Collection Number: 20071-z

Collection Title: David E. Whisnant Collection, 1950s-1991

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Archival processing of the David E. Whisnant Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 13 items
Abstract The David E. Whisnant Collection consists of audio recordings and other materials compiled by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus of English, David E. Whisnant. The recordings comprise of live performances, interviews, and dubbed radio recordings. Artists or interviewees featured on the recordings include the Blue Sky Boys, Bill Bolick, Garland Bolick, the Burke Family Gospel Singers, and Norman Edmonds, among others. Other materials found in the collection include a publicity photograph of D.L. Menard and the Louisiana Aces and student papers from David E. Whisnant's fall 1991 course, The Politics of Country Music, at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Creator Whisnant, David E., 1938-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio or moving image materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 David Whisnant Collection #20071-z, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from David E. Whisnant circa 1990-1992 (Acc. 102676), June 2000 (Acc. 098667), and April 2015 (Acc. 102204).
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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David Eugene Whisnant is an author and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Whisnant is a native of Asheville, N.C. He received a B.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and an M.S.W. from UNC-Chapel Hill. His major publications include James Boyd (1972), Modernizing the Mountaineer: People, Power and Planning in Appalachia (1981; rev. ed. 1994), All That Is Native and Fine: The Politics of Culture in an American Region (1983), and Rascally Signs in Sacred Places: The Politics of Culture in Nicaragua (1995).

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The David E. Whisnant Collection consists of audio recordings and other materials compiled by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus of English, David E. Whisnant. The recordings, 1950s-1978, are on audiocassette and 1/4" open reel audio and comprise of live performances, interviews, and dubbed radio recordings. Artists or interviewees featured on the recordings include the Blue Sky Boys, Bill Bolick, Garland Bolick, the Burke Family Gospel Singers, and Norman Edmonds, among others. Other materials found in the collection include a publicity photograph, circa 1985, of D.L. Menard and the Louisiana Aces and student papers, 1991, from David E. Whisnant's fall 1991 course, The Politics of Country Music, at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Audio Recordings and Tape Log, 1950s-1978.

10 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical.

Audio recordings compiled by David E. Whisnant. Also includes a tape log (folder 1) that corresponds to the Norman Edmonds, "The Old Timer's Program" radio show recording (FT-20071/15514).

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20071/1178

Blue Sky Boys performance at Carleton Haney's Camp Springs Bluegrass Festival, Camp Springs, N.C., 25 May 1974 #20071-z, Series: "1. Audio Recordings and Tape Log, 1950s-1978." FS-20071/1178

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20071/1179

Blue Sky Boys performance at UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif., 14-16 May 1965 #20071-z, Series: "1. Audio Recordings and Tape Log, 1950s-1978." FS-20071/1179

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20071/461

Bill Bolick response to biographical essay by David Whisnant, 22 August 1976 #20071-z, Series: "1. Audio Recordings and Tape Log, 1950s-1978." FS-20071/461

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20071/16618

Bill Bolick interview conducted by David Whisnant, Greensboro, N.C., 26 January 1974 #20071-z, Series: "1. Audio Recordings and Tape Log, 1950s-1978." FS-20071/16618

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20071/518

Garland Bolick interview, 31 January 1974 #20071-z, Series: "1. Audio Recordings and Tape Log, 1950s-1978." FS-20071/518

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20071/560

Burke Family anniversary, Millington, Md., 16 July 1978 #20071-z, Series: "1. Audio Recordings and Tape Log, 1950s-1978." FS-20071/560

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20071/561

Burke Family singing, Millington, Md., 16 July 1978 #20071-z, Series: "1. Audio Recordings and Tape Log, 1950s-1978." FS-20071/561

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20071/15514

Norman Edmonds, "The Old Timer's Program" radio show, Galax, Va., early 1950s #20071-z, Series: "1. Audio Recordings and Tape Log, 1950s-1978." FT-20071/15514

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 4-tracks

Features Uncle Norman Edmonds on fiddle, Rufus Berry Queensberry on banjo, and John and Paul Edmonds on guitars. Broadcast from Galax, Va. Includes Higgins Oil ads. Tape log found inside original container now resides in folder 1.

Folder 1

Tape log: FT-20071/15514 #20071-z, Series: "1. Audio Recordings and Tape Log, 1950s-1978." Folder 1

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20071/1177

North Carolina Folklife Festival, Duke University, 1974 #20071-z, Series: "1. Audio Recordings and Tape Log, 1950s-1978." FS-20071/1177

Audiocassette

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3 items.

A publicity photograph of D.L. Menard and the Louisiana Aces and 2 student papers for David Whisnant's fall 1991 course, The Politics of Country Music, at UNC. Papers include Jill Hemming's "Saddlesore and Lonely: Elvis Costello's 'Almost Blue'" and David Nealon's "On the Cusp of Progress: Bela Lam and His Greene County Singers; The Transformation of an Esthetic."

Image Folder PF-20071/1

Photograph: D.L. Menard and the Louisiana Aces, circa 1985 #20071-z, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1980s-1991." PF-20071/1

Folder 2

Student papers, 1991 #20071-z, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1980s-1991." Folder 2

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Anne Wells, November 2016

Archival processing of the David E. Whisnant Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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