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Claude Williams Papers

Creator:
Williams, Claude, 1908-2004  Search this
Fouse-Williams, Blanche Y.  Search this
Extent:
1 electronic discs (cd)
13 cassette tapes
4.66 Cubic feet (14 boxes, 3 map- folders)
Container:
Map-folder 1
Map-folder 3
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic discs (cd)
Cassette tapes
Letters (correspondence)
Photographs
Programs
Posters
Scrapbooks
Financial records
Awards
Business records
Audiotapes
Articles
Manuscripts
Date:
1920-2005
Summary:
Business and personal papers, photographs, and audio recordings of Claude "Fiddler" Williams, an award-winning jazz fiddler. Although Williams played music for almost a century the materials in this collection date largely from 1970 to 2005.
Scope and Contents:
This collection documents the later life and career of jazz violinist Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Materials include correspondence, photographs, unpublished writings, awards, business records, financial records, programs and a few music manuscripts. There is one scrapbook and several audio recordings. There are also an autographed poster from 1997 honoring five inductees to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, including Claude Williams, Merle Haggard, Patti Page, Woody Guthrie and Eddie Burris. While there are some materials from Williams's youth, the vast majority of the collection dates from 1970. Williams's second wife, Blanche Y. Fouse-Williams, was vigilant about saving his papers. She also managed his career for the last few years of his life. This accounts for the increased volume of materials documenting his later years. Materials generally are arranged in chronological order within series and subseries.

Series 1, Business Records, 1973-2005, undated, is divided into seven subseries and includes business records, information relating to tours and performances, awards and certificates, business and personal correspondence, financial papers, articles and newspaper clippings, and biographical information.

Subseries 1, Events, 1977-2004, undated, includes contracts, copies of newspaper clippings, performance programs, brochures, ticket stubs, travel itineraries, travel receipts, correspondence, materials regarding his work as a fiddle teacher, advertisements for performances, a certificate of recognition, and napkins saved from a Washington Education Television Association (WETA) performance at the White House in 1998. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Subseries 2, Itineraries, 1990-2001, includes lists and correspondence detailing locations, musicians, travel and lodging plans, and financial compensation for William's performances. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Subseries 3, Awards and Certificates, 1978-2002, contains awards and certificates of appreciation from the Steamboat Delta Queen, Annual Black Musicians Conference, Kansas City Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors, and the Manhattan School of Music, as well as an invitation to a reception honoring Kansas City Jazz musicians from the Consul General of Japan. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Subseries 4, Correspondence, 1975-2004, consists of information relating to travel arrangements, tours, remuneration, music recordings, press kits, contracts, public television performances, involvement with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as Williams's Smithsonian Folkways recording. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Subseries 5, Financial Papers, 1990-2005, includes information about travel and payment, hotel bills and receipts, invoices for performances, music recordings sales, royalty statements and copies of checks. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Subseries 6, Press, 1973--005, undated, includes magazines, newspaper clippings and articles, about Williams's performances and music, appearances and jazz festivals, as well as the Kansas City Jazz scene. Magazine titles include Kansas City Magazine , Missouri Alumnus , The Masters Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program , Jazz Ambassador Magazine , Kansas City Ambassador to Jazz , The Mississippi Rag , Fiddler Magazine , Jazz News , Jazz Times , Living Blues , Blues Access , and Kansas City . Materials are arranged by type and then in chronological order.

Subseries 7, Music, 1989-1995, undated, contains thirteen audio tape recordings, one CD, sheet music and set lists of music performed by Williams. There is an audio recording of Black and Blue: A Musical Revue , a Folk Master performance at Carnegie Hall. Williams's work with James Chirillo, an appearance on Birdflight , as well as recordings of live and studio performances are also included among these materials. There is a copy of Williams's CD Swingtime in New York and an interview from1992. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Series 2, Personal Papers, 1978--005, undated, is divided into two subseries and contains letters, cards, postcards, invitations, copies of email, and requests for information and interviews. Most of the correspondence was addressed to Williams but there are materials that were sent to Blanche Williams. The correspondence is generally from fans, friends and family.

Subseries 1, Correspondence, 1978-2005, undated, consists of birthday cards from school age children, postcards, copies of newspaper clippings, White House and other government correspondence, congratulations or birthday wishes, as well as personal correspondence from friends inquiring about Williams's health and well-being. Also included is a draft for a chapter in a book on Claude Williams's contributions to jazz. Requests relating to research about Williams are also included. Materials are arranged in chronological order. Materials are arranged first by type followed by general correspondence in chronological order.

