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John F. Smith Traditional Music Collection

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Ballad and Song Texts

Tune Transcription Notebooks

Fiddle and Banjo Tunes, Musical Events, Instruments, and Games



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John F. Smith Traditional Music Collection, 1915-1940 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: John F. Smith Traditional Music Collection, 1915-1940Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Smith, John F. -- 1878-1940

Extent: 1.2 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in three series:

1. Ballad and Song Texts

2. Tune Transcription Notebooks

3. Fiddle and Banjo Tunes, Musical Events, Instruments, and Games

Date Acquired: 01/01/1940

Subjects: Appalachian Region, Southern -- Social life and customs., Appalachian Region., Ballads, English -- Appalachian Region., Banjo music -- Kentucky., Berea College -- Affiliated Schools -- Normal School, Berea College -- Faculty, Fiddle tunes -- Appalachian Region., Fiddle tunes -- Kentucky., Fiddle tunes., Folk music -- Appalachian Region., Kentucky -- Social life and customs., Shape-note singing

Forms of Material: Folk dancing -- Kentucky.

Languages: English

Abstract

John F. Smith taught in the Berea College Normal School.  As part of his Composition and Rhetoric course, Smith asked students to write down the names of banjo and fiddle songs and tunes known to them in their home districts of eastern Kentucky and Tennessee.  The results are a large, varied body of material that includes ballads, songs, fiddle and banjo tunes, and games.  Several students also included lists of musical instruments present in their home communities and descriptions of music related social events such as house dances and singing schools.

Smith’s students came from a part of Kentucky and Tennessee located on the western edge of Appalachia. The area includes Garrard, Lincoln, Casey, Pulaski, Madison, Estill, Wolfe, Owsley, Breathitt, Magoffin, Floyd, Clay Leslie, and Knox counties in Kentucky and Sevier and Marshall Counties in Tennessee. Taken as a whole, their lists offer valuable insights concerning the kind of songs being sung and the repertory of traditional musicians in this region prior to the changes in musical tastes brought about by radio and phonograph records beginning in the 1920s.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of traditional music collected by John F. Smith in 1915 from Berea College Normal School students enrolled in his English course entitled, "Composition and Rhetoric".

Subject/Index Terms

Appalachian Region, Southern -- Social life and customs.
Appalachian Region.
Ballads, English -- Appalachian Region.
Banjo music -- Kentucky.
Berea College -- Affiliated Schools -- Normal School
Berea College -- Faculty
Fiddle tunes -- Appalachian Region.
Fiddle tunes -- Kentucky.
Fiddle tunes.
Folk music -- Appalachian Region.
Kentucky -- Social life and customs.
Shape-note singing

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 the collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Acquisition Source: Mrs. John F. Smith

Appraisal Information: The collection was given to Berea College by Mrs. John F. Smith after the death of her husban in 1940.

Related Materials:

Appalachian Ballad and Folk Music Collection

Talitha Ethel Powell McClure Ballad Collection

James Watt Raine Ballad Collection

Preferred Citation: [Object identification/Folder/Box], The John F. Smith Traditional Music Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Other Note:

Note: See Appendix to John F. Smith Traditional Music Guide (attached in PDF format as On-line Images/Records) listing known contributors to this collection.

Collection Number: BCA 0006 SAA 005


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Series 1: Ballad and Song TextsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This series consists of over 320 hand written and typed texts, arranged alphabetically by title.
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Folder 1: AAdd to your cart.

ABSENT LOVER (SWEET BIRDS) [2]

[ADIEW, KIND FRIENDS]

AFTER THE BALL

AGED MOTHER [2]

ANDY AND SUSIE

ANSWER TO THE GYPSY'S WARNING

AS I WALKED OUT ONE MORNING FAIR [2]

[AS I WENT OUT ONE MORNING]

AT THE BAR

Folder 2: BAdd to your cart.

