Guide to the Jack Neilson Oral History, July 10, 2010

Summary Information

Title: Jack Neilson Oral History, July 10, 2010
Collection: AC.747
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This two-paged oral history interview of Jack Neilson gives a young man's perspective of summer camps in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and watching as a national treasure, the Blue Ridge Parkway, was being constructed in the late 1940's.

Creator: Neilson, Jack

Biographical/Historical Note

Camp Sequoyah was founded in 1924 by C. Walton Chief Johnson, who stated that this was a Camp with a Purpose. The camp was located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, and helped guide boys on the sometimes perilous journey to adulthood.

From Jack Neilson's oral recollection of his summers at this camp, the times were memorable, as well as educational and physically challenging. From swimming and bathing in chilly mountain streams to hiking up Mt. Mitchell to scattering at the sounds indicating an imminate dynamite blast for clearing rocks for the Parkway, Neilson's interview reveals that these summers must have really been adventures to many young men.

The Blue Ridge Parkway construction began in September 1935 and finished in 1987. It runs 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina, mostly along the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountain Chain. Its visitor number probably exceeds twenty millon since opening to traffic.

Scope and Contents

Along with two letters to Dr. Fred Hay and Dr. Pat Beaver, this collection consists of two copies of a 2 page typed interview with Jack Neilson by his daughter-in-law, Christine Neilson, speaking about attending summer camp at Camp Sequoyah in Weaverville, North Carolina in 1946, 1947 and 1948, his activities there, the other campers who attended, and watching the Blue Ridge Parkway being built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the vicinity of Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina.


This is a single-item collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was a gift of Jack Neilson's daughter-in-law, Christine Neilson in 2010. Accession number AC.2011.008

Processing Information

This was processed by Anita Elliott, January 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.747: Jack Neilson, Oral History concerning his Witness of the Blue Ridge Parkway Construction near Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina and Camp Sequoyah, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Oral history, July 10, 2010 ACSC_Box 25, Folder 7