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Collection Number: 20274

Collection Title: Lionel Kilberg Collection, 1950s-2007

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Size 2 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3000 items)
Abstract The collection of folk singer and songwriter Lionel Kilberg (1930-2008) contains audio recordings, lyric sheets, poems, small paintings, sheet music, writings, 35mm color film slides, printed items, and pin-back buttons for his bluegrass band the Shanty Boys. Kilberg wrote thousands of topical folk songs during the 1960s and 1970s and performed regularly in Greenwich Village as a part of the mid-twentieth-century folk revival music scene in New York, N.Y. The collection chiefly documents his prolific songwriting and his album series from the early 1970s, "Sociologically Speaking." Both commercial and noncommercial audio recordings are on cassette tape and open-reel. Kilberg's writings contain information and stories about his songs and poems. Abstract paintings made by Kilberg are on loose sheets of paper. Printed items include newspaper clippings, newsletters, and scattered issues of folk music fanzines such as "Caravan" and Gardyloo." Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Kilberg, Lionel.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
Language English
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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 Lionel Kilberg Collection #20274, 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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Lionel S. Kilberg (1930-2008) was a songwriter and folk singer. A regular part of the Greenwich Village folk revival scene of mid-twentieth-century New York City, he wrote thousands of topical folk songs and started a bluegrass band called the Shanty Boys, who recorded one album for Elecktra Records. In the 1970s Kilberg recorded a series of albums called "Sociologically Singing" that included a collaboration with Kate Wolf and Don Coffin titled "We Walked By the Water."

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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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