Collection Number: 20140

Collection Title: Michael and Sarah Higgins Recordings of Fiddle Music by Joe Carden, 1974

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Archival processing of the Michael and Sarah Higgins Recordings of Fiddle Music by Joe Carden was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 9 items
Abstract Live audio recordings of Joe Carden, (ca. 1896-1984), a white fiddler and carpenter of Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C., playing old-time tunes, waltzes, polkas, and a few modern songs on the fiddle, accompanied by one of the collectors on guitar. Also included is a brief interview with Carden about learning to play. Recorded by Michael and Sarah Higgins in Hillsborough, N.C., in April 1974. Little is known about Michael and Sarah Higgins and their connection to the recordings. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a collection cover sheet and track listings prepared by former library staff.
Creator Higgins, Michael.
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 Michael and Sarah Higgins Recordings of Fiddle Music by Joe Carden #20140, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20210115.1).
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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Live audio recordings of Joe Carden, (ca. 1896-1984), a white fiddler and carpenter of Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C., playing old-time tunes, waltzes, polkas, and a few modern songs on the fiddle, accompanied by one of the collectors on guitar. Also included is a brief interview with Carden about learning to play. Recorded by Michael and Sarah Higgins in Hillsborough, N.C., in April 1974. Recordings are on 1/4" open reel audio. Little is known about Michael and Sarah Higgins and their connection to the recordings. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a collection cover sheet and track listings prepared by former library staff.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, January 2021

Encoded by: Anne Wells, January 2021

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 Michael and Sarah Higgins Recordings of Fiddle Music by Joe Carden was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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