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Collection Number: 20448

Collection Title: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988

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Abstract The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is the state agency responsible for arts, history, and library programs; among its divisions is the State Library of North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources films collection documents a variety of topics, some relating to North Carolina and others to the wider world, covered in films made by a variety of filmmakers, 1951-1988. Topics include folklife, folk dancing, folklore, and folk art in various parts of the world; tattooing; women's folklore; African American history, culture, and music; Indians of North America; Canadian Iroquois Indians; Aboriginal Australians; folk, gospel, jazz, and blues music; folk singers and composers Woody Guthrie, Elizabeth Cotten, and Malvina Reynolds; gospel singer Mahalia Jackson; various religious communities; Colonial Williamsburg; poet Carl Sandburg; filmmaker Tom Davenport; and the social life and customs of the American South. All of the films are 16mm commercial release prints with sound. Both narrative and documentary films are represented.
Creator North Carolina. Dept. of Cultural Resources.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films #20448, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, State Library of North Carolina, in July 2010 (Acc. 101318). The films were circulating prints that were withdrawn from the State Library of North Carolina when the Library stopped circulating film.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is the state agency responsible for arts, history, and library programs; among its divisions is the State Library of North Carolina.

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The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources films collection documents a variety of topics, some relating to North Carolina and others to the wider world, covered in films made by a variety of filmmakers, 1951-1988. Topics include folklife, folk dancing, folklore, and folk art in various parts of the world; tattooing; women's folklore; African American history, culture, and music; Indians of North America; Canadian Iroquois Indians; Aboriginal Australians; folk, gospel, jazz, and blues music; folk singers and composers Woody Guthrie, Elizabeth Cotten, and Malvina Reynolds; gospel singer Mahalia Jackson; various religious communities; Colonial Williamsburg; poet Carl Sandburg; filmmaker Tom Davenport; and the social life and customs of the American South. All of the films are 16mm commercial release prints with sound. Both narrative and documentary films are represented.

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60 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Film F-20448/22

Afro-American Music: Its Heritage, 1969 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/22

Calvin Jackson traces the history and evolution of black American music; he starts with tribal communications, then through plantation life, and then to origins of spiritual and gospel music; he also covers the eras of the blues, ragtime, dixieland, jazz and swing, and climaxing with the Afro-Cuban music and rhythm and blues of today. 15 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/6

Always for Pleasure, 1978 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/6

Cinema verite in New Orleans, La. Directed by Les Blank. 58 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/28

American Folk Art, 1966 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/28

Overview of American folk art. McGraw Hill. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/7

The Amish: Not to be Modern, 1988 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/7

Four seasons in the lives of the Amish. Directed by Victoria Larimore. 57 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/47

Anessi's Barkcloth Art: Tonga, 1981 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/47

Anessi Ahoafi, a twelve-year-old girl, helps her family make a barkcloth wedding present for her cousin from the bark of paper mulberry tree; Ahoafi also designs a gift using the royal crest of her land, the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga. Sunrise Films with CBC. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/29

Anonymous Was a Woman, 1978 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/29

An exploration of the origins of American folk art traditions in the everyday creative spirit of the 18th and 19th centuries; when a piece of folk art carries the attribution "anonymous", it often represents the work of an unknown girl or woman who made the sampler, quilt, or painting during whatever time she could salvage from a strenuous and demanding domestic life. From the Women in Art television series. Film Incorporated. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/49

Appalachian Genesis, 1978 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/49

Focuses on issues concerning Appalachian youth including job opportunities, education, health facilities, and unsafe coal mines. Apalshop films. 30 minutes; color.f

Film F-20448/8

Appalchian Woodcrafters, 1978 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/8

Directed by Walter J. Klein. 10 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/52

As Long as There is Life, 1980 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/52

Portrays the hospital departure of a terminally ill mother of two young children. Family and the function of the hospice team are depicted and the importance of volunteers in providing home care is emphasized. Hospice Education Training. 45 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/33-34

Australia's Twilight of the Dreamtime, 1988 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/33-34

Documentary about the environment and customs of a northern Australian Aborigine tribe. National Geographic Society. 60 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/43

Basketmaking in Colonial Virginia, 1968 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/43

Demonstrates the art of basketmaking, including obtaining the material, preparing it for use, and the actual weaving; also contains inserts on how baskets were used in the 18th century. Kartes Video, produced for Colonial Williamsburg by Arthur L. Smith. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/48

Bearskin: The Man Who Didn’t Wash for Seven Years, 1983 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/48

A tale of a soldier, returned from the war, who makes a deal with the devil that he will neither wash nor pray for seven years; the film is from the From the Brothers Grim movie series by Tom Davenport. Directed by Tom Davenport. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/57

Becoming American, 1983 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/57

Documents the adaptation of a Hmong refugee family from northern Laos to life in America, where everything is culturally alien and everyone is a stranger; also incorporates archival footage of the family's heritage into poignant views of the daily encounters that the members have with foreign obstacles. New Day Films. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/27

A Black Experience: Negro Folklore, 1970 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/27

