Collection Number: 20176

Collection Title: McKellar Israel Collection of North Carolina Field Recordings, 1972-1975

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Archival processing of the McKellar Israel Collection of North Carolina Field Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size .5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 50 items)
Abstract Field recordings of ballads, children's games, hymns, spirituals, recollections, and other spoken and sung material collected by McKellar Israel, a white music instructor of Southern Pines, N.C., and his students at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C. The collection contains dubs of field recordings created by McKellar Israel as part of his 1972 fieldwork project on "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", as well as dubs of field recordings and oral histories created by McKellar Israel's students in eastern and central North Carolina, including the counties of Ashe County; Chatham County; Harnett County; Hoke County; Iredell County; Lee County; Moore County; and Sampson County. Of particular note is McKellar Israel's recordings of Marinda Dunnigan McPherson, an African American educator and singer from Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C., and her husband David McPherson, of Chatham County, N.C. In these recordings, Marinda Dunnigan McPherson, who taught in Orange County for more than forty years, recollects and sings children's games, play party songs, spirituals, and other traditional songs that she learned from family members. The collection also contains supporting documentation, such as tape logs, transcriptions, and scattered correspondence, that relate to the field recordings found in the collection.
Creator Israel, McKellar.
Language English
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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.
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[Identification of item], in the McKellar Israel Collection of Field Recordings #20176, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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McKellar Israel, of Southern Pines, N.C., is a white music and piano instructor who taught courses at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C. In the summer of 1972 McKellar Israel attended a folklore class taught by Dan Patterson at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As part of his class term paper, "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", McKellar Israel recorded traditional songs and interviews with both Dawes B. Graybeal, a white Primitive Baptist preacher of Ashe County, N.C., and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson, an African American educator of Orange County, N.C. According to a note found in his collection, McKellar Israel would occasionally donate field recordings that his Sandhills Community College students made to the Southern Folklife Collection.

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Field recordings of ballads, children's games, hymns, spirituals, recollections, and other spoken and sung material collected by McKellar Israel, white music instructor of Southern Pines, N.C., and his students at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C. The collection contains dubs of field recordings that McKellar Israel created as part of his 1972 term paper on "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", as well as dubs of field recordings made by McKellar Israel's students of their family members and neighbors. Dubbed field recordings are on audiocassette and 1/4" open reel audio. The collection also contains supporting documentation, such as tape logs, transcriptions, and scattered correspondence, that relate to the field recordings found in the collection.

Series 1 contains field recordings, 1972-1973, related to McKellar Israel's 1972 term paper on "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", which he completed as part of a folklore class taught by Dan Patterson at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Audiocassettes FS-20176/1240, FS-20176/1241, and FS-20176/1242 include live recordings of Marinda Dunnigan McPherson, African American teacher and singer from Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C., recollecting and singing children's games, play party songs, and spirituals she learned from family members, and an interview with her and her husband, David McPherson of Chatham County, N.C., about their memories of community events and history. These field recordings were collected by McKellar Israel in the fall of 1972 and fall of 1973. According to biographical information found in folder 1, Marinda Dunnigan McPherson's "father's name was Arthur Dunnigan, son of Jerry and Carrie Dunnigan, tenants for the Bacon farm in Orange County. Her mother's maiden name was Mildred Cameron. Marinda's grandfather's name was Noah Latta, whose family worked for the Camerons in Hillsborough and Raleigh. Her grandmother's name was Marinda Hart, who was approximately 80 years old in 1920 when Marinda Dunnigan McPherson first recalls hearing her sing "Lord, I Ain't No Ways Weary".

Audiocassettes FS-20176/523 and FS-20178/1243 include live recordings of Reverend Dawes B. Graybeal (1929-2019), a white Primitive Baptist preacher and ballad and hymn singer from Eagle Springs, N.C., performing hymns and ballads he learned from members of his family and at community events. Dawes B. Graybeal preached for over 40 years throughout the state of North Carolina; they include Pine Hall, Sandy Ridge, Bensalem, Denver, Leaflet, and Raven Rock Presbyterian churches.

