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Bascom Lamar Lunsford Collection

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Bascom Lamar Lunsford Collection, 1874-1973 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: Bascom Lamar Lunsford Collection, 1874-1973Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Lunsford, Bascom Lamar -- 1882-1973

Extent: 10.0 MS boxes

Arrangement: Arrangement of the collection is by series - 1. Personal / Biographical, 2. Writings, 3. Photographs, 4. Music,   5. Printed Materials, 6. Manuscript, 7. Sound / Video Recordings. 8. Oral History Interview Transcripts.

Subjects: Folk music -- Appalachian Region., Folk songs -- Appalachian Region, Southern., Jones, Loyal -- 1928-, Lunsford, Bascom Lamar

Languages: English

Abstract

Bascom Lamar Lunsford was particularly noted for his memory collection of 300 ballads, tunes and tales and the establishment in 1927, of the Ashville, North Carolina based Mountain Dance and Folk Festival which has continued to the present time. During his long career, Lunsford practiced law, published a song collection, and made several documentary recordings, while continuing to perform (vocal, banjo, and fiddle) collect songs, and write a few of his own (including “That Good Old Mountain Dew”).  He traveled to Europe and in 1939 along with other North Carolinians, performed for the Roosevelts and the King and Queen of England at the White House.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are correspondence, writings, song texts, journals, diaries, transcripts, photographs, sound / video recordings, and other material relating to the life of Bascom Lamar Lunsford, North Carolina folk music collector and festival promoter.

Subject/Index Terms

Folk music -- Appalachian Region.
Folk songs -- Appalachian Region, Southern.
Jones, Loyal -- 1928-
Lunsford, Bascom Lamar

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.

Use Restrictions: No restrictions other than federal copyright regulations.  Please cite materials.

Acquisition Source: The material was compiled by Loyal Jones in the process of writing his Lunsford Biography, Minstrel of the Appalachians.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], Appalachian Notes Records, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was updated in November 2015 after the addition of listening copies of recordings in Series 7.

Other Note: BCA 0031 SAA 029


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal / Biographical],
[Series 2: Writings],
[Series 3: Photographs],
[Series 4: Music],
[Series 5: Printed Materials],
[Series 6: Manuscript],
[Series 7: Sound/Video recordings],
[Series 8: Oral History Interview Transcripts],
[All]

Series 1: Personal / BiographicalAdd to your cart.

This series consists of correspondence, family documents, writings, photographs, and memoirs relating to Bascom Lunsford, and his family. Materials relating to Lunsford’s life are found mainly in Loyal Jones' correspondence with Lunsford's children and acquaintances (1971-1978). Among the acquaintances are Amos Abrams, Scott Wiseman, Jim Wayne Miller, Pete Seeger and Kenneth Goldstein.

Genealogical materials date mainly from 1971-1978, but some are from the 1890s. Included is a family tree, copies of family correspondence and documents, various writings and diaries. The diaries are those of Jennie and Isabell Lunsford, two of Bascom’s sisters, and ancestor, Squire Osborne Deaver. There are also history writings by Bascom’s father, James Bassett Lunsford.

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, n.d.; June 1971-August 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, September 1973-April 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, acquaintances, n.d.; 1973, 1974, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Family TreeAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Genealogical correspondence and related papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Florida Belle (Isabell Lunsford 1889-1935)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Jennie Louise Lunsford, 1903-1907Add to your cart.
Folder 8: James Bassett LunsfordAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Squire Osborne Deaver, 1874-1896Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sir Thomas LunsfordAdd to your cart.
Series 2: WritingsAdd to your cart.
This series consists of published writings by Bascom Lunsford about festivals, balladry, and dancing, a book review, poems, and personal reminiscences.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous writings by / kept by Bascom LunsfordAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Southern Exposure correspondence and publication (re:  Bascom memoir)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: MemoirAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "It Used to Be:  The Memoirs of Bascom Lamar Lunsford"Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "It Used to Be"Add to your cart.
Series 3: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
This series consists of both family and performer related photographs.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs - Lunsford PortraitsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs - Lunsford with Others-NonmusicalAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs - Lunsford PerformingAdd to your cart.
Folder 9.: Photographs - DancersAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Photographs -  Performers:Add to your cart.

