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Cratis D. Williams Audio / Video Reference Collection

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Cratis D. Williams Audio / Video Reference Collection, 1971-1981 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

By Harry Rice and Lori Myers-Steele

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Title: Cratis D. Williams Audio / Video Reference Collection, 1971-1981Add to your cart.

Extent: 4.0 MS boxes

Subjects: Appalachian Region, Southern -- Music., Appalachian Region, Southern -- Religious life and customs., Ballads, English -- Appalachian Region, Southern., English language -- Dialects -- Appalachian Region, Southern., English language -- Spoken English -- Appalachian Region, Southern., Folklore -- Appalachian Region., Mountain life -- Appalachian Region, Southern., Williams, Cratis D. -- 1911-1985

Languages: English

Abstract

Cratis Williams was a scholar and folklorist who was an early leader in establishing the discipline of Appalachian Studies. He was an eastern Kentucky native but spent the major part of his academic career teaching literature, speech, and drama at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

The audio and video recordings in this collection document Williams' class lectures, interviews, and public performances at Berea College during the period 1971-1985. In varying combinations, these presentations focus on Appalachian history and culture especially the areas of speech, music, religion, and literature.

His approach to understanding the cultural life and history of the southern Appalachian region was interdisciplinary, synthesizing the region’s history, economics, literature, speech, music, religion, politics, philosophy, folk tales and folk art. Among his well-known written works are The Southern Mountaineer in Fact and Fiction, Southern Mountain Speech, Ballads and Songs, and I Became a Teacher.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of audio and video recordings of class lectures, concerts, and interviews of Appalachian scholar and folklorist Cratis Williams during the period 1971-1985. The material includes Williams' several appearances at Berea College and other institutions during the 1970s and video interviews from the early 1980s with Williams and others that were recorded as part of a documentary project on Williams' life and work.

Subject/Index Terms

Appalachian Region, Southern -- Music.
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Religious life and customs.
Ballads, English -- Appalachian Region, Southern.
English language -- Dialects -- Appalachian Region, Southern.
English language -- Spoken English -- Appalachian Region, Southern.
Folklore -- Appalachian Region.
Mountain life -- Appalachian Region, Southern.
Williams, Cratis D. -- 1911-1985

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Follow links in the box lists to hear / view recordings. The Collection can be accessed directly 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], Cratis D. Williams Audio and Video Reference Collection, Berea College Special Collections & 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. Links to digital recordings added 2018.

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For viewing and/or listening, follow the access links accompanying each of the listed recordings.

BCA 0146 SAA 146


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Box 2: Original Reel-To-Reel Audio RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: AC-OR-010-001Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: Lecture on Appalachian speech, Berea College Convocation, December 9, 1971.

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Item 2: AC-OR-010-002Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: Lecture on history and culture of Appalachia, June 29, 1973.  n.p.

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Item 3: AC-OR-010-003Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: Concert at Berea College, June 28, 1973.  Features "singing interspersed with comments about hymns, ballads, religious customs, and family history." (Different Occasion than AC-VR-012-001).

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Item 4: AC-OR-010-004Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: Concert and lecture on Appalachian ballads and hymns, at Berea College, June 24, 1974.

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Item 5: AC-OR-010-005Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: Lecture on Appalachian speech, history, customs, culture, history, etc. given at workshop on Urban Adjustment of Southern Appalachian Migrants.  n.d., n.p.

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Item 6: AC-OR-010-006Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: Lecture and concert given at Berea College, June 20, 1977.  Also two songs recorded later the same day under better conditions.

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Item 7: AC-OR-010-007Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: Lecture on "The Other Appalachia" given at Berea College, June 13, 1980.  Part 1 of 2.

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Item 8: AC-OR-010-008Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: Lecture on "The Other Appalachia" given at Berea College, June 13, 1980.  Part 2 of 2.

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Item 9: AC-OR-010-009Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: January 7, 1981 in Berea. Williams singing tunes to some of the songs in his 1937 M.A. thesis (University of Kentucky) on "Ballads and Songs" of the Appalachian region.

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Item 10: AC-OR-010-010Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: Lecture on Appalachian dialect, folklore, storytelling, preaching, music, etc.  n.d., n.p.

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Item 11: AC-OR-010-011Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: Lecture on dialect, preaching, religion, storytelling, etc.  n.d., n.p.

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Item 12: AC-OR-010-012Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams: INTERVIEW by George B. Ray, January 28, 1981.

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Item 13: AC-OR-010-013Add to your cart.

Cratis Williams:  Tape labeled by Loyal Jones "Excerpts for Cratis program."  Comprised of CW singing a verse or two, then explaining or commenting on it.  Possibly a duplicate of AC-OR-010-009 and / or source for AC-CT-008-009.)

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