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T.J. Wood Jr. Collection

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T.J. Wood Jr. Collection, 1949-1970 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: T.J. Wood Jr. Collection, 1949-1970Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Wood, Thomas J., Jr.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes (General)

Subjects: Country music -- History., Country music -- Kentucky -- Renfro Valley -- History., National Barn Dance (Radio Program) -- History., Radio programs, Musical., Renfro Valley Barn Dance (Radio program)., Renfro Valley Gatherin’ (Radio Program) -- History

Languages: English

Abstract

Born in Berea in 1921, Thomas J. Wood, Jr. was a Navy veteran of World War II and a graduate of Harvard University and the Harvard Business School.  Wood had a lifelong career in advertising, acting as an agent for John Lair.  Wood would sell a package of three network Renfro Valley radio programs—the Saturday night Barn Dance, Sunday Morning Gathering, and Country Store—to General Foods in New York. He later returned to New York, becoming Vice-President and Management Supervisor of the J. Walter Thompson Company, then America’s largest advertising agency. He specialized in the testing, advertising and national introduction of some 20 products for major national clients.  Wood died in 2009 and was buried in Berea.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of copies of Tom J. Wood’s 1949 and 1950 Renfro Valley broadcast recordings as well as copies of recordings of the June 1970 Renfro Valley Barn Dance and Homecoming Show.

Subject/Index Terms

Country music -- History.
Country music -- Kentucky -- Renfro Valley -- History.
National Barn Dance (Radio Program) -- History.
Radio programs, Musical.
Renfro Valley Barn Dance (Radio program).
Renfro Valley Gatherin’ (Radio Program) -- History

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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

Use Restrictions: Permission granted to make single photocopies for a researcher’s private use.  Permission is also granted to make copies of recordings for a researcher’s private use for scholarly purposes; however, permission to copy recordings for any commercial use of the Renfro Valley Broadcasts and non-broadcast recordings must be obtained from the heirs of John Lair, and, after their deaths, from Berea College.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], T.J. Wood, Jr. Collection, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY.

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

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0139 SAA 139


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Box 1-2: RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape 1: TWJ-CT-001Add to your cart.
"Renfro Valley Digest (1949-1950)"
Cassette Tape 2: TWJ-CT-002Add to your cart.
"Renfro Valley No 2 (1949-1950)"
Cassette Tape 3: TWJ-CT-003Add to your cart.
"Renfro Valley (Extras) 1950s"
Cassette Tape 4: TWJ-CT-004Add to your cart.
"Around Renfro Valley-1950"
Box 2Add to your cart.
Reel 1: TWJ-OR-001Add to your cart.
Tom Wood's early 1950s Renfro Valley broadcast recordings - Two Country Store audition programs. [Country Store No 3, 1949 - First theme song later replaced] [Country Store No 4, 1950 - One of first broadcasts used]
Reel 2: TWJ-OR-002Add to your cart.
Tom Wood's early 1950s Renfro Valley broadcast recordings - One Country Store program.[Country Store No 9 (1950)]
Reel 3: TWJ-OR-003Add to your cart.
Tom Wood's early 1950s Renfro Valley broadcast recordings - Two Country Store programs. [Country Store No 10 (1950), Country Store No 11 (1950)]
Reel 4: TWJ-OR-004Add to your cart.
Tom Wood's early 1950s Renfro Valley broadcast recordings - Two Country Store programs.[Country Store No 6 (1950), Country Store No 7 (1950) - transcribed programs that were left at WHAS radio in case of power or line failure - which did happen]
Reel 5: TWJ-OR-005Add to your cart.
Tom Wood's early 1950s Renfro Valley broadcast recordings - Renfro Valley Barn Dance 12-29-51.
Reel 6: TWJ-OR-006Add to your cart.
Tom Wood's early 1950s Renfro Valley broadcast recordings - Renfro Valley Gatherin' 2-20-50 (Music of Abraham Lincoln. Part 1 (30 minutes of a 45 minute program)
Reel 7: TWJ-OR-007Add to your cart.
Tom Wood's early 1950s Renfro Valley broadcast recordings - Renfro Valley Gatherin' 2-20-50 (Music of Abraham Lincoln. Part 2 (15 minutes of a 45 minute program)
Reel 8: TWJ-OR-008Add to your cart.
Tom Wood's early 1950s Renfro Valley broadcast recordings - Coon Creek Girls rehearsal 1950. [Lilly May Pennington, Minnie Ledford, Little Jo Metcalfe]
Reel 9: TWJ-OR-009Add to your cart.
Tom Wood's early 1950s Renfro Valley broadcast recordings - Rehearsal segments With Claude Sweet / Jerry Beherens / Coon Creek Girls [1950]
Reel 10: TWJ-OR-010Add to your cart.
Tom Wood's early 1950s Renfro Valley broadcast recordings - Talent Presentation to General Foods [see also RP-OR-01-003-001]/ Renfro Valley Gatherin' 1949 / Two Country Store programs / Three songs by Claude Seet and Coon Creek Girls.
Reel 11: TWJ-OR-011Add to your cart.
Tom Wood - Part 1 Copy of Renfro Valley Barn Dance and Homecoming Show recorded in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, by Reuben Powell of the Renfro Valley Tape Club, June 20, 1970.
Reel 12: TWJ-OR-012Add to your cart.
Tom Wood - Part 2 Copy of Renfro Valley Barn Dance and Homecoming Show recorded in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, by Reuben Powell of the Renfro Valley Tape Club, June 20, 1970.


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