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Collection Number: 20007-z

Collection Title: Bobby McMillon Collection, circa 1909-1997 (bulk 1947-1997)

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Size Approximately 175 items
Abstract Born in Lenoir, N.C., in 1951, Bobby McMillon has performed professionally since 1978 as a singer, musician, and storyteller in the Appalachian tradition. As a performer, he is best known for his ballad and story renditions about Frankie Silver, to whom he is distantly related. He has also collected interviews with and songs and stories from family members, neighbors, and friends since 1968. The Bobby McMillon Collection consists primarily of audiovisual materials, including audio and video recordings of Bobby McMillon in performance, documentary audio recordings compiled by McMillon, and acetate discs of the 50th annual Hollow Springs Shape Note Singing Convention. The collection also contains paper materials, McMillon family photographs, and field notes that correspond to the audiovisual materials found in the collection. Paper materials include the song folio, Cowboy Loye Presents 20 Famous Heart Songs, and photocopies of the handwritten text, "Ballads, Love Songs, Meeting House Songs, Verses and Others."
Creator McMillon, Bobby.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Bobby McMillon Collection #20007, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Bobby McMillon.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Bobby McMillon was born 20 December 1951 in Lenoir, N.C. He developed an early appreciation for the traditional stories, ballads, and religious songs performed by his grandparents and other older relatives in the southern Appalachian region and started learning them as a child. He has performed professionally since 1978 as a traditional ballad singer, musician, and storyteller. As a performer, he is best known for his ballad and story renditions about Frankie Silver, to whom he is distantly related. He received a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 2000. In addition to continuing the tradition with his own performances, McMillon has collected interviews with and songs and stories from family members, neighbors, and friends since 1968 when he earned his first RCA sound recording machine in his late teens.

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The collection of traditional ballad singer, musician, and storyteller Bobby McMillon of Lenoir, N.C., consists primarily of audiovisual materials created or collected by McMillon, including audio and video recordings of Bobby McMillon in performance, documentary audio recordings compiled by McMillon, and acetate discs of the 50th annual Hollow Springs Shape Note Singing Convention. The collection also contains paper materials, McMillon family photographs, and field notes that correspond to the audiovisual materials found in the collection. Paper materials include the song folio, Cowboy Loye Presents 20 Famous Heart Songs, and photocopies of the handwritten text, "Ballads, Love Songs, Meeting House Songs, Verses and Others." Audiovisual recordings are on 1/4" open reel audio, Digital Audio Tape (DAT), and VHS.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Audiovisual Recordings and Related Material, 1947-1997.

132 items.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.1 Bobby McMillon in Performance, 1978-1997.

14 items.

Arrangement: Original order is preserved. Audio recordings preceded by corresponding field notes.

Processing information: Folders 1 and 2 were formerly in Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025), folders 552 and 1004. Titles include call number of corresponding recording.

Audio and video recordings of Bobby McMillon performing songs, stories, and riddles on three separate occasions in 1978 and once in 1997. Several songs and stories are performed more than once, including the ballad and legend of Frankie Silver. Audio recordings are on 1/4" open reel audio, while the video recording is on VHS. Also included are corresponding field notes, including tape logs to the audio recordings, and a program and letter corresponding to the 1997 Southern Arts Exchange video recording. Tape logs were created by SFC staff and include performer names, technical information, and song titles.

Folder 1

Field notes: FT-20007/1239-1244 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.1 Bobby McMillon in Performance, 1978-1997." Folder 1

Formerly folder 552 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Folder 2

Field notes: VT-20007/1 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.1 Bobby McMillon in Performance, 1978-1997." Folder 2

Formerly folder 1004 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/1239

Bobby McMillon, Caldwell County, N.C., 20 May 1978: tape 1 of 2 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.1 Bobby McMillon in Performance, 1978-1997." FT-20007/1239

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/1240

Bobby McMillon, Caldwell County, N.C., 20 May 1978: tape 2 of 2 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.1 Bobby McMillon in Performance, 1978-1997." FT-20007/1240

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/1241

Bobby McMillon, Caldwell County, N.C., 4 June 1978: tape 1 of 3 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.1 Bobby McMillon in Performance, 1978-1997." FT-20007/1241

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/1242

Bobby McMillon, Caldwell County, N.C., 4 June 1978: tape 2 of 3 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.1 Bobby McMillon in Performance, 1978-1997." FT-20007/1242

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/1243

Bobby McMillon, Caldwell County, N.C., 4 June 1978: tape 3 of 3 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.1 Bobby McMillon in Performance, 1978-1997." FT-20007/1243

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/1244

Bobby McMillon, Caldwell County, N.C., 4 May 1978 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.1 Bobby McMillon in Performance, 1978-1997." FT-20007/1244

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Videotape VT-20007/1

Southern Arts Exchange, Bobby McMillon, Nashville, Tenn., September 1997 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.1 Bobby McMillon in Performance, 1978-1997." VT-20007/1

VHS

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2 Documentary Recordings, 1968-1995 and undated.

