Audio Recording Mary Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-06-30.

About this Item

Title
Mary Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-06-30.
Summary
Mary Frazier Rawls, born in 1927, shared experiences of her life-long circus career. She began trouping with her parents at a young age and would go on to perform on the high wire for much of her career. Mary talked about purchasing a first home, playing fair dates, performing for crowds, circus life and friends, retiring and adjusting to not traveling, and about Hugo, Oklahoma. She and husband, Harry, reared eight children as they traveled the country with various circuses.
Contributor Names
Rawls, Mary L., 1927- interviewee.
Finchum, Tanya, interviewer.
Nykolaiszyn, Juliana, interviewer.
Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor.
Created / Published
2011-06-30
Subject Headings
-  Rawls, Mary L.,--1927---Interviews
-  Children
-  Circus performers--Oklahoma--Interviews
-  Circus workers--Oklahoma--Interviews
-  Circus--Oklahoma
-  Clothing and dress
-  Families
-  Jargon (Terminology)
-  Job satisfaction
-  Quality of work life
-  Retirement
-  Supervisors
-  Work and family
-  Working mothers
-  Hugo (Okla.)--event place
Genre
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  This is the second interview with Mary Rawls. Her first interview was recorded June 13, 2011. (See: afc2012003_00159)
-  Recorded at Mary Rawls' home, Hugo, Oklahoma, June 30, 2011.
-  The "Big Top" Show Goes On : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/003: 00242) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
-  To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.
-  In English.
Medium
1 sound file (WAV) (0:59:00) : digital, sound.
2 manuscripts : PDF, text files.
Source Collection
The "Big Top" Show Goes On : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 AFC 2012/003: 00242
Repository
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/folklife.home
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afc2012003.afc2012003_00242_sr01
afc2012003.afc2012003_00242_ms01
afc2012003.afc2012003_00242_ms02
Library of Congress Control Number
2017655370
Rights Advisory
Duplication of collection materials may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.
Access Advisory
Collection is open for research. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/folklife.contact
Online Format
audio
image
pdf
Description
Mary Frazier Rawls, born in 1927, shared experiences of her life-long circus career. She began trouping with her parents at a young age and would go on to perform on the high wire for much of her career. Mary talked about purchasing a first home, playing fair dates, performing for crowds, circus life and friends, retiring and adjusting to not traveling, and about Hugo, Oklahoma. She and husband, Harry, reared eight children as they traveled the country with various circuses.
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/2017655370
Additional Metadata Formats
MARCXML Record
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

Rights & Access

The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the material in this collection, except as noted below. Users should keep in mind that the Library of Congress is providing access to these materials strictly for educational and research purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other holders of rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. See our Legal Notices and Privacy and Publicity Rights for additional information and restrictions.

The individuals documented by the Occupational Folklife Project retain copyright and related rights to the use of their recorded and written testimonies and memories.  They have granted the Library of Congress permission to provide access to their interviews and related materials for purposes that are consistent with the agency’s educational mission, such as publication and transmission, in whole or in part, on the Web. Project participants’ written permission is required for any commercial, profit-making distribution, reproduction, or other use beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item.

The American Folklife Center and the Occupational Folklife Project fieldworkers who carry out these projects feel a strong ethical responsibility to the people they have visited and who have consented to have their lives documented for the historical record. The Center asks that researchers approach the materials in this collection with respect for the culture and sensibilities of the people whose lives, ideas, and creativity are documented here. Researchers are also reminded that privacy and publicity rights may pertain to certain uses of this material.

Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these collection materials should contact the Folklife Reading Room for assistance. 

Credit line

Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Western Folklife Center Occupational Folklore Project: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/064), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

The "Big Top" Show Goes On: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/003), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Working the Port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/034), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Hairdresser and Beauty Shop Culture in America: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/035), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

 

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Rawls, Mary L., Interviewee, Tanya Finchum, Juliana Nykolaiszyn, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Mary Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, -06-30. -06-30, 2011. Pdf. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2017655370/.

APA citation style:

Rawls, M. L., Finchum, T., Nykolaiszyn, J. & Occupational Folklife Project, S. (2011) Mary Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, -06-30. -06-30. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2017655370/.

MLA citation style:

Rawls, Mary L., Interviewee, et al. Mary Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, -06-30. -06-30, 2011. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2017655370/>.