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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 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.

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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