Collection Number: 20143

Collection Title: Diane Sasson field recordings of religious songs from western North Carolina, circa 1970s

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Archival processing of the Diane Sasson Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 6 items
Abstract Field recordings of various versions of the religious song, "Looking for the Stone," and other religious songs recorded in western North Carolina, including Buncombe County, N.C. and Graham County, N.C. Diane Sasson, a white author and educator, made the recordings for her term paper on the song "Looking for the Stone" when she was a student in a southern folklore course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The audio recordings feature various musicians in Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C. and West Buffalo, Graham County, N.C. Of particular note is a field recording of a Cherokee church service in Graham County, N.C., which includes a gospel song, "Children of the Heavenly King", and an early shape-note tune from the Cherokee oral tradition. The recordings also feature, Lynn Trull, a male vocalist with the Copper Basin Christian choir singing "Heaven is My Aim," a camp meeting spiritual, and a recording of the congregation of the Cedar Cliff Baptist Church, both in West Buffalo, Graham County, N.C. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a cover sheet prepared by former North Carolina Folk Music Archives staff, as well as sheet music for "Heaven is My Aim".
Creator Sasson, Diane, 1946-
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Diane Sasson field recordings of religious songs from western North Carolina #20143, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Diane Sasson received her doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of The Shaker Spiritual Narrative (1983), Yearning for the New Age: Laura Holloway-Langford and Late Victorian Spirituality (2012), and various articles on American folklore and communal societies. She was Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Duke University; served as President of the National Association of Graduate Liberal Studies; and was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University. She now resides in North Carolina with her husband, Jack M. Sasson.

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Field recordings of various versions of the religious song, "Looking for the Stone," and other religious songs recorded in western North Carolina, including Buncombe County, N.C. and Graham County, N.C. Diane Sasson, a white author and educator, made the recordings for her term paper on the song "Looking for the Stone" when she was a student in a southern folklore course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The audio recordings feature various musicians in Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C. and West Buffalo, Graham County, N.C. Of particular note is a field recording of a Cherokee church service in Graham County, N.C., which includes a gospel song, "Children of the Heavenly King", and an early shape-note tune from the Cherokee oral tradition. The recordings also feature, Lynn Trull, a male vocalist with the Copper Basin Christian choir singing "Heaven is My Aim," a camp meeting spiritual, and a recording of the congregation of the Cedar Cliff Baptist Church, both in West Buffalo, Graham County, N.C. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a cover sheet prepared by former North Carolina Folk Music Archives staff, as well as sheet music for "Heaven is My Aim". Recordings are on 1/4" open reel audio. According to supporting documentation, these open reel tapes may be dubs from Diane Sasson's original audiocassettes.

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6 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Processing information: Titles and descriptions compiled from SFC database.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20143/1809

Religious songs: several versions of "Looking for the Stone"; Mr. Lynn Trull, from West Buffalo, N.C. singing "Heaven is my Aim"; gospel and shape note songs from a Cherokee service, in Graham County, N.C.: tape 1 of 3 #20143, Series: "Diane Sasson field recordings of religious songs from western North Carolina, circa 1970s." FT-20143/1809

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SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20143/1810

Religious songs: several versions of "Looking for the Stone"; Mr. Lynn Trull, from West Buffalo, N.C. singing "Heaven is my Aim"; gospel and shape note songs from a Cherokee service, in Graham County, N.C.: tape 2 of 3 #20143, Series: "Diane Sasson field recordings of religious songs from western North Carolina, circa 1970s." FT-20143/1810

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SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20143/1811

Religious songs: several versions of "Looking for the Stone"; Mr. Lynn Trull, from West Buffalo, N.C. singing "Heaven is my Aim"; gospel and shape note songs from a Cherokee service, in Graham County, N.C.: tape 3 of 3 #20143, Series: "Diane Sasson field recordings of religious songs from western North Carolina, circa 1970s." FT-20143/1811

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SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20143/6269

Songs and stories recorded in Buncombe County, N.C., "Looking for the Stone", "Fair Young Lady", "A Traveller Sat by the Road" etc, spring 1971 #20143, Series: "Diane Sasson field recordings of religious songs from western North Carolina, circa 1970s." FT-20143/6269

1/4" Open Reel Audio

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, November 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, November 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 Diane Sasson Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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