Collection Number: 20151

Collection Title: Aleta Garrison Jessup Recording, 1958

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Archival processing of the Aleta Garrison Jessup Recording was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Abstract Live audio recording of Aleta Garrison Jessup, a white singer of Little Rock, Ark., performing songs handed down to her by her parents. The 1958 recording was presumably made by Jessup, who notes that these songs were popular during her parents' childhood in the southern United States during the Civil War, originating primarily in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Song types on the recording include lullabies, play party songs, and church songs, as well as a cowboy song that Jessup learned from a cowboy in West Texas, where Jessup spent her childhood. The collection also contains supporting documentation prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. Documentation consists of tape logs, which include a track listing and information about the history of the songs, including that Jessup's parents learned the church songs from a granddaughter of a formerly enslaved person.
Creator Jessup, Aleta Garrison.
Language English
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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 Aleta Garrison Jessup Recording #20151, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20201120.2).
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Aleta Garrison Jessup, a white singer of Little Rock, Ark., grew up in west Texas. Jessup authored a book titled, "Songs My Parents Taught Me!" (1952).

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Live audio recording of Aleta Garrison Jessup, a white singer of Little Rock, Ark., performing songs handed down to her by her parents. The 1958 recording was presumably made by Jessup, who notes that these songs were popular during her parents' childhood in the southern United States during the Civil War, originating primarily in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Song types on the recording include lullabies, play party songs, and church songs, as well as a cowboy song that Jessup learned from a cowboy in West Texas, where Jessup spent her childhood. The recordings in on 1/4" open reel audio. The collection also contains supporting documentation prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff. Documentation consists of tape logs, which include a track listing and information about the history of the songs, including that Jessup's parents learned the church songs from a granddaughter of a formerly enslaved person.

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2 items.

Processing information: Titles and descriptions compiled from SFC database and supporting documentation found in the collection.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20151/1225

Songs performed by Aleta Jessup, Little Rock, Ark., 23 May 1958 #20151, Series: "Aleta Garrison Jessup Recording, 1958." FT-20151/1225

1/4" Open Reel Audio

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, 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 Aleta Garrison Jessup Recording was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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