Collection Number: 20028-z

Collection Title: Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973

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Size 50 items
Abstract The Tom Carter Collection consists of field recordings, 1970-1973, created and compiled by folklorist, historian, and musician, Tom Carter. The audio recordings feature old-time musicians from the central Piedmont area of North Carolina and the North Carolina and Virginia border region, performing old-time tunes and songs. Some of the artists featured include, Tommy Jarrell (1901-1984), Anglo-American old-time fiddle and banjo player, of Mt. Airy, N.C.; Gaither Carlton (1901-1973), Anglo-American old-time fiddle and banjo player, of Deep Gap, N.C.; Fred Cockerham (1905-1980), Anglo-American old-time fiddle and banjo player, of Low Gap, N.C.; Emit Valentine, Anglo-American button accordion player, of Franklin Co., N.C.; Archie and Lenwood Thompson, Anglo-American fiddlers, of Franklin Co., N.C. The collection also includes extensive field notes created by SFC staff. Field notes include technical information about the tapes, as well as description of contents, including musician names, song titles, banjo tunings, and background information on the musicians recorded.
Creator Carter, Thomas, 1949-
Language English
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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 Tom Carter Collection #20028, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Thomas "Tom" Carter is an emeritus professor of architectural history in the University of Utah's College of Architecture and Planning. He has a degree in history from Brown University and studied folklore at both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Indiana University. His chief research interest has been the building traditions of the western United States. His publications include Images of an American Land: Vernacular Architecture Studies in the West, and (with Betsy Cromley) the text Invitation to Vernacular Architecture: A Guide to the Study of Ordinary Buildings and Landscapes.

Biography courtesy of the Department of Folklore at the University of Utah

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The Tom Carter Collection consists of 23 open reel field recordings, 1970-1973, created and compiled by folklorist, historian, and musician, Tom Carter. The recordings feature old-time musicians from the central Piedmont area of North Carolina and the North Carolina and Virginia border region, performing old-time tunes and songs. Some of the artists featured include, Tommy Jarrell (1901-1984), Anglo-American old-time fiddle and banjo player, of Mt. Airy, N.C.; Gaither Carlton (1901-1973), Anglo-American old-time fiddle and banjo player, of Deep Gap, N.C.; Fred Cockerham (1905-1980), Anglo-American old-time fiddle and banjo player, of Low Gap, N.C.; Emit Valentine, Anglo-American button accordion player, of Franklin Co., N.C.; Archie and Lenwood Thompson, Anglo-American fiddlers, of Franklin Co., N.C. The collection also includes extensive field notes created by SFC staff. Field notes include technical information about the tapes, as well as description of contents, including musician names, song titles, banjo tunings, and background information on the musicians recorded.

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Contents list

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About 50 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Titles and descriptions compiled from the SFC database and field notes.

Folder 1

Field notes: FT-20028/122-144 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." Folder 1

Formerly folder 390 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Created by SFC staff. Includes technical information about the tapes, as well as description of contents, including musician names, song titles, banjo tunings, and background information on the musicians recorded.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/129

Neil Converse, Plainfield, Vt., February 1970 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/129

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

New England fiddler and accordion player, Neil Converse, plays Scottish, Irish, and American tunes, including songs from the Civil and American Revolutionary Wars.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/130

Neil Converse, Plainfield, Vt., February 1970 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/130

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

New England fiddler and accordion player, Neil Converse, plays Scottish, Irish, and American tunes, including songs from the Civil and American Revolutionary Wars.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/139

Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham, Mt. Airy, N.C., 5 February 1971 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/139

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter, Malcolm Owen, and Harold Cannon

Old-time fiddle and banjo songs performed by Tommy Jarrell (of Mt. Airy, N.C.) on fiddle and vocals, and Fred Cockerham (of Low Gap, N.C.) on the fretless banjo.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/140

Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham, Mt. Airy, N.C., 5 February 1971 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/140

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter, Malcolm Owen, and Harold Cannon

Old-time fiddle and banjo songs performed by Tommy Jarrell (of Mt. Airy, N.C.) on fiddle and vocals, and Fred Cockerham (of Low Gap, N.C.) on the fretless banjo.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/141

Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham, Mt. Airy, N.C., 5 February 1971 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/141

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter, Malcolm Owen, and Harold Cannon

Old-time fiddle and banjo songs performed by Tommy Jarrell (of Mt. Airy, N.C.) on fiddle and vocals, and Fred Cockerham (of Low Gap, N.C.) on the fretless banjo.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/126

Taylor Kimble, Stella Kimble, Tom Carter, Blanton Owen, and Malcolm Owen, Laurel Fork, Va., March and April 1971 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/126

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter, Ann Carter, Blanton Owen, and Malcolm Owen

Old-time banjo and fiddle music from Carroll County, Va. Taylor Kimbell on main fiddle, Stella Kimbell on banjo, Tom Carter or Blanton Owen on second fiddle, and Malcolm Owen on banjo.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/142

Fred Cockerham, Low Gap, N.C., November 1971; Kyle Creed, Galax, Va., November 1971 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/142

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time banjo and fiddle music from Surrey County, N.C. and Galax, Va. Fred Cockerham on banjo (fretless banjo and clawhammer style) recorded in Low Gap, N.C.; Kyle Creed on banjo recorded in Galax, Va.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/124

Earl Shatterly and Tom Carter, Kimesville, Alamance County, N.C., 6 November 1971; Len Cooke, Four Oaks, Johnston County, N.C., 17 November 1971; Carley Parrish, near Benson, Johnston County, N.C., 24 November 1971. #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/124

