Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Anderson, Edith

  • Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Anderson, Edith
  • Anderson, Edith, Interviewee
  • Masters, David, Interviewer
  • 2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file
  • The following names and terms were used in this interview:Brown's Department Store, Fernwood Grove, Pico Island, Portugee Hill, Edith Silveira, Joaquim Silveira, Joarquim Mello, Square-riggers, Sawyer SChool, up the line.
  • Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians; Interviewer(s):David Masters (5/24/1978).
  • TRACKS:Opening statements -- Born in 1898, not many changes in Gloucester among the Portuguese people in the last three quarters of a century -- Description of old Main Street -- Arrival of Portuguese people around 1860, the square-riggers set out -- Mrs. Anderson is going to finish my days right on this corner (on Friend St.) -- Changes amongst the young -- Servant girls and their types of employment -- A sense of permanence of the Hill -- A new phenomenon - the bad winter of '78 is now scaring new arrivals away to California -- The Azores - Pico Island is the origin of most Gloucester residents - most came from Pico, there is now a new wave from the mainland, called Lizzies (from Lisbon) -- Language -- Languages -- Retention of the old customs vs Americanization -- An interesting dream -- Never want to go back -- Reminiscences of horse and buggy - early 1900's -- Home made foods - gardening and the new American consciousness -- Summary comments.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • 05-24-1978
  • [Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library


Anderson, Edith, Interviewee and Masters, David, Interviewer, “Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Anderson, Edith,” Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, Mass., accessed July 23, 2021,


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