River Harvest Project Collection, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Records include recorded interviews with mostly commercial fishermen, slides and photographs, field reports, and slide and photo logs.

The manuscript materials are unfoldered but field reports and logs are grouped by type. A documentation index provides an accounting of all people documented, the dates, and what kinds of documentation exist -- field reports, sound recordings and logs, and black-and-white and color slide photography and logs. Gilmore's 13-page report provides helpful project background as well as a ranked list of artists interviewed and skills documented. Field reports are a rich source of detail regarding the interviews and conversations not always caught on tape.

Slide logs provide image-level access to the color slides while contact sheets and logs reveal the contents of the black-and-white negatives. Slides are housed in 12 small slide boxes and are labeled, in most cases, according to log numbers. A box labeled “Dubuque County Historical Society” contains slides that were pulled from the set for subsequent use. Contact sheets and the corresponding negatives are housed in separate packets.

Included are 12 recorded interviews on 13 recordings, summarized in detailed tape logs.