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Collection Number: 20490

Collection Title: Stephen Wade Collection, 1970s-2013

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Size 13 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1500 items)
Abstract The collection of musician, record producer, and writer Stephen Wade (1953- ) contains press clippings, posters, magazines, performance programs, and other printed and published items; scrapbooks; commercial recordings; and non-commercial audio and video recordings, both analog and digital. Materials document Wade’s musical career and his projects on American traditional music. Scrapbooks and press clippings pertain chiefly to Wade’s one-person theatrical show called “Banjo Dancing,” which combines storytelling, traditional music, and percussive dance. Commercial recordings are 78 rpm, LP and other discs from the personal collection of American folklorist and anthropologist with expertise in Haitian life, Harry Courlander. Non-commercial audio and video recordings contain musical performances by Wade and others, and most are related to his projects on American traditional music, particularly Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition (2012) and In Sacred Trust: The 1963 Fleming Brown Tapes. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Wade, Stephen.
Language English
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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 Stephen Wade Collection #20490, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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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Stephen Wade (1953- ) of Chicago, Ill., is a musician, writer, record producer, scholar of American traditional music, and the creator and performer of the one-person stage show “Banjo Dancing.” He is the author of numerous articles for newspapers, magazines and journals, and encyclopedias. His 2012 book was critically acclaimed and received numerous awards. His discography includes (2012) and (2005).

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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

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