Collection Number: 20194

Collection Title: Nancy Dols Collection, 1982

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

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Size 6 items
Abstract The Nancy Dols Collection consists of video recordings created by ethnomusicoligist and musician, Nancy Dols Neithammer. The recordings primarily feature old-time fiddlers Tommy Jarrell of Surry County, N.C. and Luther Davis of Grayson County, Va., including footage of Jarrell and others playing on and off stage at the 1982 Low Gap Fiddle Contest in Low Gap, N.C. and footage of Davis playing at his home outside of Galax, Va. Of particular note is the bowing lights video in which Jarrell plays in the dark with a light attached to his wrist to help illustrate his bowing technique.
Creator Dols, Nancy.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio or visual materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.
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No usage restrictions.
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 Nancy Dols Collection #20194, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Nancy Dols Neithammer of Media, Pa., in 1993 (Acc. 102639)
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Nancy Dols Neithammer is a musician who studied ethnomusicology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she wrote her thesis on old-time fiddler, Tommy Jarrell, of Surry County, N.C. In 1980 Dolls travelled to North Carolina to attend a fiddler's convention, and ended up extending her stay for two years to learn from Jarrell firsthand. Her interviews with Jarrell have appeared in The Old-Time Herald. Dols currently plays with her husband Rusty Neithammer in Pennsylvania with the Bow Rockers, an old-time band that plays for dances in the area.

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The Nancy Dols Collection consists of six video recordings on 1" Open Reel Video and VHS. The recordings primarily feature old-time fiddlers Tommy Jarrell of Surry County, N.C. and Luther Davis of Grayson County, Va., including footage of Jarrell and others playing on and off stage at the 1982 Low Gap Fiddle Contest in Low Gap, N.C. and footage of Davis playing at his home outside of Galax, Va. Of particular note is the bowing lights video in which Jarrell plays in the dark with a light attached to his wrist to help illustrate his bowing technique. Two of the VHS recordings (VT-20194/2; VT-20194/3) appear to be dubs of the 1" Open Reel Video found in the collection.

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Contents list

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6 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Field notes for VT-20194/1-2 reside in Folder 1005 within the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes Collection (#30025).

Titles compiled from SFC database.

Videotape VT-20194/1

Tommy Jarrell, Bowing Lights, Surry Community College, Dobson, N.C., 26 February 1982 #20194, Series: " Nancy Dols Collection, 1982." VT-20194/1

VHS

38 minutes

Color, Sound

Videotaped by Nancy Dols, Rusty Neithammer, Jerry Weaver, and Andy Webb; Jarrell plays in the dark with a light attached to his wrist to help illustrate his bowing technique

Videotape VT-20194/2

Low Gap fiddle contest that includes long session with Tommy Jarrell, Andy Cahan, Rusty Neithammer, and Paul Brown, Low Gap, N.C., 27 March 1982 #20194, Series: " Nancy Dols Collection, 1982." VT-20194/2

VHS

1 hour, 24 minutes

Color, Sound

Dub of VT-20194/6; Videotaped by Nancy Dols and Simon and Ann Thompson

Videotape VT-20194/3

Visit to Luther Davis, age 94, near Galax, Va., 21 April 1982 #20194, Series: " Nancy Dols Collection, 1982." VT-20194/3

VHS

1 hour, 40 minutes

Color, Sound

Dub of VT-20194/4 and VT-20194/5; Videotaped by Paul Brown, Nancy Dols, and Simon and Ann Thompson

Videotape VT-20194/4

Luther Davis, Galax, Va., 21 April 1982: tape 2 of 2 #20194, Series: " Nancy Dols Collection, 1982." VT-20194/4

1" Open Reel Video

Videotape VT-20194/5

Luther Davis, Galax, Va., 21 April 1982: tape 1 of 2 #20194, Series: " Nancy Dols Collection, 1982." VT-20194/5

1" Open Reel Video

Videotape VT-20194/6

Tommy Jarrell, Low Gap Fiddle Contest, Low Gap, N.C., 27 March 1982 #20194, Series: " Nancy Dols Collection, 1982." VT-20194/6

1" Open Reel Video

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, September 2016

Encoded by: Anne Wells, September 2016

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

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