Series 2 contains field recordings, 1974-1975, created by McKellar Israel's students at the Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C. Student fieldworkers represented in the collection include Monica Braddock, Josephine Flowers, Frances Frazier, Eunice Edwards Gillmore, Thelma Hicks Rouse, Betty Hoyle, Raymond McCleaod, Lessie Millhouse, Pauline Morrison, Gene Oldham, and Connie Jean Stone. Students recorded their family members, neighbors, and/or selves performing ballads, children's games, dance calls, tales, gospel songs, and other spoken word material. Students recorded this material in Lansing, Ashe County; Chatham County; Harnett County; Raeford, Hoke County; Iredell County; Sanford, Lee County; Eagle Springs, Moore County; and Rockingham, Sampson County N.C.

Audiotape FT-20176/434 contains a 1974 performance by Solomon Worley, an African American singer and storyteller originally from Marion County, S.C., and living in Moncure, Chatham County, N.C. McKellar Israel's student, Pauline Morrison of Aberdeen, N.C., made the field recording, which includes gospel songs within an oral history interview, in which Solomon Worley also discusses biblical tales, riddles, and life stories.

Audiotape FT-20176/431 includes an interview with Lenoir Hale, a white textile worker of Rockingham, Richmond County, N.C., where she lived most of her life in the Pee Dee Mill village, working for the local textile mill. The interview, which was conducted by McKellar Israel’s student, Monica Braddock of Rockingham, N.C., includes reminiscences about life in a mill village with songs and a comic skit performed by Hale. Supporting documentation for this recordings includes transcriptions of the songs and notes taken by Monica Braddock.

Audiotape FT-20176/433 consists of live recordings of Thelma Hicks Rouse, a white ballad singer born in Rich Mountain, Tenn., and living in Eagle Springs, N.C., performing ballads and parlor songs she learned from family members and from growing up in a coal mining camp. Supporting documentation for this recording, which was created by Themla Hicks Rouse herself, includes lyrical transcriptions of the songs annotated by Rouse. Each annotation gives information about the history of the song and how Rouse learned it.

Audiotape FT-20176/436 is a dubbed compilation of fieldwork made by McKellar Israel's students at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C., of their family members and neighbors performing ballads, children's games, dance calls, and gospel songs in 1975. This material was recorded in Lansing, Ashe County; Harnett County; Raeford, Hoke County; Sanford, Lee County; Rockingham, Sampson County; and Chatham County, N.C. Includes field recordings made by Lessie Millhouse, Gene Oldham, Raymond McCleaod, Frances Frazier, Josephine Flowers, Eunice Edwards Gillmore, and Betty Hoyle.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", 1972-1973.

About 30 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

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

Field recordings related to McKellar Israel's 1972 term paper on "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", which he completed as part of a folklore class taught by Dan Patterson at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Folder 1

Documentation: FS-20176/1240-1242 #20176, Series: "1. "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", 1972-1973." Folder 1

Formerly folder 160 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Includes tape logs; biographical information on Marina Dunnigan McPherson; and transcriptions.

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20176/1240

Marinda Dunnigan McPherson interview, recorded by McKellar Israel, 1972, tape 1 #20176, Series: "1. "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", 1972-1973." FS-20176/1240

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20176/1241

Marinda Dunnigan McPherson interview, recorded by McKellar Israel, 1972, tape 2 #20176, Series: "1. "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", 1972-1973." FS-20176/1241

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20176/1242

Marinda Dunnigan McPherson interview, recorded by McKellar Israel, 1972, tape 3 #20176, Series: "1. "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", 1972-1973." FS-20176/1242

Audiocassette

Folder 2

Documentation: FS-20176/523 #20176, Series: "1. "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", 1972-1973." Folder 2

Formerly found in folder 30 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Includes note on McKellar Israel by unidentified source; and transcriptions presumably by McKellar Israel.

