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Collection Number: 20380

Collection Title: Billy Faier Collection, 1955-2003

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Size About 1,320 items (4.5 linear feet)
Abstract Billy Faier of Woodstock, N.Y., taught himself to play the five-string banjo and was later involved in the folk music revival as a performer, songwriter, observer, writer, and radio disc jockey. Faier was a prominent member of New York City's Washington Square folk scene in the late 1940s and of the folk music scene on both coasts during the 1950s and 1960s. The collection documents the personal and professional activities of Billy Faier. There are also more general materials collected and generated by Faier about the folk music revival, the counter-culture movement, and other interests. Included are correspondence, writings, artwork, and other materials relating to Faier's work with Pete Seeger; song writing and theatrical performances; music; Woodstock, N.Y.; juggling; games; bicycling; hitchhiking; and alternative lifestyles in general. Audio recordings include live and studio performances of Faier and other musicians; interviews with Aunt Molly Jackson and Frank and Ann Warner; recordings of Faier's radio shows; documentation of social and political events; and dubs from old records.
Creator Faier, Billy.
Language English.
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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 Billy Faier Collection #20380, Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Billy Faier in June 2003 (Acc. 99533) and July 2003 (Acc. 99586). Received from William Ferris in May 2003 (Acc. 99515).
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Billy Faier was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on 21 December 1930. He moved to Woodstock, N.Y., with his family in 1944 at age thirteen. Faier had his first contact with folk music in Woodstock and taught himself to play the five-string banjo. Dropping out of high school to pursue his music, Faier traveled with Ramblin' Jack Elliott across the country and was a prominent member of New York City's Washington Square folk scene in the late 1940s. In 1957 and 1958, Faier recorded Art of the Five String Banjo and Travelin' Man for Riverside. Involved with the folk music revival scene on both coasts during the 1950s and 1960s, Billy Faier worked in night clubs, wrote songs, transcribed music for Pete Seeger, performed and taught banjo, performed as an on-stage musician in theater productions in New York City, hosted radio shows on Berkeley's KPFA and New York City's WBAI, and wrote for and eventually edited Caravan: Folk Music Magazine.

Despite time spent in New York and Berkeley, Faier's home base for a large part of his life has been the town of Woodstock and the surrounding area where he built his home in Lake Hill, N.Y., and became an active community member and renowned as a local street musician. From this home base, his music career experienced a revival in the 1980s with performances at folk music festivals; a self-produced recording, Banjos, Birdsongs, and Mother Earth; and a self-produced re-release of his earlier albums on cassette.

Throughout his life, Faier has opted for a non-mainstream, alternative lifestyle. Besides song writing and playing banjo and guitar, Faier's eclectic interests include juggling, traveling, hitchhiking, Rubik's Cube, the game of Go, sailing, folklore, and writing.

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The collection documents the life of Billy Faier as a musician, songwriter, and player of the five-string banjo and his role as observer, writer, and documenter of culture, particularly of the folk music revival and the counter-culture. The collection reflects both Faier's professional and personal experiences and his eclectic interests and collections. It contains material relating not only to Faier but to the events, ideas, and interests of an era and generation as well.

Correspondence, 1959-2003, includes letters from Faier's girlfriends, friends, fans, fellow musicians, tenants, and individuals he met while traveling and performing. It documents Faier's music career encompassing song writing, including transcription work for Pete Seeger's The Goofing-Off Suite and Faier's published songbooks; roles as an on-stage musician in theatrical performances, including The Unsinkable Molly Brown on Broadway; prose writings about music and the folk revival; and promotional and business materials, including programs, publicity photographs, and mail order and sales records for his self-produced tapes. Audio recordings include live and studio performances of Faier and other musicians; interviews with Aunt Molly Jackson, Frank Warner, and Ann Warner; Faier's radio shows; social and political events; and dubs from old records. Material on Faier's general interests and collections includes the folk music revival, including an interview with Faier by Ronald D. Cohen; collected writings and artwork by others; games, such as Rubik's Cube and Go; fanzines, including Gigline, Rainbow Family of Living Light, and The Realist; and hypnosis and Silva Mind Control. Faier's skills and interests are reflected in material on juglature, a method he invented of transcribing juggling moves, classes he taught, and multiple drafts of two juggling books. Faier's active involvement in his most consistent home community, as well as personal material relating to his house, sailing vessel, and legal matters, are included in the Woodstock, N.Y., files. Also included are articles on traveling with a bicycle across the country, hitchhiking as a means of alleviating the energy crisis, and a personal journal from 1974.

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Contents list

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1. Correspondence, 1959-2003 and undated.
1.1. Charles, Gloria Cosmo, 1979-1997 and undated.
1.2. Faier, Gerry, 1981-1999.
1.3. Wand, Christopher Nicklaus, 1985-2000 and undated.
1.4. Landlord-Tenant Correspondence, 1993-1998.
1.5. Other Letters, 1959-2003 and undated.
2. Music Career, 1955-2002 and undated.
2.1. Song Writing.
2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier.
2.1.2. The Goofing Off Suite, 1956-1960 and undated.
2.1.3. Billy Faier's Banjo Selections.
2.1.4. Collected Song Writing.
2.2. Theater Performances, 1960-1963 and undated.
2.3. Music Writing, 1958-1968, 1997.
2.4. Promotional Material.
2.4.1. Clippings and Reviews, 1957-1981 and undated.
2.4.2. Performance and Festival Programs, 1955-1990 and undated.
2.4.3. Publicity Photographs.
2.4.4 Posters and Fliers.
2.4.5. Promotional Writing.
2.5. Business Material, 1957-2002.
2.5.1. Business Correspondence, 1957-1992.
2.5.2. Mail Orders and Sales Records of Tapes, 1987-2002.
2.5.3. Contracts, 1957-1990.
2.5.4. Winnipeg Folk Festival, 1981.
3. Audio Recordings, 1957-2000 and undated.
3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated.
3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated.
3.3. Radio Shows, 1957 and undated.
3.4. Disc Dubs.
4. General Interests and Collections.
4.1. Folk Music Revival.
4.2. Collected Writings.
4.3. Collected Artwork.
4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests.
5. Juggling.
5.1. Juggling Notes.
5.2. Juggling Research.
5.3. Juggling Business.
5.4. Juggling Manuscripts.
6. Woodstock, N.Y.
6.1. General Community.
6.2. Personal Material.
7. Other Writings, 1974-1982 and undated.
7.1. Crossing the USA with a Bike, 1981-1982.
7.2. Hitchhiking, 1980-1981.
7.3. Journal, 1974.
7.4. Other Writings, Undated.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1959-2003 and undated.

About 425 items.

Correspondence consists largely of letters to Billy Faier with some carbon copies of Faier's letters interspersed. The period covered spans from 1959 to 2003, with the bulk of the material dating from 1980 to 1999. Letters reflect not only the relationships and events of Faier's life, but also provide something of a portrait of a generation for those who were involved in and influenced by the folk music revival, counter-culture, and alternative lifestyles. While it is often difficult to make clear distinctions between personal, fan, and business correspondence as friends help arrange gigs, sponsors and fans become friends, fans and fellow musicians become correspondents, and fans offer business propositions, this series focuses on personal correspondence. See Series 2. Music Career for correspondence directly related to business matters. Faier's correspondents include girlfriends, friends, fans, fellow musicians, tenants, and individuals he met while traveling and performing, including hitchhikers he picked up. Correspondents of both short-term and long-term duration are included. Correspondence of note, either for its duration or the correspondent's relationship to Billy Faier, is separated out from the general correspondence and includes: Gloria "Cosmo" Charles (whose correspondence with Faier dates from the 1970s), Gerry Faier (Faier's mother), Christopher Nicklaus Wand (Faier's son), and Landlord-Tenant Correspondence (for Faier's Lake Hill, N.Y., house, which he often rented when he traveled).

