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Collection Number: 04755

Collection Title: Bland Simpson Papers (#4755) 1977-1993

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Size About 25 items (1.0 linear feet)
Abstract Bland Simpson was born in 1948 and grew up in Elizabeth City and Chapel Hill, N.C. He is a lecturer in creative writing in the English Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Beginning in 1987, he served as the pianist for the Red Clay Ramblers, a critically acclaimed North Carolina-based music group. Simpson collaborated on several theatrical presentations and authored several books. The collection consists of materials chiefly relating to Simpson's writings. An edited manuscript of The Great Dismal: A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir (UNC Press, 1990) is included along with materials gathered in researching the book, which discusses the Great Dismal Swamp that stretches from Elizabeth City, N.C., across the Virginia border nearly to Portsmouth, Va. The author's galleys and a manuscript copy of Simpson's novel about country music, Heart of the Country (Seaview/Putnam, 1983), are included. The collection also contains an early draft from 1977, an undated draft, and page proofs of Simpson's non-fiction novel The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey (UNC Press, 1993), an Elizabeth City, N.C., legend. There are also promotional materials from the musical King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running.
Creator Simpson, Bland.
Language English.
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RESTRICTED: Use of audio tapes may require production of listening copies.
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 Bland Simpson of Chapel Hill, N.C., in May 1995 (Acc. 95064) and September 1999 (Acc. 98447).
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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Bland Simpson was born in Elizabeth City, N.C., in 1948 and lived there until he moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., when he was ten. Simpson attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later moved to New York City to be close to the music business.

Simpson released one album before he moved back to Chapel Hill and began performing with a band known as the Southern States Fidelity Choir. Simpson collaborated with fellow band member, Jim Wann, to create the off-Broadway hit Diamond Studs, a musical about the life and death of Jesse James. Since 1987, he has been the pianist for the North Carolina-based band called the Red Clay Ramblers. He is a lecturer in creative writing in the English Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, along with several theatrical collaborations, has authored several books.

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The collection consists of materials relating to the writing of three books and a small amount of other material. An edited manuscript copy of The Great Dismal: A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir is included along with materials generated in the process of researching the book. A manuscript copy and the author's galleys of Simpson's novel, Heart of the Country, are included. Finally, a manuscript copy marked "early 1977 draft" of Simpson's non-fiction novel, The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey, is included along with an undated manuscript and page proofs and promotional materials from the musical King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running.

Note that the original titles of audio tapes included in the research materials relating to The Great Dismal have been preserved and that the tapes are listed in chronological order.

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About 20 items (1.0 linear feet).

The collection consists of materials relating to the writing of three books and a small amount of other material. An edited manuscript copy of The Great Dismal: A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir is included along with materials generated in the process of researching the book. A manuscript copy and the author's galleys of Simpson's novel, Heart of the Country, are included. Finally, a manuscript copy marked "early 1977 draft" of Simpson's non-fiction novel, The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey, is included along with an undated manuscript and page proofs and promotional materials from the musical King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running.

Note that the original titles of audio tapes included in the research materials relating to The Great Dismal have been preserved and that the tapes are listed in chronological order.

The Great Dismal: A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir: Audio tapes: #04755, Series: "Papers, 1977-1993. "

T-4755/1: W. R. Reggie Gregory in his shop barn at his home in Tadmore, Newland section of Pasquotank County, N.C., 22 November 1985, parts 1 and 2. #04755,
T-4755/2: W. R. Reggie Gregory, 22 November 1985, part 3. #04755,
T-4755/3: Brooke Meanley, Great Dismal Swamp, 1 February 1986, parts 1 and 2. #04755,
T-4755/4: Brooke Meanley, Great Dismal Swamp, 1 February 1986, part 3. #04755,
T-4755/5: Jim-Jesse James-Lex, Suffolk description, Brooke Meanley, and Jake Pool, 13 August 1986. #04755,
T-4755/6: Camp Aberdeen trip, 11 December 1986. #04755,
T-4755/7: John M. Camp notes on Union Camp files, 17 December 1986. #04755,
T-4755/8: Shelton Rountree, Suffolk, 18 December 1986 (I). #04755,
T-4755/9: Shelton Rountree, Suffolk, 18 December 1986 (II). #04755,
T-4755/10: Great Dismal Swamp at Drummond, 8-10 May 1987. #04755,
T-4755/11: Mrs. Elizabeth Roberts, 4 December 1987, parts 1 and 2. #04755,
T-4755/12: Mrs. Elizabeth Roberts, 4 December 1987, part 3. John Wallace, 11 December 1987, part 1. #04755,
T-4755/13: John Wallace, undated, parts 2 and 3. #04755,
Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

The Great Dismal: A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir: edited manuscript #04755, Series: "Papers, 1977-1993. " Folder 1-2

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

The Great Dismal: A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir: research materials #04755, Series: "Papers, 1977-1993. " Folder 3-4

Folder 5-6

Folder 5

Folder 6

Heart of the Country: author's galleys #04755, Series: "Papers, 1977-1993. " Folder 5-6

Folder 7-9

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Heart of the Country: edited manuscript #04755, Series: "Papers, 1977-1993. " Folder 7-9

Folder 10

King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running: manuscript, page proofs, promotional material #04755, Series: "Papers, 1977-1993. " Folder 10

Folder 11

The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey: early 1977 draft #04755, Series: "Papers, 1977-1993. " Folder 11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey: manuscript #04755, Series: "Papers, 1977-1993. " Folder 12-13

Folder 14

The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey: page proofs #04755, Series: "Papers, 1977-1993. " Folder 14

Folder 15

Speeches #04755, Series: "Papers, 1977-1993. " Folder 15

Folder 16

Miscellaneous #04755, Series: "Papers, 1977-1993. " Folder 16

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Items separated include pictures (P-4755/1-2) and audiotapes (T-4755/1-13).

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