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Collection Number: 20113

Collection Title: Nancy Kalow Collection, 1986-1991

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Size 24 items
Abstract North Carolina folklorist Nancy Kalow taught documentary video production at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. She receieved an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1982 and an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999. She directed the 1988 documentary Sadobabies: Runaways in San Francisco and was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, 2003-2004, at the University of North Carolina's University Center for International Studies in Chapel Hill. The collection comprises 24 8mm videotapes of various aspects of North Carolina folklife recorded by Kalow between 1987 and 1991. There are videotapes of traditional North Carolina fiddlers that Kalow made in association with traditional music legend and founder of The Old-Time Herald Alice Gerrard as part of a project for the North Carolina Arts Council. These fiddlers include Thomas Burt, Calvin Cole, Bert Dickens, and Enoch Rutherford. There is a series of interviews with and demonstrations of technique by musician Walter Raleigh Babson, which are moderated by traditonal music collector, educator, and practitioner Andy Cahan. There are tapes of performances by African American string band musicians Joe and Odell Thompson, Piedmont blues musicians George Higgs and James Bud Powell, and traditional musician John Rector. There are also tapes documenting a 1987 performance at the UNC Forest Theatre by storyteller Steven Henegar and Uncle Eli's Quilting Bee, an annual event that has taken place in Alamance County since 1931 and which Kalow recorded on 7 April 1988 at Eli Whitney Recreation Center.
Creator Kalow, Nancy.
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 Nancy Kalow Collection #20113, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Nancy Kalow of Durham, N.C., in November 1992 (Acc. #92127).
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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North Carolina folklorist Nancy Kalow taught documentary video production at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. She receieved an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1982 and an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999. She directed the 1988 documentary Sadobabies: Runaways in San Francisco and was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, 2003-2004, at the University of North Carolina's University Center for International Studies in Chapel Hill.

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The collection comprises 24 8mm videotapes of various aspects of North Carolina folklife recorded by videographer and folklorist Nancy Kalow between 1987 and 1991. There are videotapes of traditional North Carolina fiddlers that Kalow made in association with traditional music legend and founder of The Old-Time Herald Alice Gerrard as part of a project for the North Carolina Arts Council. These fiddlers include Thomas Burt, Calvin Cole, Bert Dickens, and Enoch Rutherford. There is a series of interviews with and demonstrations of technique by musician Walter Raleigh Babson, which are moderated by traditonal music collector, educator, and practitioner Andy Cahan. There are tapes of performances by African American string band musicians Joe Thompson and Odell Thompson, Piedmont blues musicians George Higgs and James Bud Powell, and traditional musician John Rector. There are also tapes documenting a 1987 performance at the Forest Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by storyteller Steven Henegar and Uncle Eli's Quilting Bee, an annual event that has taken place in Alamance County since 1931 and which Kalow recorded on 7 April 1988 at Eli Whitney Recreation Center.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Alice Gerard and Nancy Kalow Videotapes, 1987.

10 items.

Arrangement: chronological

Videotape V8M-157

Calvin Cole and Wayne Lowe, 30 January 1987, 1 of 3 #20113, Series: "1. Alice Gerard and Nancy Kalow Videotapes, 1987." V8M-157

Calvin Cole and Wayne Lowe perform traditional tunes.

Videotape V8M-158

Calvin Cole and Wayne Lowe, 30 January 1987, 2 of 3 #20113, Series: "1. Alice Gerard and Nancy Kalow Videotapes, 1987." V8M-158

Calvin Cole and Wayne Lowe perform traditional tunes.

Videotape V8M-159

Calvin Cole and Wayne Lowe, 30 January 1987, 3 of 3; Bert Dickens, 31 January 1987, 1 of 3 #20113, Series: "1. Alice Gerard and Nancy Kalow Videotapes, 1987." V8M-159

Calvin Cole and Wayne Lowe perform traditional tunes. Also featured is Bert Dickens. Her performance is continued on V8M 160-161.

Videotape V8M-160

Bert Dickens, 31 January 1987, 2 of 3 #20113, Series: "1. Alice Gerard and Nancy Kalow Videotapes, 1987." V8M-160

Bert Dickens performs traditional tunes.

Videotape V8M-161

Bert Dickens, 31 January 1987, 3 of 3 #20113, Series: "1. Alice Gerard and Nancy Kalow Videotapes, 1987." V8M-161

Bert Dickens performs traditional tunes.

Videotape V8M-162

Enoch Rutherford, 31 January 1987, 1 of 3 #20113, Series: "1. Alice Gerard and Nancy Kalow Videotapes, 1987." V8M-162

Andy Cahan and Alice Gerrard accompany traditional fiddler Rutherford.

Videotape V8M-163

Enoch Rutherford, 31 January 1987, 2 of 3 #20113, Series: "1. Alice Gerard and Nancy Kalow Videotapes, 1987." V8M-163

Andy Cahan and Alice Gerrard accompany traditional fiddler Rutherford.