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.1. Charles, Gloria Cosmo, 1979-1997 and undated.

About 35 items.

Gloria "Cosmo" Charles is a former girlfriend who traveled with Faier to the west coast in the 1970s. She retained a strong and enduring friendship with Faier as evidenced through their correspondence, which dates from the late 1970s. Additional references to Cosmo Charles in the collection can be found in Other Writings and Audio Recordings.

Folder 1

Charles, Gloria "Cosmo" #20380, Subseries: "1.1. Charles, Gloria Cosmo, 1979-1997 and undated." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. Faier, Gerry, 1981-1999.

About 10 items.

Gerry Faier is Billy Faier's mother.

Folder 2

Faier, Gerry #20380, Subseries: "1.2. Faier, Gerry, 1981-1999." Folder 2

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About 15 items.

Christopher Nicklaus Wand is Billy Faier's son with Barbara Wand. He started his correspondence with his father as a young man.

Folder 3

Wand, Christopher, Nicklaus #20380, Subseries: "1.3. Wand, Christopher Nicklaus, 1985-2000 and undated." Folder 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.4. Landlord-Tenant Correspondence, 1993-1998.

About 5 items.

Billy Faier periodically rented out his house in Lake Hill, N.Y., when he went on extended travel for music performances and pleasure. Correspondence relating to these rental transactions is included here.

Folder 4

Landlord-Tenant Correspondence #20380, Subseries: "1.4. Landlord-Tenant Correspondence, 1993-1998." Folder 4

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About 360 items.

Correspondents include girlfriends, friends, fans, fellow musicians, and individuals Faier met while traveling or performing. The letters reflect not only the relationships and events of Billy Faier's life but provide something of a portrait of a generation for those who were involved in and influenced by the folk music revival and alternative lifestyles. While it is often difficult to make clear distinctions between personal, fan, and business correspondence as friends help arrange gigs, sponsors and fans become friends, fans and fellow musicians become correspondents, and fans offer business propositions, this series focuses on personal correspondence.

Folder 5

1959 #20380, Subseries: "1.5. Other Letters, 1959-2003 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1964 #20380, Subseries: "1.5. Other Letters, 1959-2003 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1977-1979 #20380, Subseries: "1.5. Other Letters, 1959-2003 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1980-1984 #20380, Subseries: "1.5. Other Letters, 1959-2003 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1985-1989 #20380, Subseries: "1.5. Other Letters, 1959-2003 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1990-1994 #20380, Subseries: "1.5. Other Letters, 1959-2003 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1995-1999 #20380, Subseries: "1.5. Other Letters, 1959-2003 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

2000-2003 #20380, Subseries: "1.5. Other Letters, 1959-2003 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Undated #20380, Subseries: "1.5. Other Letters, 1959-2003 and undated." Folder 13

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About 420 items.

The creative aspects of Billy Faier's accomplishments as a musician are highlighted here in his song writing, theater performances, and music writing. The business aspects can be found in the promotional photographs, posters, business correspondence and writing, contracts, and Winnipeg Folk Festival material. Of particular note are the music transcription and notation work Faier did for Pete Seeger for The Goofing-Off Suite and Faier's involvement with Caravan: Folk Music Magazine. Additional material relating to Billy Faier's career as a musician and the folk music revival can be found in Series 3. Audio Recordings and Series 4.1. Folk Music Revival.

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About 170 items.

Songs written, composed, arranged, or transcribed by Billy Faier, as well as compositions by other composers that Faier collected. Included are complete scores of Faier's own songs, the first and second edition folios of banjo music selections from his album The Art of the Five String Banjo, and commercially published banjo music scores. Of particular note is music transcription and notation work Faier did for Pete Seeger, specifically for The Goofing-Off Suite.

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About 115 items.

Songs written, composed, or arranged by Billy Faier. Though much of the general material is unsigned, the songs in this series are presumed to be composed, arranged, or transcribed by Faier. Faier's work includes: arrangements and adaptations of other composers' songs, handwritten and typewritten lyrics, music in various stages of composition, and completed songs with lyrics accompanied by music notation organized by individual song titles. Compositions that clearly appear to have different authorship are included in 2.1.4. Collected Song Writing.

Folder 14

Arranged by Faier #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 14

Folder 15

General Lyrics #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 15

Folder 16

General Notation #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 16

Folder 17

General Notation (Notebooks) #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 17

Folder 18

Song: "Actions Speak Louder than Words" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 18

Folder 19

Song: "Baby You Opened My Heart" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 19

Folder 20

Song: "Bees to My Honey Blues" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 20

Folder 21

Song: "Bright Angel Rag" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 21

Folder 22

Song: "Daddy I Had a Dream" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 22

Folder 23

Song: "Diane's Reel" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 23

Folder 24

Song: "Doublethink" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 24

Folder 25

Song: "Faier's Jig" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 25

Folder 26

Song: "Folksinger's Heaven" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 26

Folder 27

Song: "Funniest Thing" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 27

Folder 28

Song: "G. V. Crawl" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 28

Folder 29

Song: "Great Big Number" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 29

Folder 30

Song: "Greatest Cycle" (OP-20380/1) #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 30

Folder 31

Song: "I Can Tell That You Love Me" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 31

Folder 32

Song: "In Each Other's Arms" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 32

Folder 33

Song: "Jigsaw Thing" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 33

Folder 34

Song: "Short Suite" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 34

Folder 35

Song: "The Song of the Coo-Coo" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 35

Folder 36

Song: "Ten Times Around" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 36

Folder 37

Song: "Together Free" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 37

Folder 38

Song: "When You Have Found Your Superman" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 38

Folder 39

Song: "Why Do I Make Mary Cry" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 39

Folder 40

Song: "Wild Substance" #20380, Subseries: "2.1.1. Compositions and Arrangements by Billy Faier." Folder 40

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.1.2. The Goofing Off Suite, 1956-1960 and undated.

About 25 items.

In the 1950s, Billy Faier did music transcription and notation work for Pete Seeger, particularly for The Goofing-Off Suite. Along with the music transcription, this series incorporates, as originally received, their correspondence on the project, which includes reference to the McCarthy trials Seeger was dealing with at the time. See also FT-11344 for a tape of music by Pete Seeger that Faier used for his transcription project.

Folder 41

Music Transcription for Pete Seeger #20380, Subseries: "2.1.2. The Goofing Off Suite, 1956-1960 and undated." Folder 41

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2 items.

Copies of Billy Faier's first and second edition folios of banjo music selections from his album The Art of the Five String Banjo.

Folder 42

Banjo Selections from The Art of the Five String Banjo #20380, Subseries: "2.1.3. Billy Faier's Banjo Selections." Folder 42

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About 25 items.

Commercially published banjo music scores were collected by Billy Faier, as well as handwritten and typewritten lyrics and music compositions by other musicians and friends.

Folder 43

Collected Lyrics #20380, Subseries: "2.1.4. Collected Song Writing." Folder 43

Folder 44

Collected Music #20380, Subseries: "2.1.4. Collected Song Writing." Folder 44

Folder 45

Collected Banjo Songbooks #20380, Subseries: "2.1.4. Collected Song Writing." Folder 45

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About 30 items.

