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Lee Knight Collection, 1970-1980

Collection Overview

Title: Lee Knight Collection, 1970-1980

Creator: Knight, Lee.

Extent: 6.0 MS boxes

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged as follows:

Open reel recordings (Boxes 1-3)

Cassette tape recordings (Box 4)

CD Listening copies of select recordings (Boxes 5-6)

Languages: English [eng]

Abstract

Lee Knight grew up in the Adirondack Mountain area of New York State. He moved to North Carolina as the result of an interest in the Anglo, European and Native American music and stories of the Southern Appalachians developed during college. In addition to the Adirondacks and Appalachians, he has collected songs and stories from other parts of the world, including England, Scotland, Central Asia, Columbia and the Amazon region of Peru.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists mainly of interviews and performances by several traditional musicians and story tellers, their associates, and scholars. The recordings were made during the 1970s by North Carolina folksinger and storyteller, Lee Knight. The geographic area represented are portions of Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

A large portion of the collection focuses on banjo players and their repertoires. Included are well known banjoists such as Frank Proffitt, Jr. and Roscoe Holcomb along with several others from North and South Carolina. Notable women performers include Malvena Reynolds, Almeda Riddle, Roberta Voyles, and Lily May Ledford.

Other performance styles and instrumentation represented include lap dulcimer, African American singing from Johns Island, South Carolina, African American children's game songs, Jack tales, and unaccompanied ballad singing.

The collection also includes interviews with folk music scholars, Anne and Frank Warner, performer/activists, Guy and Candie Carawan, and country-bluegrass musicians, Bill Monroe, Kenny Baker, Ralph Stanley, and Roy Acuff.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

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

Preferred Citation: [Object identification/Item Number/Box], Lee Knight Traditional Music Collection, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY.

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

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0132 SAA 132


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1: Open Reel RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: AC-OR-094-001Add to your cart.
[No Listening CD - This is a copy of original tape AC-OR-094-021] Frank Proffitt, Jr.  Recorded By Lee Knight, Sugar Grove, NC 9-11-71    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 2: AC-OR-094-002Add to your cart.
Frank Proffitt, Jr.  Recorded By Lee Knight, Sugar Grove, NC 9-11-7. This is a copy of original tape AC-OR-094-021      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 3: AC-OR-094-003Add to your cart.
Frank Proffitt, Jr.  Recorded By Lee Knight, Todd, NC;  6-1-76 / 2-11-78.  Sugar Grove, NC 4-17-71 This a copy of AC-OR-094-009      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 4: AC-OR-094-004Add to your cart.
[No Listening CD - This is a copy of AC-OR-094-029] Roscoe Holcomb:  Daisy, Perry County, KY.  Vocals / Banjo and Guitar Instrumentals / INTERVIEW. Recorded By Lee Knight 3-26-71.        Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 5: AC-OR-094-005Add to your cart.
INTERVIEW Vocals and Banjo Instrumentals: J. Roy Stalcup, Martin's Creek, NC. Recorded By Lee Knight 2-4-79 / 3-13-79  1 of 2        Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 6: AC-OR-094-006Add to your cart.
INTERVIEW Vocals and Banjo Instrumentals: J. Roy Stalcup, Martin's Creek, NC. Recorded By Lee Knight 2-4-79  2 of 2      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 7: AC-OR-094-007Add to your cart.
INTERVIEW Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker, recorded by Lee Knight, Minneapolis, MN, 4-5-75.  POOR SOUND QUALITY      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 8: AC-OR-094-008Add to your cart.
C. G. Dalton - of Salem, SC - Songs, banjo tunes, stories. Recorded at Clemson, SC May 27, 1976 by Lee Knight      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 9: AC-OR-094-009Add to your cart.

Frank Proffitt, Jr.  Recorded By Lee Knight, Todd, NC  6-1-76 [this is original tape, copy on AC-OR-094-003]   

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Item 10: AC-OR-094-010Add to your cart.
Lily May Ledford - Recorded by Lee Knight in Columbia, SC, 3-3-75.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 11: AC-OR-094-011Add to your cart.
INTERVIEW - Roy Acuff / Mike Seeger, Recorded by Lee Knight, Montreal, CN 8-5-71.    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 12: AC-OR-094-012Add to your cart.
Mary McConnell - songs and interview, Easley, SC 1/7/76. Recorded by Lee Knight.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 13: AC-OR-094-013Add to your cart.
INTERVIEW - Nadine Truet re: Gid Tanner - Recorded by Lee Knight, 6-30-73.    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 14: AC-OR-094-014Add to your cart.

