Martha Shearer in her home

Type:

Sound

Date:

02/12/1985

Item:

Audio recording

Folder:

Tape 37

Container:

4

Series:

S1714

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General Note/Comment

  • One audio cassette. An interview with Shearer of the St. Johns area on fishing culture. Originally from Illinois, Shearer had only been in the area since the 1970s. In her field notes, folklorist McDonald remarks that the interview is unfocused, and that Shearer knew little of Florida fishing -- but knew a great deal about recreational fishing in Illinois. In winter 1985, the Bureau joined 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.

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