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Interview with Elliot West and Eddie Lee Scipp, July 15, 2003

 File — Bag: \folklife\prj1014\, Bag: 069_west-elliot_scipp-eddie
Collection number: PRJ1014-069

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Elliot West and Eddie Lee Scipp, July 15, 2003. Folkston (Ga.). Fieldworker: Timothy C. Prizer. Audio file digitized from 3 cassette tapes. Part of the South Georgia Folklife Project at Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections. Topics include turpentining and the turpentine industry and trade.


  • July 15, 2003

Conditions Governing Access


995 Megabytes (1 electronic record(s) and derivatives. 2 audio file (wav, mp3) 811,878,716 bytes. 00:54:02. 4 PDF documents (4 scans, jp2). 995 MB (1,043,868,892 bytes).) : Made available in DSpace on 2022-05-11T21:01:10Z (GMT). No. of bitstreams: 3 cas-1002-08_complete.mp3: 77839247 bytes, checksum: 672f4096d1011369c373a49a8b10b7fd (MD5) west-elliot_tape-log-and-transcript.pdf: 167922 bytes, checksum: 9bbe7d36dfe9b7318056d5be7411036e (MD5) ADS-1002-16.pdf: 263821 bytes, checksum: 7c2cec76f9f201620d1e4d34ddd39df9 (MD5) Previous issue date: 2003-07-15


From the Collection: English

Artist Data Sheet

id_number: ADS-1002-16

last_name: West

first_name: Elliott




Call number: PRJ-1002


artist_city: Folkston

state: GA

zip: 31537






birthdate: 08/27/20

birthplace: "Darien, GA McIntosh Co."

ethnicity_1: African American


religion: Christianity

genre: "Turpentine, personal experience narrative, occupational folklife, naval stores"

occupation: "Retired, works lawn care on occasion"


date_of_contact: 07/15/03

contact_made_by: Timoty C. Prizer

notes: "Mr. West was joined in the interview by Mr. Eddie Lee Scripp (now deceased), a former turpentiner. The interview took place on the front porch of Mr. West's home for Faces in the Piney Woods project. This recording, unfortunately, loses whatever it is worth in content in its extremely poor sound quality. On Mr. West's front porch the sounds of passing cars, whistling trains, buzzing bugs, bleating goats, and everything else associated with the rural but changing outdoors dominates the air. At one almost humorous point in the interview, a very large truck parked across the street from Mr. West's home and left its engine running for a good 30 minutes. Also, Mr. West had with him an old turpentining friend of his, Mr. Eddie Lee Scripp, and thus it was impossible to place the microphone in a position that would record their voices with adequate volume. Additionally, most of Mr. Scripp's words are unintelligible."


Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
229-259-5055 (Fax)