Subseries 2, Miscellaneous, undated, contains ephemera, autographs, affiliates list, well-wishes to Blanche Williams, a funeral program, mailing lists, lists of affiliated organizations, and a Count Bassie autograph.

Series 3, Photographs, 1977-2004, undated, includes personal and professional photographic prints and negatives of Williams. Subjects include performances and festivals, headshots and publicity, images of other musicians, family, friends, and posters with photographs created for his funeral. The majority of these photographs are of performances. Materials are arranged by subject.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into three series.

Series 1, Business Records, 1973-2005, undated

Subseries 1.1, Events, 1977-2004, undated

Subseries 1.2, Itineraries, 1990-2001

Subseries 1.3, Awards and Certificates, 1978-2002

Subseries 1.4, Correspondence, 1975-2004

Subseries 1.5, Financial Papers, 1990-2005

Subseries 1.6, Press, 1973-2005, undated

Subseries 1.7, Music; 1989-1995, undated

Series 2, Personal Papers, 1978-2005, undated

Subseries 2.1, Correspondence, 1978-2005, undated

Subseries 2.2, Miscellaneous, undated

Series 3, Photographs, 1977-2004, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Claude "Fiddler" Williams, 1908-2004, was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the son of a blacksmith. His musical gifts developed at a very early age, and he quickly became adept at the guitar, banjo, mandolin and cello, learning mostly by ear, without formal training. After hearing the jazz violinist Joe Venuti, the violin became his instrument of choice, and it remained so for the rest of his life. He migrated to Kansas City in 1927 and toured with several territory bands. Additionally Williams toured with the Twelve Clouds of Joy and the Cole Brothers, and in 1936, joined Count Basie's band as the first guitarist. After he was fired from Count Basie's band because John Hammond thought Williams's guitar solos were taking too much attention away from Basie, he went back to the violin (or "fiddle" as he preferred to call it) and focused exclusively on it for the rest of his life. Later he started his own band and toured with several jazz groups working for a short time with the Works Progress Administration (WPA). His band appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Nice Jazz Festival, and the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of American Folk Life. Williams received numerous honors and awards, including induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, a proclamation from the city of Kansas City, and a 1998 National Heritage Fellowship which included a $10,000 award. President Bill Clinton invited him to perform at one of the parties celebrating his first inauguration. Williams continued to tour and perform until well into his nineties. He also gave instruction at Mark O'Connor's annual fiddle camp to young violinists. Mr. Williams died in April 2004.
Separated Materials:
Artifacts donated to the Museum's Division of Culture and the Arts include a suit and violin. See accession numbers: 2005.3105 and 2007.3020.
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Claude Williams's widow, Blanche Y. Fouse-Williams, in 2005.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Researchers must use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an "as needed" basis, as resources allow.

Technical Access: Do not use original materials when available on reference audio tapes.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.
Topic:
Music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Jazz -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Violinists  Search this
Musicians -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.
Photographs -- 2000-2010
Programs
Posters -- 1950-2000
Scrapbooks
Financial records
Awards
Business records -- 20th century
Audiotapes
Articles
Photographs -- 20th century
Manuscripts -- Music -- 20th century
Citation:
Claude Williams Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0909
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Claude Williams Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0909
Online Media:

Website Records

Topic:
Performed Words (Website)
Tumblr (Electronic resource)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2010-2013
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of a blog and a website maintained by Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings as they existed on August 4, 2013.

The Smithsonian Folkways Tumblr account highlighted recordings from its collections, often tied to anniversaries or special events. The first post to the blog was in March 2010. In January 2012, a post noted that the account would no longer be updated.

The "Performed Words" website allows the public to listen to recorded, living performances and hear the performer's voices speaking and singing with their own tone, rhythm and nuance. Due to technical issues, this accession only includes the non-Flash version of the website.

Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Blogs  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Web sites
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-284, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 13-284
See more items in:
Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa13-284

Website Records

Topic:
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2013
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings website as it existed on December 27, 2013. Folkways is the non-profit recording label of the Smithsonian Institution, dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. The website includes information about the program, educational resources, and podcasts as well as an online version of "Smithsonian Folkways Magazine." This accession does not include audio tracks. Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Podcasts  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Web sites
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-080, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 14-080
See more items in:
Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa14-080

Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings website, crawled December 27, 2013

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Container:
Electronic Records
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-080, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Website Records
See more items in:
Website Records
Website Records / Electronic Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa14-080-refidd1e188

Website Records

Topic:
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2012
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the website for Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings as it existed on April 2, 2012. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the non-profit recording label of the Smithsonian Institution, dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. The website includes information about the program, educational resources, and podcasts as well as an online version of "Smithsonian Folkways Magazine." Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Podcasts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Web sites
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-626, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 12-626
See more items in:
Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa12-626

Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings Website, crawled April 2, 2012

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Container:
Electronic Records
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-626, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Website Records
See more items in:
Website Records
Website Records / Electronic Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa12-626-refidd1e188

Website Records, 2012

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Uniform title:
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine (Serial)  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Web sites
Date:
2012
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Podcasts  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 12-626
See more items in:
Website Records 2004-2019 [Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_361841

Website Records, 2010-2013

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Uniform title:
Performed Words (Website)  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Web sites
Date:
2010
2010-2013
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Blogs  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 13-284
See more items in:
Website Records 2004-2019 [Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_363864

Website Records, 2013

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Uniform title:
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine (Serial)  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Web sites
Date:
2013
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Podcasts  Search this
Web sites  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 14-080
See more items in:
Website Records 2004-2019 [Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_366659

Website Records

Topic:
Talk Story (Newsletter)
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2010-2013
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of three websites maintained by the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival website, crawled on July 18, 2013, provides information about the 2013 Festival and background information about each of the featured programs. It also contains historical information about the Festival and a blog, with posts dating as early as June 2010. Due to technical issues, much of the video was not properly captured.

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage website, crawled on July 31, 2013, includes information about the Center, its research initiatives, and its archival collections. It also includes online exhibitions and electronic versions of the newsletter, "Talk Story."

The Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings website as it existed on August 4, 2013. Folkways is the non-profit recording label of the Smithsonian Institution, dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. The website includes information about the program, educational resources, and podcasts as well as an online version of "Smithsonian Folkways Magazine." This accession does not include audio tracks and, due to technical issues, much of the video was not properly captured.

Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Blogs  Search this
Folk festivals  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Podcasts  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Web sites
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-283, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 13-283
See more items in:
Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa13-283

Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings website, crawled August 4, 2013

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Container:
Electronic Records
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-283, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Website Records
See more items in:
Website Records
Website Records / Electronic Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa13-283-refidd1e291

Making American Music 2018

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2018-08-10T18:16:39Z
Topic:
American History  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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SmithsonianAmHistory
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianAmHistory
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_3hw2Ug74_hQ

Making American Music - Nancy Dawson

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2018-08-09T14:46:59Z
Topic:
American History  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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SmithsonianAmHistory
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianAmHistory
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_tHaGe5YeJ6c

Making American Music - A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2018-08-10T17:31:29Z
Topic:
American History  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
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SmithsonianAmHistory
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianAmHistory
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_vl7GOdEkmuE

Pete Seeger discusses "Turn, Turn, Turn" with Daniel Sheehy

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2014-02-20T15:09:52Z
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
Youtube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
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smithsonianfolkways
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolkways
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_-4wYiShPEyo

"Deportee (feat. Lyle Lovett)" by Los Texmaniacs [Official Music Video]

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2018-05-11T16:05:27Z
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
Youtube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
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smithsonianfolkways
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolkways
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_3HtXTRX_Iwg

Los Texmaniacs perform "Por una mujer casada"

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2012-06-20T16:53:39Z
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
Youtube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
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smithsonianfolkways
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolkways
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_5GLZNGUeHY0

Three Accordionists (from Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2008)

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-10-26T13:03:52Z
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
Youtube Category:
Film & Animation  Search this
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smithsonianfolkways
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolkways
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_5GwzuMU1Qhs

N. Sengedorj of Mongolia demonstrates khöömei throat-singing

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-03-23T16:22:22Z
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
Youtube Category:
Film & Animation  Search this
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smithsonianfolkways
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolkways
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_5QLfj4Ydaj4

Los Hermanos Lovo: Salvadoran Chanchona group from Leesburg, Virginia [HQ]

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-09-23T14:56:22Z
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
Youtube Category:
Film & Animation  Search this
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smithsonianfolkways
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolkways
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_5rPqPWo2tvQ

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