Collection Number: 20032-z

Collection Title: Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986.

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Archival processing of the Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 30 items
Abstract Interviews and field recordings created by white archivist and traditional musician, Mike Casey, while he was a graduate student in folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The majority of the recordings feature traditional musicians from North Carolina and West Virginia, including Lauchlin Shaw, white old-time fiddler from Spring Lake, Cumberland County, N.C.; Clarence Williams (1928- ), African American gospel singer and farmer from Fayetteville, N.C.; and Melvin Wine, a white old-time fiddler, of Braxton County, W.Va. The collection also contains a series of recordings made in Duplin County N.C., including interviews with residents and field recordings of a Baptist church revival, as well as documentation related to the interview and field recordings of Lauchlin Shaw found in the collection.
Creator Casey, Mike, 1958-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
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 Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings #20032, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 103701)
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Mike Casey is a white archivist and traditional musician based in Bloomington, Ind., where he serves as the Director of Media Preservation Services for Indiana University’s Media Preservation Initiative. He holds a masters in Folklore from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a performing musician, specializing in traditional Irish flute. From 1987-1998, Casey worked in multiple capacities at the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC.

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Interviews and field recordings on open reel and audiocassette created by white archivist and traditional musician, Mike Casey, while he was a graduate student in folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The majority of the recordings feature traditional musicians from North Carolina and West Virginia, including Lauchlin Shaw, white old-time fiddler from Spring Lake, Cumberland County, N.C.; Clarence Williams (1928- ), African American gospel singer and farmer from Fayetteville, N.C.; and Melvin Wine, a white old-time fiddler, of Braxton County, W.Va. The collection also contains a series of recordings made in Duplin County N.C., including interviews with residents and field recordings of a Baptist church revival, as well as documentation related to the interview and field recordings of Lauchlin Shaw found in the collection. Former SFC staff created the documentation, which includes tape logs with song titles and brief descriptions.

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Contents list

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30 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Processing information: Folder 1 was formerly in Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025), folder 633.

Folder 1

Documentation: FT-20032/1694-1697 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." Folder 1

Formerly folder 633 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20032/1694

Interview and fiddle tunes with Lauchlin Shaw, Spring Lake, N.C., 19 October 1983, tape 1 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FT-20032/1694

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20032/1695

Interview and fiddle tunes with Lauchlin Shaw, Spring Lake, N.C., 19 October 1983, tape 2 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FT-20032/1695

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20032/1696

Interview and fiddle tunes with Lauchlin Shaw, Spring Lake, N.C., 19 October 1983, tape 3 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FT-20032/1696

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20032/1697

Interview and fiddle tunes with Lauchlin Shaw, Spring Lake, N.C., 19 October 1983, tape 4 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FT-20032/1697

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/573

Interview with Clarence Williams, 8 May 1986, tape 1 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/573

Audiocassette

Interview with Clarence Williams (1928- ), African American gospel singer and farmer from Fayetteville, N.C., discussing his career as a gospel performer, 1934-1986. He describes his early years singing in a family group, and how he learned music at home. A composer of songs who never had formal music education, Williams also talks about his methods of creating and revising both melody and lyrics. Other subjects include his membership in various groups (mostly quartets), including Golden Four, Golden Tones, Trumpets of Joy, Violinaires, and Williams Family Group, chances for commercial success, and his role in his church community. He also describes his philosophy of life as a man of faith.

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/574

Interview with Clarence Williams, 8 May 1986, tape 2 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/574

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/575

Interview with Swanne Harmony, 15 April 1986, tape 1 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/575

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/576

Interview with Swanne Harmony, 15 April 1986, tape 2 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/576

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/630

Vadalia Gathering: Melvin Wine, Kate Brett, Tom Kin, Charleston, W.Va., 26 May 1990 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/630

Audiocassette

Recording of an informal music session with Melvin Wine, white old-time fiddler from Braxton County, W.Va., Kate Brett, white banjo player, and others; a concert appearance by Wine and his son and friends; and the finalists from the over 60 categories in the fiddle contest, all performing old-time fiddle tunes.

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/956

Duplin County N.C.: Jess Albertson Interview, 8 April 1986, tape 1 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/956

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/957

Duplin County N.C.: Jess Albertson Interview, 8 April 1986, tape 2 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/957

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/958

Duplin County N.C.: James Whaley Interview, 9 April 1986 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/958

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/959

Duplin County N.C.: Allie Carlton Interview, 10 April 1986 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/959

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/960

Duplin County N.C.: Bob Maready Interview, 15 April 1986 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/960

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/961

Duplin County N.C.: Agnes Brock Interview, 15 April 1986 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/961

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/962

Duplin County N.C.: Lavina Scholar Interview, 16 April 1986 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/962

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/963

Duplin County N.C.: James Nelson Interview, 17 April 1986 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/963

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/964

Duplin County N.C.: Margaret Batchelor Interview, 17 April 1986 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/964

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/965

Duplin County N.C.: Jess Albertson [fiddle tunes], 23 April [1986] #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/965

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/966

Duplin County N.C.: Friendship Baptist Church Revival, 21 April 1986, tape 1 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/966

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/967

Duplin County N.C.: Friendship Baptist Church Revival, 21 April 1986, tape 2 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/967

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/968

Duplin County N.C.: Friendship Baptist Church Revival, 24 April 1986, tape 1 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/968

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/969

Duplin County N.C.: Friendship Baptist Church Revival, 24 April 1986, tape 2 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/969

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20032/970

Duplin County N.C.: Bob Maready Interview and fiddle tunes, 20 July 1986 #20032-z, Series: "Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings, 1983-1986." FS-20032/970

Audiocassette

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, September 2019

Encoded by: Anne Wells, September 2019

Archival processing of the Mike Casey Interviews and Field Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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