Buzzy Leming

Pleas Mobley

Alter "Red" Parman

Obray Ramsey

Byard Ray

Rilla Ray

Virgil Sturgill

Cas Wallin

Folder 11.: Photographs - Copies of Print MaterialAdd to your cart.
Series 4: MusicAdd to your cart.
This series consists mainly of texts and music notations for many of the ballads and songs associated with Lunsford. Included is a list of Lunsford’s memory collection, notations on sources, and transcriptions produced by Columbia University, the Library of Congress and Loyal Jones. There is also a list of Lunsford's documentary sound recordings.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Song transcriptions recorded at Columbia UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 2.: Song transcriptions recorded at Columbia UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Music notation for Loyal Jones' Book on LunsfordAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Music notation for Loyal Jones' Book on LunsfordAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous song textsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Library of Congress song texts recorded by Lunsford and other North Carolina singersAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Personal memory collection listAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Liner notes from Lunsford's Riverside LP Album, Minstrel of the Appalachians (RLP 12-645)Add to your cart.
Folder 9.: Lunsford discographiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Cassette tape indexesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Photocopies of several pages from 30 and 1 Folk Songs by Lunsford and Lamar StringfieldAdd to your cart.
Series 5: Printed MaterialsAdd to your cart.
This series consists mainly of magazine articles, pamphlets and newspaper clippings dated from 1939 to 1984 relating to Lunsford’s various activities and interests. Included as well are administrative forms 3 Revised: February 16, 2016 relating to the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival and material relating to square dancing, games, and rhymes.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Lunsford Article Draft by David WhisnantAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Lunsford Article Draft by Loyal JonesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Lunsford Biography - Typescript by John Angus McLeod,, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Thesis Re: Lunsford's Folksong Collection by Anne Winesmore Beard,, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper and Magazine ArticlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings, 1939-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Newspaper Clippings, 1973-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Mars Hill Mountain Music and Dance FestivalAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Square Dance Figures and CallsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Ozark Folk Festival 1934 (Preliminary for the first National Folk Festival)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Miscellaneous Printed MaterialAdd to your cart.
Series 6: ManuscriptAdd to your cart.
This series consists of materials relating to the writing and publication of Loyal Jones’ Lunsford Biography, Minstrel of the Appalachians. Included are correspondence relating to final research and publishing (n.d., 1972- 1985), four draft manuscripts in various stages of revision, and pre-publication reader comments. Some manuscript material was not included in the final draft.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, n.d.; 1972-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1978-1985Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: ManuscriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Manuscript, part IAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Manuscript, part IIAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Manuscript, part IAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Manuscript, part IIAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Manuscript, part IAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Manuscript, part IIAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Manuscript, Ch. 6 "Of Songs and Dances and Tales and Such"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Manuscript, indexAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Manuscript, talesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Manuscript, chapter and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Manuscript, interviews and sourcesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Manuscript, fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Manuscript, notes aboutAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Manuscript, research notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Manuscript, research notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Manuscript, research notesAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Manuscript, research notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Manuscript, research notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Manuscript, research notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Manuscript, research notesAdd to your cart.
Series 7: Sound/Video recordingsAdd to your cart.
This series consists of sound and video recordings including Lunsford's memory collection recordings, interviews of Lunsford, his family, and associates; and documentary film and video productions about Lunsford.
Box 8: Original Reel-To-Reel Audio RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: AC-OR-001-001Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

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Item 2: AC-OR-001-002Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen     Play List

Item 3: AC-OR-001-003Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

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Item 4: AC-OR-001-004Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 5: AC-OR-001-005Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 6: AC-OR-001-006Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 7: AC-OR-001-007Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 8: AC-OR-001-008Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 9: AC-OR-001-009Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 10: AC-OR-001-010Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 11: AC-OR-001-011Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 12: AC-OR-001-012Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 13: AC-OR-001-013Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 14: AC-OR-001-014Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Box 9: Original Reel-To-Reel Audio, Video and FilmAdd to your cart.
Item 1: AC-OR-001-015Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 2: AC-OR-001-016Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen     Play List

Item 3: AC-OR-001-017Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 4: AC-OR-001-018Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 5: AC-OR-001-019Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 6: AC-OR-001-020Add to your cart.

