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Oral History Interview: James Gashel

Identifier: 05-C2011.7

Scope and Contents

1 audio recording, 2:42:22 in length. An interview log with time stamps has been created, but the recording has not been transcribed. 0:00 Disclaimer/Introductory Statements. 1:00 Where were you born? What was your childhood like? 2:42 What is the cause of your blindness? Since when? 2:56 His parents and his blindness. 4:41 What did your parents do for a living? 6:22 First jobs. 8:00 Memories of childhood/ education. 9:41 Describe your education (classes, sports, competitions). 13:00 Learning braille. 20:00 Orientation center after graduating high school. 21:09 Meeting Kenneth Jernigan. 23:00 Duration of training. 25:00 Were you still taking braille? (grade three braille) 26:46 Did you have any major life decision influenced by Kenneth Jernigan? 34:45 College years. 41:29 Did you go directly to teaching after graduation? 43:43 Leaving teaching. 46:28 Working at the orientation center. 48:17 Going back to graduate school. 51:49 John Nagel. 53:00 Settling down with his wife. 54:00 Keeping in touch with Kenneth Jernigan. 54:33 When did you first get any assistance in your job? 57:20 Meeting Ray Kurzweil 1:02:08 Did you use an opticon at that time? 1:03:12 First piece of legislation he worked on when he got to Washington D.C. 1:11:55 What were your greatest accomplishments in Washington then? 1:21:29 Responsibility from legislation to strategic initiative. 1:25:00 When did you first have other people in professional positions working with you? 1:26:39 Did you ever meet Jacobus tenBroek? What did you think of him? 1:28:33 How old were your children when you separated from their mother? How did you feel about your parental responsibilities with your blindness? 1:32:00 How did you get involved with KNFB? 1:38:00 Involvement with the student division in the NFB. 1:41:00 Feelings about the NFB building being found, etc. 1:52:29 Which are you surprised we haven’t conquered yet legislative wise? 2:00:17 Particular champions in Congress? How have you seen Congress change in the last thirty-seven years? 2:13:40 Thoughts about Mark Maurer. 2:19:37 Airlines and history of the Washington seminar. 2:39:50 Policies on airlines today.


  • Created: 2011
  • Other: Majority of material found in 2011
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/31/2011


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Biographical or Historical Information

[url=]James Gashel bio[/url]

Note written by National Federation of the Blind


1.00 items

1 digital audio recording, 76MB other_unmapped

Language of Materials



Oral history interview with James Gashel collected by Ed Morman and Mark Riccobono on August 31, 2011, in the Recording Studio at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute.

Source of Acquisition

Mark Riccobono & Edward Morman

Method of Acquisition

Collected as part of the NFB Oral History Program.

Other Descriptive Information

Interview Log prepared by Gina Coticchio, June 2017

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Anna Kresmer
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Jacobus tenBroek Library, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute Repository

200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore MD 21230 US
(410) 659-9314