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oral histories

Oral Histories

 

Oral histories are first-person narratives from living people about their own experiences. The staff and trained volunteers of the Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society have recorded and transcribed many hours of oral history interviews to obtain testimonies about past events and ways of life.

A partial list of oral histories in the Research Center Archives follows:

(Alphabetical list, click to expand / contract)

  • A - D

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    • Balbi, Frank by Hannah Clayborn, 1983
    • Ballard, William E. by Claire Rithner, 1997
    • Barnard, Clarence (“Barney”) by Holly Hoods, 1997
    • Barrett, Helendale by Holly Hoods, 1998
    • Barrett, Wayne by Mary Beth Shaw and Claire Rithner, 1994
    • Bell, Duvall by Hannah Clayborn, 1983
    • Benson, Rose Demostene by Jim Myers, 1993
    • Brandt, F. M. “Milt” by Holly Hoods, 1999
    • Bruce, Al by William Heintz, 1981
    • Buchignani, Louise by Shonnie Brown, 2010
    • Christensen, Gloria Nicoletti by Holly Hoods, 1997
    • Clar, Raymond about Tzabacco Rancho, 1970
    • Clement, Gridley by Hannah Clayborn, 1983
    • Cook, Gene by Hannah Clayborn, no date,
    • Cousins, Norma Rafanelli by Shonnie Brown, 2009
    • Decius, L.C. by William Heintz, 1981
    • Devereaux, Fr. Thomas, St. John’s Church, by Holly Hoods, 1997
  • E - P

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    • Engelke, Gladys Richards by Holly Hoods, 1997
    • Engelke, Lee by William Heintz, 1981
    • Frampton, Margaret White by Holly Hoods, 2010
    • Frediani, Donald and Renata by Holly Hoods, 2010
    • Grant, Alma by Hannah Clayborn, 1980
    • Haley, Billie Jo by Claire Rithner, 1997
    • Heald, Jack by Hannah Clayborn, undated
    • Hill, Robert (self-taped), Field, McLish and Flack families, 1994
    • Iversen, Waldo by Hannah Clayborn, (10 tapes) 1982-1983,
    • Jones, Robert by Claire Rithner, 1997
    • Luce, Margaret by Robert Hill, 1984
    • Maher, Rosaline Mason, undated
    • McCaffrey, Art by Holly Hoods, 1998
    • Nalley, Barclay by Hannah Clayborn, 1983
    • Nye, Ella by Robert Evans, 1999
    • Palmieri, Ernest by Ernestine Reimann, 2009
    • Palmieri, Ernest and Jerry Eddinger by Holly Hoods, 2010
    • Passalacqua, Francis by Jim Myers, 1993
    • Petray, Cecil by Hannah Clayborn, 1983
    • Phillips, Rena by Jack and Alice Grove, 1994
  • R - Z

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    • Ratchford, Zelma by Sharon Fane, 1983
    • Reese, Jennie Pearl Hicks by Holly Hoods, 1997
    • Relyea, Jack by Holly Hoods, 2002
    • Robinson, Effie, by Holly Hoods, 2001
    • Rosenberg, Garrett by Holly Hoods, 1999
    • Ruonavaara, Clarence by Holly Hoods, 1998
    • Ruonavaara, Clarence by Shonnie Brown, 2009
    • Scalese, Chris by Hannah Clayborn, 1982
    • Scalione, Charles (4 tapes) by Hannah Clayborn, 1983
    • Somersal, Laura and Lucy Smith by Bev Ortiz, 1989
    • Sten, Francis by Hannah Clayborn, 1980
    • Tedeschi, Luke and Gus by Jim Myers, 1993
    • Thomas, Richard L. by Anna Darden, 1998
    • Truitt, Glen by William Heintz, 1981
    • Vellutini, Elsie by Holly Hoods, 2000
    • Wilson, Beulah by J. Parker, 1982
    • Young, Robert by Holly Hoods, 2002

In addition a discrete collection of taped interviews by Geyserville historian Louise Bosworth Davis is available on CDs.

 

(Clockwise starting upper left) Margaret Frampton,  Rose Ferrari Demostene Benson, Donald Frediani, Clarence Ruonavaara