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Collection Number: 20091

Collection Title: Judith McCulloh Papers, circa 1999 and 2009


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Size 7.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3000 items)
Abstract The collection of white folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and book editor Judith McCulloh (1935-2014) contains correspondence, printed items, research files, a book manuscript, writings by McCulloh and others including folklorist D.K. Wilgus (1918-1989), draft television scripts, and lyric sheets and sheet music for ballads and spirituals. The majority of the correspondence is with folklorists and authors and pertains to McCulloh's editorial work at the University of Illinois Press and to her graduate studies in folklore at Indiana University. Printed items include newspaper clippings; newsletters from organizations such as the American Old Time Fiddlers Association; promotional materials for books, especially Stars of Country Music: Uncle Dave Macon to Johnny Rodriguez; reprints of scholarly articles about folk, country, bluegrass, blues, and popular music; flyers promoting music events at the Ash Grove, a night club in Los Angeles, Calif., and items about the Campus Folksong Club at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Research materials are related to McCulloh's 1970 Ph.D. dissertation titled "In the Pines": The Melodic-Textual Identity of an American Lyric Folksong Cluster. The book manuscript "Music from the Catskills The Camp Woodland Collection" was edited by composers Norman Cazden, Norman Studer, and Herbert Haufrecht and published in 1982 as Folk Songs of the Catskills. The drafts of television scripts are for the series "America's Appalachia" produced by WSWP-TV, a public radio and television station broadcasting in West Virginia.
Creator McCulloh, Judith, 1935-2014.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Judith McCulloh Papers #20091, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received in February 2019 (Acc. 103544).
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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Folklorist and ethnomusicologist, Judith McCulloh (1935-2014) from Spring Valley, Ill., was an editor at the University of Illinois Press in Urbana-Champaign, Ill., from the 1970s to the early 2000s. She edited the Music in American Life series and served as president of the American Folklore Society. McCulloh received her Ph.D., in 1970 from Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

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Processing Information

This summary description was created in February 2019 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Laura Smith

Processed by Nicole Cvjetnicanin, April 2019

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine ethnic 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 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 ethnicity to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@email.unc.edu.

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