Collection Number: 20145

Collection Title: Bruce Westbrook Recording of Henry Atwater, 1971

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Archival processing of the Bruce Westbrook Recording of Henry Atwater was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 4 items
Abstract Live audio recording of Henry Atwater (1924- ), an African American blues singer and harmonica player from Carrboro, Orange County, N.C., performing country blues songs on harmonica and voice, with a brief interview about music and religion. Recorded by Bruce Westbrook, a white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library Science student, in Spring 1971 at Henry Atwater's home. Westbrook made the recording in conjunction with a term paper for Daniel W. Patterson's English 146 course, British and American Folk Song. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including an inventory, tape log, and a re-recording data sheet prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff.
Creator Westbrook, Bruce.
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 Bruce Westbrook Recording of Henry Atwater #20145, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20210115.2).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Bruce Westbrook was a graduate student in the School of Library Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While a student at UNC, Westbrook took Daniel W. Patterson's English 146 course, British and the American Folk Song, because of his interest in blues music.

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Live audio recording of Henry Atwater (1924- ), an African American blues singer and harmonica player from Carrboro, Orange County, N.C., performing country blues songs on harmonica and voice, with a brief interview about music and religion. Recorded by Bruce Westbrook, a white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library Science student, in Spring 1971 at Henry Atwater's home. Westbrook made the recording in conjunction with a term paper for Daniel W. Patterson's English 146 course, British and American Folk Song. The recording is on 1/4" open reel audio and appears to be a dub of Bruce Westbrook's original recording. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including an inventory, tape log, and a re-recording data sheet prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff.

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4 items.

Processing information: Titles and descriptions compiled from SFC database and supporting documentation prepared by former library staff.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20145/1815

Interview and blues songs with harmonica accompaniment performed by Henry Atwater, recorded in Atwater's home, Carrboro, N.C., spring 1971 #20145, Series: "Bruce Westbrook Recording of Henry Atwater, 1971." FT-20145/1815

1/4" Open Reel Audio

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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 Bruce Westbrook Recording of Henry Atwater was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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