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William Sears Home and Field Recordings Collection

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Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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Marion Pridemore Home Recordings

Whitley County, Kentucky Musicians / Singers Performance and Interview Recordings

Country Music Express Radio Program Recordings

John V. Walker / Roy and Raymond Perry Home Recordings

Darlene Carr Home Recordings, Documents and Photographs

Original DV Cassette Recordings



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William Sears Home and Field Recordings Collection, 1950-2008 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: William Sears Home and Field Recordings Collection, 1950-2008Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Sears, William.

Extent: 7.0 Boxes (General)

Arrangement:

The collection has been arranged into the following six series:

Series 1: Marion Pridemore Home Recordings

Series 2: Whitley County, Kentucky Musicians / Singers Performance and Interview Recordings

Series 3: Country Music Express Radio Program Recordings

Series 4: John V. Walker / Roy and Raymond Perry Home Recordings

Series 5: Darlene Carr Home Recordings, Documents and Photographs

Series 6: Original DV Cassette Recordings

Subjects: Banjo music -- Kentucky., Country music -- Tennessee., Country Music Express (Radio program)., Country musicians -- Kentucky., Country musicians -- Tennessee., Fiddle tunes -- Kentucky., Folk songs, English -- Kentucky., Hymns, English., Radio programs -- Kentucky., Radio programs -- Tennessee., WBNT (Radio Station: Oneida, Tenn.)., WEZJ (Radio Station: Williamsburg, Ky.)., Whitley County (Ky.) -- History.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of (1) video and audio home recordings, (2) radio programs 1950s - 1970s, and (3) video field recordings, 2008, documenting a wide range of singers and instrumentalist from Whitley, Knox, and McCreary counties, Kentucky and just over the border in Tennessee. Especially notable are performances by fiddlers Claude Harmon and Marion Pridemore, and numerous other local musicians on the Country Music Express radio programs.

The 2008 video recordings document two finger banjoist Junior McKeehan, fiddlers J.L. Burke and Ulysses Grant "Dick" Taylor, and singers Margarette Bowlin and Jessie Martin.

Also included in the collection are a small number of print materials, photographs, and written accounts that help document Gospel Quartet activity and local musicians heard on WCTT and other community stations.

Read William Sears' Essay Describing His Collecting Project

Follow links in each Series list to listen to the performance recordings.

Subject/Index Terms

Banjo music -- Kentucky.
Country music -- Tennessee.
Country Music Express (Radio program).
Country musicians -- Kentucky.
Country musicians -- Tennessee.
Fiddle tunes -- Kentucky.
Folk songs, English -- Kentucky.
Hymns, English.
Radio programs -- Kentucky.
Radio programs -- Tennessee.
WBNT (Radio Station: Oneida, Tenn.).
WEZJ (Radio Station: Williamsburg, Ky.).
Whitley County (Ky.) -- History.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions:

Follow links in the recordings list to hear performances and interviews and read play lists and transcripts. The collection can be accessed directly through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Read William Sears' Essay Describing His Collecting Project

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], William Sears Home and Field Recordings Collection, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The collection was processed by Harry Rice, Sound Archivist.  The finding aid was created by Harry Rice and Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist, in July 2015.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0130 SAA 130


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Marion Pridemore Home Recordings],
[Series 2: Whitley County, Kentucky Musicians / Singers Performance and Interview Recordings],
[Series 3: Country Music Express Radio Program Recordings],
[Series 4: John V. Walker / Roy and Raymond Perry Home Recordings],
[Series 5: Darlene Carr Home Recordings, Documents and Photographs],
[Series 6: Original DV Cassette Recordings],
[All]

Series 5: Darlene Carr Home Recordings, Documents and PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: SC-CT-923-003Add to your cart.

INTERVIEW Norman Clark, age 85 recorded by  Darlene Alsip Carr in Corbin, Kentucky 3-12-08. Clark is / was the only surviving member of the Friendly Four Gospel Quartet, popular in the Whitley, Knox, and Laurel county area during the 1940s and 1950s. (Donated by Darlene Alsip Carr ( Berea '61) through Will  Sears)

Listen To Interview

Item 2: SC-CT-923-001Add to your cart.

