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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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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


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],

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.

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],

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