In addition to composing and performing as an individual musician, Billy Faier appeared in a number of theatrical productions, often as an on-stage musician. Material relating to these productions includes newspaper reviews, photographs, scripts, correspondence, and playbills. Faier played the part of Jib in A Christmas Story, a one-act play by Monica Beebe, which appears to have been a community production, possibly in Woodstock, N.Y. Faier was an on-stage musician in the 1963 production of In White America by Martin B. Duberman, which was performed at the Sheridan Square Playhouse in New York City, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Meredith Willson, a Broadway show in 1960 starring Tammy Grimes.

P-4495: Photograph of cast of In White America, including Billy Faier, Gloria Foster, JAmes Greene, Moses Gunn, Claudette Nevins, Michael O'Sullivan, and Fred Pinkard #20380, Subseries: "2.2. Theater Performances, 1960-1963 and undated." Folder 45

P-4496: Photograph of cast of In White America, including Billy Faier, Gloria Foster, James Greene, Moses Gunn, Claudette Nevins, Michael O'Sullivan, and Fred Pinkard #20380, Subseries: "2.2. Theater Performances, 1960-1963 and undated." Folder 45

P-4497: Photograph of The Unsinkable Molly Brown; shot includes Tammy Grimes and Billy Faier #20380, Subseries: "2.2. Theater Performances, 1960-1963 and undated." Folder 45

P-4498: Photograph of cast of unidentified production, includes Billy Faier #20380, Subseries: "2.2. Theater Performances, 1960-1963 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

A Christmas Story #20380, Subseries: "2.2. Theater Performances, 1960-1963 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

In White America #20380, Subseries: "2.2. Theater Performances, 1960-1963 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

The Unsinkable Molly Brown #20380, Subseries: "2.2. Theater Performances, 1960-1963 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

Other Performances #20380, Subseries: "2.2. Theater Performances, 1960-1963 and undated." Folder 49

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.3. Music Writing, 1958-1968, 1997.

About 20 items.

Billy Faier's writings about music and the folk revival date from 1958 to 1968 and 1997. Much of the earlier material comes from his involvement with Caravan: Folk Music Magazine. This popular fanzine also involved Lee Shaw, Lee Haring, and Roger D. Abrahams, among others. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Faier was first a contributor and assistant editor and then editor-in-chief of the magazine. Full issues of the magazine are in the Southern Folklife Collection's serial collection. Faier also wrote for Gardyloo, Folk Music Magazine, and The Week. His writings include letters to the editor, reports and comments on the folk music scene, record reviews, a report on the 1958 December meeting of the American Folklore Society, and an article on "Style and the Phonograph Record." In 1997, Grant Alden wrote a plea for the re-discovery of Billy Faier in the letters section of No Depression. He subsequently corresponded with Faier with the result of the publication of Faier's memories of Townes Van Zant in the letters section of the magazine.

Folder 50

Music Writing, 1958-1968 #20380, Subseries: "2.3. Music Writing, 1958-1968, 1997." Folder 50

Folder 51

No Depression, 1997 #20380, Subseries: "2.3. Music Writing, 1958-1968, 1997." Folder 51

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About 110 items.

Material used to promote or document Billy Faier's career as a musician, including clippings and reviews, programs from performances and festivals, publicity photographs, posters and fliers, and event and biographical promotion pieces.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.4.1. Clippings and Reviews, 1957-1981 and undated.

About 50 items.

Clippings and reviews include material that features, includes, or mentions Billy Faier. Concert and album reviews and announcements are particularly prominent. There are also newspaper and fanzine articles featuring Faier.

Folder 52

Clippings and Reviews #20380, Subseries: "2.4.1. Clippings and Reviews, 1957-1981 and undated." Folder 52

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.4.2. Performance and Festival Programs, 1955-1990 and undated.

About 20 items.

Programs from performances and festivals in which Billy Faier participated.

Folder 53

Performance and Festival Programs #20380, Subseries: "2.4.2. Performance and Festival Programs, 1955-1990 and undated." Folder 53

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12 items.

Photographs of Billy Faier taken on stage or for publicity purposes. Though undated, most appear to derive from Faier's early career, probably the late 1950s or early 1960s. The later career photographs probably date from the 1980s.

P-4499: Billy Faier with banjo publicity shot, early career #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

P-4500: Billy Faier with banjo on stage at RKO Palace Theater, early career #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

P-4501: Billy Faier with banjo on stage at RKO Palace Theater, early career #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

P-4502: Billy Faier wih guitar on stage at RKO Palace Theater, early career #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

P-4503: Billy Faier with guitar on stage at RKO Palace Theater, early career #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

P-4504: Billy Faier with guitar and unidentified singer on stage at RKO Palace Theater, early career #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

P-4505: Billy Faier with banjo, publicity shot, early career (oversized photograph) #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

P-4506: Billy Faier with banjos, publicity shot, early career (oversized photograph) #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

P-4507: Bily Faier with banjo, publicity shot, autographed, later career (oversized photograph) #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

P-4508: Billy Faier in Picasso t-shirt with banjo, publicity shot, later career #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

P-4509: Billy Faier in Picasso t-shirt with banjo, publicity shot, later career #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

P-4510: Unidentified woman with display of musical instruments, publicity shot #20380, Subseries: "2.4.3. Publicity Photographs." Folder 53

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.4.4 Posters and Fliers.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.4.5. Promotional Writing.

About 10 items.

Event and biographical promotion pieces presumed to have been written by Billy Faier. Also included are liner notes to Faier's albums, Travelin' Man and The Beast of Billy Faier.

Folder 55

Promotional Writing #20380, Subseries: "2.4.5. Promotional Writing." Folder 55

Folder 56

Album Liner Notes #20380, Subseries: "2.4.5. Promotional Writing." Folder 56

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.5. Business Material, 1957-2002.

About 90 items.

Business material focuses on the contractual and monetary aspects of Billy Faier's work as a musician. Included are business letters, particularly relating to Faier's recording and performing arrangements, 1957-1992; mail order correspondence and sales records for his self-produced tapes, Banjos, Birdsong, and Mother Earth and The Art of the Five String Banjo/Travelin' Man, 1987-2002; contracts for recordings, song publication, transfer of ownership of Caravan: Folk Music Magazine, and performances; and material relating to being hired for and performing at the 1981 Winnipeg Folk Festival.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.5.1. Business Correspondence, 1957-1992.

About 30 items.

Business correspondence directly relating to Faier's work as a musician, especially with regards to recording and performing arrangements. The correspondence ranges from 1957 to 1992 with the bulk from the 1980s. Included is correspondence with record producers, festival organizers, BMI, and tape producers. Correspondence from fans ordering tapes by mail order directly from Faier is filed separately in 2.5.2. Mail Orders and Sales Records of Tapes.

Folder 57

Business Correspondence #20380, Subseries: "2.5.1. Business Correspondence, 1957-1992." Folder 57

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.5.2. Mail Orders and Sales Records of Tapes, 1987-2002.

About 35 items.

In 1987, Billy Faier self-produced a new tape, Banjos, Birdsong, and Mother Earth. A few years later, in 1990, Faier re-released on one tape the two albums he had made in 1958 for Riverside, The Art of the Five String Banjo and Travelin' Man. These tapes were only available by mail order directly from Faier. This series includes the mail order correspondence for these tapes, 1987-2002, and Faier's record of sales for Banjos, Birdsongs, and Mother Earth until, as he wrote in the front of his sales record book, he stopped keeping records.