Approximately 115 items.

Arrangement: By format.

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94 items.

Arrangement: Original order is preserved. Audio recordings preceded by corresponding field notes.

Processing information: The original open reel numbering system (BM#) is notated beneath item title. Folders 3 and 4 were formerly in Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025), folders 973 and 974. Folder titles include call number of corresponding recording.

Open reel audio recordings of songs, stories, and talk made by McMillon from 1968-1978 and undated. In addition to live recordings, McMillon recorded several of his family's 78-rpm records. Janette Carter, Rolf Ellison, W. T. Ellison, Wade Gilbert, Isaac "Paw" Hopson, Lounette "Granny" Hopson, Mae "Maw Maw" Phillips, Jean Schilling, and Lee Schilling are featured in this collection. Also included are Doc Addington, Ronnie Barlow, Doug Brookshire, Lou Brookshire, A. P. Carter, Maybelle Carter, Sara Carter, Frenis Coffey, Mae Coffey, Sylvia Carter Edwards, Woodrow Goforth, Lucy Gortney, Nathan Gortney, Karen D. Helms, Nancy Jones, Carl McConnell, Bobby McMillon, Glenn Massey, Artus Moser, Lula Moss, Dellie Norton, Bard Ray, Annie Roberts, Betty Smith, Bud Tolley, Cas Wallin, Virgie Wallin, Clyde Wilson, and a few others documented by first name only. Also included in subseries 2.1 are field notes, or documentation, that correspond to most of the recordings found in the subseries. The documentation (folders 3 and 4) consists of photocopies of original housing, or containers, including handwritten artist names, track listing, and memos.

Folder 3

Field notes: FT-20007/11182-11215 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." Folder 3

Formerly folder 973 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Photocopies of original open reel containers.

Folder 4

Field notes: FT-20007/11217-11229 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." Folder 4

Formerly folder 974 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Photocopies of original open reel containers.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11182

Mae "Maw Maw" Phillips. "Soldier and the Lady," "Fond Affection," undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11182

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM1

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11183

Mae "Maw Maw" Phillips, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11183

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM2

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11184

Mae "Maw Maw" Phillips. Talk, Buster, Carrie, Maw Maw, "Lonesome Valley," undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11184

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM3

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11185

Wade Gilbert. "Tom Dooly." Tom Maltba. "Bachelors Hall," undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11185

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM4

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11186

Wade Gilbert. "Cumberland Gap," "Frankie Baker," "Little Maggie," "Rocky Mountain," undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11186

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM5

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11187

Lounette "Granny" and Isaac "Paw" Hopson. Side 1: Old stories, religion. Side 2: Talk, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11187

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM6

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11188

Lounette "Granny" and Isaac "Paw" Hopson. Last recording of Paw, 16 February 1974 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11188

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM7

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11189

Last recording of W. T. Ellison, Long Hope Mountain, Meat Camp, N.C., 23 March 1974 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11189

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM8

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11190

Nancy Jones, Laurinburg, N.C., Bobby McMillon and Karen D. Helms, Lenoir, N.C., 19 April 1975 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11190

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM9

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11191

Frenis and Mae Coffey. "Silver Tresses" (Carter Family). "You've Been a Friend to Me" (Dave Macon), undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11191

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM10

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11192

Jean and Lee Schilling at Fiddler's Grove, Union Grove, N.C. Various bluegrass performers and folk entertainers, 1973 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11192

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM11

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11193

Side 1: Lounette "Granny" and Isaac "Paw" Hopson, Lucy Gortney, Nathan Gortney, Stonemans, Wade Gilbert. Songs and talk. Side 2: Wade Gilbert, Clyde Wilson, Lounette "Granny" and Isaac "Paw" Hopson. Songs and talk, 1968 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11193

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM12

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11194

Sara and Maybelle Carter, Maces Spring, V.A. Also Janette, Joe, and Helen Carter, 23 August 1975 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11194

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM13

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11195

Side 1: Smily, Trip to Long Hope Mtn., W. T. Ellison, "Little Birdie." Side 2: Smiley, Isaac "Paw" Hopson, August 1968 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11195

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM14

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11196

A. P. Carter's last recording, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11196

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM15

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11197

Side 1: Mae "Maw Maw" Phillips. Side 2: Lula Moss, ballads, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11197

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM16

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11198

Mae "Maw Maw" Phillips, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11198

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM17

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11199

Side 1: Tape from T.V. Union Grove Fiddler's Convention, 1972(?). Side 2: Rolf Ellison, 1975-1976. Tom Maltba, 1976 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11199

