Collection Number: 20090

Collection Title: Laurel Horton and Diane Sasson Field Recording of Sarah White, 1976

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Archival processing of the Laurel Horton and Diane Sasson Field Recording of Sarah White was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Abstract Field Recording of Sarah White, an African American musician of the Shiloh Community in Asheville, N.C., singing and performing African American spirituals in her home. On the recording, Sarah White also provides commentary on the composition, style of performance, and context of the songs, and performs a rendition of one of the songs, "Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior", on the organ. Laurel Horton, a white folklorist, and Diane Sasson, a white author, recorded Sarah White on 9 June 1976, presumably as part of their course work while they were graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The recording ends with a separate interview with Alice Weatherman and her mother, identified as Mrs. Brooks, both white, harmonizing in a rendition of "The Stone Song" and discussing the song's kinetic accompaniment. In addition to the recording, the collection contains supporting documentation consisting of tape logs prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. These tape logs include a brief description of the recording, as well as a contents listing of songs performed by Sarah White.
Creator Horton, Laurel.

Sasson, Diane, 1946-
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 Laurel Horton and Diane Sasson Field Recording of Sarah White #20090, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20200825.1).
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Laurel Horton of Seneca, S.C., is a white folklorist, quilt researcher, lecturer, and author. She received her master's degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979.

Diane Sasson is a white author, Shakers researcher, and former director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Duke University. She received her bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Field Recording of Sarah White, an African American musician of the Shiloh Community in Asheville, N.C., singing and performing African American spirituals in her home. On the recording, Sarah White also provides commentary on the composition, style of performance, and context of the songs, and performs a rendition of one of the songs, "Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior", on the organ. Laurel Horton, a white folklorist, and Diane Sasson, a white author, recorded Sarah White on 9 June 1976, presumably as part of their course work while they were graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and donated the 1/4" open reel audio recording to the UNC Folklore Archives. The recording ends with a separate interview with Alice Weatherman and her mother, identified as Mrs. Brooks, both white, harmonizing in a rendition of "The Stone Song" and discussing the song's kinetic accompaniment. In addition to the recording, the collection contains supporting documentation consisting of tape logs prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. These tape logs include a brief description of the recording and a contents listing of songs performed by Sarah White, which include "Glory To His Name", "Old Ship of Zion", "I'm on My to the Promise Land", "I'm So Glad I Got My Religion on Time", "Jesus Knows All About My Troubles", "Oh, They Tell of a Home When the Storm Cloud Rises", and "Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior".

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, August 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, August 2020

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.

Archival processing of the Laurel Horton and Diane Sasson Field Recording of Sarah White was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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