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20176/523

Dawes B. Graybeal of Ashe County, N.C., singing, recorded by McKellar Israel, circa 1973 #20176, Series: "1. "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", 1972-1973." FS-20176/523

Audiocassette

Folder 3

Documentation: FT-20176/1243 #20176, Series: "1. "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", 1972-1973." Folder 3

Formerly folder 161 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Includes tape logs prepared by former SFC staff; correspondence from McKellar Israel to Dan Patterson; and a copy of McKellar Israel's Folklore 199 term paper on "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson" (August 1974).

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20176/1243

Dawes B. Graybeal, songs, recorded by McKellar Israel, 30 August 1973 #20176, Series: "1. "The Folk Songs of Dawes B. Graybeal and Marinda Dunnigan McPherson", 1972-1973." FS-20176/1243

Audiocassette

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About 20 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

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

Field recordings created by McKellar Israel's students at the Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C. Student fieldworkers represented in the collection include Monica Braddock, Josephine Flowers, Frances Frazier, Eunice Edwards Gillmore, Thelma Hicks Rouse, Betty Hoyle, Raymond McCleaod, Lessie Millhouse, Pauline Morrison, Gene Oldham, and Connie Jean Stone. Students recorded their family members, neighbors, and/or selves performing ballads, children's games, dance calls, tales, gospel songs, and other spoken word material. Students recorded this material in Lansing, Ashe County; Chatham County; Harnett County; Raeford, Hoke County; Iredell County; Sanford, Lee County; Eagle Springs, Moore County; and Rockingham, Sampson County N.C.

Folder 4

Documentation: FT-20176/434 #20176, Series: "2. Sandhills Community College Student Fieldwork, 1974-1975." Folder 4

Formerly folder 437 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Includes transcriptions.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20176/434

Solomon Worley, interview and songs, Moncure, N.C., recorded by Pauline Morrison of Aberdeen, N.C., 20 October 1974 #20176, Series: "2. Sandhills Community College Student Fieldwork, 1974-1975." FT-20176/434

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Folder 5

Documentation: FT-20176/431 #20176, Series: "2. Sandhills Community College Student Fieldwork, 1974-1975." Folder 5

Formerly folder 434 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Includes tape log prepared by former SFC staff and handwritten transcriptions by Monica Braddock.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20176/431

Lenoir Hale of Rockingham, N.C., songs and reminiscences of life in the Pee Dee mill village, recorded by Monica Braddock of Rockingham, N.C., 1975 #20176, Series: "2. Sandhills Community College Student Fieldwork, 1974-1975." FT-20176/431

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Folder 6

Documentation: FT-20176/433 #20176, Series: "2. Sandhills Community College Student Fieldwork, 1974-1975." Folder 6

Formerly folder 436 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Includes tape log prepared by former SFC staff and transcriptions.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20176/433

Thelma Hicks Rouse of Eagle Springs, N.C., songs, recorded by Thelma Hicks Rouse, 1975 #20176, Series: "2. Sandhills Community College Student Fieldwork, 1974-1975." FT-20176/433

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Folder 7

Documentation: FT-20176/435 #20176, Series: "2. Sandhills Community College Student Fieldwork, 1974-1975." Folder 7

Formerly folder 438 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Includes tape log prepared by former SFC staff and Connie Jean Stone's Folklore 187 term paper "Witch Tales from Iredell County N.C." (April 1975).

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20176/435

Ollie and Roy Coleman, ghost, witch, supernatural stories, Iredell County, N.C., recorded by Connie Jean Stone, March 1975 #20176, Series: "2. Sandhills Community College Student Fieldwork, 1974-1975." FT-20176/435

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Folder 8

Documentation: FT-20176/436 #20176, Series: "2. Sandhills Community College Student Fieldwork, 1974-1975." Folder 8

Formerly folder 439 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

Includes tape log and transcriptions.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20176/436

Sand Hill Community College students, dubbed songs submitted to McKellar Israel's Sandhills Community College course, 1975 #20176, Series: "2. Sandhills Community College Student Fieldwork, 1974-1975." FT-20176/436

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Includes field recordings made by Lessie Millhouse, Gene Oldham, Raymond McCleaod, Frances Frazier, Josephine Flowers, Eunice Edwards Gillmore, and Betty Hoyle.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, January 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, January 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 McKellar Israel Collection of North Carolina Field Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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