Folder 58

Mail Orders #20380, Subseries: "2.5.2. Mail Orders and Sales Records of Tapes, 1987-2002." Folder 58

Folder 59

Sales Records #20380, Subseries: "2.5.2. Mail Orders and Sales Records of Tapes, 1987-2002." Folder 59

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.5.3. Contracts, 1957-1990.

About 15 items.

Contracts are primarily Billy Faier's recording contracts, but also includes song publication, transfer of ownership of Caravan: Folk Music Magazine, and performance contracts.

Folder 60

Contracts #20380, Subseries: "2.5.3. Contracts, 1957-1990." Folder 60

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.5.4. Winnipeg Folk Festival, 1981.

About 10 items.

Material relating to the 1981 Winnipeg Folk Festival, which Faier attended as a featured performer. It provides a fairly complete overview of one of Faier's performance gigs through the span of material, which includes the early phone messages, contract, travel arrangements, performance schedule, and festival information for performers. Faier's participation in the Winnipeg Folk Festival was part of a revival of his performance and recording career that he initiated in the 1980s. The Winnipeg Folk Festival was one stop on a tour of festivals and concerts, which also included the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival. Promotional performer buttons for these festivals have been transferred to the North Carolina Collection Gallery. Additional material related to this tour can be found in Series 1. Correspondence, especially folders 1 and 8, and Series 7. Other Writings.

MU-20380/1-4: Promotional Buttons #20380, Subseries: "2.5.4. Winnipeg Folk Festival, 1981." Folder 60

Folder 61

Winnipeg Folk Festival, 1981 #20380, Subseries: "2.5.4. Winnipeg Folk Festival, 1981." Folder 61

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Audio Recordings, 1957-2000 and undated.

130 items.

Recordings made by and of Billy Faier, as well as recordings collected by him. Some of the recordings in this series were previously part of the Billy Faier Archives compiled by Mitchell Blank and Jeff Friedman and have previously been given identification numbers (BF-AT-###). The original archive order has been only partially maintained as the Billy Faier Archives was not received in its entirety and other, previously unarchived, tapes are also included in the collection. However, previous identification numbers are noted in parentheses where applicable and can be matched to the archive notes made by Blank and Friedman. Written documentation, including the previous archive notes and photocopies of the boxes, is available for most of the recordings. Documentation includes glosses by Faier identifying recordings and noting particularly good versions of his songs both at the time of recording and at a later date.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated.

48 items.

Recordings on open reel tapes and acetate discs of Billy Faier and/or his songs recorded in concert, in the studio, or in his home, mostly as a solo performer. Includes 1990 professional remasters of earlier 1957 and 1958 Riverside Long Playing Record albums Travelin' Man and The Art of the Five String Banjo and a professional master recording of Banjos, Birdsong, and Mother Earth, as well as the commercial cassettes Billy Faier produced of these titles.

FT-11303: Billy Faier in concert at Fugazi Hall, San Francisco, Calif. 13 December 1957. Broadcast over KPFA-California on a "Midnight Special" program, 14 December 1957. Tape 1 of 4. (BF-AT-028-A) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11304: Billy Faier in concert at Fugazi Hall, San Francisco, Calif., 13 December 1957. Broadcast over KPFA-California on a "Midnight Special" program, 14 December 1957. Tape 2 of 4. (BF-AT-028-B) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11305: Billy Faier in concert at Fugazi Hall, San Francisco, Calif., 13 December 1957. Broadcast over KPFA-California on a "Midnight Special" program, 14 December 1957. Tape 3 of 4. (BF-AT-028-C) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11306: Billy Faier in concert at Fugazi Hall, San Francisco, Calif., 13 December 1957. Broadcast over KPFA-California on a "Midnight Special" program, 14 December 1957. Tape 4 of 4. (BF-AT-028-D) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11307: Billy Faier in concert, location unknown, 31 January 1958. Tape 1 of 4. (BF-AT-029-A) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11308: Billy Faier in concert, location unknown, 31 January 1958. Tape 2 of 4. (BF-AT-029-B) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11309: Billy Faier in concert, location unknown, 31 January 1958. Tape 3 of 4. (BF-AT-029-C) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11310: Billy Faier in concert, location unknown, 31 January 1958. Tape 4 of 4. (BF-AT-029-D) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11311: Billy Faier in concert, Berkeley Little Theater, Berkeley, Calif., 2 May 1958. Tape 1 of 3 (BF-AT-030-A) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11312: Billy Faier in concert, Berkeley, Little Theater, Berkeley, Calif., 2 May 1958. Tape 2 of 3. (BF-AT-030-B) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11313: Billy Faier in concert, Berkeley Little Theater, Berkeley, Calif., 2 May 1958. Tape 3 of 3. (BF-AT-030-C) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11314: Billy Faier in concert, A. Y. H., location unknown, 10 October 1958. Tape 1 of 2. (BF-AT-031-A) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11315: Billy Faier in concert, A. Y. H., location unknown, 10 October 1958. Tape 2 of 2. (BF-AT-031-B) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11316: Billy Faier in concert, Caffe Lena, New York, N.Y., 6 May 1967. (BF-AT-032) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11317: John Wayne Studio, Albuquerque, N.M. (for Tacoma Records) with Family Lotus. (BF-AT-033) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11318: A Number One Whoop-De-Do Banjo Thing and Waltz. (BF-AT-038) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11319: Billy Faier on banjo, others on harmonica, bass. Studio tape. (BF-AT-045) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11320: Billy Faier recorded 26 November 1967. (BF-AT-046) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11321: Rag/Piece in Amin/New World/The Existential Crisis Blues/Zzyzx/Circumcision. (BF-AT-047) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11322: A Number One Whoop-De-Do Banjo Thing and Waltz. Woodchuck Hollow Band-Rehearsal. (BF-AT-048) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11323: A Number One Whoop-De-Do Banjo Thing and Waltz. Very Long, Very Good, Best Yet 13 December 1982. (BF-AT-049) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11324: In Each Other's Arms/Banjo Piece/Funniest Thing/Mary Morrison. (BF-AT-050) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11325: Fragmented Rag/Rag/Pseudo Raga/Fiddle Tune/Zzyzx/Rhinocerus Waltz/Cosmo/New World. (BF-AT-051) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11326: Improvisations on banjo. Contains very early Cosmo. (BF-AT-052) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11327: Billy Faier and others practice session. (BF-AT-054) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11328: Live Performance. Actions Speak Louder Than Words/10 X 50/Live and Let Live/Superman/I Can Tell. (BF-AT-055) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11329: Doublethink/Coo-Coo/Slow and Easy/Dog's Life/#/Wild/Fly/Daddy/Bees. (BF-AT-056) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11330: A Number One Whoop-De-Do Banjo Thing and Waltz/Last Part of Pizzaraga/Funniest Thing. (BF-AT-057) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11331: Banjo Instrumentals. (BF-AT-058) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11332: Billy Faier. Dear Mother Earth (early version)/Zzyzx. (BF-AT-063) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11333: Strange Time with Harmonica Again/Pizzaraga. (BF-AT-065) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11334: Billy Faier. Banjo Instrumentals. (BF-AT-066) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11335: Billy Faier. Byrdcliffe Music, Box 471, Woodstock, N.Y. When You Have Found Your Superman/Daddy, I Had a Dream/Great Big Number/Jig Saw Puzzle/Song of the Coo-Coo (Davidson County Music)/Together Free/Baby, You Opened My Heart/Bees to My Honey Blues/Doublethink. (BF-AT-068) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11336: Byrdcliffe Music, Woodstock, N.Y., 1967. Pizzaraga/In Each Other's Arms/Funniest Thing/Why Do Make Mary Cry/Great Big Number/Actions Speak Louder Than Words/You Won't See Me/I've Just Seen a Face/A Little Help from my Friends/For No One/Norwegian Wood. (BF-AT-070) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11337: Billy Faier. Banjo instrumentals with harmonica player. (BF-AT-071) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11338: Billy Faier. Daddy I Had a Dream Last Night. Roll Down the Line. (BF-AT-080) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11339: Billy Faier in concert, date and location unknown. (BF-AT-083) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11340: Billy Faier. (BF-AT-086) #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11526: Travelin' Man (12-657-A) remaster by Fantasy Studios, 2 May 1990. Tape 1 of 2. #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11527: Travelin' Man (12-657-B) remaster by Fantasy Studios, 2 May 1990. Tape 2 of 2. #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11528: Art [of the Five String Banjo] (12-813-A) remaster by Fantasy Studios, 3 May 1990. Tape 1 of 2. #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11529: Art [of the Five String Banjo] (12-813-B) remaster by Fantasy Studios, 2 May 1990. Tape 2 of 2 #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11530: Banjos, Birdsong, and Mother Earth (7922-A) Nibor Recording Studio, 26 July 1994. Tape 1 of 2. #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11531: Banjos, Birdsong, and Mother Earth (7922-B) Nibor Recording Studio, 26 July 1994. Tape 2 of 2. #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FS-6904: The Art of the Five String Banjo and Travelin' Man, self-produced cassette re-release of Billy Faier's 1957-1958 albums, 1990. #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FS-6905: Banjos, Birdsong, and Mother Earth, 1987. #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FD-791: Faier 1: Billy Faier and Five String Banjo, Galveston Flood #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

