B.K. Silverlake interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-07-01
B.K. Silverlake was born in 1946 to Emma and Raymond Duke, a circus family. She outlined their history with various circuses and her life with Melvin Silverlake, who was also from a circus family. B.K. explained her jobs from performing to billposting to running the cookhouse to managing the front office. She described life on the road, life between circuses, and the challenges of owning and managing Fisher Brothers Circus.
A second interview was conducted with B.K. Silverlake on January 18, 2012 (See interview: afc2012003_00276)
Recorded at a cabin in Hugo Lake State Park, Hugo, Oklahoma, July 1, 2011.
The "Big Top" Show Goes On : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/003: 00275) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.