Collection Number: 20370

Collection Title: Joan Moser Collection, 1949-1990

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Archival processing of the Joan Moser Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size .5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract The Joan Moser Collection consists of audiovisual materials and papers related to folk musician, music teacher, and historian, Joan Moser. The majority of the collection is made up of audio recordings compiled by Moser, including live recordings of folk festivals; interviews with folk musicians and folklorists, including her father, Artus Monroe Moser; class lectures by Joan Moser; and dubs of folk songs, ballads, and fiddle tunes collected by Joan Moser. Other audiovisual materials include a Super 8mm motion picture film of the 1970 Old Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, Va. and field notes found with select audio recordings. Collection papers include ballads, biographical materials, correspondence, dance instruction books, and writings by Joan Moser, among other materials.
Creator Moser, Joan.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio or moving image materials may require production of listening or viewing 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 Joan Moser Collection #20370, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Joan Moser in April 2012 (Acc. 99425).
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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Joan Moser is a folk musician, music teacher, and historian of Appalachian music. She is the daughter of ballad collector, educator, and historian, Artus Monroe Moser (1894-1992), whose collection of papers resides within the Southern Folklife Collection. Joan plays guitar, banjo, lute, dulcimer, and koto, among other instruments. She received her undergraduate degree in music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her masters degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Joan taught music and music theory at Brevard College, and assisted with Berea College's summer workshop in Appalachian Studies. In 1977 she founded Warren Wilson College's Appalachian Studies Program, where she taught for many years. Moser is also an herbalist and student of plant lore. Along with her sister, Irene, brother, Artus Moser, Jr., and nephews Mark and Artus III, Joan is a member of the old-time Buckeye Band of Swannanoa, named for their family's home in Buckeye Cove in Swannanoa, N.C.

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The majority of the Joan Moser Collection is made up of audio recordings compiled by Joan Moser, including live recordings of fiddlers' conventions and folk festivals; interviews and oral histories with folk musicians and folklorists, including her father, Artus Monroe Moser; class lectures by Joan Moser; and dubs of folk songs, ballads, and fiddle tunes collected by Joan Moser. Audio recordings are on 1/4" and 1/2" open reel audio. Other audiovisual materials include a Super 8mm motion picture film of the 1970 Old Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, Va. and field notes found with select audio recordings. Field notes consist mostly of track listings, but also include contextual notes and memos by Joan Moser on folk musicians and songs featured in the recordings.

Collection papers include ballads lyrics and sheet music; biographical materials; correspondence from academic colleagues and friends, including a recommendation letter from North Carolina based folklorist and performer, Bascom Lamar Lunsford; square dance instruction books; letters of thanks from elementary school students in Fletcher, N.C.; a copy of Joan Moser's A Source Book for Appalachian Music Studies; and writings and reviews on folklore subjects by Joan Moser.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1949-1990.

About 50 items.

Paper materials compiled by Joan Moser. Included are ballads lyrics and sheet music; biographical materials; correspondence from academic colleagues and friends, including a recommendation letter from North Carolina based foklorist and performer, Bascom Lamar Lunsford; square dance instruction books; letters of thanks from elementary school students in Fletcher, N.C.; a copy of Joan Moser's A Source Book for Appalachian Music Studies; and writings and reviews on folklore subjects by Joan Moser.

Folder 1

Ballads #20370, Series: "1. Papers, 1949-1990." Folder 1

Folder 2

Biographical materials #20370, Series: "1. Papers, 1949-1990." Folder 2

Consists mostly of newspaper clippings

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1949-1990 #20370, Series: "1. Papers, 1949-1990." Folder 3

Folder 4

Dance instruction books #20370, Series: "1. Papers, 1949-1990." Folder 4

Folder 5

Fletcher school letters #20370, Series: "1. Papers, 1949-1990." Folder 5

Folder 6

A Source Book for Appalachian Music Studies, 1975 #20370, Series: "1. Papers, 1949-1990." Folder 6

Folder 7

Writings #20370, Series: "1. Papers, 1949-1990." Folder 7

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45 items.

Arrangment: Alphabetical by format. Field notes are listed first and are arranged by the call number of corresponding audio recording.

Processing information: Titles and descriptions compiled from original containers. Field notes have been annotated with the call number of corresponding audio recording.

Audiovisual materials consist mostly of audio recordings compiled by Joan Moser, including live recordings of fiddlers' conventions and folk festivals; interviews and oral histories with folk musicians and folklorists, including her father, Artus Monroe Moser; class lectures by Joan Moser; and various dubs of folk songs, ballads, and fiddle tunes collected by Joan Moser. Also included is a silent Super 8mm motion picture film of the 1970 Old Fiddlers' Convention, as well as related field notes found inside the original containers of select audio recordings. Field notes consist mostly of track listings, but also include contextual notes and memos by Joan Moser on folk musicians and songs featured in the recordings.