BAGGAGE COACH AHEAD [2]

THE BAILIFF'S DAUGHTER [2]

A BAIRNIE IN THE HOME FOR ME

BALLAD OF BATCHLER'S HALL

THE BALLAD OF THE CROSS [3]

A BALLAD OF THE PINNACLE

BARBARA ELLA

BARBARA ELLEN

BEAUTIGUL HOME OF MY CHILDHOOD

BILL BAILY [2]

BIRD IN A GILDED CAGE

BLACK JACK DAVY [3]

THE BLIND CHILD [2]

BLUE BELL

THE BOSTON BURGLAR [2]

[BOYS AND GIRLS PAY GOOD ATTENTION]

A BOY'S BEST FRIEND

THE BOY'S LAMENT

THE BOYS OF THE U.S.A.

THE BOYS WONT DO TO TRUST [3]

THE BREAKSMAN

A BRISK YOUNG FARMER, NEAT YOUNG LADY

THE BROKEN ENGAGEMENT [6]

BROKEN HEART

THE BROKEN HEARTED LOVER

BROKEN BOWS

BUCK CREEK GIRLS [2]

BURIED FRIENDS [2]

BURY ME NOT IN THE DEEP, DEEP SEA [2]

BURY ME NOT ON THE LONE PRAIRIE

BYE AND BYE YOU WILL FORGET ME

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CHARLES GITEAU (Guiteau) [2]

CHARLIE BROOKS

CHARLEY BROOKS [4]

CHASE THE BUFFALO

CHEWING GUM [2]

THE CHEWING GUM GIRL

CHIGERS AND SEED TICKS

CHRISTIAN LEE ROY [2]

THE COAL CREEK MINES

COFFEE CROWS ON WHITE OAK TREE [or, Pretty Little Pink]

CUMBERLAND GAP

CUMBERLAND GAP [2]

COME ALL YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DELIGHT IN SIN

COMMON BILL

CONFESSIONS OF A FLIRT

THE COO-COO (Cuckoo)

THE COTTAGE BY THE SEA [2]

A COWBOY

CRIPPLE CREEK [3]

THE CRUCIFIXION [4]

CRYSTAL EROY

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THE DARBY RAM

DARLING, I'M DREAMING OF YOU

[DAYLIGHT MAY DO FOR THE GAY]

THE DEATH OF MR.MOSS

DEVILISH MARY [2]

DINA [2]

DINEY FROW

DOG AND GUN [7]

DOG AND GUN OR THE GOLDEN GLOVE [2]

DOG AND GUN, WEALTY YOUNG GOLDEN

GLOVE SQUIRE OF FARNWORTH

DOLLY GRAY

DO NOT HASTEN TO BID ME ADIEU

DO THEY MISS ME AT HOME

DON' T BE ANGRY WITH ME, DARLING

DON' T FORGET ME LITTLE DARLING [2]

DON' T GO OUT TONIGHT MY DARLING

DON' T LEAVE ME ALONE

DOWN BY THE OLD MILL STREAM

DOWN THE GEORGIA LINE

THE DRUNKARD'S DREAM [Oh Ed, you look so hearty now...]

THE DRUNKARD'S LONE CHILD

A DRUNKARD'S WIFE

THE DRUNKEN HE' CUPS

THE DYING COW-BOY

DYING FROM HOME AND LOST [2]

DYING MAUDIE

THE DYING SOLDIER

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EDWARD EDWARDS

THE ENGLISH GIRL

ENNUI [2]

EVENIG STAR

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FADED FLOWERS

FAIR AND TENDER LADIES [or, Little Sparrow] [3]

FAIR ELLA

FAIR ELLEN

THE FALSE LOVER

FARE THEE WELL [2]

FATHER COME HOME

FLORA ELLA [6]

FLOW GENTLY, SWEET AFTON

FOND AFFECTION [4]

FOR TWENTY LONG YEARS I'VE BEEN MARRIED [2]

FRANKIE [3]

FRANKIE BAKER

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GAMBLING ON THE SABBATH DAY [2]

GEORGIA ALLEN

GINNIE PUT YOUR KETTLE ON

THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND

THE GIRL I LEFT IN KENTUCKY

GIT ALONG DOWN TOWN

GIVE THE FIDDLER A DRAM

GOING DOWN IN TOWN

THE GOLDEN DAGGER

GRANNY'S PUPY

[Green granel, green granel the grass is so green...]

