In transcribing his oral interviews into notebooks, John Shane characteristically used a number of abbreviations which I have silently, expanded--along with modernizing his punctuation and capitalization--for the sake of clarity. In order to retain clues to contemporary pronunciation, I have in almost all cases retained Shane's spelling and have used the editorial notation [sic] only sparingly. In a few instances I have added editorial insertions in square brackets as a convenience to modern readers. Otherwise, I have made every effort to retain John Shane's original phrasing.
John Shane dated very few of his interviews. In the notes, I have estimated the probable decade in which each took place (e.g., 1840s) based on the evidence of surrounding interviews. Where specific years are cited, I have put brackets around dates of interviews that are my estimates. (This follows the system of using brackets in the item list in Appendix A.) Otherwise, the dates are those given by Shane.