FD-792: Faier 2: Otherwise unidentified acetate. #20380, Subseries: "3.1. Billy Faier Music, 1957-2000 and undated." Folder 61

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated.

42 items.

Recordings featuring musicians other than Billy Faier, as well as interviews and other current events. Faier is included on some of these recordings as interviewer or interviewee, playing in a band or for other musicians, or, notably, as a lecturer. However, he is not featured as a solo musician in any of these recordings. Of particular interest are recordings of Pete Seeger playing for Faier so that he could transcribe The Goofing Off Suite, interviews with Aunt Molly Jackson, Frank Warner and Ann Warner, and Archie Green, and several "sign of the times" recordings from the 1960s and 1970s featuring demonstrations, political candidates, and talking to a friend while she's tripping.

FT-11341: All That The Name Implies (band name). Includes Wild Substance with Billy Faier on banjo. End of interview with Eric Weisberger about civil rights action, cuts off abruptly. (BF-AT-036) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11342: Either continuation of FT-11341 or first part of interview with Eric Weisberger. (BF-AT-037) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11343: Practice session of All That The Name Implies. (BF-AT-039) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11344: Pete Seeger plays for Billy Faier for transcriptions for Hargail Press. Carl Sandburg reciting poetry (from a recording). Billy Faier in discussion with (possibly) Harold Newman. (BF-AT-040) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11345: The Four Dodgers, 2 July 1958. (BF-AT-042) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11346: Frank Fletcher. (BF-AT-043) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11347: Brass and Woodwind Choir Band at Billy Faier's house. (BF-AT-053) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11348: Interview of Billy Faier. Great Assembly. Last of Callahan (from record). Library of Congress recording of The Last of Callahan. Song of the Coo-Coo. (BF-AT-059) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11349: Richard J. Hughes, Democratic candidate for Governor of N.J., on how automation is changing jobs in New Jersey and the crisis in New Jersey colleges. (BF-AT-060) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11350: Hard Working Woman - D. Bollwith. (BF-AT-061) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11351: Rehearsal Tape of All That The Name Implies. (BF-AT-062) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11352: Woodchuck Hollow Brass and Woodwind Choir in performance at the Woodstock Playhouse. (BF-AT-064) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11353: Bundle of Songs by Frank Beddoe (vocal with organ accompaniment). (BF-AT-067) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11354: The Four Dodgers, Dick Emerson Studio, 17 May 1958. (BF-AT-069) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11355: New Lost City Ramblers. Claude Lawrence Quartet, October 1968. (BF-AT-072) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11356: Fisherman's Hornpipe. (BF-AT-075) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11357: Piano snippets. (BF-AT-076) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11358: Faier balancing channels on tape machine, distorted music, speed problems. Un-listenable. (BF-AT-077) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11359: Unidentified. (BF-AT-078) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11360: Billy Faier talking to friend while she is tripping. Indian music in background. Not much happens. Tape made in late 1960s. (BF-AT-079) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11361: Billy Faier interviews Aunt Molly Jackson. Barry Olivier is also present. Throughout the interview Faier plays banjo and sings and Aunt Molly Jackson sings. Tape 1 of 6. (BF-AT-081-A) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11362: Billy Faier interviews Aunt Molly Jackson. Barry Olivier is also present. Throughout the interview Faier plays banjo and sings and Aunt Molly Jackson sings. Tape 2 of 6. (BF-AT-081-B) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11363: Billy Faier interviews Aunt Molly Jackson. Barry Olivier is also present. Throughout the interview Faier plays banjo and sings and Aunt Molly Jackson sings. Tape 3 of 6. (BF-AT-081-C) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11364: Billy Faier interviews Aunt Molly Jackson. Barry Olivier is also present. Throughout the interview Faier plays banjo and sings and Aunt Molly Jackson sings. Tape 4 of 6. (BF-AT-081-D) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11365: Billy Faier interviews Aunt Molly Jackson. Barry Olivier is also present. Throughout the interview Faier plays banjo and sings and Aunt Molly Jackson sings. Tape 5 of 6. (BF-AT-081-E) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11366: Billy Faier interviews Aunt Molly Jackson. Barry Olivier is also present. Throughout the interview Faier plays banjo and sings and Aunt Molly Jackson sings. Tape 6 of 6. (BF-AT-081-F) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11367: Billy Faier interviews various record collectors and folklorists for radio program: Frank and Ann Warner. Tape 1 of 5. (BF-AT-082-A) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11368: Billy Faier interviews various record collectors and folklorists for radio program: Frank and Ann Warner. Topics include Hicks Family and Frank Proffitt. Tape 2 of 5. (BF-AT-082-B) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11369: Billy Faier interviews various record collectors and folklorists for radio program: Archie Green. Topics include folklore of American labor movement. Tape 3 of 5. (BF-AT-082-C) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11370: Billy Faier interviews various record collectors and folklorists for radio program: Miscellaneous guitar techniques are explored via records and discussion. Tape 4 of 5. (BF-AT-082-D) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11371: Billy Faier interviews various record collectors and folklorists for radio program: Miscellaneous banjo techniques are explored via records and discussion. Tape 5 of 5. (BF-AT-082-E) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11372: Bile Dem Cabbage Down - Harlan Miners Fiddlers (bones and an ocarina are prominent instruments); Cripple Creek (a Jew's harp is the lead instrument). Sent to Faier by a listener of his radio program. (BF-AT-084) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11373: Demonstration in Time's Square, New York City, as recorded by Hamish Sinclair, 3 March 1962. Citizens are protesting he presidential decision for resumption of nuclear testing. Mark Lane is heard arguing with the police over the use of excessive force. Demonstrators make comments. (BF-AT-085) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11374: This tape appears to be blank. (BF-AT-087) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11375: Bossom, 13 December 1982, Audition. (BF-AT-088) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11376: Billy Faier lecture at Columbia University on the subject of "Folk Music in the U.S. Songs" performed and discussed are: Peg and Awl/The Wreck of the Old 97/William Moore/The Horse Named Bill/The Great Assembly/This Train/Hellbound Train/Bye and Bye. (BF-AT-090) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11377: Mark Spoelstra. Tape 1 of 2. (BF-AT-091-A) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11378: Mark Spoelstra. Tape 2 of 2. (BF-AT-091-B) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