Folder 8

Field notes: FT-20370/6-16 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Field notes: FT-20370/17-23 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Field notes: FT-20370/25-36 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

Field notes: FT-20370/37-42 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." Folder 11

Film F-20370/1

Galax Fiddlers Convention, Galax, Va., 1970 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." F-20370/1

Super 8mm motion picture film

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/1

Asheville Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, 1st and 2nd nights, tape 1, Asheville, N.C., 8 August 1959 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/1

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/2

Asheville Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, 3rd night, tape 2, Asheville, N.C., 8 August 1959 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/2

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/3

J. J. Bailey and A. M. Moser, oral history continued, 5 July 1972 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/3

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/4

Bee Tree Reunion and Picnic, Swannanoa, N.C., 4 September 1959 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/4

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/6

Interview with Tom Bell, Bent Creek, N.C., 12 July 1972 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/6

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Includes Roy Fisher on guitar

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/7

Interview with Tom Bell, 3 June 1972 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/7

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/8

Interview; Tom Bell; fiddler, 29 June 1972 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/8

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/5

Cherokee Indian Fair, October 1971 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/5

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Includes documentation of a Cherokee Friendship Dance

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/9

Child ballad variants transcribed from discs #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/9

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/10

English Country Dances, tape 2 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/10

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/41

Fiddle tunes 2: Marcus Martin, Woody Wolfe, Moser, Heaton, 1962 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/41

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/42

Fiddle music 4: Mrs. Edd Presnell, Marcus Martin, August-September 1959 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/42

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/11

Folk Festival, All day instrumental workshop, 9 November 1974 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/11

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/12

Folk gathering featuring Audrew Naigraw, Allen Emerson and Moser Family #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/12

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/13

Folksongs and Ballads, October 1957 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/13

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Note on original container reads: "Submitted in support of an Application to study folk music in Norway. 11 tracks."

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/14

Graven Lecture #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/14

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/15

Harper [Van Hoy] #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/15

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/16

Tommy Hunter #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/16

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/17

Pleaz Mobley at Artus Moser's House, 7 August 1959 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/17

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Note on original container reads: "Mobley often stayed with Mosers when coming to the Asheville Mountain Dance and Folk Festival."

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/18

Pleaz Mobley, tape 2, July 1975 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/18

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/19

Moser Family, "Folk" interview #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/19

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/44

Joan [Moser] lecture on folk songs with class at Hendersonville; Ballads #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/44

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/20

Old Fiddler's Convention, Galax, Va., 1970 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/20

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/21

Old Time Fiddler's Convention, 1 and 4, 22 April 1962 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/21

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/22

Old Time Fiddler's Convention, 2 and 3, 22 April 1962 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/22

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/43

Friday at Parham's #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/43

1/2" Open Reel Video

No image, just audio; made on equipment at Mars College

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/23

Party at Home with Ruth and Latrobe Carroll and children, 1960 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/23

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Note on original container reads: "May contain Artus Moser anecdotal history."

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/24

Walter Parham and George Pegram, "In Concert", 2 July 1974 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/24

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Dub made 12 September 1975

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/25

Lilly May Pennington, 25 June 1975 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/25

1/4" Open Reel Audio

tape from Loyal Jones, following Lilly May's appearance at Berea College

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/26

Mrs. Bessie Ralston #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/26

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/27

Byard Ray and Clarence Ashleys #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/27

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/28

Byard Ray, tape 3, 15 March 1975 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/28

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/29

Byard Ray and George Pegram #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/29

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/30

Byard Ray, third interview, 15 March 1975 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/30

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/31

Byard Ray, Conversation and Music, 22 February 1975 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/31

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/32

Byard Ray, 18 May 1975 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/32

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/33

Wilse Reynolds, Gary English, A.J. Croley, and son #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/33

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Recorded by Loyal Jones

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/34

Selected AFS, tape 1 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/34

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/35

Selected AFS, tape 2 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/35

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/36

Singing at Etowah, 3 September 1972 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/36

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/37

Interview with Mack Snoderly, 1972 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/37

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/38

Joan and Willoughby, Moser Family old harp, 1966 #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/38

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/39

Christopher Wren, Folk Songs #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/39

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20370/40

[unidentified sound recording] #20370, Series: "2. Audiovisual Materials, 1957-1975 and undated." FT-20370/40

1/4" Open Reel Audio

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, March 2018

Encoded by: Anne Wells, March 2018

Archival processing of the Joan Moser Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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