Home of the Good Shepherd Oral History Project, 1999-2000  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Interviewer
Harris, Toby
Title
Home of the Good Shepherd Oral History Project
Dates
1999-2000 (inclusive)
Quantity
25 sound cassettes
Collection Number
2002.39
Summary
Interviews with former staff and residents of the Home of the Good Shepherd in Wallingford
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

Access to the interviews depends upon copyright restrictions and the availability of transcripts and/or digital copies of analog media for each interview. If no digital copy or transcript of a particular interview is available, access may be restricted at this time. Please contact the repository for further information.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Funding to inventory, assess preservation concerns, and rehouse the collection was provided through a 2019 grant awarded by 4Culture.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1908, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd opened a home in Wallingford for orphaned girls and troubled girls. For over 65 years, the Home of the Good Shepherd provided young women with shelter, counseling, and job training. The home closed in 1973. The buildings are now called Good Shepherd Center and are used by many community groups.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of 16 interviews with former staff and residents of the Home of the Good Shepherd: Charmaine Ashcraft, Sr. Valerie Brannan, Betty Ferguson, Sr. Elsie Fields, Sr. Mary Ann Fitzgerald and Sr. Mary Ruth Kuper, Sr. Virginia Hinks, Sr. Mariella Houle, Jackie (Moen) Kalani, Betty Mayes, Sr. Mary William McGlone, Rev. Norman McLean, Sr. Mary Thomas Nestor, Sr. Michael Pundzak, Vivian Sherburne, Doug Woodside, and Chuck Boyle. All of the interviews were conducted by Toby Harris in 1999 and 2000.

Note that several of these interviews deal with issues of physical and sexual abuse and may be upsetting, particularly to survivors of past abuse.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Five of the interviews were digitized in 2019 as part of an IMLS grant and are part of MOHAI's digital collection: Charmaine Ashcraft; Sr. Valerie Brannan; Jackie (Moen) Kalani; Sr. Mary William McGlone; and Vivian Sherburne. See the item level inventory for links to the digitized versions of these interviews.

Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Home of the Good Shepherd Oral History Project, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
2002.39.1:  Oral history interview with Charmaine Ashcraft
3 sound cassettes (analog)
Interview with Charmaine (Char) Nissen Ashcraft, a former resident and later, a teacher, at the Home of the Good Shepherd.
Digitized in 2019 as part of 2016 IMLS grant; click title to access.
Transcript available
1999 June 3
2002.39.2:  Oral history interview with Sr. Valerie Brannan
2 sound cassettes (analog)
Interview with Sister Valerie Brannan, the director and group mother at the Home of the Good Shepherd from approximately 1958 to 1972.
Digitized in 2019 as part of 2016 IMLS grant; click title to access.
Transcript available from interviewer Toby Harris at HistoryLink.org here.
1999 August 17
2002.39.3: Oral history interview with Betty Ferguson
1 sound cassette (analog)
Interview with Betty (Hausmann) Ferguson, a lay teacher at the Home of the Good Shepherd from 1951 to 1952.
Transcript available
1999 March 25
2002.39.4: Oral history interview with Sr. Elsie Fields
1 sound cassette (analog)
Interview with Sister Elsie Fields, the assistant to the director of the Home of the Good Shepherd from 1958 to 1961.
Transcript available; missing first page.
1999 May 5
2002.39.5: Oral history interview with Sr. Mary Ann Fitzgerald and Sr. Mary Ruth Kuper
1 sound cassette (analog)
Interview with Sister Mary Ruth Kuper and Sister Mary Ann Fitzgerald, who were based at the Home of the Good Shepherd.
Interview summary available; restrictions may apply.
1999 May 7
2002.39.6: Oral history interview with Sr. Virginia Hinks
2 sound cassettes (analog)
Interview with Sister Virginia Hinks, a group mother at the Home of the Good Shepherd between 1964 and 1973.
Transcript: restrictions may apply
1999 May 8
2002.39.7: Oral history interview with Sr. Mariella Houle
1 sound cassette (analog)
Interview with Sister Mariella Houle, a teacher at the Home of the Good Shepherd between 1961 and 1965.
Transcript available. Interviewee name omitted on transcript as per her request for anonymity until 2010.
1999 May 7
2002.39.8:  Oral history interview with Jackie (Moen) Kalani
2 sound cassettes (analog)
Interview with Jackie (Moen) Kalani, a resident of the Home of the Good Shepherd in the early 1950s.
Digitized in 2019 as part of 2016 IMLS grant; click title to access.
Transcript available from interviewer Toby Harris at HistoryLink.org here.
1999 August 27
2002.39.9: Oral history interview with Betty Mayes
1 sound cassette (analog)
Interview with Betty Mayes, a resident of the Home of the Good Shepherd between 1924 and 1926.
Transcript available; missing first page.
1999 February 23
2002.39.10:  Oral history interview with Sr. Mary William McGlone
2 sound cassettes (analog)
Interview with Sister Mary William McGlone, who served as a teacher, principal, social worker, assistant superior, and superior at the Home of the Good Shepherd between 1937 and 1957.
Digitized in 2019 as part of 2016 IMLS grant; click title to access.
Transcript available.
1999 May 5
2002.39.11: Oral history interview with Reverend Norman McLean
2 sound cassettes (analog)
Interview summary available; restrictions may apply.
1999 February 23
2002.39.12: Oral history interview with Sr. Mary Thomas Nestor
1 sound cassette (analog)
Transcript: none
1999 May 6
2002.39.13: Oral history interview with Sr. Michael Pundzak
1 sound cassette (analog)
Transcript; restrictions may apply
1999 May 8
2002.39.14:  Oral history interview with Vivian Sherburne
3 sound cassettes (analog)
Interview with Vivian Sherburne, a former resident of the Home of the Good Shepherd.
Digitized in 2019 as part of 2016 IMLS grant; click title to access.
Transcript available.
1999 February 26 - March 23
2002.39.15: Oral history interview with Doug Woodside
2 sound cassettes (analog)
Interview summary available; restrictions may apply.
1999 March 22
2002.39.16: Summary of unrecorded oral history interview with Chuck Boyle
Notes from a unrecorded oral history interview with Chuck Boyle about the Home of the Good Shepherd.
Notes available in digital format; restrictions may apply.
2000 June 30

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Catholic Church
  • Nuns--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Orphanages--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Corporate Names :
  • Home of the Good Shepherd (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Wallingford (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Sound recordings