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Collection Number: 20287

Collection Title: Amy Davis Collection, 1997

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately About 90 items items)
Abstract Folklorist and musician Amy Davis grew up in Millerton, N.Y., and spent several years in the Northeast, playing and recording with the Little River String Band and two Cajun bands, the Swamproots and Dirty Rice. She moved to North Carolina in 1992 and, in 1998, received her masters degree in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1997, she conducted the Harkers Island Sacred Music Project, which documented musical traditions among the churches of the Carteret County, N.C., island. She worked in the Soutern Folklife Collection, 1999-2001. The collection includes field recordings on audio cassette and interviews from Amy Davis's 1997 Harkers Island Sacred Music Project, which documented the musical traditions of worship communities on the Carteret County, N.C., island. The project featured musicians, church leaders, and congregants from Wesleyan, Holiness, Methodist, Mormon, and Baptist churches. Audio cassettes contain interviews with Harkers Island singers and musicians and recordings of church services and musical performances at churches, the Sea Level Rest Home, and the homes of musicians. While the bulk of the collection documents sacred musical traditions, tapes of James and Tommy Rose contain performances of secular country music, including songs by Hank Williams and Gene Autry. Papers include field notes on interviews conducted and services visited; transctipts of interviews; an index of songs recorded; contact sheets for photographs related to the project; and short descriptions of photograph contents. Field notes are arranged by church and include descriptions of recording situations and some biographical information on the performers. Photographs document members of Harkers Island congregations; church services and social functions; church interiors and exteriors; performances by church musicians and singers; Clinton Nelson's recording studio; and Harkers Island scenes, including Dora Willis's soft shell crab tanks and of Alex Willis's boatworks.
Creator Davis, Amy.
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Use of audio and video materials may require production of listening and viewing copies.
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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 Amy Davis Collection #20287, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Amy Davis of Chapel Hill, N.C., in August 1997 (Acc. 97187).
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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Folklorist and musician Amy Davis grew up in Millerton, N.Y., and spent several years in the Northeast, playing and recording with the Little River String Band and two Cajun bands, the Swamproots and Dirty Rice. She moved to North Carolina in 1992 and in 1998 received her masters degree in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has recorded a cassette with Kentucky fiddler Herstel Flynn and has also performed with the Hushpuppies, a North Carolina-based old-time group. She conducted fieldwork for the Folklife Section of the North Carolina Arts Council's Blue Ridge Music Trail Project and researched and written about country music communities and traditions. In 1997, she conducted the Harkers Island Sacred Music Project, which documented musical traditions among the churches of the Carteret County, N.C., island. From 1999 to 2001, she Davis was folklife assistant at the Southern Folklife Collection.

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The collection includes field recordings on audio cassette and interviews from musician Amy Davis's 1997 Harkers Island Sacred Music Project, which documented the musical traditions of worship communities on Harkers Island, N.C., in Carteret County, N.C. The project featured musicians, church leaders, and congregants from Wesleyan, Holiness, Methodist, Mormon, and Baptist churches. Audio cassettes contain interviews with Harkers Island singers and musicians and recordings of church services and musical performances at churches, the Sea Level Rest Home, and the homes of musicians. While the bulk of the collection documents sacred musical traditions, tapes of James Rose and Tommy Rose contain performances of secular country music, including songs by Hank Williams and Gene Autry. Papers include field notes on interviews conducted and services visited; transctipts of interviews; an index of songs recorded; contact sheets for photographs related to the project; and short descriptions of photograph contents. Field notes are arranged by church and include descriptions of recording situations and some biographical information on the performers. Photographs document members of Harkers Island congregations; church services and social functions; church interiors and exteriors; performances by church musicians and singers; Clinton Nelson's recording studio; and Harkers Island scenes, including Dora Willis's soft shell crab tanks and of Alex Willis's boatworks.

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Contents list

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40 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Note that Davis's notes refer to tapes by HI numbers, which are listed below with their corresponding FS numbers.