78-19225: Charles Kellogg: How Birds Sing, The Bird Chorus #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FC-13785: Frank Warner, sings American folk Songs and Ballads (cover autographed to Billy Faier) #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FD-789: Jenkins 1: Ella Jenkins, Oyez me Tambuo and Composite Pornography #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

FD-790: Jenkins 2: Ella Jenkins, Yo Me Voy #20380, Subseries: "3.2. Recordings of Others, 1958-1982 and undated." Folder 61

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.3. Radio Shows, 1957 and undated.

7 items.

Billy Faier worked as a disc jockey presenting radio programs featuring folk music on several radio stations, including Berkeley's KPFA and New York City's WBAI. Open reel recordings of some of those radio shows, most notably "The Midnight Special" radio show on WBAI, are included, as well as an acetate recording of Dillybean Radio Spots.

FT-11379: Radio Show, exact date and location unknown. Contributions to the Delinquency of Minor Poetry by Guy Wehham, 1957. Billy Faier introduces and makes comments between the poems. (BF-AT-034) #20380, Subseries: "3.3. Radio Shows, 1957 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11380: Repeat of FT-11379 but without commentary. (BF-AT-035) #20380, Subseries: "3.3. Radio Shows, 1957 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11381: "Midnight Special" radio show/WBAI/New York City, date unknown. New World Singers. (BF-AT-041) #20380, Subseries: "3.3. Radio Shows, 1957 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11382: "Midnight Special" radio show. Remote broadcast from the Gaslight, New York City, date unknown. Kay Billig, the Highwaymen, John Wynne. (BF-AT-044) #20380, Subseries: "3.3. Radio Shows, 1957 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11383: Radio Show. Billy Faier. (BF-AT-074) #20380, Subseries: "3.3. Radio Shows, 1957 and undated." Folder 61

FT-11384: "Midnight Special" radio show. 15 September, year unknown. Tape pre-recorded for later broadcast. (BF-AT-089) #20380, Subseries: "3.3. Radio Shows, 1957 and undated." Folder 61

FD-793: Dillybean Radio Spots: 1: 60 sec. Open end, 2: 15 sec., 3: 10 sec. #20380, Subseries: "3.3. Radio Shows, 1957 and undated." Folder 61

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.4. Disc Dubs.

33 items.

Most of the recordings are unidentified beyond reel number and "disc dubs," but they appear to be recordings of old albums, presumably 78 rpms.

FT-11385: Will the Weaver - Parker and Woolbright, Everyday Dirt - David McCarn, Jumpin' and Jerkin' - Bill Carlisle. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11386: Reel #3. The Bum Song. Hallelujah I'm a Bum - Pete Wiggins, The Brakeman's Blues - Jimmie Rodgers, Two Other Bums Sought - Asparagus Joe. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11387: Callahan Brothers, Crokett Kentucky Miners, Uncle Dave Macon. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11388: Reel 53-54, Leadbelly, Almanac Singers, Bobby Gregory, Sons of the Pioneers. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11389: Reel 51-52, Uncle Dave Macon, Harry C. Browne and Peerless Quartet, Frank Warner, Harry McClintock, Leadbelly, Vernon Dalhart, Red River Dave. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11390: Reel 49-50, Parker and Woolbright, David McCarn, Bill Carlisle, Leadbelly, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Bill Broonzy, Uncle Dave Macon, Coon Creek Girls, Callahan Brothers, Crokett Kentucky Miners. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11391: Reel 55-56, Sons of the Pioneers, Esmereldy, Frank Novak, Sourwood Mountain Boys, Red River Dave, Harlan Miners Fiddlers. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11392: Hogman (Matthew) Moxey, Guitar Robert Welch. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11393: 78s. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11394: Reel 1/23. Roy Acuff, Almanac Singers, Aunt Molly Jackson, Ella Jenkins, Grandpa Jones and his grandchildren. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11395: Reel 2/24. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11396: Reel 3/25. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11397: Reel 4/26. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11398: Reel 5/27. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11399: Reel 6/28. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11400: Reel 7/29. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11401: Reel 8/30. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11402: Reel 9/31. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11403: Reel 10/32. Disc Dubs. 78s. Oscar Craver, Vernon Dalhart, Carson Robinson, Adelyne Hood, Bill Helms and his Upson County Band, Cliff Carlisle, The Wabash Trio, Wendell Hall, Jules Allen, John White, Frankie Wallace and his guitar, Bob Wills and Sleepy Johnson, Roan County Revelers. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11404: Reel 11/33. Disc Dubs. Jack Elliott, Cousin Emmy, Susan Reed, Tex Ritter, A. C. Robertson, Paul Robeson. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11405: Reel 12/34. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11406: Reel 13/35. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11407: Reel 14/36. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11408: Reel 15/37. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11409: Reel 16/38. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11410: Reel 17/39. Disc Dubs. Hallelujah Trio, Kelly Harrell, Scotty Harrell, Sam Hinton, the Hokum Boys, Jo Stafford, the Stanley Brothers, Budy Starcher, Kay Starr, Pete Steele, J. M. (Sailor Dad) Hunt. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11411: Reel 18/40. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11412: Reel 19/41. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11413: Reel 20/42. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11414: Reel 21/43. Disc Dubs. Burl Ives, the Weavers, Josh White. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11415: Reel 22/44. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11416: Reel 45/46. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

FT-11417: Reel 47/48. Disc Dubs. Unidentified. #20380, Subseries: "3.4. Disc Dubs." Folder 61

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. General Interests and Collections.

About 210 items.

Items relating to the folk music revival, mental challenges and activities, alternative lifestyles, and peace, as well as his collections of manuscript writings, poetry chapbooks, and artwork. This series is particularly reflective of the counter-culture interests arising out of the 1950s and 1960s. Besides being a participant in the folk music revival, Faier collected material relating to it, including clippings on the folk music scene, generally and on individual musicians; song books, particularly those of a socialist and labor bent; and material relating to or generated by Ronald D. Cohen, Archie Green, Aunt Molly Jackson, and Casey Jones, individuals significant to the folk music revival as researchers, folklorists, activists, performers, and folk figures. Manuscripts and chapbooks collected by Faier include poetry; a banjo book; a short story by his brother-in-law, Bob Peterson; and an autobiography of May Picqueray, a self-ascribed revolutionary. Artwork collected by Faier includes drawings, paintings, and photographs, presumed to have been created by his friends and acquaintances. Faier's research, recreational, and cultural interests include games such as Rubik's Cube and Go; music; hypnosis; overcoming consumerism; Silva Mind Control; peace; and alternative lifestyles. Many of his interests are reflected in fanzines, such as Gigline (for and by veterans against the Vietnam war), Rainbow Family of Living Light, Pearls Before Vinegar, and The Realist.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.1. Folk Music Revival.

