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William Sears Home and Field Recordings Collection

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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


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[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],
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Series 6: Original DV Cassette RecordingsAdd to your cart.
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DV Video Cassettes SC-DV-091-008 Through SC-DV-091-028

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],
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