Collection Number: 70089

Collection Title: Mary Crumpler Snyder Recording of the Eau Claire Music Club, 1963-1964

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Archival processing of the Eau Claire Music Club Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 4 items
Abstract Open reel audio recording of folk songs performed by Martha Boozer Crumpler and Susan Harriet Snyder, both white women affiliated with the Eau Claire Music Club of Columbia, Richland County, S.C. Martha Boozer Crumpler is the maternal grandmother of Susan Harriet Snyder. The songs they perform on the recording were handed down to them by their families in Newberry County, S.C., dating back to the mid and late 1800s. Mary Crumpler Snyder (1922-1987), the daughter of Martha Boozer Crumpler and mother of Susan Harriet Snyder, made the recording at a meeting of the Eau Claire Music Club, for the "Family Participation Program", on 14 May 1963. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a collection cover sheet prepared by former library staff, sheet music, and a letter from Mary Crumpler Snyder containing information about the performance and the history of the songs.
Creator Snyder, Mary Crumpler, 1922-1987.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Access to audio materials may require production of listening copies.
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 Eau Claire Music Club Collection #70089, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquisitions information unknown (Acc. 20201030.1).
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Mary Isla Crumpler Snyder (1922-1987) was born in Latta, Dillon County, S.C. in 1922. She was married to Robert Johnston Snyder (1922-2003) in 1954. Mary Crumpler Snyder's mother, Martha Boozer Crumpler, and daughter, Susan Harriet Snyder, were members of the Eau Claire Music Club, a women's music club of Columbia, S.C.

In 1937 a group of women from the Eau Claire community of Columbia, S.C. formed the Eau Claire Music Club. Their "aim and purpose were to promote better music and to contribute to the cultural life of the community." In 1940, the Eau Claire Music Club became a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and thereby of the South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs. Soon the membership branched out past the Eau Claire area to include individuals from the larger Columbia area.

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1/4" open reel audio recording of folk songs performed by Martha Boozer Crumpler and Susan Harriet Snyder, both white women affiliated with the Eau Claire Music Club of Columbia, Richland County, S.C. Martha Boozer Crumpler is the maternal grandmother of Susan Harriet Snyder. The songs they perform on the recording were handed down to them by their families in Newberry County, S.C., dating back to the mid and late 1800s. Mary Crumpler Snyder (1922-1987), the daughter of Martha Boozer Crumpler and mother of Susan Harriet Snyder, made the recording at a meeting of the Eau Claire Music Club, for the "Family Participation Program", on 14 May 1963. The collection also contains supporting documentation, including a collection cover sheet prepared by former library staff, sheet music for the song, "My Father Was A Spanish Merchant", and a letter from Mary Crumpler Snyder containing information about the performance and the history of the songs, "My Father Was A Spanish Merchant" and "Madam, I Have a Court Engaged" or "The Courting Cage."

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, October 2020

Encoded by: Anne Wells, October 2020

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.

Archival processing of the Eau Claire Music Club Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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