Collection Number: 20281

Collection Title: Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings, 1937-1970

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Archival processing of the Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 5 items
Abstract The Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings consists of reference copies of old-time and country recordings found in the Berea College Special Collections and Archives. The audio recordings consist mostly of country music radio programs associated with John Lair, a white Kentucky born broadcaster, folklorist, and music collector, including recordings of the Pinex Merrymakers and the Renfro Valley Barn Dance radio programs. The collection also includes an interview with white musician, Lester McFarland, of the country music duo Mac & Bob.
Creator Berea College.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Library use only.
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
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 Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings #20281, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Materials received from Berea College Special Collections and Archives Collection in April 1997 (Acc. 97181).
Custodial History
The Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings were received from Berea College in 1997. Harry Rice of Berea College Special Collections and Archives initiated the transfer with Michael Taft, former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sound and image librarian, in exchange for copies of Lester McFarland and Coon Creek Girls materials held in the Southern Folklife Collection.
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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The Berea College Special Collections and Archives is part of the Hutchins Library at Berea College, a liberal arts work college located in Berea, Ky. Their archival collections consist of college archival collections, southern Appalachian archival collections, historical archival collections, and non-commercial audiovisual materials.

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The Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings consists of reference copies of old-time and country recordings found in the Berea College Special Collections and Archives. The audio recordings consist mostly of country music radio programs associated with John Lair, a white Kentucky born broadcaster, folklorist, and music collector, including recordings of the Pinex Merrymakers and the Renfro Valley Barn Dance radio programs. Of particular note are the radio recordings of the Coon Creek Girls, an all-female string band featuring the white Kentucky born sisters, Lily May Ledford and Rosie Ledford. The collection also includes an interview with white musician, Lester McFarland, of the country music duo Mac & Bob. All collection recordings are on audiocassette.

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5 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Processing information: Titles and description compiled from original containers.

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20281/1

Lester McFarland, interview, 22 October 1970 #20281, Series: "Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings, 1937-1970." FS-20281/1

Audiocassette

Original number: RP-OR 11-021-02

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20281/2

Pinex Merrymakers, 1937 #20281, Series: "Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings, 1937-1970." FS-20281/2

Audiocassette

Original number: JL-OR-016, JL-OR-017

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20281/3

Renfro Valley Barn Dance, 4 February 1939 #20281, Series: "Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings, 1937-1970." FS-20281/3

Audiocassette

Original number: JL-OR-001, JL-OR-002, JL-DT-005, JL-DT-006

Includes: Lily May Ledford; Rosie Ledford; Coon Creek Girls; Slim Miller; Jack Dunnigan; A'nt Idy; Uncle Juney; Little Clifford; Violet Kohler; Daisy Lange; Novelty Aces; Jerry Byrd; Sophia Germanic; Girls of the Golden West; Pat Lee; Whitey Ford

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20281/4

Renfro Valley Barn Dance, 1939-1941 #20281, Series: "Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings, 1937-1970." FS-20281/4

Audiocassette

Original number: JL-OR-003, JL-OR-005, JL-DT-005

Includes: Coon Creek Girls; Slim Miller; Pine Ridge Boys; A'nt Idy; Uncle Juney; Little Clifford; Jerry Byrd; Red Foley; Lily May Ledford; Mountain Rangers; Homer and Jethro; Crusaders; Judy Dell

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20281/5

Renfro Valley Barn Dance, 1941 #20281, Series: "Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings, 1937-1970." FS-20281/5

Audiocassette

Original number: JL-OR-004, JL-OR-006, JL-OR-008, JL-DT-006, JL-DT-008

Includes: Crusaders; Judy Dell; Coon Creek Girls; Slim Miller; A'nt Idy; Little Clifford; Mountain Rangers; Homer and Jethro; Pine Ridge Boys; Jerry Byrd; Red Foley; Lily May Ledford

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, Rae Hoyle, October 2018

Encoded by: Anne Wells, October 2018

Archival processing of the Berea College Collection of John Lair and Lester McFarland Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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