Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Norton, Dorothy


Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Norton, Dorothy


Norton, Dorothy Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer.;Ray, Martin Interviewer.


[Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library




3 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 53 Part 1
OH 53 Part 2
OH 53 Part 3

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.;Interviewer(s):Linda Brayton, Martin Ray (5/25/1978).

TRACKS:Cd 77a 1. Recollections by Miss Norton of the three month period in the mid 1940's when she assisted Clarence Birdseye in experiments on dehydrating vegetables, his personal qualities and interests -- 2. Miss Norton's role as executive secretary to Folly Cove Designers for 25 year period --3. Beginning of Folly Cove Designers in 1938 classes, jury system, exhibitions -- 4. Opening the Folly Cove Designers building in 1953, sales and publicity, gaining recognition throughout the world -- 5. House Rules agreed upon by members -- 6. Folly Cove Designers as a home industry, many members had other careers, attitude . hard work rather than socializing, Finnish people in Folly Cove Designers -- 7. Reasons for choosing black.printing to make use of designs, products of Folly Cove Designers, methods used -- 8. Printing demonstrations, membership, paid employees -- 9. Reasons for decision to cease operations in 1968, reactions -- 10. Relations between members -- 11. Virginia Lee Demetrios, graduates received Folly Cove Designer hanging as a diploma Cd 77b 1. Folly Cove designer hanging (cont'd.) -- 2. Virginia Lee Demetrios, cooperation in group --3. Ideas for designs always taken from nature, methods used -- 4. Two designs copied . little copyright protection for textile designs -- 5. Roger Babson responsible for getting Folly Cove Designers written into Congressional Record as successful cooperative -- 6. A typical jury meeting, joining the group, other printing being done.

The following names and terms were used in this interview: Aino Clarke, Louise Kenyon, Hetty Beaty, Ida Bruno, Eino Natti, Peggy Norton, Lee Natti, Elizabeth Holloran, Nisu, Home Industry Shop, America House, Johnny Appleseed, Lord and Taylor, Sturbridge Village, Skinner Silk Co., Guernsey Society, Richie's , Shumacher Co., Virginia Lee (Burton), Demetrios, Massachusetts Audubon Society, New England Flowers, Head of the Cove, Baked Bean Supper, Zaides and Her Family (Kittens).

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.


Birdseye, Clarence.; Burton, Virginia Lee 1909-1968.; Oral history -- Massachusetts -- Cape Ann.;Textile design -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.;Textile printing -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.

Ann, Cape (Mass.) -- History -- Anecdotes.;Ann, Cape (Mass.) -- Social life and customs.

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Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Norton, Dorothy Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer.;Ray, Martin Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Norton, Dorothy," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7658, (accessed August 17, 2017).