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Series of interviews with Anna Sevigny about her life history. Interviews were conducted by Julia Hunter in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1977. Topics covered include Irish immigrant ancestry; education levels; misunderstandings of different cultures; living conditions as a new arrival to the United States; disposition of parents.

North Hartland, Vermont - descriptions of social life and mills in the region as well as tenants; learning women's roles; chores; marriage; sewing and cloth-making; food preparation; winemaking; entertainment; pets and livestock owned; travel and transportation over time; schooling; playing pranks; holiday celebrations; community church; lumbering; tensions with tourists; the introduction of electric light and telephones.

Franklin, New Hampshire - working in a hosiery mill; meeting her husband and courtship practices; training to be a nurse in Manchester, New Hampshire; living conditions with first marriage; strikes in the mills; moving to Boston.

Boston, Massachusetts - her husband's drinking problems; prohibition; entertainment and nursing in Boston, getting separated and moving to Woodstock, Vermont.

Also covers social life during the Depression; her first car; getting divorced and living alone in Lebanon, New Hampshire; being a nanny; the Chicago World's Fair; working in Florida during World War II; her second marriage; hobbies and volunteer work; travels; shoulder accident; life after Mr. Sevigny's death; living in White River Junction, VT; learning to fly; and aging and living in a nursing home. See also Northeast Folklore XX: "Anna May: Eighty-Two Years in New England."

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Community life, Social Conditions, Immigration and society, Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies


Folklore | Oral History

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