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Collection Number: 20272

Collection Title: Marshall Garris Recordings, circa 1947-1997

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Size 21 items
Abstract The undated recordings of folk singer and woodcarver Marshall Garris of Rocky Mount, N.C., were mastered for preservation by the Southern Folklife Collection in the late 1990s. The original instantaneous discs, likely recorded in the late 1940s and 1950s, were returned to the family member who loaned them. In the late 1940s, Garris performed on the radio program "Young Tar Heel Artists" broadcast on WPTF radio from Raleigh, N.C. Also included in the collection is a 1997 interview with Garris's daughter Ross Raphael conducted by folklorist and former head of the Southern Folklife Collection, Michael Taft. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Garris, Marshall.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Marshall Garris Recordings #20272, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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This summary description was created in January 2019 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

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John Marshall Garris (1913-1971) of Rocky Mount, N.C., was a baritone singer who performed folk songs, Irish songs, and spirituals on the radio in the mid-twentieth century. He was also a woodcarver and the director of music at the First Episcopal Church in Rocky Mount in the 1940s.

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