Collection Number: 20474

Collection Title: Thomas Goldsmith Collection, 1983-2004

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Size 10 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2000 items)
Abstract Audiovisual materials and papers compiled by journalist and musician, Thomas Goldsmith. Audiovisual materials consist mostly of audio interviews conducted by Goldsmith with prominent bluegrass, folk, and country musicians, including Chet Atkins, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Bill Monroe, Tammy Wynette, and Trisha Yearwood. Papers consist of artist and subject files, clippings, ephemera, printed materials featuring articles by Goldsmith and others, and working files for The Bluegrass Reader, for which Goldsmith served as editor.
Creator Goldsmith, Thomas, 1952-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio or moving image materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.
Digital media removed from the collection in October 2017 and April 2018 is closed pending curatorial review.
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 Thomas Goldsmith Collection #20474, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Thomas Goldsmith of Raleigh, N.C., in August 2012 (Acc. 101643) and January 2018 (Acc. 103310).
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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Journalist Thomas Goldsmith is the generations reporter for the NC Health News in Raleigh, N.C. Previous positions include Wake County editor for the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer and assistant managing editor for local news for the Nashville (Tenn.) Tennessean. Goldsmith edited the The Bluegrass Reader, which was published in 2004 by the University of Illinois Press. He is also a record producer, musician, singer, and songwriter.

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Audiovisual materials and papers compiled by journalist and musician, Thomas Goldsmith. Audiovisual materials consist mostly of audio interviews conducted by Goldsmith with prominent bluegrass, folk, and country musicians, including Chet Atkins, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Bill Monroe, Tammy Wynette, and Trisha Yearwood. Papers consist of scattered subject files, clippings, ephemera, and printed materials featuring articles by Goldsmith. Subject files include materials related to bluegrass-country singer, Alison Krauss, and materials related to Goldsmith's liner notes for the 1997 Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, and Mike Marshall release, Uncommon Ritual. Printed materials include issues of Acoustic Guitar, Bluegrass Unlimited, Country, The Journal of Country Music, and a copy of the publication, Flatt on Victor Plus More.

The Addition of January 2018 contains audiovisual materials compiled by Thomas Goldsmith, including audio and video recordings of interviews, commercially produced live recordings, promotional releases, and television programs featuring prominent country, pop, and rock musicians. Audio recordings are on audiocassette, while video recordings are on VHS. The Addition also contains papers, including artist files, subject files, and working files related to the The Bluegrass Reader publication. Artist and subject files, much of which appears to date from Goldsmith's time at the Nashville Tennesseean, contain transcripts of interviews with musicians, reporter notebooks, publicity photographs, press clippings, and printed materials. The Bluegrass Reader materials consist of correspondence with authors and publishers, reprints and copies of articles about bluegrass music and musicians, and drafts of text written by Goldsmith for the publication.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated.

39 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Processing information: Titles compiled from original containers.

Audio recordings that consist mostly of interviews conducted by Goldsmith with prominent bluegrass, folk, and country musicians, including Chet Atkins, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Bill Monroe, Tammy Wynette, and Trisha Yearwood. Also includes a promotional copy of a Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Mark O'Connor release and a recording featuring the American actor, James "Jimmy" Stewart, as well as a one-page tape inventory created by Goldsmith. Recordings are on audiocassette.

Box 1

Folder 1

Tape inventory: FS-20474/1-38 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." Box 1, Folder 1

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/1

Chet Atkins, 28 September 1990 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/1

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/2

Clint Black, February 1990 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/2

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/3

Bellamy Brothers, 5 March 1991 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/3

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/4

Charlie Daniels, 20 January 1990 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/4

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/5

Joe Diffie, 19 November 1990 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/5

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/6

Fairfield Form, 16 February 1992 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/6

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/7

Linda Hargrove #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/7

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/8

Alan Jackson, 6 August 1991 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/8

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/9

Tom Jones, 26 August 1985; Jerry Clover, 2 August 1985 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/9

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/10

Alison Krauss #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/10

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/11

Delbert McClinton #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/11

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/12

Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor, Sony promotional copy, 1994 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/12

