Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Novello, Lena


Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Novello, Lena


Novello, Lena Interviewee.;Brayton,Linda Interviewer.


[Gloucester, Mass] ;Sawyer Free Library,




2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 77 Part 1
OH 77 Part 2

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.;Interviewer(s):Linda Brayton (6/21/1978).

TRACKS:Mrs. Novello's background - four generations of fishing -- First Italian immigrants in Gloucester - learning the ropes with Gloucester fishing. Mrs. Novello's recollections of earlier days in Fort Square neighborhood -- Earlier fishing methods - weather prediction with a white handkerchief -- Recollections of tragedies in fishing industry -- Comments on being a fisherman's wife, fishing as a family business - cooperation to get family members set up with boats -- Concerns regarding children becoming fishermen -- Mrs. Novello's work as a shore agent, Blizzard of '78, etc. -- Mrs. Novello's activities to support fishing industry - objection to occupation's being labeled unskilled, promotion of underutilized fish, etc. -- The waterfront today - keeping it for the fishing industry -- The waterfront today (cont'd) -- The Taste of Gloucester - an all fish cookbook, a group from Detroit comes just to have lunch -- Comments on environmentalists' concerns -- Mrs. Novello's seafaring experiences, comments on artists' interests in fishing scenes -- New Italian immigrants in Gloucester -- Gloucester is on its way to being No.1 fish town

The following names and terms were used in this interview:Thomas Carroll, Scout Mountains, Seine boat, Fishermen's wives, Nation Marine Fisheries Services, Red hake, mud hake, ling,butter mullet, Everett Jodrey, Mr. Frontiero, Chianciola, The Kennedy bill, Bruce Knapp, Benny Curcuru, Mast man, shore agent, Yankee Magazine, Fitz Hugh Lane.

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.


Seafaring life -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.;Fisheries -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.;Gloucester (Mass.) -- Emigration and immigration.;Oral history -- Massachusetts -- Cape Ann.;Women -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester -- Social conditions.

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

Collection :

Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Citation :

Novello, Lena Interviewee.;Brayton,Linda Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Novello, Lena," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7680, (accessed September 20, 2017).