About 40 items.

Billy Faier was not only a participant in the folk music revival, he wrote and lectured on it and collected material related to it. The material Faier collected includes clippings on the folk music scene generally and on individual musicians (most notably Barbara Dane and Frank Proffitt); song books, particularly those of a socialist and labor bent; and material relating to or generated by Ronald D. Cohen, Archie Green, Aunt Molly Jackson, and Casey Jones, individuals significant to the folk music revival as researchers, folklorists, activists, performers, and folk figures. Ronald D. Cohen's material includes a transcript from an 8 August 1992 interview with Billy Faier about his involvement in the folk music revival as well as a copy of his book, "Wasn't That a Time!": Firsthand Accounts of the Folk Music Revival. The Archie Green material consists of booklets he wrote for the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois on labor topics. The Aunt Molly Jackson material includes transcripts of interviews Billy Faier and Archie Green conducted with her on 5 May 1958 and Faier conducted with her on 19 May 1958. The Casey Jones material includes an article relating to Casey Jones' widow. Other related material received from Billy Faier but retained in the Southern Folklife Collection general periodical holdings rather than this individual collection are issues of the folk music fanzines Caravan and Gardyloo.

OP-20380/3: Oversized clippings #20380, Subseries: "4.1. Folk Music Revival." Folder 61

Folder 62

Clippings (see also OP-20380/3) #20380, Subseries: "4.1. Folk Music Revival." Folder 62

Folder 63

Song Books #20380, Subseries: "4.1. Folk Music Revival." Folder 63

Folder 64

Cohen, Ronald D. #20380, Subseries: "4.1. Folk Music Revival." Folder 64

Folder 65

Cohen, Ronald D.: "Wasn't That a Time!": Firsthand Accounts of the Folk Music Revival #20380, Subseries: "4.1. Folk Music Revival." Folder 65

Folder 66

Green, Archie #20380, Subseries: "4.1. Folk Music Revival." Folder 66

Folder 67

Jackson, Aunt Molly #20380, Subseries: "4.1. Folk Music Revival." Folder 67

Folder 68

Jones, Casey #20380, Subseries: "4.1. Folk Music Revival." Folder 68

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.2. Collected Writings.

8 items.

Manuscripts and chapbooks written by others and collected by Billy Faier. The banjo book manuscript does not list an author but, based on the handwriting, is presumed not to be by Billy Faier. "Duck Caller (and the Hemingway Hex)" is a short story written by Bob Peterson, Faier's brother-in-law. "May: The Revolutionary, for my 81 years of anarchy" is by May Picqueray and translated by Malkine Dattorre and Michael Dattorre. Poetry chapbooks include "Guide to the City" by Michael Grieg, "1001 Ways to Live Without Working" by Tuli Kupferberg, "Elegies" by Herschel Silverman, and "Nite Train" by Herschel Silverman.

Folder 69

Banjo Book Manuscript #20380, Subseries: "4.2. Collected Writings." Folder 69

Folder 70

"Duck Caller (and the Hemingway Hex)" #20380, Subseries: "4.2. Collected Writings." Folder 70

Folder 71

"May: The Revolutionary" #20380, Subseries: "4.2. Collected Writings." Folder 71

Folder 72

Poetry Chapbooks #20380, Subseries: "4.2. Collected Writings." Folder 72

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.3. Collected Artwork.

About 40 items.

Artwork collected by Billy Faier includes drawings, paintings, and photographs, which are presumed to have been created by his friends and acquaintances. Most of the works are unsigned. Signed artwork includes works by H. J. Nicholes, John G. Ernst, and Kenneth Matt Hewes. This collection includes some drawings with Faier as the subject and calligraphy of one of Faier's juggling mottos: "You Can't Learn to Juggle Without Dropping Balls."

OP-20380/4 Oversized Drawings #20380, Subseries: "4.3. Collected Artwork." Folder 72

OP-20380/5 Sketchbook #20380, Subseries: "4.3. Collected Artwork." Folder 72

Folder 73

Collected Artwork #20380, Subseries: "4.3. Collected Artwork." Folder 73

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests.

About 120 items.

Faier's research, recreational, and cultural interests include games such as Rubik's Cube and Go, music, hypnosis, overcoming consumerism, Silva Mind Control, the secret government, peace, and alternative lifestyles. Many of his interests are reflected in fanzines such as Gigline (for and by veterans against the Vietnam war), Rainbow Family of Living Light, Pearls Before Vinegar (a zine of clippings and articles from other sources), and The Realist. The almost complete collection of The Realist, 1959-1970, is particularly interesting for the intellectual skepticism and questioning by the counter-culture that shaped Billy Faier and others of that era.

OP-20380/6: Rainbow Family of Living Light (see also folder 81) #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 73

OP-20380/7: Silva Mind Control (see also folder 107) #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 73

Folder 74

Ancient Music #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 74

Folder 75

Cubology (Rubik's Cube) #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 75

Folder 76

Gigline, December 1969-April 1970 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 76

Folder 77

Go #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 77

Folder 78

Hypnosis #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 78

Folder 79

Overcoming Consumerism #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 79

Folder 80

Pearls Before Vinegar #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 80

Folder 81

Rainbow Family of Living Light (see also OP-20380/6) #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 81

Folder 82

The Realist, No. 8-13, May-November 1959 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 82

Folder 83

The Realist, No. 14, undated #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 83

Folder 84

The Realist, No. 15-22, February-December 1960 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 84

Folder 85

The Realist, No. 23-30, February-December 1961 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 85

Folder 86

The Realist, No. 31, February 1962 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 86

Folder 87

The Realist, No. 33-40, undated #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 87

Folder 88

The Realist, No. 41-42, June-August 1963 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 88

Folder 89

The Realist, No. 43, undated #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 89

Folder 90

The Realist, No. 47, February 1964 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 90

Folder 91

The Realist, N. 48-50, undated #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 91

Folder 92

The Realist, No. 51-54, June-November 1964 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 92

Folder 93

The Realist, No. 55, undated #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 93

Folder 94

The Realist, No. 56-63, February-May 1965 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 94

Folder 95

The Realist, No. 64-72, February-December 1966 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 95

Folder 96

The Realist, No. 73-74, February-May 1967 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 96

Folder 97

The Realist, No. 75-76, undated #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 97

Folder 98

The Realist, No. 77-83, March-Dec. 1968 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 98

Folder 99

The Realist, February-December 1969 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 99

Folder 100

The Realist, No. 87, May-June 1970 #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 100

Folder 101

The Realist, No. 90, undated #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 101

Folder 102

Secret Government #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 102

Folder 103

Silva Mind Control (see also OP-20380/7) #20380, Subseries: "4.4. Research, Recreational, and Cultural Interests." Folder 103

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Juggling.

About 30 items.

One of Billy Faier's passions is juggling. After several earlier false starts in his life, he taught himself to juggle and then came up with the juglature, a way of notating juggling maneuvers similar to music notation. Faier wrote a number of book-length manuscripts on how to juggle using his juglature notation and actively engaged in submitting his manuscript for publication and in teaching juggling. Included are Faier's research notes and material, his juglature drawings, correspondence pertaining to his juggling manuscripts and classes, and his juggling manuscripts, including "Balls!" and "One Ball Meditation: A Juggling Primer."