Videotape V8M-164

Enoch Rutherford, 31 January 1987, 3 of 3 #20113, Series: "1. Alice Gerard and Nancy Kalow Videotapes, 1987." V8M-164

Andy Cahan and Alice Gerrard accompany traditional fiddler Rutherford.

Videotape V8M-165

Thomas Burt, 3 February 1987, 1 of 2 #20113, Series: "1. Alice Gerard and Nancy Kalow Videotapes, 1987." V8M-165

Thomas Burt demonstrates traditional fiddle style.

Videotape V8M-166

Thomas Burt, 3 February 1987, 2 of 2 #20113, Series: "1. Alice Gerard and Nancy Kalow Videotapes, 1987." V8M-166

Thomas Burt demonstrates traditional fiddle style.

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4 items.

Arrangement: chronological

Videotape V8M-167

Walter Raleigh Babson, 15 November 1986, 1 of 2 #20113, Series: "2. Andy Cahan Videotapes, 1986-1987" V8M-167

Walter Raleigh Babson plays the fiddle and banjo in this video moderated by Andy Cahan. The tape was made at Babson's home in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Videotape V8M-168

Walter Raleigh Babson, 15 November 1986, 2 of 2 #20113, Series: "2. Andy Cahan Videotapes, 1986-1987" V8M-168

Walter Raleigh Babson plays the fiddle and banjo in this video moderated by Andy Cahan. The tape was made at Babson's home in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Videotape V8M-169

Walter Raleigh Babson, 12 November 1987, 1 of 2 #20113, Series: "2. Andy Cahan Videotapes, 1986-1987" V8M-169

Walter Raleigh Babson discusses and demonstrates his banjo and fiddle style in this video recorded at the Toy Lounge on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Moderated by Andy Cahan.

Videotape V8M-170

Walter Raleigh Babson, 12 November 1987, 2 of 2 #20113, Series: "2. Andy Cahan Videotapes, 1986-1987" V8M-170

Walter Raleigh Babson discusses and demonstrates his banjo and fiddle style in this video recorded at the Toy Lounge on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Moderated by Andy Cahan.

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11 items.

Arrangement: Order as received.

Documentary footage of North Carolina folk culture, including a quilting bee, a storyteller, and performances by Piedmont blues and traditional string band musicians.

Videotape V8M-171

Joe and Odell Thompson, 15 March 1988, 1 of 2 #20113, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Videotapes, 1987-1991" V8M-171

This videotape of a concert at Gerrard Hall, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, features traditional string band musicians Joe Thompson on fiddle and Odell Thompson on banjo.

Videotape V8M-172

Joe and Odell Thompson, 15 March 1988, 2 of 2 #20113, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Videotapes, 1987-1991" V8M-172

This videotape of a concert at Gerrard Hall, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, features traditional string band musicians Joe Thompson on fiddle and Odell Thompson on banjo.

Videotape V8M-173

Odell Thompson, 13 August 1987 #20113, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Videotapes, 1987-1991" V8M-173

Videotape interview with Odell Thompson, made at his home.

Videotape V8M-174

Steven Henegar, 1987 #20113, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Videotapes, 1987-1991" V8M-174

Steven Henegar, a storyteller, was recorded on videotape at the Forest Theatre on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Videotape V8M-175

George Higgs and James Bud Powell, 20 February 1988, 1 of 4 #20113, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Videotapes, 1987-1991" V8M-175

Musical performance by Piedmont blues artists Higgs and Powell at the Canal Arts Center in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Videotape V8M-176

George Higgs and James Bud Powell, 20 February 1988, 2 of 4 #20113, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Videotapes, 1987-1991" V8M-176

Musical performance by Piedmont blues artists Higgs and Powell at the Canal Arts Center in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Videotape V8M-177

George Higgs and James Bud Powell, 20 February 1988, 3 of 4 #20113, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Videotapes, 1987-1991" V8M-177

Musical performance by Piedmont blues artists Higgs and Powell at the Canal Arts Center in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Videotape V8M-178

George Higgs and James Bud Powell, 20 February 1988, 4 of 4 #20113, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Videotapes, 1987-1991" V8M-178

Musical performance by Piedmont blues artists Higgs and Powell at the Canal Arts Center in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Videotape V8M-179

Uncle Eli's Quilting Bee, 7 April 1988, 1 of 2 #20113, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Videotapes, 1987-1991" V8M-179

Videotape V8M-180

Uncle Eli's Quilting Bee, 7 April 1988, 2 of 2 #20113, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Videotapes, 1987-1991" V8M-180

Videotape V8M-181

John Rector, 23 November 1991 #20113, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Videotapes, 1987-1991" V8M-181

John Rector performs traditional tunes on this videotape, recorded in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is accompanied by Wayne Martin on guitar.

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Processed by: James McGlothlin, January 2007

Encoded by: James McGlothlin, January 2007

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