GREEN LEAF

GROUND HOG [2]

GYPSEY LADDIE

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HAPPY GIRL [4]

HELEN FLANARY

HELEN FLANNERY

HER FRONT NAME IS HANNAH

HIRAM HUBBERT

THE HOBO

HOBO JOHN

HOOK AND LINE

HOP ALONG, PETER

A HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN TONIGHT

THE HOUSE CARPENTER [8]

HUNTSMEN'S CHORUS (FREISCHUTZ)

Folder 9: IAdd to your cart.

I ALWAYS LOVED YOU [2]

[I am going faraway Norah darling...] [2]

I CANNOT COME BACK TO YOU, SWEETHEART

IDIE RED [or, Idy]

I DON'T SEE WHY I LOVE HIM

I FOND AFFECTION

I HAVE A CALL FOR YOU [2]

I HAVE A SHIP ON THE OCEAN

I HAVE NO MOTHER NOW [4]

I HAVE WRITTEN HIM A LETTER [or Lula Wall]

I'LL BE ALL SMILES TONIGHT

[I'll be back tomorrow night...]

I'LL REMEMBER YOU, LOVE, IN MY PRAYERS [2]

I LOVE LITTLE WILLIE [2]

I LOVE MY WIFE BUT O YOU KID

I LOVED YOU BETTER THAN YOU KNEW

I'M TIRED OF LIVING ALONE [2]

[I WON'T FLY DOWN...AND SIT UPON YOUR KNEE]

THE INQUISITIVE LOVER [2]

IN SOME LONESOME VALLEY [2]

IN THE SHADOW OF THE PINE [Or, shadow of the Pine]

IN THE SHADE OF THE OLD APPLE TREE

I WANT A BEAU

I WILL SING YOU A SONG

I WILL TELL YOU OF A FELLOW

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JACK AND JO

JACK AND JOE [3]

JACKARO [5]

JEALOUS LOVER

JERSEY CITY [4]

JERSEY CITY (BUTCHER'S BOY)

JESSIE JAMES

JOHN HARTIE [2]

JOHN RILEY [2]

JOHNNY CORDELL (WAGGONER LAD) [Johnny Cordell]

JOHNNY CAUDILL

JOHNNIE DIAL [3]

THE JOLLY GROUP OF COW - BOYS [2]

JOSIE

JUMBE TOWN [2]

Folder 11: KAdd to your cart.
KITTY WELLS
Folder 12: LAdd to your cart.

LET ME CALL YOU SWEET HEART

[Let us follow the star to the land of the sky....]

THE LETTER EDGED IN BLACK

THE LIGHTENING EXPRESS [2]

LISTEN TO THE MOCKING BIRD

LITTLE BENNIE

LITTLE BESSIE

THE LITTLE BLACK MUSTACHE [7]

THE LITTLE BROWN JUG [3]

THE LITTLE CABIN BOY [or, Rosewood Casket; or, A Package of Old Letters] [2]

THE LITTLE SPARROW [or, Fair and Tender Ladies]

LITTLE SPARROW

LITTLE TREE

LITTLE WILLIE [2]

LOCKED OUT AFTER NINE

THE LONESOME DOVE

THE LONESOME SCENES OF WINTER [2]

LONESOME WIFE

LONGEST WAY 'ROUND IS THE SWEETEST WAY HOME

LORD LOVELL

LORD THOMAS AND FAIR ELLEDNDER [6]

LOVE IS NOT A PLEASURE

LOVELY NAN [4]

LOVING NANCY

LOVING HENRY [or, Little Cabin Boy]

LULA WALL [or, I Have Written Him a Letter]

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MAID AND HER LOVE

MAPLE ON THE HILL [2]

THE MARY GOLDEN TREE

MEET ME IN THE MOONLIGHT

THE MEN OF THE MOUNTAINS [2]

MERRY, MERY CHRISTMAS

[Miss Adire since I came to the city....]

