing on the Gulf and Atlantic fishing cultures, and utilizing photographs, slides, oral histories, and on-site interviews, the survey climaxed with a demonstration area at the 1987 Florida Folk Festival. Also available on reel to reel (reels 6-7). The three main researchers were Nancy Nusz, Merri Belland, and project director David Taylor. Additional information on the project can be found in Taylor's project files in S 1716.

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