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Collection Number: 20576

Collection Title: Margaret Day Allen and Robert John Allen Collection, circa 2000-2015

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Size 4128 items
Abstract Video interviews, photographs, articles, and book chapters about self-taught/folk artists created by Margaret Day Allen and Robert John Allen, former members of the Folk Art Society of America's National Advisory Board and past presidents of the North Carolina Folk Art Society. Margaret Day Allen authored When the Spirit Speaks: Self-Taught Art of the South. Videos were recorded digitally by the Allens over a 10- to 15-year period. Materials document African American and white artists from Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Artists featured in the collection include: Ab the Flagman (Roger Lee Ivens), Minnie Adkins, John "Cornbread" Anderson, Michael Brien, Tammy Leigh Brooks, Benny Carter, Neolia "Nell" Cole, J. J. Cromer, John "Johnnie" Culver, Eric Cunningham, Bruce Davenport, Brian Dowdall, Winton and Rosa Eugene, Sam Ezell, Patti Fenick, Theresa Gloster, Edna Hackett, Eddie Hamrick, Eddie Hayes, Chris Hubbard, Clyde Jones, Stacy Lambert, Paul Lancaster, Arbon Lane, Jr., Eric Legge, Juanita Leonard, Tim Lewis, Peter Loose, Denny Maloney, Sam "The Dot Man" McMillan, Kessiah Freeman Meroney, Roy Minshew, Bruce New, Ashley Pierce, Sarah Rakes, Joe Reinhardt, Kathy Richards, Harold Rittenberry, Robert Roberg, O. L. Samuels, Cher Shaffer, Gabriel Shaffer, Rev. Johnnie Simmons, Vollis Simpson, William Thomas Thompson, Della Wells, and LaVon Williams.
Creator Allen, Robert J. (Robert John), 1948-2020.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains born-digital materials that are accessible only on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The digital publication Voices, the magazine of the North Carolina Folk Art Society, is restricted to use in research room only.
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 Margaret Day Allen and Robert John Allen Collection #20576, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Margaret Day Allen and Robert John Allen, November 2019 (Acc. 20210604.4).
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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Encoded by: Dawne Howard Lucas, August 2021

Updated by: Jessica Venlet and Laura Smith, September 2023

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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Margaret Day Allen and Robert John Allen (1948-2020) are former members of the Folk Art Society of America's National Advisory Board and past presidents of the North Carolina Folk Art Society. Margaret Day Allen authored When the Spirit Speaks: Self-Taught Art of the South.

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Video interviews, photographs, articles, and book chapters about self-taught/folk artists created by Margaret Day Allen and Robert John Allen. Videos were recorded digitally by the Allens over a 10- to 15-year period. Materials document African American and white artists from Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Artists featured in the collection include: Ab the Flagman (Roger Lee Ivens), Minnie Adkins, John "Cornbread" Anderson, Michael Brien, Tammy Leigh Brooks, Benny Carter, Neolia "Nell" Cole, J. J. Cromer, John "Johnnie" Culver, Eric Cunningham, Bruce Davenport, Brian Dowdall, Winton and Rosa Eugene, Sam Ezell, Patti Fenick, Theresa Gloster, Edna Hackett, Eddie Hamrick, Eddie Hayes, Chris Hubbard, Clyde Jones, Stacy Lambert, Paul Lancaster, Arbon Lane, Jr., Eric Legge, Juanita Leonard, Tim Lewis, Peter Loose, Denny Maloney, Sam "The Dot Man" McMillan, Kessiah Freeman Meroney, Roy Minshew, Bruce New, Ashley Pierce, Sarah Rakes, Joe Reinhardt, Kathy Richards, Harold Rittenberry, Robert Roberg, O. L. Samuels, Cher Shaffer, Gabriel Shaffer, Rev. Johnnie Simmons, Vollis Simpson, William Thomas Thompson, Della Wells, and LaVon Williams.