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/13

Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck and Mike Marshall #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/13

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/14

Jim and Jesse McReynolds #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/14

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/15

Ronnie Milsap #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/15

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/16

Bill Monroe, 16 August 1985; Eddy Raven, 3 September 1985 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/16

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/17

Anne Murray #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/17

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/18

K. T. Oslin, 15 November 1990 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/18

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/19

Randy Owen, 14 February 1987 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/19

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/20

Minnie Pearl, 23 October 1990 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/20

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/21

Minnie Pearl Part Two, 23 October 1990 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/21

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/22

Eddie Rabbit, 20 December 1984; Doc Watson, 10 October 1989 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/22

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/23

Tiny Robinson #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/23

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/24

Earl Scruggs, March 1998 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/24

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/25

Shenandoah and Jim Horn #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/25

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/26

Jeff Stevens #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/26

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/27

Jimmy Stewart on It's A Wonderful Life, 17 December 1985 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/27

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/28

Marty Stewart, 1990 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/28

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/29

Sweethearts of the Rodeo #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/29

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/30

Texas Tornadoes, 19 September 1990 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/30

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/31

B. J. Thomas #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/31

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/32

Mary Travers #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/32

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/33

Randy Travis, 2 March 1994 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/33

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/34

Donna Ulisse: Trouble At the Door, 29 October 1991 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/34

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/35

Ricky Van Shelton, July 1991 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/35

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/36

Don Williams, 30 October 1990 #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/36

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/37

Tammy Wynette #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/37

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/38

Trisha Yearwood #20474, Series: "1. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-1998 and undated." FS-20474/38

Audiocassette

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23 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103310

Arrangement: Alphabetical by artist or program title.

Processing information: Titles compiled from original containers.

Audio and video recordings compiled by Thomas Goldsmith. Includes interviews, commercial live recordings, promotional releases, and television programs featuring prominent country, pop, and rock musicians. Audio recordings are on audiocassette, while video recordings are on VHS. Also includes a press release found with the Warner Reprise video release, Music of the West: A Tribute to the Singing Cowboys (VT-20474/3).

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/39

Marty Brown and Merle Haggard #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." FS-20474/39

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/40

Tracy Byrd and Merle Haggard, April 1994 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." FS-20474/40

Audiocassette

Videotape VT-20474/1

Ralph Emery On the Record with Randy Travis, 6 June 1996 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/1

VHS

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/41

Emmylou Harris Interview, October 1995 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." FS-20474/41

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/42

Emmylou Harris and B.B. Watson #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." FS-20474/42

Audiocassette

Videotape VT-20474/2

Influences: George Jones and Randy Travis, work in progress, 2 October 1991 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/2

VHS

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/43

Lorrie Morgan and [?] interview #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." FS-20474/43

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/44

Mountain Moods, Larry Kwechtel #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." FS-20474/44

Audiocassette

Box 1

Folder 14

Press release: VT-20474/3 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." Box 1, Folder 14

Videotape VT-20474/3

Music of the West: A Tribute to the Singing Cowboys, Warner Reprise Video, 1993 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/3

VHS

Videotape VT-20474/4

Nashville Now with Tracy Nelson, 27 August 1992 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/4

VHS

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/45

Eddie Rabbitt, Anne Murray and [?] Williams, August 1991 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." FS-20474/45

Audiocassette

Videotape VT-20474/5

South Bank Show: The Search for Robert Johnson, 19 July 1994 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/5

VHS

Videotape VT-20474/6

Ringo Star: Going Home, Disney Channel, 23 March 1993 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/6

VHS

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/46

George Strait, "Holding My Own"; Randy Travis, 31 March 1992 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." FS-20474/46

Audiocassette

Videotape VT-20474/7

James Taylor: Going Home, Disney Channel viewing cassette, 9 March 1992 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/7

VHS

Videotape VT-20474/8

TNN's American Music Shop: Nanci Griffith with Julie Gold, Steve Wariner with Leo Kottke #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/8

VHS

Videotape VT-20474/9

Randy Travis, "Forever and Ever" #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/9

VHS

Videotape VT-20474/10

Randy Travis, "This Is Me" #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/10