THE MISSED COMPANION

MISS MASSIE

MOLLIE BOND [2]

MOLLIE DARLING

THE MOONLIGHT [2]

MOON SHINER [3]

MOUNTAIN TOP [2]

MOUNT TOP

MY DEAREST LOVE, SO FARE YOU WELL

MY LITTLE DARLING

MY MOTHER-IN-LAW

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NAPANEE

NELLIE GRAY

NELLIA DARLING

NOBODY'S DARLING

NOBODY'S DARLING ON EARTH

NOLA SHANNON

NORA DARLING [2]

NO SIR!

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[O BURY ME NOT IN THE DEEP DEEP SEA]

THE OCEAN BURIAL

O'ER LIFE'S LONG WEARY WAY

[OH HOW GLADLY MY HEART BEATS TOWARD THEE]

OH, HOW GLADLY MY HEART BEATS TOWARD THEE [3]

[Oh! If he's drownded, I hope he's happy....]

OH PRAY, KIND MISS [3]

OH WHAT SHALL I DO WITH THE BABY?

OH, WILLIE

OH! WILLIE COME BACK

OLD BANGUM

OLD BATCHELOR

OLD BACHELOR

OLD DAN TUCKER

THE OLD ELM - TREE

OLD GRAY MARE [3]

OLD GREY HORSE COME A TEARING OUT THE WILDERNESS [2]

OLD JOE CLARK

THE OLD MAID'S SONG [3]

THE OLD MAN IN THE WOOD

THE OLD MILLER

OLD TOM WILSON [2]

OLD VIRGINIA [2]

ON THE DANVILLE TRAIN

ONCE I HAD A SWEETHEART [2]

ONLY SHORT LIFE OF TROUBLE

OUR PRAYER [2]

OVER THE GARDEN WALL

O WHERE WERE YOU LAST SATURDAY NIGHT [3]

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A PACKAGE OF OLD LETTERS [or, Rosewood Casket] [8]

A PAPER OF PINS [4]

PATTY MCGUIRE

PEARL BRYAN [3]

PEARLIE BRYANT (PEARL BRYAN)

PILGRIMS SONG OF HOPE

POOR LITTLE JOE

POOR NELLIE

PRETTY FAIR MAID (FAIR DAMSEL)

A PRETTY FAIR DAMSEL [2]

THE PRETTY FAIR MISS

PRETTY LITTLE MISS

PRETTY LITTLE PINK (Coffee Grows on White Oak Trees)

THE PRETTY MAHEA

PRETTY MOHEA [or, Little Mohea] [3]

THE PRETTY MAIDEN [4]

PRETTY MOLLIE [3]

PRETTY POLLY [2]

PRETTY SARAH [3]

PRETTY WILLIE - PRETTY MARY

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THE RAILROAD (BUM)

RAVEN HAIR [or, Wildwood Flower]

THE RED RIVER VALLEY [2]

RED WING

REPLY TO THE GYPSY'S WARNING [2]

THE RICH LADY [2]

THE RONDY'S SONG [2]

ROSE CONILEE [2]

ROSE OF RED

ROSEWOOD CASKET [or, A Package of Old Letters]

ROSY NELL [4]

THE ROWDY'S SONG

ROWAN COUNTRY CREW [2]

THE ROWEN COUNTRY CREW

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SAD AND BROKEN HEARTED

SAD LAMENTATIONS [4]

SALLY IN OUR ALLEY

SANCTUS

THE SANDMAN'S SONG

SCHOOL DAYS

THE SCOLDING WIFE

SEPARATION

THE SHADOW OF THE PINE [or, In the Shadow of the Pine]

