Collection Number: 20154

Collection Title: Portia Crawford Collection of African American Folk Songs from North Carolina, 1960-1963

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

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Abstract Audio recording of African American folk songs from North Carolina submitted by Portia Crawford with her 1965 master's thesis, "A Study of Negro Folk Songs from Greensboro, N.C. and Surrounding Towns." Portia Crawford, a Black instructor, music researcher, and musician of Greensboro, N.C., originally made the recordings from 1960 to 1963 on audiodisc. The collection contains copies of these recordings on open reel audio, as well as supporting documentation. Audio recordings contain mostly unaccompanied singing by African American vocalists, including Joe Goodman of Reidsville, N.C., Harvey Reaves of Greensboro, N.C., Leon Becton, Margaret Becton, Beverly Green, Diane Holman, and Johnny Workman, among others, all from Greensboro, N.C. and surrounding towns. The vocalists range from age 10 to 106, including a formerly enslaved person, Dory Boyd. Types of songs performed include spirituals and children's songs. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) field collection cover sheet and tape logs prepared by former SFC staff.
Creator Crawford, Portia.
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 Portia Crawford Collection of African American Folk Songs from North Carolina #20154, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20201207.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Portia Naomi Crawford, of Greensboro, N.C., was a Black instructor, music researcher, and musician. She received her bachelor's degree in Music from Syracuse University and her master's degree in Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1965. Her master's thesis is titled "A Study of Negro Folk Songs from Greensboro, North Carolina and Surrounding Towns." Crawford studied organ and church music at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She also taught music at Spelman College, served as the director of music at Union Memorial Methodist Church, and was an instructor of humanities at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Biographical information found in "North Carolina Folklore Journal," Volume 16, Number 2 (October 1968).

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Audio recording of African American folk songs from North Carolina submitted by Portia Crawford with her 1965 master's thesis, "A Study of Negro Folk Songs from Greensboro, N.C. and Surrounding Towns." Portia Crawford, a Black instructor, music researcher, and musician of Greensboro, N.C., originally made the recordings from 1960 to 1963 on audiodisc. The collection contains copies of these recordings on 1/4" open reel audio, as well as supporting documentation. Audio recordings contain mostly unaccompanied singing by African American vocalists, including Joe Goodman of Reidsville, N.C., Harvey Reaves of Greensboro, N.C., Leon Becton, Margaret Becton, Beverly Green, Diane Holman, and Johnny Workman, among others, all from Greensboro, N.C. and surrounding towns.. The vocalists range from age 10 to 106, including a formerly enslaved person, Dory Boyd. Types of songs performed include spirituals and children's songs. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) field collection cover sheet and tape logs prepared by former SFC staff.

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3 items.

Processing information: Titles compiled from SFC database and supporting documentation.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20154/1319

"A Study of Negro Folk Songs from Greensboro, N.C. and Surrounding Towns", UNC M.A., 1965, dub #20154, Series: "Portia Crawford Collection of African American Folk Songs from North Carolina, 1960-1963." FT-20154/1319

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 Portia Crawford Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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