Collection Number: 20355

Collection Title: Elizabeth Drake McDonald Collection, 1927-2000

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Size 340 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, in 1943, Elizabeth Drake McDonald grew up in British Columbia's southern interior and taught school on the north coast. The collection centers around Elizabeth Drake McDonald's in-depth study and compilation of the lyrics of songwriter and musician Bob Nolan, who is best known for his work with the singing cowboy group, the Sons of the Pioneers. He penned many trademark songs of the cowboy song genre, including "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Cool Water," and "Way Out There." McDonald has transcribed nearly 200 of Nolan's songs into a self-published book, "Lyrics: The Song Poems of Bob Nolan." Paul Lawrence Hopper worked with McDonald on the project, writing annotations to Nolan's song lyrics. Hopper also self-published a companion volume, "Bob Nolan: A Biographical Guide and Annotations to the Lyric Archive," which contains transcription recording information and a filmography for the Sons of the Pioneers and is included in the collection. Also included is material McDonald gathered during conversations with Nolan's daughter, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich, and his grandson, Calin Coburn. Mileusnich provided McDonald with lyrics from unreleased recordings, which are compiled in "Bob Nolan, Volume Two: The Last Song Poems." Calin Coburn donated 274 high-quality scans of documents, letters, manuscripts, and photographs from the Nolan family album, along with a CD-R of the images in electronic format. Printed versions of these are included in the collection as are McDonald's annotations of these materials. Also included are copies of Nolan's song lead sheets, sheet music, lyric sheets from Brigham Young University, and audio recordings of Bob Nolan compiled by McDonald. The Addition of October 2017 contains materials relating to the singer, songwriter, and painter, Robert Wagoner, who was a close personal and professional associate of members of the Sons of the Pioneers.
Creator McDonald, Elizabeth Drake, 1943-
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
Materials are open for research.
This collection contains additional materials that are not available for immediate or same day access. Please contact Research and Instructional Service staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss options for consulting these materials.
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Restrictions to Use
Duplication requires permission of donor. Contact Elizabeth Drake McDonald via email at elizabeth_mcdonald@cablelan.net.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Elizabeth Drake McDonald of Chase, British Columbia, Canada, in August 1998 (Acc. 98186), November 1998 (Acc. 98244), November 1999 (Acc. 98507), December 2000 (Acc. 98845), and October 2017 (Acc. 103169).
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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Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, in 1943, Elizabeth Drake McDonald grew up in British Columbia's southern interior and taught school on the north coast. In 1965, she married Ralph McDonald, and they raised four daughters in Chase, British Columbia. McDonald first became acquainted with Bob Nolan's song lyrics in 1954 when she purchased his two songbooks of Original Cowboy Classics. Since that time, she has searched for the lyrics for the nearly 1500 songs that Nolan is said to have written. Her self-published collection, "Lyrics: The Song Poems of Bob Nolan," contains nearly 200 of Nolan's songs. McDonald also researched Nolan's life thoroughly and gathered much information about Nolan with the help of his daughter, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich, and grandson, Calin Coburn.

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The collection centers around Elizabeth Drake McDonald's in-depth study and compilation of the lyrics of songwriter and musician Bob Nolan. Nolan is best known for his work with the singing cowboy group, the Sons of the Pioneers. He penned many trademark songs of the cowboy song genre, including "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Cool Water," and "Way Out There." McDonald has transcribed nearly 200 of Nolan's songs (he referred to them as "song poems") into a self-published book, "Lyrics: The Song Poems of Bob Nolan." Paul Lawrence Hopper worked with McDonald on the project, writing annotations to Nolan's song lyrics. Hopper also self-published a companion volume, "Bob Nolan: A Biographical Guide and Annotations to the Lyric Archive," which contains transcription recording information and a filmography for the Sons of the Pioneers and is included in the collection.

