Interview with fisher Willie Bradshaw

234926
Date
1985-02-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Interview with Bradshaw in his home. He discusses netmaking, fishing the St. Johns River, water hyacinth, changes to the river, learning to fish, growing up along the river, seining, hoop nets, catfishing, effects of weather on fishing, sport fishing, regualtion of commercial fishing, and catlining. In winter 1985, the Bureau contracted with two folklorists to conduct a folk arts survey of the St. Johns River basin in northeastern Florida. The St. Johns River is the largest and most used river in Florida, supporting much river commerce as well as a modest amount of commercial fishing. Folklorists Mary Anne McDonald and Kathleen Figgen conducted the survey from January through March 1985 under the direction of Folklife Coordinator Blanton Owen and Bureau Chief Ormond Loomis. Documentation compiled in the survey was used to prepare and present the 'St. Johns River Basin Folklife Area' at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival.
Type
Sound
http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/memory/collections/folklife/folklife

Interview with fisher Doc Bennett

234933
Date
1985-01-18
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Interview with life-long fisher and Florida native Doc Bennett. He discusses making a living in the Depression (farming and fishing); nets and seining; shad and catfishing; church; local fish fries; state regulations; sports fishing; changes in the St. Johns River; fishing methods and equipment; and how he learned to fish. He is hard of hearing so often had to have questions repeated. His memory was fading by time of interview. In winter 1985, the Bureau contracted with two folklorists to conduct a folk arts survey of the St. Johns River basin in northeastern Florida. The St. Johns River is the largest and most used river in Florida, supporting much river commerce as well as a modest amount of commercial fishing. Folklorists Mary Anne McDonald and Kathleen Figgen conducted the survey from January through March 1985 under the direction of Folklife Coordinator Blanton Owen and Bureau Chief Ormond Loomis. Documentation compiled in the survey was used to prepare and present the 'St. Johns River Basin Folklife Area' at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival.
Type
Sound
http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/memory/collections/folklife/folklife

Interview with Maybelle (Stokes) Parker

234947
Date
1985-02-12
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Interview with Mrs. Maybelle Stokes Parker, a former fish house owner on the St. Johns River. She discusses the effects of sport fishing on the commercial fish trade; fishing regulations; water hyacinths; Depression-era life; her husband's early work in timber; seining; catfishing; and running a fishhouse. In winter 1985, the Bureau contracted with two folklorists to conduct a folk arts survey of the St. Johns River basin in northeastern Florida. The St. Johns River is the largest and most used river in Florida, supporting much river commerce as well as a modest amount of commercial fishing. Folklorists Mary Anne McDonald and Kathleen Figgen conducted the survey from January through March 1985 under the direction of Folklife Coordinator Blanton Owen and Bureau Chief Ormond Loomis. Documentation compiled in the survey was used to prepare and present the 'St. Johns River Basin Folklife Area' at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival.
Type
Sound
http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/memory/collections/folklife/folklife

Interview with commercial fisher Dave Sheffield

234916
Date
1985-02-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Interview with commercial fisher Sheffield about fishing, types of tackle and methods, growing up in Satsuma, boating, fishes, market prices, changes to the St. Johns River, and the effects of water hyacinth on fish. For an interview with employers, co-workers, and the Schmidts, see tapes 28-29. In winter 1985, the Bureau contracted with two folklorists to conduct a folk arts survey of the St. Johns River basin in northeastern Florida. The St. Johns River is the largest and most used river in Florida, supporting much river commerce as well as a modest amount of commercial fishing. Folklorists Mary Anne McDonald and Kathleen Figgen conducted the survey from January through March 1985 under the direction of Folklife Coordinator Blanton Owen and Bureau Chief Ormond Loomis. Documentation compiled in the survey was used to prepare and present the 'St. Johns River Basin Folklife Area' at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival.
Type
Sound
Seining

Interview with seafood dealer George Kirvin

235026
Date
1986-10-09
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Interview with well-known seafood dealer Kirvin. In 1965, he won a Governor's Award for contribution to Florida seafood. He discusses his start as a fisher and a boat captain; Apalachicola Bay; his start in dealing seafood in 1960s; local contributions and activities; Governor's Award; rifts between commerical and sports fishing; politics; family history; learning fishing; local history; fishing; seining; mullet fishing; locating fish; oystering; and hurricanes. 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.
Type
Sound
http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/memory/collections/folklife/folklife

Folklife Subject: Net Making

274016
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Commercial fishing is a major industry in Florida with a lengthy legacy. For generations, Florida fishermen have set out from the coast in search of a hefty catch, often using nets they themselves either made or repaired by hand. Seine nets, cast nets, and shrimp trawls are examples of nets commonly used around the state. Many nets now include machine-woven mesh, but fishermen often still prefer the handmade variety.
Type
interactive resource
/collections/folklife/subjects/?id=net_making

Sunday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 6)

237931
Date
05/25/1986
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
T86-139
Florida Folklife Program

Interview frog and alligator hunter Norman Padgett

236666
Date
1986-10-13
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio tapes. Padgett discusses frog hunting, commercial fishing on Lake Okeechobee, and hunting alligators. In the interview, he also discusses the history of airboating in Florida; hunting equipment and process; haul seine fishing; conservation efforts; exotic species; hydrilla; and the outlawing of gator hunting. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Palm Beach County was a joint venture between the Palm Beach County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was conducted between 1986 and 1987 by folklorist Jan Rosenberg with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The goal was to impart an appreciation of multi-ethnic traditions and provide a sense of place to the mobile student population. The project focused on the Florida Studies component for fourth grade students. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist, which included visits by local folk artists. In total, the project involved 15 schools with 779 students.
Type
Sound
and process; haul seine fishing

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