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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 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.

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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