Collection Number: 20188

Collection Title: Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989

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Size 25 items
Abstract Audio recordings of storytellers, blues musicians, midwives, farmers, and herbalists of the southern United States, compiled by Joseph Daniel Sobol, a white storyteller, musician, and folklorist. The majority of the recordings document stories and songs of residents of Cleveland County, N.C., Hyde County, N.C., and Lee County, S.C. Of particular note is a recording of Drink Small, an African American blues singer of Columbia, S.C., recollecting his musical background and life interspersed with songs and reflections on blues and gospel music; oral history recordings with students and faculty of the Bishopville High School and Mt. Pleasant High School, both in Lee County, S.C., regarding folk tales, supernatural legends, and various rhymes, riddles, and jokes, as well as local student folklore projects; an oral history recording with Elsie Magazine (1904- ), a retired African American midwife of Browntown, Lee County, S.C.; and an oral history recordings of Ivory ("He") Wilson (1913- ), an African American retired farmer of Lee County, S.C. Additional recordings found in the collection include a live recording of Arthur Lee "Tommie" Bass (1908-1996), a white herbalist from Alabama, on a field hike in Duke Forest, Durham County, N.C., as well as live recordings of Donald Davis, a white tale teller from North Carolina, performing and discussing four different jack tales as part of a small group discussion in the Graduate Lounge of Greenlaw Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The collection also contains supporting documentation prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff that correspond to the Lee County, S.C. and Donald Davis recordings. Documentation consists of select transcripts and tape logs, which include both technical information on the recordings and descriptions of content.
Creator Sobol, Joseph Daniel.
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 Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection #20188, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20200609.1).
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Joseph Daniel Sobol is a white storyteller, musician, folklorist, author, and professor. He is the director of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Studies and professor of Storytelling in the Faculty of Creative Industries at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, Wales. He was previously the coordinator of the graduate program in Storytelling and a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at East Tennessee State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 1976, his master’s degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987, and his Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 1994. Sobol plays traditional Irish and Celtic music on the cittern, guitar, and other fretted instruments. He is the author of The storytellers' journey: an American revival (1999) and The house between earth and sky: harvesting new American folktales (2005).

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Audio recordings of storytellers, blues musicians, midwives, farmers, and herbalists of the southern United States, compiled by Joseph Daniel Sobol, a white folklorist, storyteller, and musician. The majority of the recordings found in the collection document stories and songs of residents of Cleveland County, N.C., Hyde County, N.C., and Lee County, S.C., including recordings of Drink Small, an African American blues singer of Columbia, S.C., recollecting his musical background and life interspersed with songs and reflections on blues and gospel music; oral history recordings with students and faculty of the Bishopville High School and Mt. Pleasant High School, both in Lee County, S.C., regarding folk tales, supernatural legends, and various rhymes, riddles, and jokes, as well as local student folklore projects; an oral history recording with Elsie Magazine (1904- ), a retired African American midwife of Browntown, Lee County, S.C.; and an oral history recordings of Ivory ("He") Wilson (1913- ), an African American retired farmer of Lee County, S.C.; and interviews with white residents Hal C. Austin, Sr. (1913- ), his son H.C. ("Buddy") Austin, Jr., and Marion McCutcheon Anderson, concerning anecdotes of local events and characters in Bishopville, S.C. Additional recordings found in the collection include a live recording of Arthur Lee "Tommie" Bass (1908-1996), a white herbalist from Alabama, on a field hike in Duke Forest, Durham County, N.C., as well as live recordings of Donald Davis, a white tale teller from North Carolina, performing and discussing four different jack tales as part of a small group discussion in the Graduate Lounge of Greenlaw Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Audio recordings are on audiocassette and 1/4" open reel audio. The collection also contains supporting documentation prepared by former Southern Folklife Collection staff that correspond to the Lee County, S.C. and Donald Davis recordings. Documentation consists of select transcripts and tape logs, which include both technical information on the recordings and brief descriptions of content.

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Contents list

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25 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

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

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/349

Interview with Tommie Bass, Alabama herbalist, Durham, N.C., 15 October 1983 #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/349

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/375

Cleveland County days: Stories and songs #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/375

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/387

Lee County, S.C. folklore project, 1989, tape 1 #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/387

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/388

Lee County, S.C. folklore project, 1989, tape 2: Bishopville High School students and faculty; Mt. Pleasant High School students and faculty #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/388

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/389

Lee County, S.C. folklore project, 1989, tape 3: Bishopville High School students; Minnie Bradley; Elsie Magazine #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/389

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/390

Lee County, S.C. folklore project, 1989, tape 4: Ethel Magazine; Ivory "He" Wilson #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/390

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/391

Lee County, S.C. folklore project, 1989, tape 5: Miscellaneous interviews and student project dubs #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/391

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/392

Lee County, S.C. folklore project, 1989, tape 6: Drink Small #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/392

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/393

Lee County, S.C. folklore project, 1989, tape 7: Drink Small #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/393

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/394

Lee County, S.C. folklore project, 1989, tape 8: Drink Small #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/394

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/954

Hyde County, N.C. Collection: Seth Bridgeman Credle #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/954

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20188/955

Hyde County, N.C. Collection: Seth Bridgeman Credle #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FS-20188/955

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20188/1704

Discussion and tale performance with Don Davis, recorded in the graduate lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC-CH, 30 April 1985: tape 1 #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FT-20188/1704

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20188/1705

Discussion and tale performance with Don Davis, recorded in the graduate lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC-CH, 30 April 1985: tape 2 #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FT-20188/1705

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20188/1706

Discussion and tale performance with Don Davis, recorded in the graduate lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC-CH, 30 April 1985: tape 3 #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FT-20188/1706

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20188/1707

Discussion and tale performance with Don Davis, recorded in the graduate lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC-CH, 30 April 1985: tape 4 #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FT-20188/1707

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20188/1708

Discussion and tale performance with Don Davis, recorded in the graduate lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC-CH, 30 April 1985: tape 5 #20188, Series: "Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection, 1983-1989." FT-20188/1708

1/4" Open Reel Audio

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, June 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, June 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 Joseph Daniel Sobol Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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