Heidrick Four Gospel Quartet Performances-Copies from radio transcription discs recorded [1950s?] by station WCTT Corbin, Kentucky. Members included Ashley Garland-Lead, Oranell Bullock and later Fay Baker-Alto, Walter Russell  and later Oscar Monhollen-Tenor, and Lake Bingham-Bass. Bingham and Glenn Campbell-Guitar, and Sue Mitchell-piano. (Donated by Darlene Alsip Carr (Berea '61) through Will Sears)

Listen To Recording

Item 3: SC-CT-923-002Add to your cart.
Home Recordings Whitley County, Kentucky musicians [1975, 1978, 1990]-Raymond Engle, Johnny Eaton, Hobart Eaton, Hess Barnett, Darlene Carr, Herman Lewis "Louie" Carr, Randy Wilson (Donated by Darlene Alsip Carr ( Berea '61) through Will  Sears)
Item 4: SC-CT-923-004Add to your cart.
Home Recordings Whitley County, Kentucky musicians & singers [1990s]-Darlene Carr, James & Violet Cox, Ted Smith, Troy Sutton (Donated by Darlene Alsip Carr (Berea '61) through Will  Sears)
Item 5: SC-CT-923-005Add to your cart.
Home Recordings Whitley County, Kentucky musicians & singers 1981-New Testament Singers-Darlene Carr, Lake Bingham, Arvin Peace, Lela Peace, Debbie Snyder, Anne Hobbs. (Donated by Darlene Alsip Carr (Berea '61) through Will  Sears)
Item 6: SC-CT-923-006Add to your cart.
Home Recordings Whitley County, Kentucky musicians & singers 1990-Darlene Carr, Hobart Eaton, Johnny Eaton, Herman Lewis "Louie" Carr. (Donated by Darlene Alsip Carr (Berea '61) through Will  Sears)
Item 7: SC-CT-923-007Add to your cart.
Home Recordings Whitley County, Kentucky musicians & singers [1990s]-Darlene Carr, Herman Lewis "Louie" Carr, Jamaes Cox, Violet Cox, Bonnie Prewitt. (Donated by Darlene Alsip Carr ( Berea '61) through Will  Sears)
Item 8: SC-CT-923-008Add to your cart.
Home Recordings Whitley County, Kentucky musicians & singers [1990s]-Joe Elliott, Kenny Felts-Gospel Song. (Donated by Darlene Alsip Carr ( Berea '61) through Will  Sears)
Item 9: SC-CT-923-009Add to your cart.
Speaker to microphone copy of [1950s] radio performances on WCTT by Hobart Eaton and Lake Bingham (Sound quality makes for difficult listening) (Donated by Darlene Alsip Carr (Berea '61) through Will  Sears)
Item 10: SC-CT-923-010Add to your cart.
Lester McFarland & Robert Gardner "Mac & Bob" (Copy of LP Disc)
Item 11: SC-CD-196-001Add to your cart.
Whitley County, Kentucky musicians & singers [LP Copy ?]. Corinthianaires Gospel Singers - Ted Hale, Sue Wagers Carolyn Ward, Milldred Jones, Wayne Snyder, Bill Terry.
Folder 1: Darlene Carr WritingsAdd to your cart.

Local County and Gospel Musicians on Corbin's WCTT / Gospel Quartet Singing in Whitley County 1930 - 1980s 

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Folder 2: Memoirs of a Preacher - Teacher [and Fiddler]Add to your cart.

Hobart Eaton 1911 - 2007 Written at age 81.  Includes memories of teaching school and pastoring rural churches in Corbin and other parts of Whitley County, Kentucky.     

Read Written Account

Folder 3: Biographical InformationAdd to your cart.
Whitley County and nearby musicians:  Bill Watkins, Lester McFarland & Robert Gardner "Mac & Bob," and Walker's Corbin Ramblers.
Folder 4: Correspondence and PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Arthur Branham & Bill Wollum / Other Branum family members

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Marion Pridemore Home Recordings],
[Series 2: Whitley County, Kentucky Musicians / Singers Performance and Interview Recordings],
[Series 3: Country Music Express Radio Program Recordings],
[Series 4: John V. Walker / Roy and Raymond Perry Home Recordings],
[Series 5: Darlene Carr Home Recordings, Documents and Photographs],
[Series 6: Original DV Cassette Recordings],
[All]


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