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Collection Number: 20265

Collection Title: Harry W. Porter Collection, 1847, 1940-1941

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Size 5 items
Abstract The collection of Harry W. Porter of Chapel Hill, N.C., contains a color lithograph of Christy's Minstrels dated 1847 and four recordings on acetate discs of ballad singer Charles K. "Tink" Tillett of Wanchese, N.C., and others. The lithograph of the blackface minstrel group founded by Edwin Pearce Christy (1815-1862) in Buffalo, N.Y., is cross listed in Southern Folklife Collection Posters (30021). The acetate discs were recorded by folklorists and song catchers Frank Warner and Anne Warner of New York. Other artists on the 1940 and 1941 recordings are Mrs. C.K. Tillett, Steve Meekins, [John] Culpepper, Sally Daniels, and Albert Etheridge. Song titles performed and recorded include "72 Today My Boys," "Somebody's Waiting for Me," and "Bony on the Isle of St. Helena." Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Porter, Harry W.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
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.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Harry W. Porter Collection #20265, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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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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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Harry W. Porter's grandfather, born in 1809, performed with Edwin Pearce Christy's Minstrels.

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