The collection includes material McDonald gathered during conversations with Nolan's daughter, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich, and his grandson, Calin Coburn. Mileusnich provided McDonald with lyrics from unreleased recordings, which are compiled in "Bob Nolan, Volume Two: The Last Song Poems." Calin Coburn donated 274 high-quality scans of documents, letters, manuscripts, and photographs from the Nolan family album, along with a CD-R of the images in electronic format. Printed versions of these are included in the collection as are McDonald's annotations of these materials. Also included are copies of Nolan's song lead sheets, sheet music, and lyric sheets from Brigham Young University.

The Addition of October 2017 includes materials relating to the singer, songwriter, and painter, Robert Wagoner, who was a close personal and professional associate of members of the Sons of the Pioneers. Wagoner had his own multi-track recording studio at his home in Bishop, Calif., where he recorded his own compositions and the songs of the Sons of Pioneers. The addition includes biographical materials, song indexes, and tape lists compiled by Elizabeth Drake McDonald, as well as audio recordings of Robert Wagoner's multi-track recordings, which Wagoner self-released under his label, High Country Recording (HRC). Also included are audio mixes and compilations of Robert Wagoner recordings compiled by Elizabeth Drake McDonald. Audio recordings are on audiocassette and digital media that was originally found on Compact Disc (CD).

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Contents list

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1 item.

"Bob Nolan: A Biographical Guide and Annotations to the Lyric Archive" is a self-published book by Paul Lawrence Hopper. Hopper provided annotations to the volume of Bob Nolan's lyrics collected by Elizabeth Drake McDonald (see series 2), and the biography grew from that project. Hopper's book charts Bob Nolan's life and is illustrated with photographs from Nolan's grandson, Calin Coburn. It also includes complete lists of Nolan's songs that are recorded on transcription discs; recording session dates for Nolan; and a filmography for his group, the Sons of the Pioneers.

Folder 1

"Bob Nolan: A Biographical Guide and Annotations to the Lyric Archive" #20355, Series: "1. Biography of Bob Nolan, 2000. " Folder 1

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50 items

Includes a self-published book, "Lyrics: The Song Poems of Bob Nolan," consisting of lyrics for nearly 200 of Bob Nolan's songs compiled by Elizabeth Drake McDonald, with annotations by Paul Lawrence Hopper. Another book, "Bob Nolan, Volume Two: The Last Song Poems," is a volume of lyrics and sheet music from the collection of Nolan's daughter, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich. There is also a cassette tape of Nolan's recordings belonging to Mileusnich that accompanies this volume. Only three of these recordings have been commercially released. Also included are copies of lyric sheets, lead sheets, and sheet music by Nolan given to Elizabeth Drake McDonald by Brigham Young University.

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20355/5548

"Old demos and 78s" from Bob Nolan's daughter, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich #20355, Series: "2. Song Lyrics of Bob Nolan, 1934-2000. " FS-20355/5548

Audiocassette

Folder 2

"Lyrics: The Song Poems of Bob Nolan" #20355, Series: "2. Song Lyrics of Bob Nolan, 1934-2000. " Folder 2

Folder 3

"Bob Nolan, Volume Two: The Last Song Poems" #20355, Series: "2. Song Lyrics of Bob Nolan, 1934-2000. " Folder 3

Folder 4

Bob Nolan lyric sheets, lead sheets, sheet music #20355, Series: "2. Song Lyrics of Bob Nolan, 1934-2000. " Folder 4

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277 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly prints of 274 high-resolution scans on photographic paper of manuscripts, letters, and photographs from Nolan's grandson, Calin Coburn. The photos range from family snapshots to movie stills and publicity photos of the Sons of the Pioneers. Coburn inherited the family album from his mother, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich, the daughter of Nolan and his first wife Pearl. An index by Elizabeth Drake McDonald provides annotations to Coburn's photographs. Also included is a small collection of color copy photographs from Dick Goodman, a close friend of Bob Nolan, of visits to Robert Wagoner in 1978 and of a fishing trip in 1979.

