The Ed Wolfe Papers consist of audiocassettes, transcripts and photographs generated by Mr. Wolfe while he was researching his books on the Interstate Railroad. The content of the audiocassettes is primarily conversations with Mr. Wolfe's father, Hugh Wolfe, 1915-2009, who was a railroad employee from 1937-1978. There are other interviews with Hugh's former co-workers Les Blevins, Jack Long, M.D. Watts, and Ben Williams, as well as with Hugh's brother York Wolfe and Ed's aunt Mary Wolfe.
Audiocassette tapes are boxed in numerical order using Mr. Wolfe's original numbering system; transcripts and summaries are foldered and boxed in the numerical order of the cassettes. Photographs retain Mr. Wolfe's numbering system and are foldered in numerical order.
Method of Acquisition
Donated on October 26, 2011 by Hugh E. (Ed) Wolfe.
Three books were separated from the collection and cataloged for Special Collections at the Archives of Appalachia:
Wolfe, Ed. Interstate Railroad: Memories of an Appalachian Short Line. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: HEW Enterprises, 2003.
Wolfe, Ed. The Life and Times of Miller Yard in Scott County Virginia. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: HEW Enterprises, 2002.
Wolfe, Hugh, and Ed Wolfe. Appalachian Coal Hauler: Interstate Railroad's Mine Runs and Coal Trains. Lynchburg, Virginia: TLC Publishing, Inc., 2001.
Photograph pages were removed from a binder and foldered. Because photograph numbers referred to in the transcripts are on the original plastic sleeves, the sleeves were not removed. The photographs are copies from other collections, but provide context for parts of the oral history.
Jen Bingham processed the collection and wrote the finding aid in July 2012.