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM18

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11200

Isaac "Paw" Hopson, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11200

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM19

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11201

Side 1: Janette Carter, Folk Festival of the Smokies. Songs. Side 2: Janette Carter's Workshop of Sara Carter's songs, 6-9 June 1973 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11201

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM20

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11202

Side 1: Mae "Maw Maw" Phillips. "Looky Yonder," "Fair and Tender Ladies," undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11202

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM21

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11203

Side 1: Janette Carter, Jean and Lee Schillings. Interview at Maces, Spring, V.A. with Janette. Side 2: Smoky Mountain Festival 1973. Lee Schillings. Betty Smith. Bard Ray. Audrey Hines. Glenn Massey, Doug Brookshire, Bobby McMillon, 27 July 1973 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11203

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM22

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11204

Side 1: Carter Family. Side 2: Ralph Silver. Thomas Family, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11204

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM23

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11205

Side 1: Janette Carter, Maces Spring, V.A., October 1973. "Give Me Your Love," "Rambling Boy," "One Little Word," "Dying Mother," "While the Band is Playing Dixie," "Dark Haired True Lover," "The Titanic," "Beyond the River," "Aged Mother," "Engine 143," "Carters Blues" (Bobby [McMillon]). Side 2: contents not listed #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11205

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM24

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11206

Side 1: Mae "Maw Maw" Phillips. Side 2: Carter Family. "River of Jordan," "Where We'll Never Grow Old," "The Cannonball," "Lay My Head Beneath the Roses," "When the World's on Fire," "I Have No One to Love Me (but the Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea)," "Sweethearts Return," "East Virginia Blues," "The Poor Orphan Child," undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11206

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM25

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11207

Side 1: Smiley. Ronnie Barlow. "Gentle on My Mind," "I Want to Live," "Love is Blue," June 1968. Side 2: Lou Brookshire. Mae Phillips #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11207

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM26

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11208

Side 1: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Rose Connolly," Louise A. Smoky Mountain Ballads (Misc.) RCA, Artus Moser. Side 2: Annie Roberts, Ronnie, Rickie, Me [Bobby McMillon], etc. at Clay Hedricks, 1 June 1968 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11208

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM27

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11209

Lounette "Granny" and Isaac "Paw" Hopson, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11209

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM28

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11210

Side 1: N.C. Folklore Meeting. Nancy Jones. "Sailor and Soldier." "Polly Sat Down." Side 2: Mae "Maw Maw" Phillips, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11210

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM29

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11211

Side 1: Lou Brookshire. Ballads. "Fatal Wedding," "Golden Willow Tree," "Girl I Left Behind," "House Carpenter," "Sailor Boy," "Frankie Silver," "Oma Wise," "Southern Soldiers,"  "Willie Weaver," "Boston Burglar." Side 2: Lounette "Granny" and Isaac "Paw" Hopson, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11211

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM30

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11212

Some Carter Family Songs by Bud Tolley, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11212

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM31

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11213

A. P. Carter Memorial Festival. Carters, Me [Bobby McMillon], 31 August 1976 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11213

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM32

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11214

Bobby McMillon, Doug Brookshire, Cas Wallin, Virgie Wallin, Dellie Norton. Songs and memories, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11214

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM33

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11215

Me [Bobby McMillon] #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11215

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM34

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11217

Cas and Virgie Wallin, 7 July 1978 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11217

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM35

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11218

Mae Phillips, "Cody Lowe," "Willie of Winsbury" #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11218

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM36

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11219

Rolf Ellison, Side 1: May 1978, Side 2: 1976 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11219

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM37

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11220

Sylvia Carter Edwards, Bobby McMillon, Janette Carter, Doc Addington, Carl McConnell, July 1974 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11220

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM38

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11221

Unidentified, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11221

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM39

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11222

Isaac "Paw" Hopson #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11222

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM40

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11223

Side 1: Janette Carter. Side 2: Janette Carter and Bobby McMillon #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11223

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM41

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11224

Side 1: Bobby McMillon, Woodrow Goforth, February 1975. Side 2: David Hopson's Wedding #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11224

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM42

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11225

Unidentified, undated #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11225

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM43

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11226

Side 1: Mae Phillips, 1st Recordings, songs, stories. Side 2: Bobby McMillon: songs of Mae Phillips. Mae Phillips: songs, old happenings. Lower Creek, Lenoir, N.C., 6-7 March 1974 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11226

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM44

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11227

Mae Phillips, Rolf Ellison, Bobby McMillon, August 1973 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11227

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM45

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11228

Bobby McMillon #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11228

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM46

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20007/11229

Glenn Massey, "John Henry," "Nine Pound Hammer," "Take This Hammer," "Swannanoa Tunnel,"  "Yellow Rose of Texas," "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down," "Maple on the Hill." Recorded at my [Bobby McMillon's] house, Lower Creek, Lenoir, N.C., 27 July 1973 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.1 Open Reel Recordings, 1968-1978 and undated." FT-20007/11229

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original number: BM47

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995.

