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Reuben Powell Early Country Music Collection

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Abstract

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

A-Z Miscellaneous

Performers

Biographical and Recordings Classification

Festivals

Radio Stations

Record Companies

Renfro Valley

Subject Files

Locators

Sound Recordings



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Reuben Powell Early Country Music Collection, 1910-1982 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: Reuben Powell Early Country Music Collection, 1910-1982Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Powell, Reuben.

Extent: 83.0 Boxes (General)

Arrangement:

Arrangement of the collection is in series as follows:

Series 1: A-Z Miscellaneous; Series 2: Performers; Series 3: Biographical and Recordings Classification; Series 4: Festivals; Series 5: Radio Stations; Series 6: Record Companies; Series 7: Renfro Valley; Series 8: Subject Files; Series 9: Locators; Series 10: Sound Recordings

Subjects: Berea College -- Special Collections and Archives -- Sound Archives, Country music -- History., Country musicians -- Social life and customs., Lair, John., Renfro Valley Barn Dance (Radio program) -- History., Sound recordings -- History.

Languages: English

Abstract

The collecting activity reflected in this collection began in the early 1950s and continued well into the 1970s. After Rueben Powell’s 1968 retirement from work as chief utility engineer at Wright Patterson Airforce Base in Ohio, Powell and his wife Retha started the Renfro Valley Tape Club as a means of sharing the fruits of his collecting with other country music fans. Its appeal was particularly substantial among Powell's contemporaries who were disenchanted with the then newer country music expressions that they perceived as sounding too modern. At the club's height, Powell was circulating reel-to-reel tape copies of early commercial recordings and radio programs to a membership that represented most states and ten foreign countries.

In his collecting Powell focused mainly on the country music and musicians prominent during the period 1930 to 1950. He was especially interested in performers having Kentucky connections and any associated with such radio programs as the National Barn Dance and the Renfro Valley Barn Dance.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are papers and memorabilia relating to Reuben Powell, collector of Appalachian music and founder of the Renfro Valley Tape Club.  In addition to a card index to the recordings he collected, materials in this collection include correspondence and clippings on a variety of topics and people that reflect Mr. Powell's continuing interest in country music (including files on radio stations, record companies, performers, and festivals).  Also included in the collection are records regarding Renfro Valley and the organization of the Renfro Valley Tape Club.

Subject/Index Terms

Berea College -- Special Collections and Archives -- Sound Archives
Country music -- History.
Country musicians -- Social life and customs.
Lair, John.
Renfro Valley Barn Dance (Radio program) -- History.
Sound recordings -- History.

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: There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations.

Related Materials: For more information please see http://libraryguides.berea.edu/soundarchives.

Preferred Citation: [Item/Box/Folder Identification], Reuben Powell Early Country Music Collection, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, Ky.

Processing Information: The original finding aid was created in 2004.  The finding aid was updated in January 2016; boxes 82 and 83 were added at this time.  The collection was processed by Harry Rice, Sound Archivist.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was updated in January 2016; boxes 82 and 83 were added at this time.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0065 SAA 065


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[Series 2: Performers],
[Series 3: Biographical and Recordings Classification],
[Series 4: Festivals],
[Series 5: Radio Stations],
[Series 6: Record Companies],
[Series 7: Renfro Valley],
[Series 8: Subject Files],
[Series 9: Locators],
[Series 10: Sound Recordings],
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Series 2: PerformersAdd to your cart.
This series consists of published materials and correspondence relating to approximately fifty performers, many of whom are represented in the tape collection.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Acuff, RoyAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Arnold, EddieAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Baker, Bob and Jesse- The Baker BrothersAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Burnette, SmileyAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Byrd, JerryAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Callahan, Homer and Walter- The Callahan BrothersAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Carlisle, Cliff and BillAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Carter Family: Memorial FestivalAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Carter Family: Miscellaneous InformationAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Carter Family: Tape DataAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Carter Family: Tape DataAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Cash, JohnnyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Clark, Manuel "Old Joe"Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Clark, Manuel "Old Joe"Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Clifton, BillAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Coon Creek GirlsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Coon Creek GirlsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Cox, BillyAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Dalhart, VernonAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Davis, JimmieAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Delmore, Alton and Rabon- Delmore BrothersAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Fraley Family- J.P. and AnnadeeneAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Freeman, Edward- "Bluegrass Roy"Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Freeman, Edward- "Bluegrass Roy"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Girls of the Golden WestAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Kazee, BuellAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Kincaid, BradleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Lee, ErnieAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: MacFarland, Lester and Robert GardnerAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Macon, Uncle DaveAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Macon, Uncle DaveAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Mainer, J.E.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Monroe, BillAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Montana, PatsyAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: O'Day, MollyAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Poole, CharlieAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Rodgers, JimmieAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Sizemore, Asher and Little JimmieAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Skillet Lickers, theAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Snow, HankAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Sons of the PioneersAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Stanley BrothersAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Stoneman, Ernest V.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Tubb, ErnestAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Watson, DocAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Wheeler, Billy EddAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Whitter, HenryAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Williams, HankAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Williams, Hank Jr.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Willis, BobAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Wiseman, Lula Belle and ScottyAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Wiseman, MacAdd to your cart.

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[Series 1: A-Z Miscellaneous],
[Series 2: Performers],
[Series 3: Biographical and Recordings Classification],
[Series 4: Festivals],
[Series 5: Radio Stations],
[Series 6: Record Companies],
[Series 7: Renfro Valley],
[Series 8: Subject Files],
[Series 9: Locators],
[Series 10: Sound Recordings],
[All]


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