Collection Number: 20554

Collection Title: Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975

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Size Approximately 1,700 items (1.0 linear feet)
Abstract The Bill Nowlin Photographs consists chiefly of images taken by the white co-founder of Rounder Records, Bill Nowlin, depicting folk singers and musicians at folk festivals, fiddling contests, and other performances, circa 1967-1975. Events depicted in the collection include, Northeast Oldtime Fiddlers Contest, National Hollerin' Contest, Smithsonian Folk Festival, UC Folk Festival, Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers Contest, and other events. Also included are images of the Rounder Records offices in Cambridge, Mass., as well as earlier photographic prints collected by Nowlin that depict musicians Clayton McMichen and Riley Puckett.
Creator Nowlin, Bill, 1945-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 Bill Nowlin Photographs #20554, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Bill Nowlin August 2018 (Acc.103377).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Bill Nowlin is one of three founders of Rounder Records, of Cambridge, Mass., and a researcher on traditional music. He is also the author of books on baseball and a professor of political science at University of Massachusetts at Lowell, in Lowell, Mass.

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The Bill Nowlin Photographs consists chiefly of images taken by the white co-founder of Rounder Records, Bill Nowlin, depicting folk singers and musicians at folk festivals, fiddling contests, and other performances, circa 1967-1975. Events depicted in the collection include, Northeast Oldtime Fiddlers Contest, Spivey's Corner National Hollering Contest, Smithsonian Folk Festival, UC Folk Festival, Union Grove Oldtime Fiddlers Event, as well as music events in Galax, Va. Also included are images of the Rounder Records offices in Cambridge, Mass., as well as some earlier photographic prints of musicians collected by Nowlin that depict musicians Clayton McMichen and Riley Puckett.

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Approximately 1700 items

Arrangment: Subject

Processing Note: Titles in quotation marks were derived from original enclosures.

#20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975."

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/01-08

"Ann Arbor," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/01-08

250 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/09

Belmopan, Belize, circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/09

23 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/10-17

"BAF, some early shows, Clint and Fred," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/10-17

150 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/18

"Berryville," circa 1971 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/18

34 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/19

"BG Festival, Jimmy Martin and others," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/19

36 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/20

Buffalo Springfield (?) performing in Quincy, Mass.(?), circa 1967-1968 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/20

36 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/21

"Country Cooking in prison," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/21

21 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/22

"Country Girls, Ledford," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/22

36 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/23-28

"Early music and festival," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/23-28

64 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/29

"Galax, Herbert Caldwell, etc," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/29

21 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Images likely depict events in Galax, Va.

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/30-31

"Bessie Jones," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/30-31

37 images

Black-and-White and Color 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/32

"Clayton McMichen," circa 1932-1964 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/32

4 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/33

"Northeast Oldtime Fiddlers Contest, some of first Stover(?) sessions," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/33

36 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Images likely depict events associated with the Northeastern National Fiddle Contest and Festival and may include images of Evan Stover.

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/34

"Buddy Pendleton, Galax(?) photos" circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/34

36 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Images likely depict events in Galax, Va.

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/35

"Riley Puckett," circa 1930s #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/35

2 images

Black-and-White Photographic Prints (Copywork)

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/36-37

Rounder Records offices (?), circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/36-37

24 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/38-41

"(Rounder Records) Album Covers, Ledford, Holy Modal, Rounder," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/38-41

120 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/42

"Seniors(?)," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/42

4 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/43

Spivey's Corner National Hollering Contest, Spivey's Corner, N.C., circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/43

36 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/44-50

"Smithsonian, NFFA, J. Wisnat," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/44-50

250 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Images likely depict events associated with the Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife and the National Folk Festival Association in Washngton, D.C.

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/51-52

"Smokey Valley Boys," circa 1971 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/51-52

50 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/53-54

"1971 Snuffy and Pappy," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/53-54

50 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/55-58

"UC Folk Festival," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/55-58

124 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Images likely depict University of Chicago Folk Festival at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Ill.

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/59-61

"Union Grove," circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/59-61

126 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Images likely depict Olde Time Fiddler's Convention at Union Grove, N.C.

Image Box 01

Image Folder PF-20554/62-65

Unidentified events and people, circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." Imagebox 01, Imagefolder PF-20554/62-65

120 images

Black-and-White 35mm Roll Film

Image Box 02

Original enclosures, circa 1967-1975 #20554, Series: "Bill Nowlin Photographs, circa 1930s-1975." 02

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Processing Information

Processed by: Patrick Cullom, September 2018

Encoded by: Patrick Cullom, September 2018

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