22 items.

Arrangement: Original order is preserved. Audio recordings preceded by corresponding field notes.

Folder 5 was formerly in Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025), folder 312. Folder titles include call number of corresponding recording.

Digital Audio Tapes (DAT) recorded by McMillon in May 1995. The DATs document McMillon singing from his collected songs. Also included are field notes (folder 5) consisting of detailed tape logs prepared by Jim McGee in 1995. Corresponding tape logs may include performer names, song titles, and notes on song origins.

Folder 5

Field notes: DAT-20007/1-11 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." Folder 5

Formerly folder 312 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Detailed tape logs prepared by Jim McGee in 1995.

Digital Audiotape DAT-20007/1

Bobby McMillon singing from his collected songs, 16 May 1995 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." DAT-20007/1

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

Digital Audiotape DAT-20007/2

Bobby McMillon singing from his collected songs, 16 May 1995 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." DAT-20007/2

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

Digital Audiotape DAT-20007/3

Bobby McMillon singing from his collected songs, 16-17 May 1995 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." DAT-20007/3

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

Digital Audiotape DAT-20007/4

Bobby McMillon singing from his collected songs, 17 May 1995 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." DAT-20007/4

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

Digital Audiotape DAT-20007/5

Bobby McMillon singing from his collected songs, 17-18 May 1995 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." DAT-20007/5

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

Digital Audiotape DAT-20007/6

Bobby McMillon singing from his collected songs, 18 May 1995 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." DAT-20007/6

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

Digital Audiotape DAT-20007/7

Bobby McMillon singing from his collected songs, 18-19 May 1995 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." DAT-20007/7

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

Digital Audiotape DAT-20007/8

Bobby McMillon singing from his collected songs, 24 May 1995 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." DAT-20007/8

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

Digital Audiotape DAT-20007/9

Bobby McMillon singing from his collected songs, 24 May 1995 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." DAT-20007/9

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

Digital Audiotape DAT-20007/10

Bobby McMillon singing from his collected songs, 24-25 May 1995 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." DAT-20007/10

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

Digital Audiotape DAT-20007/11

Bobby McMillon singing from his collected songs, 25 May 1995 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.2.2 Digital Audio Tapes, 1995." DAT-20007/11

Digital Audio Tape (DAT)

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.3 Acetate Discs, 1947.

3 items.

Processing information: Because the acetate had deteriorated considerably by the time preservation masters were made in 1999, only fair sound quality and completeness were obtained.

Three acetate discs that were given to Bobby McMillon by the widow of Sam Hartley of Caldwell County, N.C. The discs are recordings from the 50th annual shape note singing convention in Hollow Springs, N.C. This convention was held 17 August 1947 at the Hollow Springs Primitive Baptist Church where Bobby McMillon's grandfather served as an Elder. The non-denominational singing began in 1897 and continued to be held every third Sunday in August. On the recordings, an announcer gives context to the songs and singers.

Instantaneous Disc FD-20007/606

50th annual Hollow Springs Shape Note Singing Convention, 17 August 1947, parts 1 and 2 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.3 Acetate Discs, 1947." FD-20007/606

Instantaneous Disc FD-20007/607

50th annual Hollow Springs Shape Note Singing Convention, 17 August 1947, parts 3 and 4 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.3 Acetate Discs, 1947." FD-20007/607

Instantaneous Disc FD-20007/608

50th annual Hollow Springs Shape Note Singing Convention, 17 August 1947, parts 5 and 6 #20007-z, Subseries: "1.3 Acetate Discs, 1947." FD-20007/608

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Photographs, circa 1909-1992 and undated.

Approximately 27 items.

Photographs of Bobby McMillon's family, beginning with a portrait of McMillon's great-great grandfather, Greenberry Woody, circa early 1900s, and ending with a portrait of Bobby McMillon and Marina Trivette from 1992. The series includes reference photocopies of the photographs with annotations by McMillon as well as oversize Black-and-White copy negatives made from the positive prints. Please note that the original positive prints are not found in the collection.

Folder 20

Family photographs: reference photocopies #20007-z, Series: "3. Photographs, circa 1909-1992 and undated." Folder 20

Photocopies of the images found in Image folder 1. Includes annotations by McMillon.

Image Folder 1

Family photographs: oversize copy negatives #20007-z, Series: "3. Photographs, circa 1909-1992 and undated." 1

Black-and-White Copy Negatives (26)

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Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth Matson, June 2003.

Encoded by: Elizabeth Matson, July 2003.

Updated by: Alison Waldenberg, August 2006.

Updated by: Anne Wells, February 2017.

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