Columbia University recordings, 1935.  Spoken introductions by Lunsford and songs performed by him with banjo, fiddle, and guitar accompaniment.

Listen    Play List

Item 7: AC-OR-001-021Add to your cart.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford interview recorded by Duncan Emrich for the Library of Congress 4-17-50.

Listen     Transcript

Item 8: AC-OR-001-022Add to your cart.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford interview recorded by Loyal Jones, July 27, 1971.

Listen Part One        Transcript Part One

Listen Part Two         Transcript Part Two

Item 9: AC-OR-001-023Add to your cart.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford interview recorded by Joan Moser, December 29, 1959.

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Item 10: AC-OR-026-001Add to your cart.
Mars Hill Festival - Selections from the 8th Annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival - 1974, Recorded at Mars Hill College, Mars Hill (Madison County), North Carolina [tape also includes two songs sung by Cas Wallin, not at festival]  Listen
Item 11: AC-VT-013-001Add to your cart.
"Our House to the White House":  Developments in Western North Carolina square dancing during the 1920s and 1930s, including the contributions of Sam Queen, Bob Love, Bascom Lunsford, and the Soco Gap Dance Team. (NC Dept. of Cultural Resources DUB #2 1-18-84)  View Video
Item 12: AC-VT-075-001Add to your cart.

"Complete Bascom Lamar Lunsford Story" - Originally titled, "Ballad Of A Mountain Man" [American Experience TV series 1990s] Updates the 1965 "Music Makers of the Blue Ridge" with additional interview and interpretative material.

View Video In Reading Room

Item 13: AC-VT-075-002Add to your cart.

"Bluegrass Roots" - Originally titled, "Music Makers of the Blue Ridge" 1965. Documents the folk music collecting efforts of North Carolinian, Bascom Lamar Lunsford.  Features footage of western North Carolina musicians and dancers, and includes footage from early folk festivals.

View Video In Reading Room

Item 14: SC-FM-008-001Add to your cart.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford [Fox Movietone News Story 1-390: Mountaineer Minstrels, Asheville, North Carolina, 10/07/1928, 16 mm film print]

View Video

Box 10: Original Audio Cassette RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: AC-CT-001-010Add to your cart.

Copy of Riverside LP 12-645 "Minstrel of the Appalachians" [ca. 1956] 

Listen Partt One    Listen Part Two

Item 2: AC-CT-001-011Add to your cart.

Excerpts from Lunsford's Columbia or 1949 Library of Congress recordings? 

Listen Part One    Listen Part Two

Item 3: AC-CT-001-013Add to your cart.

"No Ku Klux Out Tonight" from Lunsford's Columbia sessions? along with a commercially recorded version by the Dixie Revelers.

Listen

Item 4: AC-CT-001-014Add to your cart.

Miscellaneous fiddle tunes excerpted from Columbia tapes? 

Listen

Item 5: AC-CT-001-016Add to your cart.

Miscellaneous songs [source not determined -all but the last seem likely to be Columbia University or Library of Congress. The last is a duet with Lunsford and an unnamed woman].

Listen

Item 6: AC-CT-001-020Add to your cart.

Songs collected by Kern Lunsford, sung by Rev. W. S. Woody, Jack Cook, Bert Harold, BLL.  Also INTERVIEW with Bert Harold by Kern Lunsford.  (Additional tracks inserted for subject transitions.)

Listen Part One    Listen Part Two

Item 7: AC-CT-001-022Add to your cart.

Lunsford's parody sermon "Where the Lion Roareth" (Columbia University 1935; and "Stump Speech in the 10th District;" commercial recording Columbia Records 15595D. BLL sings 3 assassination songs, (commercial recordings?);  (Also unrelated material from another use of the tape not erased.)

Listen Part One    Listen Part Two

Item 8: AC-CT-001-023Add to your cart.

Lunsford's "Stump Speech in the 10th District" 

Listen

Item 9: AC-CT-001-026Add to your cart.

INTERVIEW - Ethel Capps recorded by Loyal Jones c. 1974; unidentified "material on coal mining and coal towns"

Listen     Transcript

Item 10: AC-CT-001-027Add to your cart.

