Collection Number: 20097

Collection Title: Martha J. Nelson Collection, 1994-2015

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

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Size 66 items
Abstract Martha J. Nelson is a former graduate student in the Curriculum in Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1994 to 1995 she was staff folklorist at the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center in Hiddenite, N.C. The collection contains fieldwork and interviews conducted by Martha Nelson in Alexander, Caldwell, Iredell, Lenoir, Watauga, Surry and Wilkes counties in western North Carolina from 1994 to 1995. Materials consist of 31 audiocassettes, 1994-1995, covering several subjects, including musical performance, local history, and life narrative. The collection also includes 35 born-digital tape log documents that correspond with the audio recordings found in the collection. Created by Nelson in 2015, the tape logs primarily consist of technical notes and overviews and were originally housed on a DVD-R.
Creator Nelson, Martha J.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Interview with Harvey Lee Parker (FS-20097/14434) and associated tape log are closed until further notice. All other materials are open for research.
Restrictions to Use
Use of audio or moving image materials may require production of listening or viewing 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 Martha J. Nelson Collection #20097, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Martha Nelson in April 2015 (Acc. 102195).
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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Martha J. Nelson is a former graduate student in the Curriculum in Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1994 to 1995 she was staff folklorist at the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center in Hiddenite, N.C.

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The collection contains fieldwork and interviews conducted by Martha Nelson in Alexander, Caldwell, Iredell, Lenoir, Watauga, Surry and Wilkes counties in western North Carolina from 1994 to 1995. Materials consist of 31 audiocassettes, 1994-1995, covering several subjects, including musical performance, local history, and life narrative. The collection also includes 35 born-digital tape log documents (Microsoft Word files) that correspond with the audio recordings found in the collection. Created by Nelson in 2015, the tape logs primarily consist of technical notes and overviews and were originally housed on a DVD-R.

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Contents list

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66 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Corresponding field notes and tape logs reside in Digital Folder 1 (DF-20091/1)

Titles and descriptions compiled from the SFC database and Nelson's field notes.

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14433

Harvey Baity, instrument maker, Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, N.C., 13 April 1994 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14433

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14434

Harvey Lee Parker, community historian, Stony Point, Alexander County, N.C., 19 April 1994 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14434

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14435

Emma Mays on Happy Plains School and women's basketball team, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 5 August 1994 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14435

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14436

Lyle Wheeler, chairmaker, Millers Creek, Wilkes County, N.C., 24 August 1994: tape 1 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14436

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14437

Lyle Wheeler, chairmaker, Millers Creek, Wilkes County, N.C., 24 August 1994: tape 2 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14437

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14438

Frank Reese and Luther Dyson on beagles and hunting, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 25 August 1994: tape 1 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14438

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14439

Frank Reese and Luther Dyson on beagles and hunting, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 25 August 1994: tape 2 of 2. #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14439

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14440

Hand clapping games, Lenoir, Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C., 27 August 1994; Hand clapping games, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 27 August 1994 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14440

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14441

Tootie Sharpe on stock car racing, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 29 August 1994 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14441

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14442

Garfield Jennings, local history and anecdotes, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 31 August 1994 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14442

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14443

Martha Hawkinson and Celia Culler on hooked rug making, Boone, Watauga County, N.C., 12 September 1994 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14443

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14444

Pearl Stickel, community historian, Hiddenite, Alexander County, N.C., 13 October 1994 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14444

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14445

Cotton and yarn mill workers reunion, Alexander County Senior Citizens Center, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 26 October 1994 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14445

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14446

United Progressive Family Worship Center, Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C., 13 November 1994: tape 1 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14446

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14447

United Progressive Family Worship Center, Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C., 13 November 1994: tape 2 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14447

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14448

First Sunday Note Singing Convention, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 4 December 1994 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14448

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14449

Roger Hicks, blues musician, Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C., 25 January 1995: tape 1 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14449

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14450

Roger Hicks, blues musician, Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C., 25 January 1995: tape 2 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14450

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14451

Friendship Baptist Church Gospel Singing, Hickory, Catawba County, N.C., 8 February 1995 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14451

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14452

Liberty Grove Baptist Church, senior choir, all-male service choir, and Sunday sermon, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 19 February 1995 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14452

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14453

Sarah Parker, quilter and needleworker, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 4 April 1995 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14453

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14454

Mt. Paran Baptist Church, Deep Gap, N.C., 16 April 1995: tape 1 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14454

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14455

Mt. Paran Baptist Church, Deep Gap, N.C., 16 April 1995: tape 2 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14455

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14456

Thankful Baptist Church, Wilkes County, N.C., 23 April 1995: tape 1 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14456

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14457

Thankful Baptist Church, Wilkes County, N.C., 23 April 1995: tape 2 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14457

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14458

N.C. Heritage Fair, Hiddenite Center, Hiddenite, Alexander County, N.C., 26-27 April 1995: tape 1 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14458

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14459

N.C. Heritage Fair, Hiddenite Center, Hiddenite, Alexander County, N.C., 26-27 April 1995: tape 2 of 2 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14459

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14460

J. R. "Bud" Kistler on oxen, Granite Falls, Caldwell County, N.C., 27 April 1995 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14460

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14461

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Sunday service and Shape Note Choir, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 5 May 1995: tape 1 of 3 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14461

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14462

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Sunday service and Shape Note Choir, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 5 May 1995: tape 2 of 3 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14462

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20097/14463

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Sunday service and Shape Note Choir, Taylorsville, Alexander County, N.C., 5 May 1995: tape 3 of 3 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." FS-20097/14463

Audiocassette

Digital Folder DF-20091/1

Field notes: FS-20097/14433-14463, 2015 #20097, Series: "Martha Nelson Collection, 1994-2015." DF-20091/1

35 Microsoft Word (.doc) files

Born-digital tape logs created by Martha Nelson. Logs primarily include technical notes and overviews of the audiocassettes found in the collection. Also included are sporadic summaries and transcriptions. Files are arranged by associated call number.

Migrated from DDVD-20097/1; Tape log for FS-20097/14434 closed until further notice

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, July 2016

Encoded by: Amanda Loeb, July 2015; Anne Wells, July 2016

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

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