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Collection Number: 20359

Collection Title: Tommy Thompson Collection, 1970s-2002

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Size 5.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract Tommy Thompson (1937-2003) was a founding member of both the Hollow Rock String Band and the Red Clay Ramblers, as well as a playwright, composer, and actor. The collection includes materials primarily relating to Thompson's musical and theatrical activities, 1970s-1990s. Included are rough drafts, final scripts, scores, publicity, correspondence, and other materials related to dramatic works that Thompson authored or co-authored (some with Jack Herrick), scored, or performed in, including: The Last Song of John Proffitt: Life on the Mississippi, a musical based on the memoir by Mark Twain; Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind; Earrings; The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas; Fool Moon; and Savages. The Last Song of John Proffitt, a one-man show exploring historical figures Dan Emmett and the Snowden family, an African American family from Ohio, which touches on the development of the banjo, blackface minstrelsy, and the interactions of black and white musical traditions, is extensively documented with scripts for a radio production of the play, schoolchildren's responses to the play, research materials, and other items. Items related to the musical Savages include an audio cassette of song samples from the show. Other writings include drafts of short stories and of a children's book on which Thompson collaborated with illustrator Joan Kaghan, an unfinished dramatization of North Carolina string band leader Charlie Poole's life, and Thompson's notebooks. Also included are Thompson's song collection of both original compositions and material from other sources; materials related to the Red Clay Ramblers, consisting of publicity, documentation of the Ramblers' trip to Africa, Bland Simpson materials, and photographs; business materials, consisting of insurance correspondence, a 1991 ledger detailing personal expenses and income, and an address list of theaters; and personal materials. Personal materials include correspondence; photographs; Thompson's collections of antique ledgers, dramatic works of others, and research materials; silent film footage of one of Thompson's Friday night jam sessions; and other items.
Creator Thompson, Tommy, 1937-
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 Tommy Thompson Collection #20359, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Jessica Thompson Eustice (daughter of Tommy Thompson) in April 2002 (Acc. 99219)
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Tommy Thompson (1937-2003) was a founding member of both the Hollow Rock String Band and the Red Clay Ramblers, as well as a playwright, composer, and actor. In the mid-1960s, Thompson was a regular attendee at the Friday picking sessions at the Hollow Rock Grocery in the Hollow Rock Community outside of Durham, N.C. As these gatherings outgrew the grocery store, the weekly sessions moved to the home of Tommy and his wife Bobbie, and quickly became the social hub of Chapel Hill and Durham's string-band revivalist scene. The short-lived but widely celebrated Hollow Rock String Band developed out of this musical community and featured Tommy Thompson on banjo, Bobbie Thompson on guitar, Bertram Levy on mandolin, and Alan Jabbour on fiddle. The group recorded its only album in 1968.

Thompson formed his second band, the Red Clay Ramblers, in 1972 as a trio with Jim Watson and Bill Hicks; Mike Craver joined the group in 1973 and Jack Herrick joined in 1975. Subsequent incarnations of the band also included Bland Simpson, Clay Buckner, and Chris Frank. Thompson performed with the group for the last time in 1994.

Throughout the 1980s Thompson scripted, scored, and performed in--often in collaboration with other members of the Ramblers--a number of stage plays, including his own one-man-show, The Last Song of John Proffitt, a play exploring the historical figures Dan Emmett and the Snowden family, the development of the banjo, blackface minstrelsey, and the 19th-century interactions of black and white musical traditions.

Thompson died on 24 January 2003, after a long struggle with an Alzheimer's-like illness.