A history of Negro folklore presented through stories and songs; the film shows an animated "Brer Rabbit" tale. Directed by George Spiro-Dibie and Roger Dash. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/15

Black Genesis: The Art of Tribal Africa, 1970 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/15

The film shows masks, carving sculptures, statues, drawings jewelry and tattoo art of tribal Africa; also accompanied by African chants, songs, and rhythms. Pyramid Animations. 3 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/60

Black Music in America: From Then Till Now, 1987 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/60

Black music is traced through its complex evolution from African dance rhythms to the myriad sounds of today; the film shows performances of Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, Leadbelly, Count Basie, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Billie Holiday, Cannonball Adderley, and others. Directed by William H Barnett. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/58

Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins, 1969 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/58

A lyrical recreation of Lightnin' Hopkins' decision at age eight to stop chopping cotton and start singing for his living. Hopkins's words and songs provide a musical portrait of the black culture of Texas, which reaches back to poverty, hard times, and a deep love of the land. Directed by Les Blank. 30 minutes; color,

Film F-20448/12

Bristlelip, 1982 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/12

The film is from the From the Brothers Grimm movies series by Tom Davenport. Directed by Tom Davenport. 20 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/3-4

Carl Sandburg at Gettysburg, 1961 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/3-4

One episode of the television series CBS Reports with Ed Bradley. CBS Reports, season two, episode 12. 58 minutes; black-and-white.

Film F-20448/17

Carl Sandburg Discusses His Work, circa 1960s #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/17

Carl Sandburg, poet, philosopher, historian, and biographer, at his home on Connemara Farm in North Carolina; Sandburg speaks of his early years, his struggle to gain fame, and his philosophy; he comments on his writing, and reads selected passages from "Remembrance Rock" and from "The People Yes." Coronet Educational films. 8 minutes; black-and-white.

Film F-20448/41

Carl Sandburg: Man of the World, Poet of the People, 1969 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/41

Pisgah Productions. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/23

Cider Maker, 1975 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/23

Ellis Apgar, a New Jersey hill country farmer, describes how he and his family operate a cider mill; the film shows how apples are sorted and cleaned, the cider is made, and how the byproducts are produced. Directed by Ellis Apgar. 15 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/10

Coal Miner: Frank Jackson, 1971 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/10

A portrait of a Kentucky coal miner who has been a miner since he was 15. Independent Media. 8 minutes; black-and-white.

Film F-20448/5

Discovering American Indian Music, 1971 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/5

Part of Discovering Music television series. Directed by Bernard Wilets. 20 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/11

Discovering Country & Western Music, 1977 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/11

Part of Discovering Music television series. Directed by Bernard Wilets. 20 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/9

Fixin' Venison: The Care of Deer Meat, 1977 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/9

Takes the hunter through the important steps in caring for deer meat from the time the deer is harvested until it is ready as a gourmet table fare. West Wind Productions. 5 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/20

Folk Artist of the Blue Ridge, 1963 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/20

Presents paintings by folk artist Harriet French Turner showing the changing seasons in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Va.; the film shows folk music and poetry. Produced for Colonial Williamsburg. 15 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/35

Got to tell it: A tribute to Mahalia Jackson, 1983 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/35

Documentary on the lives of American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and folk singer and composer Elizabeth Cotten. Mastervision, directed by Studs Terkel. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/51

Grass Roots, 1961 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/51

Presents a camera exploration of Princeton, Ky., combining commentary by the inhabitants, local background sounds, and a detailed photographic examination of the people, buildings, animals, and scenery that make up this town; the inhabitants of Princeton discuss how to attract business, how to solve the segregation and integration problem, their achievements, their hopes, their interests, and their fears. BBC and National Educational Television. 45 minutes; black-and-white.

Film F-20448/59

Gullah Tales, 1987 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/59

The film is set in 1930 in southern Georgia and South Carolina and is based on folklore of people of African descent. Directed by Gary Moss. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/1-2

Gunsmith of Williamsburg, 1969 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/1-2

Recreation of manufacture of a 1770 rifle by Master Gunsmith Wallace Gusler. 58 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/50

Hammerman in Williamsburg, 1973 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/50

Emphasizes the importance of a blacksmith in a colonial community; the film shows, in addition to views of Williamsburg, a master blacksmith and his journeyman repairing a chain, making an axe, making an ornamental sign, making nails, and repairing the worm for a cannon. Produced for Colonial Williamsburg. 45 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/18

Hansel & Gretel: An Appalachian Version, 1975 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/18

The film is part of the From the Brothers Grimm movies series by Tom Davenport. Directed by Tom Davenport. 10 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/40

Hearts & Hands, 1988 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/40

A film in which the primary materials of women's lives, such as diaries, letters, photographs, and quilts are pieced together to tell a story of 19th-century women from New England, the South, the Midwest, and the West. Directed by Pat Ferrero. 40 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/13-14

The Holy Ghost People, 1967 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/13-14

Documentary on the Holiness Pentecostal Church members near Scrabble Creek, W.Va.; the film shows footage of snake handling. Directed by Peter Adair. 53 minutes; black-and-white.

