Collection Number: 20131

Collection Title: James E. Wise Collection, 1976

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Archival processing of the James E. Wise Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 13 items
Abstract The James E. Wise Collection consists of field recordings of a Saturday evening church service held at the Rescue Mission Church, a holiness church of the Sons of God denomination, in Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C. The recordings were made by historian and author, James E. Wise, while he was a graduate student in the Curriculum of Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and correspond to his 1977 thesis, "The Sons of God in the North Carolina Mountains: An Exercise in Thick Description." The recordings feature music, testimonies, and sermons by Margaret Parsons, presiding preacher for Rescue Mission Church, Lenoir, N.C.; Bonnie Pennell, gospel soloist and testifier; Ray Townsell, preacher and testifier; and Coy Parsons, guitarist, gospel soloist, and testifier. Also included in the collection are tape logs and transcripts that correspond to the audio recordings found in the collection, as well as ephemera and transcripts that correspond to additional Sons of God field recordings found in the North Carolina Folklore Broadcast Collection.
Creator Wise, James E., 1949-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio or moving image materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.
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 James E. Wise Collection #20131, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 102657, Acc. 102668).
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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Born in Georgia, raised in Florida and a resident of North Carolina since 1966, Jim E. Wise is an alumnus of Duke University (BA, English) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MA, folklore). He has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for newspapers in Durham, N.C., for more than twenty-eight years and has taught adult classes on local and southern history for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke. His publications include On Sherman's Trail: The Civil War's North Carolina Climax, Murder in the Courthouse: Reconstruction and Redemption in the North Carolina Piedmont, Durham: A Bull City Story, and Durham Tales: The Morris Street Maple, the Plastic Cow, the Durham Day that Was and More.

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The James E. Wise Collection consists of 3 field recordings of a Saturday evening church service held at the Rescue Mission Church, a holiness church of the Sons of God denomination, in Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C. The recordings were made by historian and author, James E. Wise, while he was a graduate student in the Curriculum of Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and correspond to his 1977 thesis, "The Sons of God in the North Carolina Mountains: An Exercise in Thick Description." The recordings feature music, testimonies, and sermons by Margaret Parsons, presiding preacher for Rescue Mission Church, Lenoir, N.C.; Bonnie Pennell, gospel soloist and testifier; Ray Townsell, preacher and testifier; and Coy Parsons, guitarist, gospel soloist, and testifier. Recordings are on 1/4" open reel audio. Also included in the collection are tape logs and transcripts that correspond to the audio recordings found in the collection, as well as ephemera and transcripts that correspond to additional Sons of God field recordings found in the North Carolina Folklore Broadcast Collection.

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Contents list

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10 items.

Arrangement: By corresponding collection and call number.

Processing information: Folder 1 was formerly in Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025), folders 431 and 461. Titles include call number and collection number of corresponding audio recording. Location and date of corresponding recording listed beneath title.

Tape log, ephemera, and transcripts that correspond to Sons of God church services audio recordings created by James E. Wise with assistance from his wife, Barbara "Babs" Wise. Please note that folders 1-2 correspond to recordings found in the James E. Wise Collection, while folders 3-8 correspond to recordings found in the North Carolina Folklore Broadcast Collection (#20105).

Folder 1

Tape log: FT-408-809, FT-808 (#20131) #20131, Series: "2. Documentation, 1976." Folder 1

Formerly folders 431 and 461 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Folder 2

Transcript: FT-408-809, FT-808 (#20131) #20131, Series: "2. Documentation, 1976." Folder 2

Corresponding recording: Rescue Mission Church, Lenoir, N.C., 10 April 1976

Folder 3

Transcript: FT-401 (#20105) #20131, Series: "2. Documentation, 1976." Folder 3

Corresponding recording: Rocky Top House of Prayer, Stony Point, N.C., 16 April 1976

Folder 4

Transcript and flyer: FT-402-404 (#20105) #20131, Series: "2. Documentation, 1976." Folder 4

Corresponding recording: Easter Weekend Convention, Lenoir American Legion Post, Lenoir, N.C., 17 April 1976

Folder 5

Transcript: FT-509-512 (#20105) #20131, Series: "2. Documentation, 1976." Folder 5

Corresponding recording: Rocky Top House of Prayer, Stony Point, N.C., 6 June 1976

Folder 6

Transcript: FT-513-516 (#20105) #20131, Series: "2. Documentation, 1976." Folder 6

Corresponding recording: Salvation Misson Church, Lenoir, N.C., 5 June 1976

Folder 7

Transcript: FT-517-519 (#20105) #20131, Series: "2. Documentation, 1976." Folder 7

Corresponding recording: Rocky Top House of Prayer, Stony Point, N.C., 22 May 1976

Folder 8

Transcript: FT-520-521 (#20105) #20131, Series: "2. Documentation, 1976." Folder 8

Corresponding recording: Rocky Top House of Prayer, Stony Point, N.C., 23 May 1976

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Anne Wells, October 2016

Archival processing of the James E. Wise Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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