Mars Hill Festival, 1973 featuring various performers plus tribute to BLL by Cratis Williams. 

Listen Part One    Listen Part Two

Item 11: AC-CT-001-028Add to your cart.

John Lair recorded by Loyal Jones 4-30-74.

Listen     Transcript

Item 12: AC-CT-001-029Add to your cart.

Artus Moser recorded by Loyal Jones 8-7-74.   

Listen Part One    Listen Part Two    Transcript

Item 13: AC-CT-001-033Add to your cart.

Jerry Israel, Betty Smith, Byard Ray recorded by Loyal Jones, no date. Only Israel portion could be transcribed.

Listen     Transcript

Item 14: AC-CT-001-034Add to your cart.

Excerpts from Mars Hill Festival [10-2-82]featuring Byard Ray, Carroll Best, White Water String Band, Cas Wallin, Sheila Rice Barnhill, Freemna Family, Gary & Bonnie Vernette, Maple Tree Sextet, Harper Van Hoy, Obray Ramsay, Bear Creek Ramblers, Blue Ridge Rangers, Richard Hoffman, others.  Lamar Lunsford, Master of Ceremonies. 

Listen Part One   Listen Part Two

Item 15: AC-CT-001-035Add to your cart.

Excerpts from Mars Hill Festival[?] featuring Mike McNabb, Nick Hallman, Bear Creek Ramblers, Tar Heel Express, Blue Ridge Rangers, Richard Hoffman, others.   

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Item 16: AC-CT-001-036Add to your cart.

George Stephens recorded by Loyal Jones August, 1974.

Listen Part One    Listen Part Two      Transcript

Item 17: AC-CT-001-037Add to your cart.

Side B, Jim Wolfe in person, Side A, by phone - Quay Smathers & Glenn Bannerman ) recorded by Loyal Jones [1982] (very difficult listening). Only Wolfe could be transcribed.

Listen Part One    Listen Part Two    Transcript

Item 18: AC-CT-001-038Add to your cart.

Library of Congress recording of 1941 Asheville Folk Festival produced for radio by Alan Lomax / Archie Campbell humor from commercial LP [Bedtime Stories for Adults] 

Listen Part One

Item 19: AC-CT-051-001Add to your cart.

Walter "Red" Parham & George Pegram recorded by Loyal Jones 7-2-74.

Listen Part One    Listen Part Two      Transcript

Box 11: CD Listening Copies - Reel-To-Reel RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Box 12: CD Listening Copies - Audio CassettesAdd to your cart.
Series 8: Oral History Interview TranscriptsAdd to your cart.
This series consists of typed transcripts of audio recorded interviews of Bascom Lunsford and some of his associates conducted by Loyal Jones, Duncan Emrich, and Joan Moser.
Box 13: Interview Recording TranscriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: AC-OR-001-021Add to your cart.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford recorded by Duncan Emrich for the Library of Congress 4-17-50.
Folder 2: AC-OR-001-022Add to your cart.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford recorded by Loyal Jones, July 27, 1971.
Folder 3: AC-OR-001-023Add to your cart.
Bascom Lamar Lunsfordrecorded by Joan Moser, December 29, 1959.
Folder 4: AC-CT-001-026Add to your cart.
Ethel Capps recorded by Loyal Jones c. 1974.
Folder 5: AC-CT-001-029Add to your cart.
Artus Moser recorded by Loyal Jones  8-7-74.
Folder 6: AC-CT-001-033Add to your cart.
Jerry Israel, Betty Smith, Byard Ray recorded by Loyal Jones, no date. Only Israel portion could be transcribed.
Folder 7: AC-CT-001-036Add to your cart.
George Stephens recorded by Loyal Jones August, 1974.
Folder 8: AC-CT-001-037Add to your cart.
Side B, Jim Wolfe in person, Side A, by phone - Quay Smathers & Glenn Bannerman ) recorded by Loyal Jones [1982] (very difficult listening). Only Wolfe could be transcribed.
Folder 9: AC-CT-051-001Add to your cart.
Walter "Red" Parham & George Pegram recorded by Loyal Jones 7-2-74.

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[Series 8: Oral History Interview Transcripts],
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