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The collection includes materials primarily relating to musician and writer Tommy Thompson's music and theater activities, 1970s-1990s. Included are rough drafts, final scripts, scores, publicity, correspondence, and other materials related to dramatic works that Thompson authored or co-authored (some with Jack Herrick), scored, or performed in, including: The Last Song of John Proffitt: Life on the Mississippi, a musical based on the memoir by Mark Twain; Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind; Earrings; The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas; Fool Moon; and Savages. The Last Song of John Proffitt, a one-man show exploring historical figures Dan Emmett and the Snowden family, an African American family from Ohio, which touches on the development of the banjo, blackface minstrelsy, and the interactions of black and white musical traditions, is extensively documented with scripts for a radio production of the play, schoolchildren's responses to the play, research materials, and other items. Items related to the musical  Savages include an audio cassette of song samples from the show. Other writings include drafts of short stories and of a children's book on which Thompson collaborated with illustrator Joan Kaghan, an unfinished dramatization of North Carolina string band leader Charlie Poole's life, and Thompson's notebooks. Also included are Thompson's song collection of both original compositions and material from other sources; materials related to the Red Clay Ramblers, consisting of publicity, documentation of the Ramblers' trip to Africa, Bland Simpson materials, and photographs; business materials, consisting of insurance correspondence, a 1991 ledger detailing personal expenses and income, and an address list of theaters; and personal materials. Personal materials include correspondence; photographs; Thompson's collections of antique ledgers, dramatic works of others, and research materials; silent film footage of one of Thompson's Friday night jam sessions; and other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Dramatic Works, 1970s-1991.

About 40 items.

Arrangement: Materials are arranged by play. Items related to Thompson's one-man show, The Last Song of John Proffitt, appear first, because of the prominent place of that play in Thompson's work and the large volume of related materials in the collection. Other plays follow in chronological order, according to the date of the earliest script or production date available for each play. Note that the arrangement is intended only as a loose chronology, since many of the plays may have been revived in subsequent productions. Photographs from The Last Song of John Proffitt; Life on the Mississippi; The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas; and Fool Moon are collected together at the end of this series.

Drafts and scripts of plays authored or co-authored by Tommy Thompson; publicity and playbills; relevant correspondence; an audio cassette of song samples from the musical comedy Savages; related research materials, including writings on Dan Emmett and "Dixie" (for The Last Song of John Proffitt) and on Mark Twain (for Life on the Mississippi); photographs; and other items.

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18 items.

Materials related to Thompson's one-man show, The Last Song of John Proffitt, a play exploring the historical figures Dan Emmett and the Snowden family, the development of the banjo, blackface minstrelsey, and the 19th-century interactions of black and white musical traditions. Included are drafts of the script with Thompson's notes and revisions; scripts for a radio version of the play; playbills from various productions of the show; notebooks and notecards from the early stages of the play's development; press clippings; a tech schedule and prop list; correspondence; images from the play; and research materials. Also included are written responses to the play by classes of schoolchildren who attended the show.

Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 1

Early draft of script, 5 September 1984. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 1

Folder 2

Script with correspondence, 1 April 1989. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 2

Folder 3

Script with penciled-in revisions, 1 April 1989. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 3

Folder 4

John Proffitt radio cut (unedited). #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 4

Folder 5

John Proffit radio cut (edited), with correspondence from Melinda Penkava-Smith. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 5

Folder 6

John Proffitt: Early notes, drafts, reading lists, overlooked gems of wisdom, etc. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 6

Folder 7

Notecards. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 7

Folder 8

Notebook. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 8

Folder 9

Notebook. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 9

Folder 10

Notebook. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 10

Folder 11

John Proffitt program booklets. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 11

Folder 12

Press: Winston-Salem, N.C., 1991. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 12

Folder 13

Press: General. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 13

Folder 14

Correspondence. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 14

Folder 15

Responses by school children. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 15

Folder 16

Drawings and xeroxed photographs of Tommy Thompson as John Proffitt. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 16

Folder 17

Tech schedule, Playmakers Repertory Theatre. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 17

Folder 18

Prop list. #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 18

Folder 19

Research materials on Dan Emmett, the Snowden family, and "Dixie." #20359, Subseries: "1.1. The Last Song of John Proffitt, 1984-1991." Folder 19

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. Life on the Mississippi, 1981.

About 50 items.

Materials related to Life on the Missisippi, a musical based on Mark Twain's memoir by that name, written by Bland Simpson and Tommy Thompson, 1981. Includes a full script, an additional drafted scene, a rough draft of the musical score, press, correspondence, and research materials related to Mark Twain and Life on the Mississippi.

Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 20

Script. #20359, Subseries: "1.2. Life on the Mississippi, 1981." Folder 20

Folder 21

Draft of scene. #20359, Subseries: "1.2. Life on the Mississippi, 1981." Folder 21

Folder 22

"Score (Rough)". #20359, Subseries: "1.2. Life on the Mississippi, 1981." Folder 22

Folder 23

Press. #20359, Subseries: "1.2. Life on the Mississippi, 1981." Folder 23

Folder 24

Correspondence. #20359, Subseries: "1.2. Life on the Mississippi, 1981." Folder 24

Folder 25

Research materials: Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi. #20359, Subseries: "1.2. Life on the Mississippi, 1981." Folder 25

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.3. A Lie of the Mind, 1985.

About 35 items.

Materials related to A Lie of the Mind. Written by Sam Shepard and featuring music written and performed by the Red Clay Ramblers, the play debuted off-Broadway in 1985. Includes drafts of Thompson's memoir, "Working for Sam"; playbills; press for the play and for the original soundtrack by the Ramblers; and additional press related to Sam Shepard. Miscellaneous folder includes a contact sheet for the production and notes from well-wishers regarding the performance.

Folder 26

"Working for Sam" memoir. #20359, Subseries: "1.3. A Lie of the Mind, 1985." Folder 26

Folder 27

Playbills. #20359, Subseries: "1.3. A Lie of the Mind, 1985." Folder 27

Folder 28

Press. #20359, Subseries: "1.3. A Lie of the Mind, 1985." Folder 28

Folder 29

Press for soundtrack. #20359, Subseries: "1.3. A Lie of the Mind, 1985." Folder 29

Folder 30

Articles about Sam Shepard. #20359, Subseries: "1.3. A Lie of the Mind, 1985." Folder 30

Folder 31

Miscellaneous. #20359, Subseries: "1.3. A Lie of the Mind, 1985." Folder 31

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1 item.

Includes script, revised 1987, for Earrings, a musical based on Lee Smith's novel Oral History, adapted for stage by Don H. Baker, with music by Tommy Thompson and Jack Herrick.

Folder 32

Script, revised 1987. #20359, Subseries: "1.4. Earrings, 1987." Folder 32

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8 items.

Materials related to The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, "A Cowboy Musical Inspired by 'Wild Bill' Shakespeare," conceived and adapted by John L. Haber, music and lyrics by Jack Herrick, Tommy Thompson, Bland Simpson, Jim Wann, and John Foley. Includes two versions of the script, press, and miscellaneous items. Miscellaneous items include ticket stubs, a program for the 1989 production, and a formal invitation to the Cincinnati production.

Folder 33

Script, 1989 #20359, Subseries: "1.5. The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, 1989-1990." Folder 33

Folder 34

Script, Cincinnati version, 1990. #20359, Subseries: "1.5. The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, 1989-1990." Folder 34

Folder 35

Press. #20359, Subseries: "1.5. The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, 1989-1990." Folder 35

Folder 36

Miscellaneous. #20359, Subseries: "1.5. The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, 1989-1990." Folder 36

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2 items.

Materials related to Fool Moon, a comedy featuring music by the Red Clay Ramblers. Includes press materials.

Folder 37

Press. #20359, Subseries: "1.6. Fool Moon, 1993." Folder 37

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18 items.

Materials related to Savages, a musical comedy by John Justice, music by Tommy Thompson. Includes script, a revision of the first act, related correspondence, and a cassette of song samples from the show.

Folder 38

Script. #20359, Subseries: "1.7. Savages, 1993." Folder 38

Folder 39

First Act revision. #20359, Subseries: "1.7. Savages, 1993." Folder 39

Folder 40

Correspondence. #20359, Subseries: "1.7. Savages, 1993." Folder 40

Folder 41

FS-6948: " Savages Song Sampler." #20359, Subseries: "1.7. Savages, 1993." Folder 41

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4 items.

Promotional photographs for The Last Song of John Proffitt, Life on the Mississippi, and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, and a snapshot from the set of Fool Moon.