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.1. Juggling Notes.

5 items.

Juggling Notes includes Faier's early juglature drawings, notes on particular juggling moves, an outline for an article, and early notes and thoughts on juggling.

OP-20380/8: Juglature Notes #20380, Subseries: "5.1. Juggling Notes." Folder 103

Folder 104

Juggling Notes #20380, Subseries: "5.1. Juggling Notes." Folder 104

Folder 105

Juggling Notebooks #20380, Subseries: "5.1. Juggling Notes." Folder 105

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.2. Juggling Research.

About 10 items.

Juggling research includes the clippings and other research materials that Faier collected.

Folder 106

Juggling Research #20380, Subseries: "5.2. Juggling Research." Folder 106

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.3. Juggling Business.

About 10 items.

Juggling business primarily consists of correspondence relating directly to publication queries and responses on Faier's manuscripts and to juggling classes that Faier taught.

Folder 107

Juggling Business #20380, Subseries: "5.3. Juggling Business." Folder 107

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.4. Juggling Manuscripts.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. Woodstock, N.Y.

About 80 items.

Billy Faier moved to Woodstock, N.Y., with his family in 1944 at age thirteen and had his first contact with folk music at that time. Though he traveled extensively and lived elsewhere, including New York City and California, his home base for a large part of his life has been Woodstock and the surrounding area. He built a home in nearby Lake Hill and became an active member of the community, participating in area politics, controversies, and the local art and music scene, including becoming a locally renowned street musician. This series reflects Faier's integral involvement in his community with clippings, community publications, including assorted newspapers from 1959 to 1992, and writings on the tower controversy. Material relating to Faier's personal business affairs based in Woodstock include plans and documents concerning his house; the purchase and sale of the vessel, Dark Companion of Sirius; a copy of a 20 April 1988 last will and testament; and documents pertaining to a harassment charge.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.1. General Community.

About 45 items.

Billy Faier's involvement with the general community surrounding Woodstock, N.Y., is represented through clippings, publications, and manuscripts about the community, including writings by and about Faier. Of particular interest in the clippings section are Faier's letters to the editor and copies of his articles from the local papers. The Woodstock publications include copies of assorted local newspapers from 1959 to 1992, a 1990 yearbook of the town, and a 1962 Woodstock Folk Festival program book. In the early 1980s, Faier became an outspoken critic against the building of a tower on Overlook Mountain. Writings relating to that controversy are included.

OP-20380/9: Woodstock Clippings #20380, Subseries: "6.1. General Community." Folder 113

OP-20380/10: Woodstock Publications #20380, Subseries: "6.1. General Community." Folder 113

Folder 114

Woodstock Clippings #20380, Subseries: "6.1. General Community." Folder 114

Folder 115

Woodstock Publications #20380, Subseries: "6.1. General Community." Folder 115

Folder 116

Woodstock Tower Controversy Writings #20380, Subseries: "6.1. General Community." Folder 116

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.2. Personal Material.

About 35 items.

Material relating to Billy Faier's personal business affairs based in Woodstock, N.Y. "Histoire de Harassment" is Faier's title for the material relating to an accusation of harassment made against him by a local hitchhiker he picked up. Legal paper work and Faier's written notes in his defense are included. Also included are legal documents and plans relating to Faier's Lake Hill, N.Y., house and his sailing vessel, Dark Companion of Sirius, and his last will and testament, dated 20 April 1988. See also Series 1.4. Landlord-Tenant Correspondence and Series 1. Correspondence, particularly from Gloria "Cosmo" Charles for other references to the Lake Hill house and the sailing vessel.

OP-20380/11: House Drawings and Plans (see also folder 118) #20380, Subseries: "6.2. Personal Material." Folder 116

Folder 117

"Histoire de Harassement" #20380, Subseries: "6.2. Personal Material." Folder 117

Folder 118

Lake Hill House (see also OP-20380/11) #20380, Subseries: "6.2. Personal Material." Folder 118

Folder 119

Dark Companion of Sirius #20380, Subseries: "6.2. Personal Material." Folder 119

Folder 120

Last Will and Testament, 20 April 1988 #20380, Subseries: "6.2. Personal Material." Folder 120

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7. Other Writings, 1974-1982 and undated.

About 25 items.

Faier's writings, both personal and intended for publication, not included elsewhere in the collection. In the early 1980s, Faier arranged a cross-country trip of performance gigs and visits with friends. His intention was to travel by bicycle and his actual misadventures and experiences in that attempt are chronicled in an article, "Crossing the USA with Bicycle," published in Bicycle magazine. His manuscript, correspondence with the editor, and the published article are included. Faier engaged in and promoted hitchhiking as a solution to the energy crisis of the early 1980s. His writings on the subject include several short manuscripts, a letter to Russell Baker, and a published article in the Woodstock Times. Among Faier's personal and apparently unpublished writings are a journal from a 1974 trip to California with his girlfriend, Gloria "Cosmo" Charles, and dog, Pizza, and assorted descriptive and informative manuscripts.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.1. Crossing the USA with a Bike, 1981-1982.

About 10 items.

In 1981, Billy Faier arranged a cross-country performance tour, including visits with friends along the way. Other references to this trip can be found in Series 1. Correspondence and Series 2. Music Career. His intention was to travel by bicycle and his actual misadventures and experiences in that attempt are chronicled in an article, "Crossing the USA with Bicycle" that was published in Bicycle magazine. His manuscript, correspondence with the editor, and published article are included here. Other material related to this performance tour can be found in Personal and Business Correspondence and Winnipeg Folk Festival, 1981.

Folder 121

"Crossing the USA with a Bike" #20380, Subseries: "7.1. Crossing the USA with a Bike, 1981-1982." Folder 121

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.2. Hitchhiking, 1980-1981.

3 items.

Faier engaged in hitchhiking both as hitcher and as driver. See Series 1. Correspondence for letters from hitchhikers he picked up. During the energy crisis of the early 1980s, Faier passionately promoted hitchhiking as a solution for dependence on foreign oil. His writings on the subject include several short manuscripts, a letter to Russell Baker, and a published article in the Woodstock Times.

Folder 122

Hitchhiking #20380, Subseries: "7.2. Hitchhiking, 1980-1981." Folder 122

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.3. Journal, 1974.

1 item.

A journal by Faier from a 1974 trip to California with his girlfriend, Gloria "Cosmo" Charles, and dog, Pizza. References to Cosmo Charles and Pizza can also be found in Series 1. Correspondence, Series 2.1. Song Writing, and Series 3. Audio Recordings.

Folder 123

Journal #20380, Subseries: "7.3. Journal, 1974." Folder 123

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.4. Other Writings, Undated.

About 10 items.

Faier's personal and apparently unpublished writings include assorted opinion pieces, memoir writing, descriptive personal experience writing, including a piece on hiking in the Grand Canyon, and prose manuscripts, including a piece on the Saturday Night Barn Dance.

Folder 124

Other Writings #20380, Subseries: "7.4. Other Writings, Undated." Folder 124

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Items Separated

Items separated include photographs (P-4499 - P-4510), promotional buttons (MU-20380/1-4), oversized items (OP-20380/1-11), and audio recordings (FT-11303 - FT-11417; FT-11526 - FT-11531; FS-6904 - FS-6905; FD-789 -FD-793; FC-13785).

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