Collection Number: 20123

Collection Title: Ermon H. Godwin Recordings of the National Hollerin' Contest, 1969-1972

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Archival processing of the Ermon H. Godwin Recordings of the National Hollerin' Contest was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 5 items
Abstract Documentary audio recordings of the first and fourth annual National Hollerin' Contest held in Spivey's Corner, N.C., including supper calls, yodelling hollers, distress calls, hollers of tunes, and other types of hollers and calls. Ermon H. Godwin, a white deacon and bank official who co-founded the National Hollerin' Contest, compiled the recordings in June 1969 and June 1972. The collection also contains supporting documentation, or detailed tape logs, prepared by former UNC library staff that include participant names and a description of their hollers. As noted on the tape logs, the three open reel recordings found in the collection have been left largely unedited in order "to capture the total context of the event."
Creator Godwin, Ermon H., 1927-2009.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Access to 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 Ermon H. Godwin Recordings of the National Hollerin' Contest #20123, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20200707.1).
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Ermon Honeycutt Godwin (1927-2009) of Spivey's Corner, N.C. was the co-founder and president of the National Hollerin' Contest held in Spivey's Corner, N.C. He was a deacon at the Shady Grove Original Freewill Baptist Church, the assistant vice president of First Citizens Bank and Trust Co., Dunn, N.C., and president and member of the Sampson County Historical Society. He was a Mason and a member of a number of organizations, including the Scottish Rite, the Dunn Shriner's Club, and the Dunn Kiwanis club. He was an amateur photographer and the founder of the Cape Fear Amateur Radio Club. He co-authored a book titled Hollerin' Revived at Spivey's Corner (1993) with Oscar M. Bizzell.

Biographical information found in Godwin's obituary as published in the Fayetteville Observer on 18 January 2009.

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Documentary audio recordings of the first and fourth annual National Hollerin' Contest held in Spivey's Corner, N.C., including supper calls, yodelling hollers, distress calls, hollers of tunes, and other types of hollers and calls. Ermon H. Godwin, a white deacon and bank official who co-founded the National Hollerin' Contest, compiled the recordings in June 1969 and June 1972. The collection also contains supporting documentation, or detailed tape logs, prepared by former UNC library staff that include participant names and a description of their hollers. As noted on the tape logs, the three 1/4" open reel recordings found in the collection have been left largely unedited in order "to capture the total context of the event."

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, July 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, July 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 Ermon H. Godwin Recordings of the National Hollerin' Contest was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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