Folder 42

Folder number not used #20359, Subseries: "1.8. Photographs." Folder 42

Image Folder PF-20359/1

Photographs of Dramatic Works #20359, Subseries: "1.8. Photographs." PF-20359/1

Southern Folklife Collection Images 4520-4523

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About 40 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Drafts and images for "Caterpillar, Wiggle Worm," an unpublished children's book by Tommy Thompson and illustrator Joan Kaghan; notes on North Carolina stringband leader Charlie Poole for an unfinished dramatization of Poole's life; drafts of short story titled "Jacksonville Beach"; and Thompson's notebooks. Notebooks include song lyrics and song lists, journal entries, notes, drafts, drawings, contact information, and other writings. Several notebooks include material related to the John Proffitt and Charlie Poole dramatizations, as well as references to the Red Clay Ramblers.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.4. Notebooks.

12 items.

Notebooks include song lyrics and song lists, journal entries, notes, drafts, drawings, contact information, and other writings. Several notebooks include material related to the John Proffitt and Charlie Poole dramatizations, as well as references to the Red Clay Ramblers.

Folder 47-58

Notebooks. #20359, Subseries: "2.4. Notebooks." Folder 47-58

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.

Song texts and musical scores collected by Tommy Thompson, including some original material. Thompson grouped many of these songs together in folders or envelopes that he labeled according to loose categories: "Good Songs Not On CD," "Good Old Pop Songs," "Musical Oddiments," etc. Original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained. Because Thompson's arrangement generally does not separate his own material from songs from other sources and because the authorship of some of this material is difficult to determine, original and non-original materials are interfiled in many of the folders.

Folder 59

A Banjo Song sheet music. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 59

Folder 60

Bluegrass and old-time standards. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 60

Folder 61

Classical Banjo by Al Jeffery. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 61

Folder 62

French Connection: Fiddle Tunes for Banjo. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 62

Folder 63

Good Songs Not On CD. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 63

Folder 64

Great Old Pop Songs. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 64

Folder 65

Miscellaneous. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 65

Folder 66

Miscellaneous Songs and Music. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 66

Folder 67

Musical Oddiments. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 67

Folder 68

Song about nature's ultimate victory: The Piney Woods. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 68

Folder 69

Song lists. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 69

Folder 70

Tablature. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 70

Folder 71

Tommy Thompson songs. #20359, Series: "3. Song Collection." Folder 71

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.

Materials related to the Red Clay Ramblers include press clippings, items related to the Ramblers' trip to Africa, press materials for Rambler Bland Simpson, and photographs.

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About 15 items.

Documents the Red Clay Ramblers' trip to Africa, 1981. Additional correspondence from this trip can be found in subseries 6.1., Folder 83.

Folder 72

"Africa Notes," memoir of trip. #20359, Subseries: "4.1. Africa Trip, 1981." Folder 72

Folder 73

Rambler instructions, itineraries. #20359, Subseries: "4.1. Africa Trip, 1981." Folder 73

Folder 74

Tourist information. #20359, Subseries: "4.1. Africa Trip, 1981." Folder 74

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56 items.

Arrangement: original order has been maintained.

Folder 75-76

Folder numbers not used #20359, Subseries: "4.2. Photographs." Folder 75-76

Image Folder PF-20359/2

Red Clay Ramblers #20359, Subseries: "4.2. Photographs." PF-20359/2

Southern Folklife Collection Images 4727-4775

Color and black-and-white images of Red Clay Rambler performances, including outdoor performances, and a photograph from the Official Irish Fest, Milwaukee, Wisc. Also included are promotional photographs and photo-shoot images.

Image Folder PF-20359/3

Contact Sheets #20359, Subseries: "4.2. Photographs." PF-20359/3

Southern Folklife Collection Images 4776-4782

Contact sheets for Red Clay Ramblers performances and photo-shoots.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.4. Bland Simpson.

2 items.

Press materials related to Bland Simpson, member of the Red Clay Ramblers. Includes reviews of Simpson's country music novel Heart of Country.

Folder 78

Bland Simpson. #20359, Subseries: "4.4. Bland Simpson." Folder 78

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Business Materials, 1984-1998.

