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Reuben Powell Early Country Music Collection

Overview

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


Box and Folder Listing


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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],
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Series 3: Biographical and Recordings ClassificationAdd to your cart.
This series consists of biographical information, history of the Renfro Valley Tape Club, and contents lists for Powell's various recording classifications.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Recordings Classification DescriptionAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Autotapeography Contents notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: BiographyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Renfro Valley Tape ClubAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Tapeography: Series 1-1Add to your cart.
Sunday Morning Gathering
Folder 6: Tapeography: Series 1-3Add to your cart.
Renfro Valley Barn Dance
Folder 7: Tapeography: Series 4Add to your cart.
Commercial LPs
Folder 8: Tapeography: Series 5Add to your cart.
Commercial 78s
Folder 9: Tapeography: Series 7Add to your cart.
Electronic Transcriptions
Folder 10: Tapeography: Series 8Add to your cart.
Various Tape Clubs and 1974 Old Timers Reunion
Folder 11: Tapeography: Series 10Add to your cart.
Performer Interviews
Folder 12: Tapeography: Series 11Add to your cart.
Thematic Groups
Folder 13: UndeterminedAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[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],
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