Collection Number: 20127

Collection Title: Alice D. Boyle Recordings of Deums Green, 1971-1975

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Archival processing of the Alice D. Boyle Recordings of Deums Green was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Abstract Audio recordings of Demus Green (1913-1976), an African American storyteller living in Charleston, S.C., telling tales, anecdotes, stories about animals, and legends in the Gullah language. Demus Green was part of the Black community in the southern Lowcountry region of South Carolina, where he was known for his storytelling as well as for being an assistant leader at his local church. Alice D. Boyle, a white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student, recorded Demus Green in Charleston, S.C., from 1971 to 1975. Boyle, who is from Isle of Palms, S.C., met Demus Green through her childhood friend, Kathy Lane, whose family Demus Green worked for. The collection contains dubs of Alice D. Boyle's original recordings of Demus Green telling tales and stories, as well as a copy of Boyle's UNC term paper, titled "Uh Yeddy Um, but Uh Ent Shum...When They Gone, They Gone: The Stories of Demus Green", on Demus Green and his storytelling.
Creator Boyle, Alice D.
Language English ; Gullah
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[Identification of item], in the Alice D. Boyle Recordings of Deums Green #20127, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Demus Green (1913-1976) was part of the Black community in the southern Lowcountry region of South Carolina, where he was known for his storytelling as well as for being an assistant leader at his local church. He was born in 1913 at Whitehall, a large plantation located on the Cumbahee River that was owned at the time by the Dupont family. Demus Green worked for the white plantation owners of Whitehill until he was about twenty-seven years old, when he moved to Charleston, S.C. to work at Hugh Lane's family bank. Soon after arriving in Charleston, Hugh Lane (1914-2005), a third generation white banker, hired Demus Green to work for him and his wife, Beverly Glover Lane, at their residence in Charleston, S.C. Alice D. Boyle, a white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student, recorded Demus Green in Charleston, S.C., from 1971 to 1975. Boyle, who is from Isle of Palms, S.C., met Demus Green through her childhood friend, Kathy Lane, the daughter of Hugh Lane. Alice D. Boyle published her recordings of Demus Green on the private issue label, Globe Recording Studio, and also wrote a UNC term paper, titled "Uh Yeddy Um, but Uh Ent Shum...When They Gone, They Gone: The Stories of Demus Green", on Demus Green and his storytelling.

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Audio recordings of Demus Green, an African American storyteller living in Charleston, S.C., telling tales, anecdotes, stories about animals, and legends in the Gullah language. Demus Green was part of the Black community in the southern Lowcountry region of South Carolina, where he was known for his storytelling as well as being an assistant leader at his local church. Alice D. Boyle, a white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student, recorded Demus Green in Charleston, S.C., from 1971 to 1975. Boyle, who is from Isle of Palms, S.C., met Demus Green through her childhood friend, Kathy Lane, whose family Demus Green worked for. The collection contains dubs of Alice D. Boyle's recordings of Demus Green on 1/4" open reel audio. The dubs were made from an audiodisc of Boyle's recordings of Demus Green, which were originally released on the private issue label, Globe Recording Studio. The collection also contains a copy of Boyle's UNC term paper, titled "Uh Yeddy Um, but Uh Ent Shum...When They Gone, They Gone: The Stories of Demus Green", on Demus Green and his storytelling.

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8 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Processing information: Titles and descriptions compiled from SFC database.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20127/864

Tales told by Demus Green [Globe Recording Studio]: tape 1 of 7 #20127, Series: "Alice D. Boyle Recordings of Deums Green, 1971-1975." FT-20127/864

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Includes performance of "Old Gray Mule" and "Counting Sheep"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20127/865

Tales told by Demus Green [Globe Recording Studio]: tape 2 of 7 #20127, Series: "Alice D. Boyle Recordings of Deums Green, 1971-1975." FT-20127/865

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20127/866

Tales told by Demus Green [Globe Recording Studio]: tape 3 of 7 #20127, Series: "Alice D. Boyle Recordings of Deums Green, 1971-1975." FT-20127/866

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20127/867

Tales told by Demus Green [Globe Recording Studio]: tape 4 of 7 #20127, Series: "Alice D. Boyle Recordings of Deums Green, 1971-1975." FT-20127/867

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20127/868

Tales told by Demus Green [Globe Recording Studio]: tape 5 of 7 #20127, Series: "Alice D. Boyle Recordings of Deums Green, 1971-1975." FT-20127/868

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20127/869

Tales told by Demus Green [Globe Recording Studio]: tape 6 of 7 #20127, Series: "Alice D. Boyle Recordings of Deums Green, 1971-1975." FT-20127/869

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20127/870

Tales told by Demus Green [Globe Recording Studio]: tape 7 of 7 #20127, Series: "Alice D. Boyle Recordings of Deums Green, 1971-1975." FT-20127/870

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Includes performance of "The Couple in the Car Next to Mine" and "All Smiles"

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, December 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, December 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 Alice D. Boyle Recordings of Deums Green was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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