8 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.

Correspondence with an insurance company regarding missing and damaged property, including two missing or stolen banjos; a ledger, 1991, documenting financial expenses and income related to The Last Song of John Proffitt, Life on the Mississippi, the Red Clay Ramblers, and other activities; and a contact list of "Nationwide theaters and addresses."

Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 79

Insurance correspondence. #20359, Series: "5. Business Materials, 1984-1998." Folder 79

Folder 80

Ledger, 1991. #20359, Series: "5. Business Materials, 1984-1998." Folder 80

Folder 81

Ledger, theater expenses. #20359, Series: "5. Business Materials, 1984-1998." Folder 81

Folder 82

Nationwide theaters and addresses. #20359, Series: "5. Business Materials, 1984-1998." Folder 82

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About 140 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.

Personal correspondence; photographs, consisting of family snapshots, photographs of Tommy Thompson, and miscellaneous musical photographs, including banjo-related images and images of Hank Williams, Joe and Odell Thompson, and others; Thompson's collections of antique ledgers, dramatic works, and research materials; silent film footage of one of Thompson's weekend jam sessions; and other items.

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items.

Correspondence from Thompson's trip to Africa, 1981 (see also subseries 4.1.), including letters to Thompson from Susan Leete and a letter from Thompson's daughter Jesse; correspondence with Colleen Tuell, Sarah Falls, and Betty Vornbrock, including a brochure for Serenitiva, Vornbrock's line of custom-made instrument case covers; Thompson's postcard collection; and miscellaneous items. The postcard collection includes postcards received or collected by Thompson, both with and without messages. Of particular note are postcards featuring Sandy Bradley and the Small Wonder String Band and Sara and Maybelle Carter. Miscellaneous items include a 1990 letter from the Raleigh News and Observer informing Thompson of his selection as "Tar Heel of the Week," and a 1994 letter from Eli (last name not provided), which deals in part with Thompson's struggle with Alzheimer's.

Folder 83

Africa, 1981. #20359, Subseries: "6.1. Correspondence. " Folder 83

Folder 84

Colleen Tuell. #20359, Subseries: "6.1. Correspondence. " Folder 84

Folder 85

Sarah Falls. #20359, Subseries: "6.1. Correspondence. " Folder 85

Folder 86

Miscellaneous. #20359, Subseries: "6.1. Correspondence. " Folder 86

Folder 87

Postcard collection. #20359, Subseries: "6.1. Correspondence. " Folder 87

Folder 88

Betty Vornbrock/Serenitiva. #20359, Subseries: "6.1. Correspondence. " Folder 88

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7 items.

Scripts for plays not written or scored by Tommy Thompson and miscellaneous playbills. (See Series 1 for dramatic works with larger creative contributions by Thompson.) Thompson played the role of Harold Fuller in Changing Names and likely acted in some of the other plays as well. Playbills include programs for Kudzu: The Southern Musical, by Jack Herrick, Doug Marlette, and Bland Simpson, based on the comic strip by Doug Marlette, and Oil City Symphony, co-authored by and featuring Mike Craver.

Folder 89

Changing Names, by Clyde Edgerton. #20359, Subseries: "6.2. Dramatic Works of Others." Folder 89

Folder 90

Fables in Slang: A Ragtime Revue, by Gene Jones. #20359, Subseries: "6.2. Dramatic Works of Others." Folder 90

Folder 91

Male Order Annie, by Jean Sidden. #20359, Subseries: "6.2. Dramatic Works of Others." Folder 91

Folder 92

Slavery and Civil War musical. #20359, Subseries: "6.2. Dramatic Works of Others." Folder 92

Folder 93

Playbills. #20359, Subseries: "6.2. Dramatic Works of Others." Folder 93

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.3. Ledger Collection.

3 items.

Includes antique ledgers collected by Tommy Thompson.

Folder 94-96

Antique ledgers. #20359, Subseries: "6.3. Ledger Collection." Folder 94-96

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.4. Miscellaneous.

6 items.

