Collection Number: 20399

Collection Title: Daniel Coston Collection, 1975-2007

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the Duplication Policy section for more information.


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

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Size 2800 items
Abstract Photographs and audio recordings of musicians created by white North Carolina photographer, Daniel Coston. Photographs consist mostly of digital images, 1996-2007, of performances by country, folk, and rock musicians, including Big Star, J. J. Cale, Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Cat Power, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Andy Griffith, Tift Merritt, Ralph Stanley, and Wilco, among others. Digital photographs also include documentation of music festivals, such as MerleFest, as well as documentation of a memorial for Robert Moog, inventor of the first commercial synthesizer. Audio recordings found in the collection consist of digital copies of live recordings, 1975-2003, by Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Sarah Carter, and Maybelle Carter.
Creator Coston, Daniel, 1972-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Access copies of photographs (DF-20399/1-17) available for use in the Digital Collections Repository. Library use only for digital audio recordings (DF-20399/18-21) found in this collection. Contact wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss access options.
Restrictions to Use
Any duplication request for the purpose of publication must be approved by the donor.
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 Daniel Coston Collection #20399, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Daniel Coston in May 2005 (Acc. 100074), December 2005 (Acc. 100284, 100561), April 2006 (Acc. 100363, 100377), October 2006 (Acc. 100504), December 2007 (Acc. 101210), and November 2008 (Acc. 101017).
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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Daniel Coston is a white photographer from Charlotte, N.C. who has been documenting musicians across North Carolina, and other parts of the world since 1995. His photographs have been featured in numerous publications, several TV networks, and his list of credits include work with Johnny Cash, the Avett Brothers, Wilco, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Down From The Mountain tour, Maurice Williams, and others. Daniel has also written several books, including North Carolina Musicians: Photographs And Conversations (McFarland Publications, 2013), There Was A Time: Rock & Roll During The 1960s In Charlotte, And North Carolina (Fort Canoga Press, 2014) and Home Of The Blues: A History Of The Double Door Inn (Fort Canoga Press, 2017).

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Photographs and audio recordings of musicians created by white North Carolina photographer, Daniel Coston. Photographs consist mostly of digital images, 1996-2007, of live performances by country, folk, and rock musicians, including Big Star, J. J. Cale, Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Cat Power, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Andy Griffith, Tift Merritt, Ralph Stanley, and Wilco, among others. Digital images also include documentation of MerleFest, an annual traditional music festival held in Wilkesboro, N.C., as well as a memorial for Robert Moog, inventor of the first commercial synthesizer, the Moog synthesizer. Audio recordings consist of digital copies of live recordings by country musicians, including a 2003 performance by Johnny Cash and a 1975 performance by Sarah and Maybelle Carter.

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Contents list

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2796 digital files.

Arrangement: Alphabetical.

Access copies of digital photographs (DF-20399/1-17) available for use in the Digital Collections Repository.

Digital Folder DF-20399/1

Alphabetical photo archives A-J #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/1

257 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/2

Andy Griffith and Dillards Photographs, June-September 2004 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/2

61 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/3

Carlene Carter photographs, 9-10 December 2005 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/3

81 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/4

Classic southern musicians photographs, 1996-2005 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/4

293 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/5

Handsome family with Griel Marcus Photographs, 14 September 2007 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/5

62 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/6

Janette Carter photographs and memorial, 29 January 2006 and DBS Studio photographs, 14 January 2006 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/6

88 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/7

Johnny Cash and Carter Family photographs, 2002-2005 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/7

86 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/8

Merlefest photographs, 2005 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/8

56 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/9

Merlefest photographs, 28 April-1 May 2005 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/9

72 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/10

Miscellaneous photographs, including Andy Griffith, Dillards, and Paul McCartney, 2002, 2005 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/10

144 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/11

Musician photographs, 2004-2006 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/11

653 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/12

Musician photographs, 2007 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/12

457 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/13

Musician photographs, including R. Randolph, J. Petty, and more, 2000-2004 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/13

16 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/14

Musicians of the New and Old Generations photographs, 2005 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/14

244 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/15

New Riders of the Purple Sage, Tim O'Brien, and Cherry Holmes photographs, 7 January-2 February 2006 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/15

77 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/16

Ralph Stanley photographs, 12-13 January 2006 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/16

91 digital files

Digital Folder DF-20399/17

Wildwood Flowers photographs, Nashville, Tenn., 13 July 2005; Carlene Carter and Corrie Bennett Photographs, Carter Fold, Hiltons, Va., 6 August 2005 #20399, Series: "1. Photographs, 1996-2007 and undated." DF-20399/17

58 digital files

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, Miana Breed, Jessica Venlet, November 2019

Encoded by: Anne Wells, November 2019

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

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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