Film F-20448/21

Homespun, 1972 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/21

The film shows how Mandeline Oberg, a 70-year-old Minnesota farm wife and immigrant from Sweden, performs the ancient craft of weaving homespun cloth. International Film Bureau. 15 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/39

Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World, 1983 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/39

Amidst beautiful images of Hopi land and life, a variety of Hopi, such as a farmer, a religious elder, grandmother, painter, potter and weaver, speak about the preservation of the Hopi way. Directed by Pat Ferrero. 40 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/42

The Hutterites, 1964 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/42

A visit to a Hutterite colony in Alberta, Canada, providing a glimpse into their way of life; the film explains that the Hutterites are strong in their rejection of what they regard as the false values of the world beyond their colony and that the sect holds strictly to the creed laid down by their founder Jacob Hutter. National Film Board of Canada. 30 minutes; black-and-white.

Film F-20448/16

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, 1963 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/16

Animated tale narrated by Burl Ives. National Film Board of Canada. 3 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/32

Jack & the Dentist's Daughter, 1984 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/32

The film is from the From the Brothers Grimm movies series by Tom Davenport. Directed by Tom Davenport. 45 minutes.

Film F-20448/30

Julia the Gourdcarver: Peru, 1978 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/30

The film shows how an eleven-year-old Peruvian girl carves a gourd depicting her life story; she has been taught the art by her uncle in continuance of a 4,000 year old Inca tradition. Coronet Educational Films. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/45

The Longhouse People, 1951 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/45

Portrays the everyday life and rituals of a Canadian Iroquois community, illustrating dances and religious ceremonies practiced by a tribe that once ruled the eastern half of North America; the film depicts the rain dance, the corn dance, the false face ritual, and a dance for the condolence of a dead chief and the installation of a new one. National Film Board of Canada. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/44

Love it like a fool: A Film about Malvina Reynolds, 1977 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/44

Follows Malvina Reynolds, 76-year-old song writer, folksinger, activist, as she writes her songs, records an album, performs in concert, and rehearses with young musicians; Reynolds talks about her attitudes toward aging and dying and her experience as an older woman trying to make it in the pop music market. Red Hen Films. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/46

Quilts in Women's Lives, 1985 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/46

A film on the traditional art of quiltmaking and its affect on the lives of seven women; the women discuss the influences that inspire quilt design, and how their lives and times are depicted in their work. Directed by Pat Ferrero. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/19

Scotland Dances, 1960 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/19

History of and people performing various Scottish dances. McGraw Hill. 10 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/31

A Song of Seasons, 1977 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/31

An exploration of the changing seasons and changes in the way of life on Cape Breton Island, Canada. Directed by Grant Crabtree, narrated by Cy Strange. 45 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/53

Stoney Knows How, 1982 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/53

Severely disabled by arthritis and confined to a wheelchair since the age of four, the tattoo artist Stoney St. Clair talks about his art, reminisces about his life in the circus, and philosophizes about life; based on the book Stoney Knows How: Life as a Tattoo Artist by Alan Govenar and Leonard St. Clair. Flower Films. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/56

The Village Potters of Onda, 1967 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/56

A filmed account of the activities and way of life of Japanese folk potters in Onda, Japan, a remote village in the mountains of North central Kyushu; the film describes the personalities and attitudes of the villagers and their social structure; also provides a detailed account of traditional pottery making techniques that have remained relatively unchanged for over 250 years. Directed by Edyth Sperry. 30 minutes; black-and-white.

Film F-20448/54-55

With These hands: The Rebirth of American Craftsmen, 1978 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/54-55

Deals with the revival of the crafts movement in the United States as exemplified by the work of eight artisans, who talk about their reasons for becoming interested in their various arts and crafts. Daniel Wilson Productions. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/36-38

Woody Guthrie: Hard Travelin', 1984 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/36-38

Draws upon historic film and audio records of Woody Guthrie and his times, and upon the recollections of his family, friends, and associates; Woody's son Arlo and others trace Woody's restless journeying around the country until illness forced him into a state hospital where he lived out his final 15 years. Wombat Productions. 60 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/24-25

Working for the Lord, 1986 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/24-25

A tribute to the tradition of fine American craftmanship that is the legacy of the early, hard-working religious communes of the 19th and 20th centuries; original photographs, film clips, drawings, engravings, and interviews re-create the energetic and enterprising world of these religious communes, inspiring forerunners of America's phenomenal growth into a modern industrial society. Republic Pictures. 30 minutes; color.

Film F-20448/26

Zubin Mehta Rocks the Gospel, 1978 #20448, Series: "North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Films, 1951-1988." F-20448/26

Rock and gospel music in the auditorium of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Esmerelda Films. 30 minutes; color.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Samantha Leonard, September 2010

Encoded by: Samantha Leonard, December 2010

The descriptions of individual films were taken from various sources, including the Worldcat catalog, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Media Resource Center film and video catalog, and the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).

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