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Ballad and Songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains: Persistance and Change- Master

Recorder:
Davidson, Eric H., 1937-2015  Search this
Finch, Caleb, 1939-  Search this
Newman, Paul, 1937-  Search this
Producer:
Davidson, Eric H., 1937-2015  Search this
Finch, Caleb, 1939-  Search this
Newman, Paul, 1937-  Search this
Performer:
Joines, Paul, 1926-1979  Search this
Hawkes, Sarah  Search this
Porter, Granny  Search this
Joines, Polly  Search this
Reeves, Kilby  Search this
Gravely, Spud  Search this
Neaves, Glen  Search this
Melton, Ivor  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 7 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Place:
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Songs and music
North Carolina
United States
Sparta (N.C.)
Pennsylvania
Nottingham (Pa.)
Virginia
Twin Oaks (N.C.)
Hillsville (Va.)
Galax (Va.)
Baywood (Va.)
Track Information:
101 Hanging of Georgie (Georgie)(Geordie) (Child No. 209) / Paul Joines.

102 Pretty Fair Miss in the Garden (Returning Sweetheart) / Sarah Hawkes.

103 Barbara Allen (Child No. 84)/ Granny Porter.

104 Young Men and Maids / Paul Joines.

105 Cruel War (The War is A-Raging) / Polly Joines.

106 Green Willow Tree, The (Lowlands Low)(Golden Vanity) (Child No. 286) Paul Joines.

107 Ho Lilly Ho / Sarah Hawkes.

108 Walkin' in the Parlor / Kilby Reeves. Fiddle.

109 Cumberland Gap / Kilby Reeves. Fiddle.

110 Little Sparrow (Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies) / Sarah Hawkes.

111 County Jail (Long Lonesome Road) / Kilby Reeves. Fiddle.

112 Pig in a Pen / Spud Gravely. Fiddle,Guitar.

113 Poor Ellen Smith.

114 Roving Ranger / Paul Joines.

115 Pretty Polly / Glen Neaves, Ivor Melton. Mandolin.

116 George Allen / Spud Gravely. Guitar.
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-7RR-3678
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Galax (Va.), Hillsville (Va.), Twin Oaks (N.C.), Virginia, Nottingham (Pa.), Pennsylvania, Sparta (N.C.), United States, North Carolina, 1968.
General:
CDR copy- Disc 475/6
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Topic:
Folk songs -- United States  Search this
Ballads  Search this
Fiddle tunes  Search this
Bluegrass music  Search this
Violin  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Mandolin  Search this
Railroads  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-7RR-3678
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / CD / CDR copy
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5f24c0c02-3bfc-4b39-a624-d132bf54ea4e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref25117

Stella, Frank

Collection Creator:
Leider, Philip, 1929-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1976-circa 1984
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Philip Leider papers, circa 1962-1997, bulk 1965-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Philip Leider papers
Philip Leider papers / Series 1: Philip Leider Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9945381c4-5b90-4975-a16b-fea6c347dd18
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-leidphil-ref17
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Letters Received by Employment Agents

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Jan. 19, 1866–Nov. 7, 1867
Scope and Contents:
Unbound letters received by employment agents, January 1866–November 1867, arranged by agent and thereunder chronologically. These letters were received by the following agents: J. L. Roberts, Miss W. F. Harris, O. S. B. Wall, and D. R. Disbrow.
Collection Restrictions:
Freedmen's Bureau Digital Collection, 1865–1872, is a product of and owned by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. Copyright for digital images is retained by the donor, FamilySearch International; permission for commerical use of the digital images may be requested from FamilySearch International, Intellectual Property Office, at: cor-intellectualproperty@ldschurch.org.
Collection Citation:
Courtesy of the U. S. National Archives and Records Administration, FamilySearch International, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Identifier:
NMAAHC.FB.M1902, Item 3.1.3.1
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Records of the Field Offices for the District of Columbia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1870
Records of the Field Offices for the District of Columbia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1870 / Series 3: Subordinate Field Offices / 3.1: Local Superintendent for Washington and Georgetown / 3.1.3: Records Relating to Employment of Freedmen
Archival Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/io3dc16004a-61f1-46f2-80c6-1d8da56ebdb1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmaahc-fb-m1902-ref94
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Eric H. Davidson audio recordings

Collector:
Davidson, Eric H., 1937-  Search this
Musician:
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Harrison, Bobby  Search this
Jarrell, Tommy, 1901-1985  Search this
Joines, Polly  Search this
Neaves, Glen  Search this
Smith, Glen (Banjo player)  Search this
Spencer, Ed  Search this
Ward, Wade  Search this
Extent:
73 Sound tape reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Audiotapes
Date:
1958-1984
Summary:
This collection contains 73 open reel tapes, made by Eric H. Davidson between 1958-1984, featuring the traditional music of Southern Appalachia.
Scope and Contents:
The Eric H. Davidson audio recordings consists of 73 open reel tapes dating from 1958-1984, featuring field recordings made by Davidson and his colleagues (including Caleb Ellicott Finch, Paul Newman, Lyn Davidson, and Jane Rigg) featuring the traditional music of Southern Appalachia. The recordings were collected primarily in Grayson and Carroll counties in Southwestern Virginia, and adjacent counties in North Carolina.
Arrangement:
The Eric H. Davidson audio recordings are arranged in chronological order. Each open reel tape was assigned a unique number by Eric Davidson.
Biographical / Historical:
Eric H. Davidson was born in 1937, in New York City. He was primarily known as a pioneering developmental biologist, who revolutionized the research of and theoretical framework behind "the gene regulatory networks that perform complex biological processes, such as the transformation of a single-celled egg into a complex organism. His work helped to reveal how the DNA sequences inherited in the genome are used to initiate and drive forward the sequence of steps that result in development." (1)

