Collection Number: 20089-z

Collection Title: Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975

This collection has access restrictions. For details, please see the restrictions.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the Duplication Policy section for more information.


Archival processing of the Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Collection Overview

Size 20 items
Abstract Field recordings of North Carolina based folk and blues musicians compiled by white educator and local blues historian, Bill Phillips. The recordings feature performances and interviews with Dink Roberts, African American banjo player, slide guitarist, and singer, of Haw River, N.C.; Sam Pridgen (1910-1989), white string band guitarist, of Durham, N.C.; Willy Trice (1910-1976), African American blues singer and guitarist, of Durham County, N.C.; and Charlie Poole, Jr. (1912-1968), white string band vocalist and son of old-time musician and string band leader, Charlie Poole, of Randolph County, N.C. The collection contains dubs of original field recordings created by Bill Phillips, along with white anthropologist, Victor "Vic" Lukas, and white record label founder, Barry Poss, as well as a dub of an interview conducted by white folklorists, Eugene Earle and Archie Green. Also included are related tape logs prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff member, Anne Kimzey. Tape logs contain contextual information on the artists and recordings, including technical information, brief content descriptions, and a list of song titles performed by the musicians.
Creator Phillips, Bill.
Language English
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Information For Users

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 Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings #20089-z, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions Information unknown (Acc. 103737).
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.
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subject Headings

The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Related Collections

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Biographical Information

White educator and local blues historian, Bill Phillips, is a native of Durham, N.C. and a lifelong North Carolina resident. He has worked in public education, social services, carpentry, and construction, getting his start as a high school history teacher. In the 1970s Phillips began playing string band music, making musical instruments, and documenting traditional folk and blues musicians in North Carolina, including African American old-time banjo player, Dink Roberts, of Haw River, N.C., and African American blues guitarist and singer, Willie Trice, of Durham, N.C. Around this same time, Phillips wrote and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct a tour of traditional musicians in North Carolina's public schools. Phillips is also a writer and local historian who has contributed to Southern Exposure and Like the Dew, an online journal on southern culture and politics.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Scope and Content

Field recordings of North Carolina based folk and blues musicians compiled by white educator and local blues historian, Bill Phillips. The recordings feature performances and interviews with Dink Roberts, African American banjo player, slide guitarist, and singer, of Haw River, N.C., joined by family and friends, playing blues, old-time, and sacred music, with dancing, patting, and information interviews; Sam Pridgen (1910-1989), white string band guitarist, of Durham, N.C., discussing work in the hosiery mill in Durham, N.C., and his musical career in the 1930s and 1940s with string bands such as the Tobacco Tags and the Swingbillies in North Carolina and Richmond, Va.; Willy Trice (1910-1976), African American blues singer and guitarist, of Durham County, N.C., performing blues; and Charlie Poole, Jr. (1912-1968), white string band vocalist of The Swing Bellies and son of old-time musician and string band leader, Charlie Poole, of Randolph County, N.C. The collection contains dubs of original field recordings created by Bill Phillips, along with white anthropologist, Victor "Vic" Lukas, and white record label founder, Barry Poss, as well as a dub of an interview conducted by white folklorists, Eugene Earle and Archie Green. Additionally, the collection contains related documentation, or tape logs, prepared by Southern Folklife Collection staff member, Anne Kimzey. Tape logs include contextual information on the artists and recordings, including technical information, brief content descriptions, and a list of song titles performed by the musicians.

Back to Top

Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975.

20 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Processing information: Audio recording titles and descriptions compiled from SFC database and related tape logs. Folder 1 was formerly in Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025), folder 637.

Folder 1

Tape logs: FT-20089/1709-1721 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." Folder 1

Formerly folder 637 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1709

Charlie Poole, Jr. interview, Mountain Home, VA Hospital, Tenn., 13 August 1962, tape 1 of 2 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1709

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Eugene Earle and Archie Green

Presumably a dub of an open reel recording (FT-4383) found in the Archie Green Collection #20002

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1710

Charlie Poole, Jr. interview, Mountain Home, VA Hospital, Tenn., 13 August 1962, tape 2 of 2 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1710

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Eugene Earle and Archie Green

Presumably a dub of an open reel recording (FT-4383) found in the Archie Green Collection #20002

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1711

Dink Roberts and his family, sacred and secular music, Haw River, N.C., 2 November 1973, tape 1 of 5 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1711

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Bill Phillips and Vic Lukas

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1712

Dink Roberts and his family, sacred and secular music, Haw River, N.C., 2 November 1973, tape 2 of 5 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1712

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Bill Phillips and Vic Lukas

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1713

Dink Roberts and his family, sacred and secular music, Haw River, N.C., 2 November 1973, tape 3 of 5 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1713

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Bill Phillips and Vic Lukas

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1714

Dink Roberts and his family, sacred and secular music, Haw River, N.C., 2 November 1973, tape 4 of 5 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1714

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Bill Phillips and Vic Lukas

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1715

Dink Roberts and his family, sacred and secular music, Haw River, N.C., 2 November 1973, tape 5 of 5 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1715

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Bill Phillips and Vic Lukas

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1716

Sam Pridgen, Durham, N.C., 7 May 1975, tape 1 of 2 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1716

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Barry Poss

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1717

Sam Pridgen interview, Durham, N.C., 7 May 1975, tape 2 of 2 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1717

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Barry Poss

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1718

Willie Trice, informal blues performance and interview, Durham, N.C., 19 May 1975, tape 1 of 2 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1718

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Bill Phillips and Vic Lukas

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1719

Willie Trice, informal blues performance and interview, Durham, N.C., 19 May 1975, tape 2 of 2 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1719

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Bill Phillips and Vic Lukas

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1720

Willie Trice blues performance at the Somethyme Restaurant, Durham, N.C., 1975, tape 1 of 2 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1720

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20089/1721

Willie Trice blues performance at the Somethyme Restaurant, Durham, N.C., 1975, tape 2 of 2 #20089-z, Series: "Bill Phillips Collection of Field Recordings, 1962-1975." FT-20089/1721

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Items Separated

Back to Top

Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, November 2019

Encoded by: Anne Wells, November 2019

Archival processing of the Bill Phillips Collection of 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.

Back to Top