Collection Number: 20152

Collection Title: Kerill Leslie Rubman Collection of Swan Silvertones Recordings, 1940s-1980

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Abstract The collection contains dubbed audio recordings of the African American gospel music group, the Swan Silvertones. Kerill Leslie Rubman, then a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, made the dubs from commercial recordings published between the 1940s and 1960s. Field notes accompanying the recordings list the songs, including "I Want to Rest" and "Amazing Grace." Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Rubman, Kerill Leslie.
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 Kerill Leslie Rubman Collection of Swan Silvertones Recordings #20152, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 103451).
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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Kerill Leslie Rubman of Baltimore, Md., was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his master's degree in 1980. His thesis was titled "From 'Jubilee' to 'Gospel' in Black Male Quartet Singing."

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The collection contains dubbed audio recordings of the African American gospel music group, the Swan Silvertones. Kerill Leslie Rubman, then a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, created dubs on open reel audio and audiocassette from commercial recordings of the Swan Silvertones published between the 1940s and 1960s. The dubbed recordings relate to Rubman's 1980 master's thesis titled "From 'Jubilee' to 'Gospel' in Black Male Quartet Singing." Supporting documentation accompanying the recordings reside in the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes #30025. Field notes list the song titles, including "I Want to Rest" and "Amazing Grace."

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Processing Information

This summary description was created in November 2018 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Laura Smith

Revisions by: Anne Wells, May 2020

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