Audiocassette FS-6173

Interview with Polly Davis. HI001. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6173

Audiocassette FS-6174

James Allen Rose and Tommy Rose. 4 February 1997. Tape 1. HI002. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6174

Audiocassette FS-6175

James Allen Rose and Tommy Rose. 4 February 1997. Tape 2. HI003. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6175

Audiocassette FS-6176

James Allen Rose and Tommy Rose. 4 February 1997. Tape 3. HI004. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6176

Audiocassette FS-6177

Clinton Nelson Singers. 5 February 1997. HI005 #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6177

Audiocassette FS-6178

Clinton Nelson Singers. 7 April 1997. HI006. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6178

Audiocassette FS-6179

Free Grace Wesleyan Church service, with the Reverend Curt Nelson. 9 February 1997. HI007. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6179

Audiocassette FS-6180

Interview with Madge Guthrie. 10 February 1997. HI008. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6180

Audiocassette FS-6181

Singing at Sea Level Rest Home. 16 February 1997. HI009. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6181

Audiocassette FS-6182

Interview with Ann Rose. 18 February 1997. HI010. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6182

Audiocassette FS-6183

Interview with the Reverend Manley Rose, Jr. 19 February 1997. HI011. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6183

Audiocassette FS-6184

Grace Holiness Church service. 19 February 1997. HI012. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6184

Audiocassette FS-6185

Grace Holiness Church service. 23 February 1997. HI013. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6185

Audiocassette FS-6186

Interview with Mattie Brooks. Tape 1. 25 February 1997. HI014. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6186

Audiocassette FS-6187

Interview with Mattie Brooks. Tape 2. 25 February 1997. HI015. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6187

Audiocassette FS-6188

Free Grace Wesleyan Church service. 2 March 1997. HI016. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6188

Audiocassette FS-6189

Refuge Fellowship service. Tape 1. 2 March 1997. HI017. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6189

Audiocassette FS-6190

Refuge Fellowship service. Tape 2. 2 March 1997. HI018. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6190

Audiocassette FS-6191

Pentecostal Holiness revival service. Tape 1. 4 March 1997. HI019. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6191

Audiocassette FS-6192

Pentecostal Holiness revival service. Tape 2. 4 March 1997. HI020. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6192

Audiocassette FS-6193

Interview with Floyd Gookins and Bessie Gookins. 5 March 1997. HI021. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6193

Audiocassette FS-6194

Interview with Edna Brooks Scott. 12 March 1997. HI022. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6194

Audiocassette FS-6195

Mormon Church Service, with Elder Perry and the Girls' Choir. 12 March 1997. HI023. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6195

Audiocassette FS-6196

United Methodist Church service. 23 March 1997. HI024. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6196

Audiocassette FS-6197

Interview with Clinton Nelson. Tape 1. 26 March 1997, 7 April 1997. HI025. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6197

Audiocassette FS-6198

Interview with Clinton Nelson. Tape 2. 7 April 1997. HI026. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6198

Audiocassette FS-6199

Interview with Elaine Yeomans. 27 March 1997. HI027. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6199

Audiocassette FS-6200

Baptist Church, Good Friday service. 28 March 1997. HI028. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6200

Audiocassette FS-6201

Pentecostal Holiness Easter service. 30 March 1997. HI029. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6201

Audiocassette FS-6202

Interview with the Reverend Clayton Guthrie and Ellen Guthrie. 30 March 1997. HI030. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6202

Audiocassette FS-6203

Grace Holiness singing service, Easter. Tape 1. 30 March 1997. HI031. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6203

Audiocassette FS-6204

Grace Holiness singing service, Easter. Tape 2. 30 March 1997. HI032. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6204

Audiocassette FS-6205

Interview with Hopie Smith, Dara Willis, and Mary Rose. 9 April 1997. HI033. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6205

Audiocassette FS-6206

Interview with Girls' Chorus members, Mormon Church. 9 April 1997. HI034. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6206

Audiocassette FS-6207

Interview with Cathy Rose Gillikin. 10 April 1997. HI035. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6207

Audiocassette FS-6208

James Allen Rose and Tommy Gray Rose. 11 April 1997. HI036. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6208

Audiocassette FS-6209

Mormon Church service. 20 April 1997. HI037. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6209

Audiocassette FS-6210

Methodist Church Service. 20 April 1997. HI038. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6210

Audiocassette FS-6211

Interview with Annie Francis. 23 April 1997. HI039. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6211

Audiocassette FS-6212

Lighthouse Chapel service. 27 April 1997. HI040. #20287, Series: "1. Audio cassettes, 1997." FS-6212

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Processing Information

Processed by: Burgin Matthews, December 2002.

Encoded by: Burgin Matthews, December 2002, and by Alison Waldenberg, August 2006.

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