Miscellaneous materials include Tommy Thompson's baby scrapbook; soundless filmed footage of one of Thompson's Friday night jam sessions; and a joke diploma from the Gabby Hayes Institute for study in "Gabby English and Western Mime," 1989.

Folder 97

Address book. #20359, Subseries: "6.4. Miscellaneous." Folder 97

Folder 98

Baby scrapbook. #20359, Subseries: "6.4. Miscellaneous." Folder 98

Folder 99

Film: "Friday Night at Tommy Thompson's." (F-20359/1) #20359, Subseries: "6.4. Miscellaneous." Folder 99

Folder 100

Gabby Hayes Institute joke diploma, 1989. #20359, Subseries: "6.4. Miscellaneous." Folder 100

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.5. Photographs.

37 items.

Family snapshots, photographs of Tommy Thompson, and miscellaneous musical photographs, including images of Hank Williams, Joe and Odell Thompson, and others.

Folder 101-107

Folder numbers not used #20359, Subseries: "6.5. Photographs." Folder 101-107

Image Folder PF-20359/4

Family snapshots. #20359, Subseries: "6.5. Photographs." PF-20359/4

Southern Folklife Collection Images 4693-4700 and 4783-4794

Image Folder PF-20359/5

Miscellaneous musical photographs. #20359, Subseries: "6.5. Photographs." PF-20359/5

Southern Folklife Collection Images 4701-4706

Music-related photographs collected by Tommy Thompson, including images of Joe and Odell Thompson; a painting of Hank Williams; a publicity still from the motion picture The Rough, Tough West, featuring Charles Starrett, Smiley Burnette, and Pee Wee King; a photograph of Debby McLatche; a photograph of a Joel Sweeny historic marker; and other subjects.

Image Folder PF-20359/6

"Goose Acres Banjo" Photographs #20359, Subseries: "6.5. Photographs." PF-20359/6

Southern Folklife Collection Images 4707-4714

Photographs of Tommy Thompson holding two banjos.

Image Folder PF-20359/7

Tommy Thompson Head Shot and Negative #20359, Subseries: "6.5. Photographs." PF-20359/7

Southern Folklife Collection Images 4715-4716

Image Folder PF-20359/8

Tommy Thompson Photographs #20359, Subseries: "6.5. Photographs." PF-20359/8

Southern Folklife Collection Images 4717-4726

Color and black-and-white photographs and photographic negatives of Tommy Thompson on concert stage. Included are photographs of Thompson playing guitar "Aboard the Carolinian," inaugural run from Raleigh to Charlotte, October 1985; Thompson on the set of "Silent Tongue," Roswell, N.M.; and with unidentified people.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.6. Poetry.

5 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Collected poetry includes photocopies of hand-written poetry by Henry Taylor, an associate of Thompson's and one-time member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's English faculty, and poetry by C. D. (Carolyn) Wright, with whom Thompson performed at the Duke University Hospital in 1994. The C. D. Wright folder also contains correspondence related to that performance.

Folder 108

Henry Taylor. #20359, Subseries: "6.6. Poetry." Folder 108

Folder 109

C. D. Wright. #20359, Subseries: "6.6. Poetry." Folder 109

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18 items.

Materials include articles on a 1912 courtroom massacre by a band of Blue Ridge Mountain outlaws; "General Banjo Info"; instrument catalogues, including facsimiles of vintage catalogues; and miscellaneous articles, including work on carnival pitchmen, shape-note tunebooks, string-band music, and Shakespeare's The Tempest, as well as related correspondence.

Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 110

Bluefield, W.V.: "Entire Court is Wiped Out by an Outlaw Band," 1912. #20359, Subseries: "6.7. Research Materials." Folder 110

Folder 111

General banjo information. #20359, Subseries: "6.7. Research Materials." Folder 111

Folder 112

Instrument catalogues. #20359, Subseries: "6.7. Research Materials." Folder 112

Folder 113

Miscellaneous articles. #20359, Subseries: "6.7. Research Materials." Folder 113

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Processing Information

Processed by: Burgin Mathews, December 2003

Encoded by: Burgin Mathews, December 2003; and Emily Jack, February 2006

Updated for Digitization by: Amanda Loeb, August 2012

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