Collection Number: 20022-z

Collection Title: Frank Clyde Brown Collection, 1936-1971 (bulk 1936-1940)

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Archival processing of the Frank Clyde Brown Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 22 items
Abstract The Frank Clyde Brown Collection consists of dubbed field recordings of ballads, banjo music, fiddle tunes, dance music, singing games, songs, and stories, recorded in various locations in North Carolina by folklorist, Duke University professor, and founding member of the North Carolina Folklore Society, Frank Clyde Brown. The audio recordings, 1936-1940 and undated, primarily feature Anglo American folk and old-time music from western North Carolina, including the counties of Avery, Buncombe, Caldwell, Cleveland, Iredell, Watauga, and Wilkes. The collection also contains corresponding documentation, including select tape logs created by SFC staff and a tape index created by Duke University graduate student, Charles Bond, in 1971.
Creator Brown, Frank Clyde, 1870-1943.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies. Patrons must fill out a permissions request form from Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library in order to obtain listening copies.
Restrictions to Use
Patrons must have permission from Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library to use and reproduce audio materials.
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 Frank Clyde Brown Collection #20022-z, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 103053).
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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Frank Clyde Brown (1870-1943) served as a Professor of English at Trinity College, Duke University, from 1909 until his death. In 1913, Brown co-founded the North Carolina Folklore Society and served as secretary-treasurer of the organization from its inception until his death.

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Dubbed field recordings of ballads, banjo music, fiddle tunes, dance music, singing games, songs, and stories, recorded in various locations in North Carolina by folklorist, Duke University professor, and founding member of the North Carolina Folklore Society, Frank Clyde Brown. The audio recordings, 1936-1940 and undated, primarily feature Anglo American folk and old-time music from western North Carolina, including the counties of Avery, Buncombe, Caldwell, Cleveland, Iredell, Watauga, and Wilkes. The recordings found in the collection are access copies on 1/4" open reel audio that were made in 1971 from the original cylinder and disc field recordings held in the Frank Clyde Brown Papers at Duke University.

The collection also contains corresponding documentation, including select tape logs created by SFC staff and a tape index created by Duke University graduate student, Charles Bond, in 1971.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated.

16 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/205

Myra Barnett Miller, Tuckaseegee, 1936 #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/205

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/206

Otis Kuykendall on banjo and guitar, Asheville, N.C., 1939 #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/206

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/207

McGuires, Trivetts and Churches, "Music from the End of Nowhere" #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/207

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/208

Otis Kuykendall on guitar and banjo, G.S. Robinson on lead vocal, 18 July 1939; Aunt Becky Gordon, 19 July 1939 #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/208

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/209

Frank Proffitt and son Oliver, Pick Breeches, N.C., 24 July 1939; Mrs. N. Prather, Frank Proffitt's aunt, 5 August 1939 #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/209

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/210

Mrs. G.L. Bostic, Boiling Springs, N.C., 7 August 1939; Mrs. Pearl Webb, Pineola, N.C., 24 August 1939; Mrs. P. R. Norman, Greensboro, N.C. #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/210

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/211

Mrs. S. Hicks, Nathan Hicks, Matney, N.C.; Mrs. Nora Hicks and granddaughter, Addie Hicks, Mast's Gap, N.C., 28 August 1940 #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/211

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/212

Mrs. Nora Hicks, Mast's Gap [Sugar Grove], N.C.; Mr. Broane Hughs, Hughes, N.C., 4 September 1940 #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/212

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/213

Mr. and Mrs. James York, Olin, N.C., 14 August 1939 #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/213

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/214

Marilyn Vance and Evelyn Binfield, Mrs. I.D. Vance, songs and tales #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/214

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/215

Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Stamey and Hestabel Bellinger, Altamont, N.C., 14 July 1939; Faye Watson, Earlina Greene, C. Michaels, Edith Walker, Mrs. G M. Watson and H. Eggers, Boone, N.C. #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/215

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/216

Mrs. Ettie Thomas and "Granny" Wood, 13 August 1940; Mr. Leary singing sea chanties, 24 August 1939; Obie Johnson, 14 July 1940; Clarice Burleson and Joe Powels, 14 July 1940 #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/216

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/217

Pilgrim Singers [African American quartet] singing at Boone State Prison Camp, 18 July 1939; Prymrolle Quartet singing at Boone State Prison Camp, 18 July 1936; Will "Shorty" Love, 9 December 1939 #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/217

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/218

Music of Dr. Bradley, Blowing Rock, N.C., 3 September 1939; Professor J.T.C. Wright, ASTC, Boone, N.C., 21 July 1936; H.J. Beaker, student at ATSU, Boone, N.C., 21 July 1936; John Lomax, Blowing Rock, N.C., 2 June 1936 #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/218

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/219

unidentified musicians on banjo and vocal; G.S. Robinson accompanied by Otis Kuykendall on banjo; Bascom Lamar Lunsford on banjo #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/219

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20022/220

H.C. Martin on fiddle, Wilkes County, N.C., 1936; four unidentified female singers #20022-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1936-1940 and undated." FT-20022/220

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 7.5 ips ; 1/2 track

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, March 2017

Encoded by: Anne Wells, March 2017

Archival processing of the Frank Clyde Brown Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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