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Audio recording of Charles and Janice Rosenak speaking with acquaintances of artist Steve Ashby

 Digital Record
Identifier: A0009_10_13a_Ashby


  • undated



This recording was made in Delaplane, Virginia, where Steve Ashby was born and lived his life. The recording was made some time after the artist’s death (1980). Speakers include: Elle S. “Tina” Leas [phonetic] (shopkeeper), James Kuzel [phonetic] (friend of artist), Wilmer Thornley (friend of the artist), Earlene Ashby Williams (sister of the artist), Chuck Rosenak, Jan Rosenak, and six unidentified speakers. Chuck and Jan Rosenak ask similar questions of all of the interviewees about Steve’s life in Delaplane, his work as a farmer, the home he rented, his wife, the names of his eleven siblings, and his artwork. In the second half of the recording, Earlene Ashby Williams details the information that Chuck and Jan are looking for, including her memories of the night Steve Ashby passed away.

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The Charles B. and Janice M. Rosenak Collection is owned by the American Folk Art Museum. The collection is subject to all copyright laws, and is dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship.


1 file(s) ; Length: approx. 43 minutes

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The full transcript of this recording is available upon request.

Processing Information

This recording was digitized from tape cassette through a grant from the National Recording Preservation Foundation in 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the American Folk Art Museum Archives Repository

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