Frank Proffitt, Jr. Recorded by Lee Knight, Todd, NC 2-11-78. [this is original tape, copy on AC-OR-094-003]

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Item 15: AC-OR-094-015Add to your cart.
INTERVIEW - Ralph Stanley, Troy, NC 5-22-71 and Myrtle Beach, SC 11-28-71. Recorded by Lee Knight
Box 2: Open Reel RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: AC-OR-094-016Add to your cart.
Frank Proffitt, Sr. and Frank Proffitt, Jr. - copy of tape made by the Proffitts and sent to Lawrence Older of Middle Grove, NY. This copy made from original by George Ward, Rexford, NY, 7-18-72.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 2: AC-OR-094-017Add to your cart.
Frank Proffitt, Jr. - Recorded by Lee Knight. n.p., n.d.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 3: AC-OR-094-018Add to your cart.
Will Julian - banjo tunes - [copy of most material on AC-OR-094-019]      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 4: AC-OR-094-019Add to your cart.
Will Julian, banjo tunes - [Mary McConnell, ballads and songs] - Easley, SC 5-5-76. Recorded by Lee Knight.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 5: AC-OR-094-020Add to your cart.
Frank Proffitt, Jr. - Radio Program for WEPR and WMPR, Sumter, SC. Recorded by Lee Knight. Aug. 12, 19??.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 6: AC-OR-094-021Add to your cart.
Frank Proffitt, Jr.  Recorded By Lee Knight, Sugar Grove, NC 9-11-71 [original tape - copy on AC-OR-094-001/002]      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 7: AC-OR-094-022Add to your cart.
Frank Proffitt, Jr.  Recorded By Lee Knight, Sugar Grove, NC 9-11-71 [original tape - copy on AC-OR-094-001/002]      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 8: AC-OR-094-023Add to your cart.
Moving Star Hall Singers, [Johns Island, SC] Recorded by Lee Knight. n.d.
Item 9: AC-OR-094-024Add to your cart.
INTERVIEWS - Colie Lynch, Columbia, SC and Essie Briggs, West Columbia, SC - Textile Industry / Brown Lung, Recorded by Lee Knight, , 2-8-78.    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 10: AC-OR-094-025Add to your cart.
Black Children Game Songs - Sumter, SC, n.d. Recorded by Lee Knight.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 11: AC-OR-094-026Add to your cart.
[Unidentified Performers] Boone, NC, n.d. Recorded by Lee Knight.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 12: AC-OR-094-027Add to your cart.
INTERVIEW - Almeda Riddle [ Cleburne Co., AR] Recorded by Lee Knight [via telephone]      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 13: AC-OR-094-028Add to your cart.
INTERVIEW - Barbara Norris (daughter of Lily May Ledford) interview and songs. Recorded by Lee Knight, Columbia, SC 1-24-75.        Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 14: AC-OR-094-029Add to your cart.
Roscoe Holcomb - banjo music and interview at his home in Daisy, KY, 3-26-71. Recorded by Lee Knight. [original tape, copies found on AC-OR-094-004 and AC-CT-468-005]      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Box 3: Open Reel RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: AC-OR-094-030Add to your cart.
Frank Proffitt, Jr. Folk songs and tunes. Accompanying himself on fretless banjo and dulcimer. Recorded at Sugar Grove, NC on 4-17-7? by Lee Knight.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 2: AC-OR-094-031Add to your cart.
Ray Hicks - Jack Tales and other stories - Beech Mt., NC 1977-1978. Recorded by Lee Knight.        Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 3: AC-OR-094-032Add to your cart.
Ray Hicks - Jack Tales - Beech Mt., NC 2-10-78. Recorded by Lee Knight.        Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 4: AC-OR-094-033Add to your cart.
Ray Hicks - Jack Tales - Beech Mt., NC 5-28-77. Recorded by Lee Knight.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 5: AC-OR-094-034Add to your cart.
NOT DIGITIZED - Mae Scroggs - Brasstown, NC. 12-15-78
Item 6: AC-OR-094-035Add to your cart.
NOT DIGITIZED - Stanley Hicks, Lena Hicks, Hattie Presnell -  4-73
