Collection Number: 20126

Collection Title: Julietta Haynes Collection of Sacred Harp Shape-note Singing Recordings, 1969-1971

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Archival processing of the Julietta Haynes Collection of Sacred Harp Shape-note Singing Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 6 items
Abstract Field recordings of Sacred Harp shape-note singing from the "Original Sacred Harp" by unidentified white residents of Buies Creek, N.C., and Cullman, Ala. One tape documents two small group sessions set up by Dr. Julietta Haynes, a white historian and collector, at her home in Buies Creek, Harnett County, N.C., in 1969 and 1970, and includes 54 selections. The other tapes record a singing at Cullman Courthouse in Alabama in July 1971 featuring many more singers and more than 100 selections. The collection also includes supporting documentation created by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. Documentation contains technical information on the recordings, as well as additional information on the content of the recordings, such as selection titles and the number of singers present per selection.
Creator Haynes, Julietta, 1917-
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 Julietta Haynes Collection of Sacred Harp Shape-note Singing Recordings #20126, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20200605.1).
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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Dr. Julietta Haynes (1917-) received her PhD in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1959. Her PhD dissertation, titled "A History of the Primitive Baptists", is available through the North Carolina Collection. From 1969-1971 Haynes recorded Sacred Harp shape-note singing, a tradition of sacred choral music, in North Carolina and Alabama. At the time of the field recordings, Haynes lived in Buies Creek, Harnett County, N.C.

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Field recordings of Sacred Harp shape-note singing from the "Original Sacred Harp" by unidentified white residents of Buies Creek, N.C., and Cullman, Ala. One tape documents two small group sessions set up by Dr. Julietta Haynes, a white historian and collector, at her home in Buies Creek, Harnett County, N.C., in 1969 and 1970, and includes 54 selections. The other tapes record a singing at Cullman Courthouse in Alabama in July 1971 featuring many more singers and more than 100 selections. Recordings are on 1/4" open reel audio tape and are presumably dubs made from Haynes's original recordings. The collection also includes supporting documentation created by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. Documentation contains technical information on the recordings, as well as additional information on the content of the recordings, such as selection titles and the number of singers present per selection.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, June 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, June 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 Julietta Haynes Collection of Sacred Harp Shape-note Singing Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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