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Collection Number: 20422

Collection Title: Raymond H. Pulley Collection, 1954-1958

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 67 items)
Abstract Raymond H. Pulley was a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1966-1973, and at Appalachian State University, 1973-1995. While a student at Oscar Frommel Smith High School in South Norfolk, Va., 1955-1957, Pulley worked as an engineer and disc jockey at the student-run radio station WOSFM, hosting "The Cuzin' Ray Hoedown," a daily two-hour program that featured rock and roll, country, and hillbilly music. On 12 February 1956, Pulley interviewed Elvis Presley, Maybelle Carter, Helen Carter, June Carter, and Anita Carter in conjunction with their appearance at the Norfolk Municipal Auditorium. The collection contains materials assembled by Raymond Pulley when he hosted "The Cuzin' Ray Hoedown" radio program. Included are news clippings about the station; Cuzin' Ray letterhead; a Carl Smith Award presented to the radio station; sheet music; publicity photographs (many autographed) of country and pop musicians including Roy Acuff, Jack Anglin, Anita Carter, Helen Carter, June Carter Cash, Maybelle Carter, the Chordettes, the Clinch Mountain Clan, Stoney Cooper, Wilma Lee Cooper, Red Foley, Bill Hayes, Sonny James, the Louvin Brothers, Marion Marlowe, Benny Martin, Dusty Owens, Webb Pierce, Elvis Presley, Jerry Reed, Jim Reeves, Mimi Roman, Tommy Smith, Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, Justin Tubb, Kitty Wells, the Wilburn Brothers, Johnnie Wright, and Faron Young; 45-rpm single recordings by Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley on the Sun Records label; and an open-reel audiotape of interviews conducted on 12 February 1956 with Elvis Presley, Maybelle Carter, Helen Carter, June Carter Cash, and Anita Carter. There are also photographs of those interview sessions and of the artists performing on stage.
Creator Pulley, Raymond H.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Donor must be contacted for permission to publish from this collection.
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 Raymond H. Pulley Collection #20422, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Raymond H. Pulley in September 2007 (Acc. 100744).
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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Raymond H. Pulley was a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1966 to 1973 and at Appalachian State University from 1973 to 1995, where he also developed and managed an administrative computer training program. He is the author of Old Virginia Restored: An Interpretation of the Progressive Impulse, published in 1968 by the University Press of Virginia.

While a student at Oscar Frommel Smith High School in South Norfolk, Va., from 1955 through 1957, Pulley, an avid collector of records and musical memorabilia, worked as an engineer and disc jockey at the student-run radio station WOSFM, the first educational FM station in Virginia. As Cuzin' Ray, he hosted a daily two-hour program, "The Cuzin' Ray Hoedown," which featured rock and roll, country, and hillbilly music. When Elvis Presley and Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Sisters played at the Norfolk Municipal Auditorium on 12 February 1956, Pulley conducted interviews with them that aired on the program.

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This collection contains materials assembled by Raymond H. Pulley when he hosted "The Cuzin' Ray Hoedown" program on radio station WOSFM in South Norfolk, Va. Included are news clippings about the station; Cuzin' Ray letterhead; a Carl Smith Award presented to the student-run radio station; sheet music; publicity photographs (many autographed) of country and pop musicians, including Roy Acuff, Jack Anglin, Anita Carter, Helen Carter, June Carter Cash, Maybelle Carter, the Chordettes, the Clinch Mountain Clan, Stoney Cooper, Wilma Lee Cooper, Red Foley, Bill Hayes, Sonny James, the Louvin Brothers, Marion Marlowe, Benny Martin, Dusty Owens, Webb Pierce, Elvis Presley, Jerry Reed, Jim Reeves, Mimi Roman, Tommy Smith, Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, Justin Tubb, Kitty Wells, the Wilburn Brothers, Johnnie Wright, and Faron Young; 45-rpm single recordings by Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley on the Sun Records label; and an open-reel audiotape of interviews conducted on 12 February 1956 with Elvis Presley, Maybelle Carter, Helen Carter, June Carter Cash, and Anita Carter. There are also photographs of those interview sessions and of the artists performing on stage.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Printed Materials, 1955-1957.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Photographs, 1956 and undated.

53 items.

Snapshots of Raymond Pulley alone and with country and rock and roll musicians, as well as publicity portraits, many autographed, of country and rock and roll musicians.

Image P-20422/1-3

Raymond Pulley, Cuzin' Ray #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/1-3

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Roy Acuff and Benny Martin #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/4

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June Carter Cash #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/5

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Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/6

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Carter Sisters and Raymond Pulley, Norfolk Municipal Auditorium, 12 February 1956 #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/7

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Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, Norfolk Municipal Auditorium, 12 February 1956 #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/8-10

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Maybelle Carter, Carter Sisters, and Raymond Pulley #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/11-12

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The Chordettes (autographed) #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/13

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Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper (autographed) #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/14

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Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper and the Clinch Mountain Clan, WWVA, Wheeling, W.Va. (autographed) #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/15

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Red Foley (autographed) #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/16

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Bill Hayes (autographed) #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/17

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Sonny James (autographed. #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/18

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Johnnie and Jack, 1956 (autographed) #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/19

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The Louvin Brothers #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/20

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Marion Marlowe #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/21

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Benny Martin #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/22

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Dusty Owens #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/23

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Webb Pierce #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/24-25

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Elvis Presley: Publicity photograph, Scotty Moore and Bill Black partly visible #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/21

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"Elvis Presley & Stars of Grand Ole Opry," marquee of Norfolk Municipal Auditorium, 12 February 1956 #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/22-23

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Elvis Presley and fans, Raymond Pulley in background, Norfolk Municipal Auditorium, 12 February 1956 #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/24

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Elvis Presley signing autographs, Norfolk Municipal Auditorium, 12 February 1956 #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/25-26

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Raymond Pulley interviewing Elvis Presley at Norfolk Municipal Auditorium, 12 February 1956. Also two unidentified young men, possibly WOSM staff #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/27-31

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Elvis Presley and Bill Black (obscured) performing at Norfolk Municipal Auditorium, 12 February 1956 #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/32

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Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black (obscured), and D. J. Fontana (obscured) performing at Norfolk Municipal Auditorium, 12 February 1956 #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/33

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Jerry Reed and Raymond Pulley. #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/34

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Jim Reeves (autographed) #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/35-36

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Jim Reeves and Raymond Pulley #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/37-38

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Mimi Roman (autographed) #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/39

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Tommy Smith #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/40

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Hank Snow and Raymond Pulley #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/41

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Ernest Tubb #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/42-43

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Ernest Tubb and Raymond Pulley #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/44-45

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Justin Tubb #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/46

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Kitty Wells (autographed) #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/47

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The Wilburn Brothers and Raymond Pulley #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/48

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Faron Young #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/49

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Unidentified subjects #20422, Series: "2. Photographs, 1956 and undated." P-20422/50-53

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1 item.

Open-reel audiotape documenting interviews Raymond Pulley conducted on 12 February 1956 with Maybelle Carter, the Carter Sisters, and Elvis Presley in conjunction with their appearance at the Norfolk Municipal Auditorium.

Audiotape FT-12810

Interviews with Maybelle Carter and the Carter Sisters and Elvis Presley #20422, Series: "3. Open-Reel Audiotape, 1956." FT-12810

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Images (P-20422/1-32)

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Processing Information

Processed by: James McGlothlin, November 2007

Encoded by: James McGlothlin, November 2007

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