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OH074 Christine Whitford Oral History

Christine Whitford Oral History

Collection Title: West Kentucky History and Culture – Land Between the Lakes Series

Series Number: OH074

Interviewee: Whitford, Christine, 1913-

Interviewer: Margaret Hopkins

Date interviewed: March 15, 1976

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: May 10, 2010

Description: 2 compact discs and 2 cassette tapes, identical recordings (85 minutes)

Abstract: Christine Whitford discusses her teaching experience ranging from a one room schoolhouse to the elementary school at Dover, Tennessee. In this interview, she recalls administrative and employment practices, classroom methods and school activities. Her recollections include her father's position as a rural route carrier for the United States Postal Service, the nature of a small community and social lifestyles in the 1910s and 1920s. In addition to providing information about the educational facilities on the Land Between the Lakes, she also reflects upon the complexities of a women's role in the middle part of the 20th Century.

Biographical / Historical note: Christine Griffin Whitford was born in September of 1913 at Model, Tennessee. In 1933, she received an appointment at the Hutchen School and began a teaching career that would span nearly thirty years and include more than half dozen schools.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Whitford, Christine, 1913-

Land Between the Lakes (Ky. and Tenn.) -- History

Model (Tenn.) – History.

Dover (Tenn.)

Stewart County (Tenn.) – History.

Teachers – Tennessee – Stewart County.

Education, Rural – Tennessee – Stewart County.

Research Notes: Abstract included with oral history.