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Contents list

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Digital Folder DF-20576/1

Ab the Flag Man

Digital Folder DF-20576/2

Arbon Lane

Digital Folder DF-20576/3

Benny Carter

Digital Folder DF-20576/4

Benny Carter October 2009

Digital Folder DF-20576/5

Book photos with final numbers jpg

Digital Folder DF-20576/6

Brian Dowdall new photos 2011

Digital Folder DF-20576/7

Bruce Danenport

Digital Folder DF-20576/8

Bruce Davenport Jr. photos by Stephen Young

Digital Folder DF-20576/9

Bruce New interview

Digital Folder DF-20576/10

Cher Shaffer

Digital Folder DF-20576/11

Chris Hubbard

Digital Folder DF-20576/12

Chris Hubbard raw footage

Digital Folder DF-20576/13

Clyde Jones and NCFAS trip March 1, 2014 all jpgs

Digital Folder DF-20576/14

Cornbread Anderson jpgs

Digital Folder DF-20576/15

Denny Maloney 6-1-13 1

Digital Folder DF-20576/16

Doo-Nanny

Digital Folder DF-20576/17

Eddie Hamrick

Digital Folder DF-20576/18

Eddie Hayes

Digital Folder DF-20576/19

Eric Cunningham interview

Digital Folder DF-20576/20

Final Book Materials December 2013

Digital Folder DF-20576/21

Harold Rittenberry

Digital Folder DF-20576/22

Hmong folk costumes, story cloths, at Hmong New Years fair

Digital Folder DF-20576/23

JJ Cromer

Digital Folder DF-20576/24

Johnnie Culver

Digital Folder DF-20576/25

Johnnie Simmons

Digital Folder DF-20576/26

Juanita Leonard

Digital Folder DF-20576/27

Kathy Richards

Digital Folder DF-20576/28

Kessiah Freeman Meroney Interview

Digital Folder DF-20576/29

LaVon Williams interview

Digital Folder DF-20576/30

Margaret Allen’s Art Materials updated October 2019.docx

Digital Folder DF-20576/31

Margaret's Grocery Photos by Margaret Day Allen May 2018

Digital Folder DF-20576/32

Michael Brien

Digital Folder DF-20576/33

Minnie Adkins Raw Footage

Digital Folder DF-20576/34

Misc Potters and Artists

Digital Folder DF-20576/35

New Horizons catalog art final

Digital Folder DF-20576/36

New Horizons hma exhibit 2017-18

Digital Folder DF-20576/37

OL Samuels interview

Digital Folder DF-20576/38

Other Misc Folk Art Videos

Digital Folder DF-20576/39

Peter Loose Interview

Digital Folder DF-20576/40

Pots on Parade 2012

Digital Folder DF-20576/41

Raw clips Sarah Rakes, Mike Esslinger Eddie Hayes and Vollis Simpson whirligigs

Digital Folder DF-20576/42

Release forms

Digital Folder DF-20576/43

Robert Roberg interview

Digital Folder DF-20576/44

Roy Minshew interview mov

Digital Folder DF-20576/45

Sam Ezell and Eddie Hayes and whirligigs 2015

Digital Folder DF-20576/46

Sam Ezell and Eddie Hayes raw format

Digital Folder DF-20576/47

Sam the Dot Man from Hickory Museum of ARt

Digital Folder DF-20576/48

Sam the Dot Man obit for Voices

Digital Folder DF-20576/49

Stacy Lambert

Digital Folder DF-20576/50

submissionDocumentation

Digital Folder DF-20576/51

Theresa Gloster 4-2-2011

Digital Folder DF-20576/52

Tim and Minnie - Day 1

Digital Folder DF-20576/53

Tim and Minnie - Day 2

Digital Folder DF-20576/54

Tim Lewis

Digital Folder DF-20576/55

Unedited complete video interviews

Digital Folder DF-20576/56

Vollis Simpson

Digital Folder DF-20576/57

Vollis Simpson at Lucama, NC

Digital Folder DF-20576/58

When the Spirit Speaks all text files with codes and photo placements.docx

Digital Folder DF-20576/59

When the Spirit Speaks Chapters Final Edits

Digital Folder DF-20576/60

William Thomas Thompson photos from NCFAS visit to his home in October 2019

Digital Folder DF-20576/61

Winton and Rosa Eugene video and magazine article

Digital Folder DF-20576/62

Digital Copies of Voices

Restricted: to use in research room only.

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