Item 7: AC-OR-094-036Add to your cart.
INTERVIEW - Malvina Reynolds talks about discovering folk music and her own songwriting.  Charleston, SC. 5-12-197?. Recorded by Lee Knight.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 8: AC-OR-094-037Add to your cart.
[Lee Knight - performs two original songs - n.p., n.d.]      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 9: AC-OR-094-038Add to your cart.
[Lee Knight - compilation tape for South Carolina Arts Commission - n.p., n.d.]        Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Box 4: Recordings in Cassette Tape FormatAdd to your cart.
Item 1: AC-CT-468-001Add to your cart.
NOT DIGITIZED - Frank Proffitt, Jr. INTERVIEW and singing recorded by Lee Knight at Vilas / Sugar Grove, NC 12-13-70 [same as AC-CT-468-007]
Item 2: AC-CT-468-002Add to your cart.
NOT DIGITIZED - Ray Hicks tells Jack Tales: Recorded by Lee Knight at Beech Mountain, NC 2-11-78 and 6-24-78. (The 2-11-78 segment also included on AC-OR-094-003)
Item 3: AC-CT-468-003Add to your cart.
Jean Ritchie - Interview and Songs - Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC; 9-22-78. Recorded by Lee Knight.    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 4: AC-CT-468-004Add to your cart.
Anne and Frank Warner INTERVIEW - Glen Head / Old Brooksville, NY 8-12-71. Recorded by Lee Knight.    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 5: AC-CT-468-005Add to your cart.
NOT DIGITIZED - Roscoe Holcomb - Songs and conversation. Daisy, KY 3-27-71. Recorded by Lee Knight [same as AC-OR-094-004, which is a two channel copy of AC-OR-094-029]
Item 6: AC-CT-468-006Add to your cart.
Tennessee Field Recordings - Erma Kennedy Russell / Knox County school children. Jan-Feb 1977. Recorded by Lee Knight.    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 7: AC-CT-468-007Add to your cart.
Frank Proffitt, Jr. INTERVIEW and singing recorded by Lee Knight at Vilas / Sugar Grove, NC 12-13-70 [same as AC-CT-468-001]    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 8: AC-CT-468-008Add to your cart.
[Banjo tunings - unidentified banjo player] / Ray Hicks - spirit tales    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 9: AC-CT-468-009Add to your cart.
Guy and Candie Carawan - INTERVIEW, Highlander Folk School, New Market, TN, 11-12-76. Recorded by Lee Knight      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 10: AC-CT-468-010Add to your cart.
Joe Wheeler. INTERVIEW and stories. John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. 3-9-80. Recorded by Lee Knight    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 11: AC-CT-468-011Add to your cart.
Joe Wheeler.  Stories. John C. Campbell Folk School Brasstown, NC. 2-21-80 and 3-9-80. Recorded by Lee Knight    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 12: AC-CT-468-012Add to your cart.
Mrs. Clarence Tom [Hettie] Ashley and Eva Ashley Moore - INTERVIEW - Saltville, VA. 10-31-70. Recorded by Lee Knight.    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 13: AC-CT-468-013Add to your cart.
NOT DIGITIZED - COPY - Mrs. Clarence Tom Ashley and Eva Ashley Moore - INTERVIEW - Saltville, VA. 10-31-70. Recorded by Lee Knight.    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 14: AC-CT-468-014Add to your cart.
Frank Proffitt Jr. Sings and plays dulcimer and fretless banjo. Sugar Grove, NC. 1-16-71. Recorded by Lee Knight.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 15: AC-CT-468-015Add to your cart.
Frank Proffitt Jr. INTERVIEW Sugar Grove, NC. 10-76-71. Recorded by Lee Knight    Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 16: AC-CT-468-016Add to your cart.
Roberta Voyles. Banjo and vocals. Marble, NC. 11-21-2001. Recorded by Lee Knight      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Item 17: AC-CT-468-017Add to your cart.
Mike Seeger - INTERVIEW - Montreat, NC - 8-5-71. Recorded by Lee Knight.      Listen To Recording    Read Play List
Box 5: Listening copies of select recording in CD formatAdd to your cart.
Box 6: Listening copies of select recording in CD formatAdd to your cart.