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Collection Number: 20475

Collection Title: Phil Blank Journals, 2008-2012

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Size 4 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Phil Blank is an artist, musician, and librarian based in Carrboro, N.C. His work has been featured in art galleries local to the Chapel Hill, N.C., area, and in the Carrboro Citizen newspaper. Blank also plays accordion, tenor banjo, and tsimbl in the klezmer music group Gmish. The collection consists of four journals featuring writings, drawings, and paintings by Phil Blank. Journals contain personal reflections and portraits of people, places, and events, with particular attention to domestic life and southern food, landscapes, and music, including blues and klezmer musicians. The journals depict Chapel Hill, N.C., and Carrboro, N.C., as well as Asheville, N.C., Natchez, Miss., Longport, N.J., Paris, France, and Turin, Italy, among other locations. Also of note are images of the 2011 Southern Foodways Alliance meeting in Oxford, Miss., and the 2011 Occupy Chapel Hill protest.
Creator Blank, Phil.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Phil Blank Journals #20475, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Phil Blank of Carrboro, N.C., in 2012 (Acc. 101648).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Phil Blank is an artist, musician, and librarian based in Carrboro, N.C. His work has been featured in art galleries local to the Chapel Hill, N.C., area, and in the Carrboro Citizen newspaper. Blank also plays accordion, tenor banjo, and tsimbl in a klezmer music group Gmish.

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The collection consists of four journals featuring writings, drawings, and paintings by Phil Blank. Journals contain personal reflections and portraits of people, places, and events, with particular attention to domestic life and southern food, landscapes, and music, including blues and klezmer musicians. The journals depict Chapel Hill, N.C., and Carrboro, N.C., as well as Asheville, N.C., Natchez, Miss., Longport, N.J., Paris, France, and Turin, Italy, among other locations. Also of note are images of the 2011 Southern Foodways Alliance meeting in Oxford, Miss., and the 2011 Occupy Chapel Hill protest.

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Contents list

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4 items.
Folder 1

Journal, 2008-2009 #20475, Series: "Phil Blank Journals, 2008-2012." Folder 1

Mostly illustrations of food, music, and street scenes created during travel to France and Italy. Locations identified include Asheville, N.C., Carrboro, N.C., Eunica, La., Paris, France, and Turin, Italy.

Folder 2

Journal, 2009 #20475, Series: "Phil Blank Journals, 2008-2012." Folder 2

Primarily illustrations of people and landscapes. Contents include illustrated writings about Allen Ginsberg and klezmer music.

Folder 3

Journal, 2009-2010 #20475, Series: "Phil Blank Journals, 2008-2012." Folder 3

Includes illustrations of food and portraits of Phil Blank's wife April McGregor and Ari Weinzweig of Zingerman's Deli. Locations identified include Asheville, N.C., Carrboro, N.C., Chapel Hill, N.C., and Vardamon, Miss.

Folder 4

Journal, circa 2011-2012 #20475, Series: "Phil Blank Journals, 2008-2012." Folder 4

Includes portraits of Phil Blank's wife April McGregor, relating to domestic life and cooking. Also features images of blues and klezmer musicians, events surrounding the 2011 Southern Foodways Alliance meeting in Oxford, Miss., and the 2011 Occupy Chapel Hill protest. Locations identified include Berkeley, Calif., Carrboro, N.C., Chapel Hill, N.C., Hillsborough, N.C., Longport, N.J., Natchez, Miss., and Oxford, Miss.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Virginia Ferris, November 2013

Encoded by: Virginia Ferris, November 2013

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