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time fiddling from Alamance and Johnston counties. Earl Shatterly on fiddle and Tom Carter on banjo recorded at Shatterly's home in Kimesville, Alamance County, N.C.; Len Cooke on fiddle recorded at his home in Johnston County, Four Oaks, N.C.; Carley Parrish on fiddle recorded at his home on Highway 50 outside of Benson, Johnston County N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/125

Emit Valentine, Tom Carter, and Alexander Varela, near Centerville, Franklin Country, N.C., November 1971; Archie and Lenwood Thompson, Centerville, Franklin County, N.C., December 1971 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/125

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Accordion music and old-time fiddling from Franklin County, N.C.. Emit Valentine on accordion, Tom Carter on fiddle, and Alexander Varela on banjo recorded near Centerville, Franklin County, N.C.; Archie and Lenwood Thompson on fiddles recorded in Centerville, Franklin County, N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/136

Vergil Craven, Cedar Falls, N.C., 17 February 1972 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/136

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

dubbed recording

Dulcimer music from Randolph, County, N.C. Vergil Craven on hammered dulcimer.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/122

Gaither Carlton and Tom Carter, Deep Gap, Watauga County, N.C., March 1972 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/122

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time fiddling from Watauga County, N.C. Gaither Carlton on fiddle and banjo and Tom Carter on banjo.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/123

Joe Caudill, Blanton Owen, and Tom Carter, near Sparta, Alleghany County, N.C., 12 May 1972 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/123

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time fiddling from Alleghany County, N.C. Joe Caudill on fiddle, Blanton Owen on banjo, and Tom Carter on guitar recorded at the home of Joe Caudill near Sparta, Alleghany County, N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/127

William Marshall and Tom Carter, Hillsville, Va., August 1972 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/127

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time fiddle and banjo music from Carroll County, Va. William Marshall on fiddle and Tom Cater on banjo recorded at Marshall's home outside of Hillsville, Va.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/128

William Marshall and Tom Carter, Hillsville, Va., August 1972; Calvin Cole, near Fancy Gap, Va, August 1972 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/128

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time fiddle and banjo music from Carroll County, Va. William Marshall on fiddle and Tom Cater on banjo recorded at Marshall's home outside of Hillsville, Va.; Calvin Cole on banjo (clawhammer and down-picking style) recorded at his home near Fancy Gap, Va.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/137

Abe Horton, Tom Carter, and Sharon Poss, Fancy Gap, Va., October 1972 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/137

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time fiddle and banjo from Carroll County, Va. Abe Horton on fiddle, banjo, and voice, Tom Carter on banjo, and Sharon Poss on guitar.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/138

Abe Horton, fiddle, banjo and vocal. Recorded in Fancy Gap, VA, 10-72. Tom Carter, banjo. Sharon Poss, guitar. Howard Hall, two-finger banjo. #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/138

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time fiddle and banjo from Carroll County, Va. Abe Horton on fiddle, banjo, and voice, Tom Carter on second fiddle, Howard Hall (of Fancy Gap, Va.) on two-finger banjo, and Sharon Poss on guitar.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/131

Taylor Kimble, Stella Kimble, and Tom Carter, Laurel Fork, Va., January 1973 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/131

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time banjo and fiddle music from Carroll County, Va. Taylor Kimbell on main fiddle, Stella Kimbell on banjo (in clawhammer style), and Tom Carter on guitar.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/132

Taylor Kimble, Stella Kimble, and Tom Carter, Laurel Fork, Va., January 1973 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/132

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time banjo and fiddle music from Carroll County, Va.. Taylor Kimbell on main fiddle, Stella Kimbell on banjo (in clawhammer style), and Tom Carter on guitar.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/133

Taylor Kimble, Stella Kimble, and Tom Carter, Laurel Fork, Va., January 1973 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/133

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time banjo and fiddle music from Carroll County, Va. Taylor Kimbell on main fiddle, Stella Kimbell on banjo (in clawhammer style), and Tom Carter on guitar.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/134

Taylor Kimble, Stella Kimble, and Tom Carter, Laurel Fork, Va., January 1973 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/134

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time banjo and fiddle music from Carroll County, Va. Taylor Kimbell on main fiddle, Stella Kimbell on banjo (in clawhammer style), and Tom Carter on guitar.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/143

Taylor Kimble, Stella Kimble, and Tom Carter, Laurel Fork, Va., January 1973 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/143

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time banjo and fiddle music from Carroll County, Va. Taylor Kimbell on main fiddle, Stella Kimbell on banjo (in clawhammer style), and Tom Carter on guitar.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/144

Taylor Kimble, Stella Kimble, and Tom Carter, Laurel Fork, Va., January 1973 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/144

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time banjo and fiddle music from Carroll County, Va. Taylor Kimbell on main fiddle, Stella Kimbell on banjo (in clawhammer style) and vocals, and Tom Carter on guitar.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/135

John Patterson, Bobby Patterson, and Tom Carter, Galax, Va., 3 March 1973 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/135

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter

Old-time banjo and fiddle music from Carroll County, Va. John Patterson on fiddle, Bobby Patterson (John's son) on guitar, and Tom Carter on banjo.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20028/352

Joe Caudill, 1972-1973 #20028-z, Series: "Tom Carter Collection, 1970-1973." FT-20028/352

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Tom Carter as part of his master's thesis in folklore.

Old-time fiddling from Alleghany County, N.C.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, April 2016

Encoded by: Anne Wells, April 2016

Updated by: Anne Wells, May 2018

Archival processing of the Tom Carter Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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