Collection Number: 20544

Collection Title: Bebo White Collection, 1927-2018 (bulk 1965-2018)

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

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 750 items)
Abstract The Bebo White Collection consists chiefly of materials related to jug band music and the jug band music scene of northern and southern California. The collection contains correspondence, subject files, scattered photographs, festival posters, and other jug band materials compiled by Bebo White, a white computer scientist, jug band musician, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alum. The collection also contains an open reel sound recording, 1965, featuring an interview conducted by White with Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in Raleigh, N.C.
Creator White, Bebo, 1945-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional born-digital materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Use of audio or moving image materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.
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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 Bebo White Collection #20544, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Bebo White, of San Francisco, Calif., in June 2017 (Acc. 103084) and July 2018 (Acc. 103395).
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Bebo White is a white computer scientist and jug band musician living in San Francisco, Calif. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master's degree in physics from San Jose State University. Bebo White is departmental associate emeritus at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University’s basic energy science and high-energy physics laboratory. In his spare time, White has played in various jug bands. While a student at UNC, he played banjo in Bebo's Bunkom Jug Jumpers, and while working at SLAC, formed the Grinnin' Dawgs Jug Band with his SLAC colleagues, Alan Spragens and Bruce Erickson. White, who has been involved with the California Jug Band Association, now plays in the The Sada Springs Jug Band, formerly known as the Tarantulas Jug Band.

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The Bebo White Collection consists chiefly of materials related to the history of jug band music and the jug band music scene of northern and southern California, including the California Jug Band Association. Materials compiled by Bebo White, a white computer scientist, jug band musician, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alum, include correspondence with jug band scholar, Fred E. Cox; jug band subject files and other research on jug bands, including Chapel Hill jug bands; small print publications; and publicity ephemera for jug bands, jug band festivals, and other events, including the San Francisco Jug Band Festival. Photographs include prints of Bebo White's college band, Bebo's Bunkom Jug Jumpers, and the Tarantualas Jug Band, as well as reproductions of historical jug bands from the 1920s and 1930s. Also included are a T-shirt for the Perch Creek Family Jug Band and an open reel sound recording, 1965, featuring an interview conducted by White with Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in Raleigh, N.C.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017).

About 50 items.

Arrangement: by format.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103084

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20544/1

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez interview by Bebo White, Raleigh, N.C., 19 March 1965 #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." FT-20544/1

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel ; 12 minutes

Folder 1

FT-20544/1: Bob Dylan and Joan Baez #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." Folder 1

Photocopied photograph of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez found with FT-20544/1

Folder 2

Correspondence: Fred E. Cox, 1968-1969 #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." Folder 2

Jug band scholar from Indianapolis, Ind.

Folder 3

Bebo's Bunkom Jug Jumpers, 1967 #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." Folder 3

Folder 4

California Jug Band Association (CJBA), 2011 and undated #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." Folder 4

Folder 5

Grinnin' Dawg Jug Band #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." Folder 5

Folder 6

Loose Licks Jug Band #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." Folder 6

Folder 7

Jug band festivals, 2006-2010 and undated #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." Folder 7

Image Folder PF-20544/1

Photographs: Bebo's Bunkom Jug Jumpers, Chapel Hill, N.C., circa 1967 #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." PF-20544/1

4 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Image Folder PF-20544/2

Photographs: Historical jug bands, 1927-1930 and undated #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." PF-20544/2

5 images

Black-and-White and Color Photographic Prints

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-20544/1

Jug band festival posters, 2008-2011 #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." OPF-20544/1

4 posters

Includes posters for the CJBA's Jug Fest (2008), first annual West Coast Jug Band Jubilee (2010), 8th annual International Jug Band Festival (2010), and an autographed poster for the 5th annual Santa Cruz Jug Band Jamboree (2011).

Oversize Box OB-20544/1

Perch Creek Family Jug Band T-shirt #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1927-2011 (bulk 1965-2011) (Original Deposit of June 2017)." OB-20544/1

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About 700 items.

Arrangement: as received from donor.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103395

Chiefly untitled subject files relating to history of jug band music and the jug band music scene of northern and southern California, including the California Jug Band Association. Materials include correspondence; research on jug bands, including Chapel Hill jug bands; small print publications; and publicity ephemera for bands, festivals, and other events, including the San Francisco Jug Band Festival. There are also a few photographs of bands.

Box 2-5

Subject files, 1990-2018 #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1990-2018 (Addition of July 2018)." Box 2-5

Image Folder PF-20544/3

Bebo's Bunkom Jug Jumpers, 1967 #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1990-2018 (Addition of July 2018)." PF-20544/3

Image Folder PF-20544/4

Tarantulas Jug Band, circa 2000 #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1990-2018 (Addition of July 2018)." PF-20544/4

Image Folder PF-20544/

Bebo White with other musicians, 2005 #20544, Series: "Subject Files, 1990-2018 (Addition of July 2018)." PF-20544/

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, November 2017; Nancy Kaiser, September 2018

Encoded by: Anne Wells, November 2017

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

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