SHERMAN'S MARCH TO THE SEA

THE SHIP THAT NEVER RETURNED [2]

SHOOT THE BUFFALO

SILVER THREADS AMONG THE GOLD

SINCERE LOVE

THE SINGLE SOLDIER

SISTER MARTHA [2]

SIX KING'S DAUGHTERS

SKIP TO MY LU [2]

SO FARE YOU WELL MY DARLING

SOLDIER BOY

THE SOLDIER BOY [ I was born....] [2]

THE SOLDIER BOY [Once there was....] [2]

SOLDIER'S BOY [2]

SOLDIER BOY

SOLDIER, OH SOLDIER

SOMEBODY

SOMEBODY LOVES ME DEARLY

[SOME BODY STOLE LITTLE BLACK DOG]

SOMEBODY'S WAITING FOR YOU

SOME TWENTY YEARS AGO [3]

A SONG OF THE TUB [2]

SO YOU COME BACK TO ME YOU SAY

STABAT MATER

STEAM BOAT BILL [2]

SUSAN GAL [2]

SWEET BUNCH OF DAISIES

SWEET SUNNY SOUTH [2]

SWEET WILLIAM

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TAKE THIS LETTER TO MY MOTHER

TATER VINE [2]

THE TEXAN RANGER [7]

THERE'S A MOTHER ALWAYS WAITING FOR YOU

THERE'S NOTHING GOES HARD WITH THIS POOR BOY [2]

THOU HAST LEARNED TO LOVE ANOTHER

THE THREE SISTERS

TIME ENOUGH YET [4]

TITNANIC

THE TOBACCO UNION [2]

TOO LATE [4]

THE TROUBLED SOLDIER

TRUE ELLA OR THE JEALOUS LOVER [3]

THE 12 XMAS'S

TWO LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE

THE TWO ORPHANS

TWO SWEETHEARTS [2]

Folder 8: VAdd to your cart.

VALSE FROM BALLET (FAUST)

THE VILLAGE BELLS

Folder 9: WAdd to your cart.

THE WAGGONER LAD or, Johnny Cordell [4]

THE WAGONER'S SONG

WAIT TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY

WAKE UP, WAKE UP, YOU DROWSY SLEEPERS [2]

WALKING IN THE PARLOR [2]

THE WAXFORD GIRL [3]

THE WEBFOOTED DUCK [2]

THE WEDDING BELLS [2]

THE WEEPING LADY [4]

THE WEEPING WILLOW [3]

WE PARTED BY THE RIVER - SIDE

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THE BABIE [or] OH WHAT SHALL I DO WITH THE BABIE?

WHAT WOULD YOU TAKE FOR ME PAPA

WHEN A BOY

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY [2]

WHEN KATE AN I WERE COMING THROUGH THE RYE

WHEN YOU AND I WERE YOUNG

WHERE THE RIVER SHANNON FLOWS

WHERE WERE YOU LAST SATURDAY NIGHT? [3]

WHIPPOORWILL SONG

WHISKEY IN ITS PLACE

THE WHITE PILGRIM

WHY CAN'T I HAVE A BEAU?

WHY DOES MOTHER STAY SO LONG? [2]

THE WIDOW BY THE SEA

WILD BILL JONES [5]

THE WILD - WOOD FLOWER [or, Raven Hair]

WILL YOU LOVE ME WHEN I AM OLD [2]

WILLIAM BLUET [3]

WILLIE [4]

WHO WILL SHOE YOUR PRETTY FEET?

WON'T YOU COME OVER TO MY HOUSE

THE WRECK ON THE B & O

WRECK ON THE C& O RAILROAD

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YOU ARE AS WELCOME AS THE FLOWERS IN MAY

YOUNG CHARLOTTE [4]

YOUNG EDWARD

YOUNG EMILY - THE DRIVER BOY

YOUNG HENRY

YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE [2]


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