CD-1190: BMP and JPEG versions of Calin Coburn's photographs #20355, Series: "3. Photographs and Related Materials, 1927-2000. " Folder 4

Folder 5

Annotations #20355, Series: "3. Photographs and Related Materials, 1927-2000. " Folder 5

Folder 6-8

Prints of scans, 1-274 #20355, Series: "3. Photographs and Related Materials, 1927-2000. " Folder 6-8

Folder 9

Bob Nolan photographs (copies) from Dick Goodman #20355, Series: "3. Photographs and Related Materials, 1927-2000. " Folder 9

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23 items.

Acquisitions information: Accession 103169.

Arrangement: Audio recordings are arranged alphabetically.

Processing information: Titles and issue numbers of audiovisual materials compiled from original containers. The digital folders contain digital audio files that were extracted from CD-R and CD in August 2018.

Materials relating to the singer, songwriter, and painter, Robert Wagoner, who was a close personal and professional associate of members of the Sons of the Pioneers. Wagoner had his own multi-track recording studio at his home in Bishop, Calif., where he recorded his own compositions and the songs of the Sons of Pioneers. The addition includes biographical materials, song indexes, and tape lists compiled by Elizabeth Drake McDonald, as well as audio recordings of Robert Wagoner's multi-track recordings, which Wagoner self-released under his label, High Country Recording (HRC) (DF-20355/9-13, FS-20355/17227-17231). Also included are audio mixes and compilations of Robert Wagoner recordings compiled by Elizabeth Drake McDonald (DF-20355/1-8). Audio recordings are on audiocassette and digital media that was originally found on Compact Disc (CD).

Folder 10

Robert Wagoner: biographical materials, song index, and other materials #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." Folder 10

Digital Folder DF-20355/1

16 songs #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/1

16 audio files (.aiff)

Digital Folder DF-20355/2

4 songs #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/2

4 audio files (.aiff)

Digital Folder DF-20355/3

Miscellaneous songs 1 #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/3

20 audio files (.aiff)

Digital Folder DF-20355/4

Miscellaneous songs 2 #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/4

19 audio files (.aiff)

Digital Folder DF-20355/5

Miscellaneous songs 1 #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/5

16 audio files (.aiff)

Digital Folder DF-20355/6

Random songs #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/6

20 audio files (.aiff)

Digital Folder DF-20355/7

Remix 1 #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/7

19 audio files (.aiff)

Digital Folder DF-20355/8

Remix 2 #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/8

23 audio files (.aiff)

Digital Folder DF-20355/9

Robert Wagoner, Call of the Far Away Hills #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/9

17 audio files (.aiff)

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20355/17227

Robert Wagoner, Chant of the Wanderer #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." FS-20355/17227

Audiocassette

HRC 502

Digital Folder DF-20355/10

Robert Wagoner, Cowboy Country #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/10

15 audio files (.aiff)

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20355/17228

Robert Wagoner, Heart of the Golden West #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." FS-20355/17228

Audiocassette

HRC 504

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20355/17229

Robert Wagoner, I'll Take A Mule #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." FS-20355/17229

Audiocassette

HRC 503

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20355/17230

Robert Wagoner, My Love Is The West #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." FS-20355/17230

Audiocassette

HRC 501

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20355/17231

Robert Wagoner, Somewhere Out West #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." FS-20355/17231

Audiocassette

HRC 505

Digital Folder DF-20355/11

Robert Wagoner, Trail of Memories #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/11

12 audio files (.aiff)

Digital Folder DF-20355/12

Robert Wagoner, The West Is in My Soul #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/12

15 audio files (.aiff)

HRC CD 508

Digital Folder DF-20355/13

Robert Wagoner, The Wonder Of It All #20355, Series: "4. Robert Wagoner Materials, undated (Addition of October 2017)." DF-20355/13

16 audio files (.aiff)

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Audiocassettes (FS-5548, FS-10767, FS-17227-17231)

Compact Disc (CD-1190)

Notes to the cassettes reside in the SFC vertical field notes files.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Amy Davis, May 2001; Emma Evans and Anne Wells, July 2018

Encoded by: Amy Davis, May 2001

Updated by: Anne Wells, July 2018, August 2018

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