Collection Number: 20519

Collection Title: David A. Ensminger Collection, 1987-2014

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract Author David A. Ensminger's collection contains writings, punk rock and alternative culture zines, scattered correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, and posters, handbills, and flyers for punk rock, oi, and hardcore music shows in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The collection also contains audio recordings of interviews that Ensminger conducted with folk and independent rock musicians.
Creator Ensminger, David A.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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.
Digital media removed from the collection in September 2017 is closed pending curatorial review.
Use of audio 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 David A. Ensminger Collection #20519, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from David A. Ensminger in December 2016 (Acc. 103016).
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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David A. Ensminger (1971- ) of Houston, Tex. is a writer, digital archivist of punk and vernacular culture, and college instructor at Lee College in Baytown, Tex. He is the author of four books: Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation (University Press of Mississippi, 2011), Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin' Hopkins (University of Texas Press, 2013), Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons (PM Press, 2013), and Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with the Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014). Ensminger is also a rock drummer who played with the Texas Biscuit Bombs.

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Author David A. Ensminger's collection contains writings, punk rock and alternative culture zines, scattered correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, and posters, handbills, and flyers for punk rock, oi, and hardcore music shows in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Writings include poems, a draft of Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with the Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music and proof sheets for Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons. The collection also contains audio recordings of interviews conducted by Ensminger. Interviewees featured on the recordings include folk musician, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, as well as members of the independent rock bands, Apples in Stereo, Pedro the Lion, Waterboys, and Wedding Present. The recordings, which are on audiocassette, are most likely affiliated with Ensminger's publication, Mavericks of Sound.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, circa 1987-2014.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: The collection materials have not been arranged.

Processing Note: Materials have been placed in folders and boxes for use, but they have not been analyzed, arranged, or fully described.

Box 1

Correspondence, clippings, flyers, handbills, and other materials #20519, Series: "1. Papers, circa 1987-2014." Box 1

Box 2

Writings, zines, and other printed materials #20519, Series: "1. Papers, circa 1987-2014." Box 2

Box 3

Zines and other printed materials #20519, Series: "1. Papers, circa 1987-2014." Box 3

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-20519/1

Posters #20519, Series: "1. Papers, circa 1987-2014." OPF-20519/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Laura Hart and Anne Wells, January 2017

Encoded by: Laura Hart and Anne Wells, January 2017

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