Collection Number: 20132

Collection Title: John A. Porter Collection on Greek Folk Songs, 1972-1977

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Archival processing of the John A. Porter Collection on Greek Folk Songs was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 7 items
Abstract Field recordings, 1976-1977, of Greek folks songs and poems recorded by John A. Porter, a student of the Curriculum in Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The collection includes recordings by John A. Porter made in both Greece and the United States, including live recordings of Yannis Rountas (ca. 1901- ) and Theodoros Pantazis (ca. 1903- ), both Greek Sarakatsanos shepherds and singers from Vitsa Zagorion, Iōannina, Greece, singing Greek folk songs from the northern area of the country in Greek, as well as field recordings of Harry Chepriss (1886-1990), a Greek-American who immigrated from Karpenissi, Greece to Buncombe County, N.C. in 1900. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a field collection cover sheet and tape logs prepared by John A. Porter and former Southern Folklife Collection staff, and a paper by John A. Porter related to his fieldwork with Harry Chepriss.
Creator Porter, John A.
Language English ; Greek, Modern (1453- )
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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 John A. Porter Collection on Greek Folk Songs #20132, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20201001.1).
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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John A. Porter received his master's degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. His master's thesis, which can be found in the North Carolina Collection at Wilson Special Collections Library, is titled “N.G. Politis: Founder of Modern Greek Folk Studies."

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Field recordings, 1976-1977, of Greek folks songs and poems recorded by John A. Porter, a student of the Curriculum in Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The collection includes recordings by John A. Porter made in both Greece and the United States, including live recordings of Yannis Rountas (ca. 1901- ) and Theodoros Pantazis (ca. 1903- ), both Greek Sarakatsanos shepherds and singers from Vitsa Zagorion, Iōannina, Greece, singing Greek folk songs from the northern area of the country in Greek, as well as field recordings of Harry Chepriss (1886-1990), a Greek-American who immigrated from Karpenissi, Greece to Buncombe County, N.C. in 1900. Field recordings are on 1/4" open reel audio. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a field collection cover sheet and tape logs prepared by John A. Porter and former Southern Folklife Collection staff, and a paper by John A. Porter related to his fieldwork with Harry Chepriss.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, October 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, October 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 John A. Porter Collection on Greek Folk Songs was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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