VHS

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/47

Ricky Van Shelton and Foresters, 29 January 1983 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." FS-20474/47

Audiocassette

Videotape VT-20474/11

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Celebrity Special, 19 July 1994 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/11

VHS

Videotape VT-20474/12

Brian Wilson: "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times", 21 July 1995 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/12

VHS

Videotape VT-20474/13

Neil Young in Concert: An Austin City Limits Special, 20 February 1992 #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." VT-20474/13

VHS

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20474/48

[unidentified sound recording] #20474, Series: "1A. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-1996 and undated (Addition of January 2018)." FS-20474/48

Audiocassette

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About 100 items.

Processing information:

Scattered subject files, clippings, ephemera, and printed materials featuring articles by Goldsmith. Subject files include materials related to bluegrass-country singer, Alison Krauss, and materials related to Goldsmith's liner notes for the 1997 Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, and Mike Marshall release, Uncommon Ritual.

Box 1

Folder 2

Krauss, Alison #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 2

Box 1

Folder 3

Krauss, Alison #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 3

Box 1

Folder 4

Krauss, Alison #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 4

Box 1

Folder 5

Myer, Fleck, and Marshall #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 5

Box 1

Folder 6

Myer, Fleck, and Marshall #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 6

Box 1

Folder 7

Miscellaneous papers #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 7

includes program to Chet Atkins memorial service

Box 1

Folder 8

Clippings: The Tennessean #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 8

Box 1

Folder 9

Printed material: Acoustic Guitar, 1996 #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 9

Box 1

Folder 10

Printed material: Bluegrass Unlimited, 1998-1999 #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 10

Box 1

Folder 11

Printed material: Country, 1993-1994 #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 11

Box 1

Folder 12

Printed material: Country, 1995-1997 #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 12

Box 1

Folder 13

Printed material: The Journal of Country Music, 1991 #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." Box 1, Folder 13

Oversize Paper Folder 20474/1

Oversize Printed material: Flatt on Victor Plus More by Thomas Goldsmith with introduction by Marty Stuart, 1999 #20474, Series: "2. Papers, 1991-2001 and undated." 20474/1

includes letter from Lance Leroy to Thomas Goldsmith

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2A. Papers, circa 1980s-2004 (Addition of January 2018).

About 1800 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103310

Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s

Files contain transcripts of interviews with musicians, reporter notebooks, publicity photographs, press clippings, and printed materials. Much of this material appears to date from Goldsmith's time at the Nashville Tennesseean.

Box 2

Alabama (musical group) - Bolotin, Jay #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 2

Box 3

Brady, Paul - Curtis, Sonny #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 3

Box 4

Daniels, Charlie - Forester Sisters #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 4

Box 5

Franks, Randall - Harris, Emmy Lou #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 5

Box 6

Headhunters - Kendalls #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 6

Box 7

King, B.B. - Morgan, Lorri #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 7

Box 8

Murray, Anne - Parsons/White String Bender #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 8

Box 9

Parton, Dolly - Raitt, Bonnie #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 9

Box 10

Raybon, Marty - Seldom Scene #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 10

Box 11

Sherrill, Billy - Stuart, Marty #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 11

Box 12

Sun Rhythm Section - Travis, Randy #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 12

Digital media removed from box 12 in April 2018 is closed pending curatorial review.

Box 13

Tritt, Travis - Wilder, Webb #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 13

Box 14

The Whites - Zappa, Frank #20474, Series: "Artist and Subject Files, circa 1980s " Box 14

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The Bluegrass Reader Working Files, circa 1990s-2004

Files contain correspondence with authors and publishers, reprints and copies of articles about bluegrass music and musicians, and drafts of text written by Goldsmith for The Bluegrass Reader.

Box 15-20

The Bluegrass Reader #20474, Series: " The Bluegrass Reader Working Files, circa 1990s-2004 " Box 15-20

Digital media removed from box 20 in April 2018 is closed pending curatorial review.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, October 2017

Encoded by: Anne Wells, October 2017

Updated by: Laura Hart, Anne Wells, and Emma Evans, April 2018

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

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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