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Collection Number: 20271

Collection Title: Shirley Lewey-Payne Gibbs Collection on Fred Jackson Lewey, circa 1930, 1997, and undated

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Size 3 items
Abstract The collection is composed of a recording on audio cassette tape, a digital photographic print, and a typescript titled "Daughters in Search of Their Father" about Shirley Lewey-Payne Gibbs's research on her father Fred Jackson Lewey (1884-1935), the lyricist of the popular American railroad ballad "Wreck of the Old 97." The cassette, a dub of cylinders held by the Library of Congress, has four tracks of Lewey singing "Wreck" and three other songs. The digital print is an image of Lewey in circa 1930. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Gibbs, Shirley Lewey-Payne.
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 Shirley Lewey-Payne Gibbs Collection on Fred Jackson Lewey #20271, 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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Shirley Lewey-Payne Gibbs is the daughter of Fred Jackson Lewey (1884-1935) of Burlington, N.C., and Danville, Va. Lewey, who worked in textile mills, was the lyricist for the folk song and railroad ballad "Wreck of the Old 97." Lewey witnessed the 1903 disaster when a speeding mail train derailed in Danville, and he wrote the song shortly after, setting his words to the tune of another folk song "The Ship That Never Return'd."

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

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