Davidson's work in biology began at the age of 16, when he began conducting research with cell physiologist L. V. Heilbrunn, a family friend, at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He began as a dish washer at the MBL, but was informed by Heilbrunn that he was also expected to have a research project. This project resulted in a published abstract in the Biological Bulletin on clotting in sand dollars.

Davidson earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958 and his doctorate from Rockefeller University in 1963. After working as a postdoctoral researcher and faculty member at Rockefeller, he moved to Caltech, where he would spend the rest of his career, beginning as a visiting assistant professor. He was named Norman Chandler Professor of Cell Biology in 1982 and remained there until his death.

His interest in old time music arose at nearly the same time as his interest in biology. His father, a well-known abstract painter, and mother were connected to several people who were hired to do research for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the late 1930's and 40's. At 14, he began to play the 5-string banjo after being introduced to the instrument through his exposure to recordings of Southern Appalachian music recorded as a part of the WPA, held at the Library of Congress.

In college, he played music in cafes. He also got a hold of the log of WPA recordings that were so influential to him. He began to stick pins in maps wherever the recordings were made, and began to notice that most of the pins were clustered in two counties in Southwestern Virginia--Grayson and Carroll counties--and adjacent counties in North Carolina.

In 1956, he began to take trips down to these areas during breaks from school to record musicians that had learned songs and skills through oral tradition, as opposed to the radio or records. He continued to go every year for many years, until the last person he knew had learned by oral tradition passed away. He formed close relationships with many notable musicians during these trips, including Wade Ward (from whom he learned the clawhammer banjo playing technique), Tommy Jarrell, Paul Joines, Glen Neaves, Vester Jones, Ed Spencer, Glen Smith, Cullen Galyean, and Bobby Harrison. He often recorded with his longtime collaborators Caleb Ellicott Finch, Paul Newman, Lyn Davidson, and Jane Rigg. Many of these recordings were released by Moses Asch as Folkways Records albums, produced by Davidson and his collaborators between 1962-1986.

Davidson was interested in the personal, musical, structural, traditional, and historical aspects of Southern Appalachian music. His fieldwork style was to continue to record a musician until they got tired or he'd run out of tape. Then he'd come back the next day, and the next year, and the year after that, until he had recorded everything that musician knew. This gave his work the characteristic of what he described as, borrowing from his scientific background, a longitudinal study. He was able to observe changes in the musical tradition of the region: the transition of traditional ballad singing from a cappella to string band accompaniment, the incorporation of the guitar into the string band ensemble, and the shift from clawhammer to three-finger banjo picking. In an oral history interview with Davidson conducted by the Ralph Rinzler Folklife and Collections in 2015, Davidson said that in his research, he could see how "ballads combine and recombine like genetic organisms in biology."

Davidson was also an accomplished banjo musician in his own right. He formed the Iron Mountain String Band together with Caleb Finch (fiddle), and Peggy Haine (guitar), releasing an album (FA 2473) on Folkways Records in 1973 consisting of songs and tunes learned from his many recording trips into Grayson and Carroll counties.

Eric Davidson died on September 1, 2015 at the age of 78.

1. "Developmental Biologist Eric H. Davidson Passes Away," Caltech News, September 4, 2015, accessed January 5, 2016, http://www.caltech.edu/news/developmental-biologist-eric-h-davidson-passes-away-47772.
Disclaimer:
Please note that some language in this collection is culturally insensitive or offensive to viewers. It is presented as it exists in the original material for the benefit of research and the historical record. The material reflects the culture and context in which it was created and not the views of the Smithsonian Institution.
Related Materials:
An oral history with Eric H. Davidson was conducted by the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections on April 26, 2015. Both the video and transcript is available for researchers. Contact archives staff for information.
Provenance:
Donated by Eric H. Davidson.
Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322 for additional information.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for information.
Topic:
Fiddle tunes -- Appalachian Region, Southern  Search this
Folk music -- Appalachian Region, Southern  Search this
Banjo music -- Appalachian Region, Southern  Search this
Music -- Appalachian Region, Southern  Search this
Old-time music -- Appalachian Region, Southern  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Citation:
Eric H. Davidson audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Eric H. Davidson audio recordings, 1958-1985. Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.DAVID
See more items in:
Eric H. Davidson audio recordings
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk52c2d3cd3-b94b-423c-9ac8-a24b224bf680
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-cfch-david

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