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Collection Number: 20355

Collection Title: Elizabeth Drake McDonald Collection (#20355)1927-2000

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Size 328 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, in 1943, Elizabeth Drake McDonald grew up in British Columbia's southern interior and taught school on the north coast. The collection centers around Elizabeth Drake McDonald's in-depth study and compilation of the lyrics of songwriter and musician Bob Nolan, who is best known for his work with the singing cowboy group, the Sons of the Pioneers. He penned many trademark songs of the cowboy song genre, including "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Cool Water," and "Way Out There." McDonald has transcribed nearly 200 of Nolan's songs into a self-published book, "Lyrics: The Song Poems of Bob Nolan." Paul Lawrence Hopper worked with McDonald on the project, writing annotations to Nolan's song lyrics. Hopper also self-published a companion volume, "Bob Nolan: A Biographical Guide and Annotations to the Lyric Archive," which contains transcription recording information and a filmography for the Sons of the Pioneers and is included in the collection. Also included is material McDonald gathered during conversations with Nolan's daughter, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich, and his grandson, Calin Coburn. Mileusnich provided McDonald with lyrics from unreleased recordings, which are compiled in "Bob Nolan, Volume Two: The Last Song Poems." Calin Coburn donated 274 high-quality scans of documents, letters, manuscripts, and photographs from the Nolan family album, along with a CD-R of the images in electronic format. Printed versions of these are included in the collection as are McDonald's annotations of these materials. Also included are copies of Nolan's song lead sheets, sheet music, and lyric sheets from Brigham Young University.
Creator McDonald, Elizabeth Drake, 1943-
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
Materials are open for research, but any duplication requires permission of donor. Contact Elizabeth Drake McDonald via email at elizabeth_mcdonald@cablelan.net.
Use of audio materials may require production of listening 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.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Elizabeth Drake McDonald of Chase, British Columbia, Canada, in August 1998 (Acc. 98186), November 1998 (Acc. 98244), November 1999 (Acc. 98507), and December 2000 (Acc. 98845).
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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Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, in 1943, Elizabeth Drake McDonald grew up in British Columbia's southern interior and taught school on the north coast. In 1965, she married Ralph McDonald, and they raised four daughters in Chase, British Columbia. McDonald first became acquainted with Bob Nolan's song lyrics in 1954 when she purchased his two songbooks of Original Cowboy Classics. Since that time, she has searched for the lyrics for the nearly 1500 songs that Nolan is said to have written. Her self-published collection, "Lyrics: The Song Poems of Bob Nolan," contains nearly 200 of Nolan's songs. McDonald also researched Nolan's life thoroughly and gathered much information about Nolan with the help of his daughter, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich, and grandson, Calin Coburn.

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The collection centers around Elizabeth Drake McDonald's in-depth study and compilation of the lyrics of songwriter and musician Bob Nolan. Nolan is best known for his work with the singing cowboy group, the Sons of the Pioneers. He penned many trademark songs of the cowboy song genre, including "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Cool Water," and "Way Out There." McDonald has transcribed nearly 200 of Nolan's songs (he referred to them as "song poems") into a self-published book, "Lyrics: The Song Poems of Bob Nolan." Paul Lawrence Hopper worked with McDonald on the project, writing annotations to Nolan's song lyrics. Hopper also self-published a companion volume, "Bob Nolan: A Biographical Guide and Annotations to the Lyric Archive," which contains transcription recording information and a filmography for the Sons of the Pioneers and is included in the collection.

The collection includes material McDonald gathered during conversations with Nolan's daughter, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich, and his grandson, Calin Coburn. Mileusnich provided McDonald with lyrics from unreleased recordings, which are compiled in "Bob Nolan, Volume Two: The Last Song Poems." Calin Coburn donated 274 high-quality scans of documents, letters, manuscripts, and photographs from the Nolan family album, along with a CD-R of the images in electronic format. Printed versions of these are included in the collection as are McDonald's annotations of these materials. Also included are copies of Nolan's song lead sheets, sheet music, and lyric sheets from Brigham Young University.

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Contents list

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1 item.

"Bob Nolan: A Biographical Guide and Annotations to the Lyric Archive" is a self-published book by Paul Lawrence Hopper. Hopper provided annotations to the volume of Bob Nolan's lyrics collected by Elizabeth Drake McDonald (see series 2), and the biography grew from that project. Hopper's book charts Bob Nolan's life and is illustrated with photographs from Nolan's grandson, Calin Coburn. It also includes complete lists of Nolan's songs that are recorded on transcription discs; recording session dates for Nolan; and a filmography for his group, the Sons of the Pioneers.

Folder 1

"Bob Nolan: A Biographical Guide and Annotations to the Lyric Archive" #20355, Series: "1. Biography of Bob Nolan, 2000. " Folder 1

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50 items

Includes a self-published book, "Lyrics: The Song Poems of Bob Nolan," consisting of lyrics for nearly 200 of Bob Nolan's songs compiled by Elizabeth Drake McDonald, with annotations by Paul Lawrence Hopper. Another book, "Bob Nolan, Volume Two: The Last Song Poems," is a volume of lyrics and sheet music from the collection of Nolan's daughter, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich. There is also a cassette tape of Nolan's recordings belonging to Mileusnich that accompanies this volume. Only three of these recordings have been commercially released. Also included are copies of lyric sheets, lead sheets, and sheet music by Nolan given to Elizabeth Drake McDonald by Brigham Young University.

FS-5548: "Old demos and 78s" from Bob Nolan's daughter, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich #20355, Series: "2. Song Lyrics of Bob Nolan, 1934-2000. " Folder 1

Folder 2

"Lyrics: The Song Poems of Bob Nolan" #20355, Series: "2. Song Lyrics of Bob Nolan, 1934-2000. " Folder 2

Folder 3

"Bob Nolan, Volume Two: The Last Song Poems" #20355, Series: "2. Song Lyrics of Bob Nolan, 1934-2000. " Folder 3

Folder 4

Bob Nolan lyric sheets, lead sheets, sheet music #20355, Series: "2. Song Lyrics of Bob Nolan, 1934-2000. " Folder 4

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277 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly prints of 274 high-resolution scans on photographic paper of manuscripts, letters, and photographs from Nolan's grandson, Calin Coburn. The photos range from family snapshots to movie stills and publicity photos of the Sons of the Pioneers. Coburn inherited the family album from his mother, Roberta Nolan Mileusnich, the daughter of Nolan and his first wife Pearl. An index by Elizabeth Drake McDonald provides annotations to Coburn's photographs. Also included is a small collection of color copy photographs from Dick Goodman, a close friend of Bob Nolan, of visits to Robert Wagoner in 1978 and of a fishing trip in 1979.

CD-1190: BMP and JPEG versions of Calin Coburn's photographs #20355, Series: "3. Photographs and Related Materials, 1927-2000. " Folder 4

Folder 5

Annotations #20355, Series: "3. Photographs and Related Materials, 1927-2000. " Folder 5

Folder 6-8

Prints of scans, 1-274 #20355, Series: "3. Photographs and Related Materials, 1927-2000. " Folder 6-8

Folder 9

Bob Nolan photographs (copies) from Dick Goodman #20355, Series: "3. Photographs and Related Materials, 1927-2000. " Folder 9

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Items separated include an audio cassette (FS-5548), notes to the cassette (SFC vertical field notes files), and a CD-R (CD-1190).

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