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Collection Number: 20262

Collection Title: Douglas Helms Recording of Murder and Lynching Ballads, 1966

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Size 2 items
Abstract The 1966 recording on open-reel audio tape contains murder and lynching ballads dubbed from 78 rpms and performed live for John Douglass Helms, then a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for a folklore class. Accompanying field notes provide information about the songs, including discography for the dubbed recordings, and about the performers and locations of the field recordings. Musical artists recorded in the field are Kate Helms Huggins of Marshville, N.C., Lois Helms Huggins of Charlotte, N.C., Mildred Curlee Carpenter of Oakboro, N.C., Henry Griffin, and Mrs. Millard Carpenter of Peachland, N.C. Song titles performed include "In the Baggage Coach Ahead," "Alec Whitley," "Song About J. V. Johnson," and "Two Little Orphans." Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Helms, Douglas, 1945-
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Douglas Helms Recording of Murder and Lynching Ballads #20262, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Historian John Douglass Helms (1945-2018) graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1967.

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This summary description was created in January 2019 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Laura Smith

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