Collection Number: 20334

Collection Title: Phillip G. Collins Collection on Ruey "Curley" Collins, circa 1920s-2009

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Size .5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract The collection is composed of Phillip G. Collins' research files on his father Ruey "Curley" Collins (1915-1986), a white banjo, guitar, and fiddle player and a country music performer chiefly on radio programs from the 1930s through the mid-1950s. Research files contain photocopies of publicity photographs, newspaper clippings, articles, biographical information including a transcript of an interview with the elder Collins, chronologies of his music career, and lists of radio shows, television shows, movies, recordings, and honors. Also included is an audio cassette tape with a selection of Curley Collins' vocal and instrumental performances in the early 1980s and a 1983 interview with him. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Collins, Phillip G.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Phillip G. Collins Collection on Ruey "Curley" Collins #20334, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Phillip G. Collins in 2001 (Acc. 98822), 2005 (Acc. 99980), and 2009 (Acc. 99980A).
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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Ruey "Curley" Collins (1915-1986) was a white banjo, guitar, and fiddle player from Catlettsburg, Ky. He performed regularly on radio programs and in other venues from the 1930s to the 1950s. He had a son, Phillip G. Collins.

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The collection is composed of Phillip G. Collins' research files on his father Ruey "Curley" Collins. Research files contain photocopies of publicity photographs, newspaper clippings, articles, biographical information including a transcript of an interview with the elder Collins, chronologies of his music career, and lists of radio shows, television shows, movies, recordings, and honors. Also included is an audio cassette tape with a selection of Curley Collins' vocal and instrumental performances in the early 1980s and a 1983 interview with him.

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Processing Information

This summary description was created in July 2018 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Laura Smith, July 2018

Updated by Jodi Berkowitz, June 2019

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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