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Jostes Sisters Renfro Valley Photographic Collection

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Jostes Sisters Renfro Valley Photographic and Clippings Collection



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Jostes Sisters Renfro Valley Photographic Collection, 1930s-1976 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

By Harry Rice and Lori Myers-Steele

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Title: Jostes Sisters Renfro Valley Photographic Collection, 1930s-1976Add to your cart.

Extent: 1.0 MS boxes

Arrangement: Arrangement of the collection is alphabetical by personal name or subject.

Abstract

John Lair started the Renfro Valley Barn Dance radio program while he worked at Cincinnati's WLW. His radio programs were heavy on comedy, turn-of-the-century sentimental songs, old English ballads, and rural string band music. The two programs he is best known for are the Saturday night Renfro Valley Barn Dance and Sunday morning Renfro Valley Gatherin'. He also set about building his Kentucky country music tourist complex in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, that eventually opened in 1939. His performers were also in great demand for shows at schools, movie theaters, and county fairs. During much of the 1940s he kept a tent show on the road from May to October that ranged all the way from Georgia to upper New York State and parts of New England.

Mildred and Pauline Jostes, of Peoria, Illinois, were among the performers who traveled with Lair's Renfro Valley road show in the 1940s. The road show cast appeared in theaters and other indoor venues in colder months Most of the photos and memorabilia collected by the Jostes sisters comes from the 1940s. However, some postcards and photographs in the collection represent subsequent correspondence or visits with former friends and colleagues who performed with the Renfro Valley Barn Dance.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains thirty 8 x 10 prints, 99 smaller images (snapshots and postcards) and a small number of newspaper clippings document Renfro Valley personalities, events, grounds, and structures.

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.

Acquisition Method: The materials in the collection are a gift of Mildred and Pauline Jostes, performers on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance and associated radio programs in the 1940s.

Preferred Citation: The Jostes Sisters Renfro Valley Photographic and Clippings Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.

Processing Information: The collection was arranged by Harry Rice, Sound Archivist. The finding aid was created in 2015 by Harry Rice and Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist.

Other Note: BCA 0088 SAA 088


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Series 1: Jostes Sisters Renfro Valley Photographic and Clippings CollectionAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Baker, Wade, [1940s-1950s]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Behrens, Jerry, [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Blakeman, Guy, [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Blue Bonnette Girls, Florence? Lily Holland, Sylvia?, [1945]Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Bradford, Shorty, [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Clark, Joe, [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Cobb, Gene - 2, [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Coon Creek Girls ( Minnie "Black Eyed Susan"Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Cornelison, Ernest ("Ernie Lee", [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Covington, Tommy, [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Fly, Patty, [1946]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Furguson, Glenn, and Buddy Nelson (tent shows); Buddy NelsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Holden Brothers, Jack and Fairly, [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Holland, Hank (road shows), [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Jostes Sisters, Pauline and Mildred (road and tent shows), [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Lair, John, [1950s]Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Langdon, Freddy (worked with Slim King and Jay Neace), [1940s-1950s]Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Little Eller Long (Beth Cremer) and Shorty Hobbs, [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Martin, Emory, [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Miller, Homer "Slim", [1930s-1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Miller, Homer "Slim", [1950s]Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Randolph, Mary, [1940s-1950s]Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Simmons, Bob, [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Steele, Jeanie and Mel (road and tent shows)Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Travis Twins (Ruby and Ruth Hilgerson), [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Crusaders Quartet: Ruel and Flossie Thomas, Leslie Andrew, Glenn Pennington, [1976]Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Mulligan Brothers: Connie and Curly (road and tent shows)Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Sosebee, Tommy (road and tent shows), [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Jostes Sisters and Slim Miller, [1940s]Add to your cart.
Folder 30: AM broadcast from the Renfro Valley lodgeAdd to your cart.

(standing) Lige Turner, Slim Miller, Brownie Reynolds, Jerry Behrens, Fairly Holden

(seated) Rosie Ledford, Elsie Behrens, Smoky Ward, Bernice Scott, Virginia Sutton, John Lair

(back to camera) Ernie Lee, Susie Ledford, Red Turner, ? Eller Long, Waitress: Sidney Lyons;

Engineers: (far corner) Leland "Tut"

Folder 31: Black and white snapshots of the Jostes sisters (including some from road and tent shows), other performers, and Renfro Valley buildings, including a few post cards.Add to your cart.
There are 99 images altogether, from 1940 to 1958.
Folder 32: Clippings: a few ads for Renfro Valley road shows that included the Jostes sisters, from North Carolina to FloridaAdd to your cart.

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