Collection Number: 20079

Collection Title: Carl Gilfillan Collection, 1971

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Size 7 items
Abstract The Carl Gilfillan Collection consists of field recordings, 1971, created and compiled by filmmaker and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alum, Carl Gilfillan. The recordings in the collection were used as part of the soundtrack for Gilfillan's 1971 documentary film, The Struggle, which was the result of a five-year study of Cedar Branch, a socially and geographically isolated village in South Carolina's swampland. All of the field recordings in the collection feature African American congregational spirituals recorded at St. Joseph Mission Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The spirituals are sung in the traditional call-and-response style. Heard between songs are testimonials from the congregation and ecstatic religious experiences.
Creator Gilfillan, Carl.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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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 Carl Gilfillan Collection #20079, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Carl Gilfillan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970, earning bachelor's degrees in cultural anthropology and social sciences. In 1971 he completed the short documentary film, The Struggle, which was the result of a five-year study of Cedar Branch, a socially and geographically isolated village in South Carolina's swampland. A year later he founded Media Consultants, Inc, a media production and distribution company located in Cary, N.C. Gilfillan has been the owner and president of the firm since its founding.

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The Carl Gilfillan Collection consists of 7 open reel field recordings, 1971, created and compiled by filmmaker and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alum, Carl Gilfillan. The recordings in the collection were used as part of the soundtrack for Gilfillan's 1971 documentary film, The Struggle, which was the result of a five-year study of Cedar Branch, a socially and geographically isolated village in South Carolina's swampland. All of the field recordings in the collection feature African American congregational spirituals recorded at St. Joseph Mission Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The spirituals are sung in the traditional call-and-response style. Heard between songs are testimonials from the congregation and ecstatic religious experiences.

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Contents list

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7 items.

Arrangement: Original order has been maintained.

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

Field notes for the field recordings reside in Folders 408 and 471 within the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes Collection (#30025).

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20079/252

African American spirituals, St. Joseph Mission Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 17 March 1971: reel 1 of 7 #20079, Series: "Carl Gilfillan Collection, 1971." FT-20079/252

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Carl Gilfillan

Hymns on this recording include "Payday is Coming After a While," "You Ought To Take the Lord With You," "Glory, Glory Hallelujah, Since I Laid My Burden Down," "Troubles In My Way I Have To Moan Sometimes," and "I'm Leaning on the Lord"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20079/253

African American spirituals, St. Joseph Mission Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 17 March 1971: reel 2 of 7 #20079, Series: "Carl Gilfillan Collection, 1971." FT-20079/253

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Carl Gilfillan

Hymns on this recording include "You Don't Know Like I know What He Done For Me," "O Look At the People Standing at the Judgement," "I Got Shoes," "I Know I Been Changed," "O Lord, Remember Me," "Only Believe," and "I Have Come Too Far To Turn Around"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20079/254

African American spirituals, St. Joseph Mission Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 17 March 1971: reel 3 of 7 #20079, Series: "Carl Gilfillan Collection, 1971." FT-20079/254

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Carl Gilfillan

Hymns on this recording include "I Have Come Too Far To Turn Around" (continued), "I Looked At My Hands, My Hands Were New (Thank You Lord For My Traveling Shoes)," and "There's a Leak in This Old Building"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20079/255

African American spirituals, St. Joseph Mission Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 17 March 1971: reel 4 of 7 #20079, Series: "Carl Gilfillan Collection, 1971." FT-20079/255

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Carl Gilfillan

Hymns on this recording include "You Got To Move," "Let Me Lean On You," "Pray With Me, Lord," "I'm Running For My Life," "O Lord, I'm Not Tired Yet," and "I'm Going Home on the Morning Train"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20079/256

African American spirituals, St. Joseph Mission Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 17 March 1971: reel 5 of 7 #20079, Series: "Carl Gilfillan Collection, 1971." FT-20079/256

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Carl Gilfillan

Hymns on this recording include "I'm Going Home on the Morning Train" (continued), "I Got a Home on the Other Side," "He's Coming Back," "See What the End's Gonna Be," "O How Sweet To Be Saved," "Just Come to Jesus" "His Eye is on the Sparrow," and "Thank You For My Travelling Shoes"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20079/851

African American spirituals, St. Joseph Mission Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 17 March 1971: reel 6 of 7 #20079, Series: "Carl Gilfillan Collection, 1971." FT-20079/851

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Carl Gilfillan

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20079/852

African American spirituals, St. Joseph Mission Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 17 March 1971: reel 7 of 7 #20079, Series: "Carl Gilfillan Collection, 1971." FT-20079/852

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Recorded by Carl Gilfillan

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Anne Wells, March 2016

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

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