Collection Number: 20147

Collection Title: Jack Brantley and Joe Evans Recording of Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton, 1974

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Archival processing of the Jack Brantley and Joe Evans Recording of Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Abstract Audio recording of interviews with some singing by Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton, both African American residents of Daufuskie Island, S.C., about life on Daufuskie Island, S.C. Sarah Grant (1888-1977) was a Gullah midwife and community leader on the island. At this time, little is known about Ostella Hamilton, whose name may be Estella Hamilton. Jack Brantley and Joe Evans, white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students, recorded Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton at one of their homes on 11 March 1974. The collection also contains supporting documentation consisting of a collection cover sheet prepared by former library staff. According to the cover sheet, Jack Brantley and Joe Evans were students in Daniel W. Patterson's English 147 Folksong course who went to Daufuskie Island, S.C. for spring holiday and did some collecting as an experiment while there. Without having contacts or ties to the region, Jack Brantley and Joe Evans' fieldwork was more of an "experiment in collecting rather than a focused interview." The collection cover sheet states, "the informants [Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton], as I recall, were simply approached and cooperated to some degree, with questioning."
Creator Brantley, Jack.

Evans, Joe.
Language English ; Gullah
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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 Jack Brantley and Joe Evans Recording of Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton #20147, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Sarah Grant (1888-1977) was a Gullah midwife and community leader on Daufuskie Island, S.C. At this time, little is known about Ostella Hamilton, another resident of Daufuskie Island, whose name may be Estella Hamilton. Little is known about Jack Brantley and Joe Evans, white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students, who in 1974 recorded Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton at either Sarah Grant or Ostella Hamilton's home on Daufuskie Island.

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Audio recording of interviews with some singing by Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton, both African American residents of Daufuskie Island, S.C., about life on Daufuskie Island, S.C. Sarah Grant (1888-1977) was a Gullah midwife and community leader on the island. At this time, little is known about Ostella Hamilton, whose name may be Estella Hamilton. Jack Brantley and Joe Evans, white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students, recorded Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton at one of their homes on 11 March 1974. Recording is on 1/4" open reel audio. The collection also contains supporting documentation consisting of a collection cover sheet prepared by former library staff. According to the cover sheet, Jack Brantley and Joe Evans were students in Daniel W. Patterson's English 147 Folksong course who went to Daufuskie Island, S.C. for spring holiday and did some collecting as an experiment while there. Without having contacts or ties to the region, Jack Brantley and Joe Evans' fieldwork was more of an "experiment in collecting rather than a focused interview." The collection cover sheet states, "the informants [Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton], as I recall, were simply approached and cooperated to some degree, with questioning."

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2 items.

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

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20147/1819

Interviews and some singing with Mrs. Sarah Grant and Mrs. Ostella Hamilton, Daufuskie Island, S.C., 11 March 1974 #20147, Series: "Jack Brantley and Joe Evans Recording of Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton, 1974." FT-20147/1819

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 Jack Brantley and Joe Evans Recording of Sarah Grant and Ostella Hamilton was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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