Collection Number: 20248

Collection Title: Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987

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Archival processing of the Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 25 items
Abstract Recordings of interviews, songs, and music of white and African American musicians, most of whom grew up either on Piedmont tobacco farms, or were involved with the tobacco business in eastern North Carolina. Anne Kimzey, a white folklorist, conducted the interviews in July and August of 1987 while an intern at the North Carolina Arts Council, Folklife Section, for an exhibit at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly, N.C. The museum had received a grant to hire a folklorist to do fieldwork in Johnston County and Wilson County and to prepare an exhibit on the role of music in the lives of tobacco farmers in eastern North Carolina. The collection includes the audio interviews, songs, and music that Anne Kimzey recorded as part of the project, as well as supporting documentation, such as field notes and select release forms, created and compiled by Anne Kimzey. Interview subjects discuss musical histories, repertoires, and social and community functions of the music, especially in relation to their life on the farm and tobacco farming. Notable recordings include interviews with Grace Corbett (1911-1990), a white pianist of Kenly, N.C.; Josephine Rice Ruffin (1922- ), an African American musician of Wilson, N.C.; Carl Lamm (1927- ), a white radio station owner and disc jockey of Smithfield, N.C.; Roy G. Taylor (1918-1995), a white guitar player and author of Wilson, N.C.; Alice Stevens (1925- ), African American singer of Wilson, N.C.; Betty Lee Woodard (1918-2000), a white shape note singer of Kenly, N.C.; William Joseph “Bill Joe” Austin (1911-1991), a white band leader, saxophone and clarinet player of Smithfield, N.C.; and Paul Byrd (1909-), an early white country musician. There are also dubbed recordings of Paul Byrd singing country and popular songs, both solo and with the Radio Pals, on two tapes recorded between 1941 and 1946.
Creator Kimzey, Anne.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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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 Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms #20248, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20200616.1)
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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Anne Kimzey is a white folklorist at the Alabama State Council on the Arts. She received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also pursued graduate studies in Folklore. She previously worked for the McCormick Arts Council in McCormick, S.C., the North Carolina Arts Council, and the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina. She grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Recordings of interviews with white and African American musicians, most of whom grew up either on piedmont tobacco farms, or were involved with the tobacco business in eastern North Carolina. Anne Kimzey, a white folklorist, conducted the interviews in July and August of 1987 while an intern at the North Carolina Arts Council, Folklife Section, for an exhibit at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly, N.C. Included are Paul Byrd, an early white country musician; Glenn Stancil (1925- ), a white guitar player and singer of Kenly, N.C.; Roy Taylor (1918-1995), a white guitar player and author of Wilson, N.C.; Alice Stevens (1925- ), an African American singer of Wilson, N.C.; Paul Pittman (1926- ), a white fiddler of Pine Level, N.C.; Grace Corbett (1911-1990), a white pianist of Kenly, N.C.; Josephine Rice Ruffin (1922- ), an African American musician of Wilson, N.C.; Carl Lamm (1927- ), a white radio station owner and disc jockey of Smithfield, N.C.; Floy Landon, a white woman of Four Oaks, N.C.; William Joseph “Bill Joe” Austin (1911-1991), a white band leader, saxophone and clarinet player of Smithfield, N.C.; Donnie Byrd, guitarist, of Selma, N.C.; Betty Lee Woodard (1918-2000), a white shape note singer of Kenly, N.C. Interview subjects discuss musical histories, repertoires, and social and community functions of the music, especially in relation to their life on the farm and tobacco farming. There are also recordings of Paul Byrd singing country and popular songs, both solo and with the Radio Pals, on two tapes recorded between 1941 and 1946. Recordings are on audiocassette, which are presumably dubs made from Anne Kimzey's original recordings. The collection also includes supporting documentation, such as field notes with extensive biographical information on interview subjects, photocopies of original containers, clippings, and select release forms created and compiled by Anne Kimzey. A memo from Anne Kimzey found in the supporting documentation makes note that not all field notes found in the collection have a corresponding audio recording.

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Contents list

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25 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Processing information: Titles compiled from SFC database.

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20248/395

Tobacco Museum Project, 1987: tape 1 #20248, Series: "Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987." FS-20248/395

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20248/396

Tobacco Museum Project, 1987: tape 2 #20248, Series: "Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987." FS-20248/396

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20248/397

Tobacco Museum Project, 1987: tape 3 #20248, Series: "Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987." FS-20248/397

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20248/398

Tobacco Museum Project, 1987: tape 4 #20248, Series: "Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987." FS-20248/398

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20248/399

Tobacco Museum Project, 1987: tape 5 #20248, Series: "Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987." FS-20248/399

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20248/400

Tobacco Museum Project, 1987: tape 6 #20248, Series: "Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987." FS-20248/400

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20248/401

Tobacco Museum Project, 1987: tape 7 #20248, Series: "Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987." FS-20248/401

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20248/402

Tobacco Museum Project, 1987: tape 8 #20248, Series: "Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987." FS-20248/402

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20248/403

Tobacco Museum Project, 1987: tape 9 #20248, Series: "Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987." FS-20248/403

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20248/404

Tobacco Museum Project, 1987: tape 10 #20248, Series: "Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987." FS-20248/404

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20248/405

Tobacco Museum Project, 1987: tape 11 #20248, Series: "Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms, 1941-1946; 1987." FS-20248/405

Audiocassette

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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 Anne Kimzey Collection of Interviews on the Music of North Carolina Tobacco Farms was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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