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Finding Aid for the John Quincy Wolf Jr. Collection<br /> MUM01777<br />

Finding Aid for the John Quincy Wolf Jr. Collection


MUM01777


Summary Information

Repository
University of Mississippi Libraries
Title
John Quincy Wolf Jr. Collection
ID
MUM01777
Date
1962-1968
Extent
0.5 Linear feet (52 audio cassette tapes)
Language of Materials
English
Abstract
Fifty-two audio cassettes of mostly shape note singing in north Mississippi, north Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky recorded
by John Quincy Wolf in the 1960s.

Preferred Citation

John Quincy Wolf Jr. Collection (MUM01777), The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The
University of Mississippi.

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Biographical Note

John Quincy Wolf, Jr. was an English professor at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and a self-trained folklorist.
He began recording regional folk musicians in the 1950s and discovered several important singers, including Jimmy Driftwood.
He also recorded a number of Memphis area blues and jug band musicians like Bukka White, Gus Cannon, and Furry Lewis. In the
1960s Wolf recorded many shape-note singers in north Mississippi and Alabama.

A
more detailed biography is available from Lyon College.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains fifty-two audio cassettes of mostly shape note singing in north Mississippi, north Alabama, Tennessee,
and Kentucky recorded by John Quincy Wolf in the 1960s.

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Arrangement

Series 1: Alabama (tapes 1.1-1.15)

Series 2: Kentucky (tape 1.16)

Series 3: Mississippi (tapes 1.17-1.35)

Series 4: Tennessee (tapes 2.1-2.3)

Series 5: Unmarked (tapes 2.4-2.17)

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries October 2012

Access Restrictions

The John Quincy Wolf Jr. Collection is open for research. The tapes have been digitized and can be accessed
online.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions
of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a
photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used
for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy
or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use”, that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Additions

No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

Donated by John Quincy Wolf’s daughter Adele Grilli in October 2012

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lauren Rogers and Greg Johnson. Finding aid created by Kathryn Michaelis, October 2012. Finding aid
updated by Kathryn Michaelis, January 2013.

Alternative Formats

These tapes have been digitized and are accessible
online.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Materials at Other Repositories

The
John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection at Lyon College

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • audiocassettes

Subject(s)

  • Shape note singing — Alabama
  • Shape note singing — Kentucky
  • Shape note singing — Mississippi
  • Shape note singing — Tennessee

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1: Alabama 

 1.1 Arab (Ala.) Poke Sallet Festival Reel 1, 28 April 1963 

 1.2 Arab (Ala.) Poke Sallet Festival Reel 2, 28 April 1963 

 1.3 Arab (Ala.) Poke Sallet Festival Reel 3, 28 April 1963 

 1.4 Arab (Ala.) Poke Sallet Festival Reel 4, 28 April 1963 

 1.5 Carbon Hills (Ala.) Flatwoods Church, 7 July 1963 

Scope and Content

Sacred harp

 1.6 Ozark (Ala.) Negro Sacred Harp, 25 November 1965 

Scope and Content

WOZK Radio

 1.7 Ozark (Ala.) Black Sacred Harp Interview, April 1966 

Scope and Content

Interview by Emily Thompson

 1.8 Salem (Ala.) [untitled], 1965 

 1.9 Salem (Ala.) [untitled], November 1965 

 1.10 Salem (Ala.) [untitled], November 1965 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 1.11 Salem (Ala.) Morning Session, 19 November 1967 

Scope and Content

Tape A

 1.12 Salem (Ala.) Morning Session, 19 November 1967 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 1.13 Salem (Ala.) Salem Reel 1, undated 

Scope and Content

Tape A

 1.14 Salem (Ala.) Salem Reel 1, undated 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 1.15 Salem (Ala.) Salem Reel 2, undated 

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 Series 2: Kentucky 

 1.16 Benton (Ky.) “Big Singing,” 26 May 1963 

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 Series 3: Mississippi 

 1.17 Bruce (Miss.) Calvary, 9 December 1962 

 1.18 Bruce (Miss.) Calvary, 9 December 1962 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 1.19 Bruce (Miss.) Calvary #1, undated 

Scope and Content

Tape A

 1.20 Bruce (Miss.) Calvary #1, undated 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 1.21 Bruce (Miss.) Calvary #2, undated 

Scope and Content

Tape A

 1.22 Fulton (Miss.) Reel 1, 1963 

 1.23 Fulton (Miss.) Reel 2, 1963 

 1.24 Fulton (Miss.) Fulton Courthouse Reel 1, 11 October 1964 

Scope and Content

Tape A

 1.25 Fulton (Miss.) Fulton Courthouse Reel 2, 11 October 1964 

Scope and Content

Tape A

 1.26 Fulton (Miss.) Fulton Courthouse Reel 1, 11 October 1964 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 1.27 Fulton (Miss.) Fulton Courthouse Reel 2, 11 October 1964 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 1.28 Fulton (Miss.) [untitled], 13 October 1964 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 1.29 Fulton (Miss.) [untitled], undated 

Scope and Content

Tape A

 1.30 Houston (Miss.) Stewart’s Chapel Reel 1, 10 March 1968 

Scope and Content

Tape 1

 1.31 Houston (Miss.) Stewart’s Chapel Reel 1, 10 March 1968 

Scope and Content

Tape 2

 1.32 Houston (Miss.) Stewart’s Chapel Reel 2, 10 March 1968 

Scope and Content

Tape 1

 1.33 Houston (Miss.) Stewart’s Chapel Reel 2, 10 March 1968 

Scope and Content

Tape 2

 1.34 Mantachie (Miss.) Pleasant Hill, 7 March 1968 

 1.35 Mantachie (Miss.) Pleasant Hill, 17 March 1968 

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 Series 4: Tennessee 

 2.1 Germantown (Tenn.) New Bethel Baptist Church Choir, 11 October 1965 

Scope and Content

Recorded by Imogene Hudson

 2.2 Memphis (Tenn.) 1st Baptist Church, 1964 

 2.3 Memphis (Tenn.) 1st Baptist Church 

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 Series 5: Unmarked 

 2.4 Sacred Harp, 1963 

 2.5 Christian Harmony Ebenezer Church, 19 May 1963 

 2.6 Anthem and Sermon, First Baptist Church, 11 October 1965 

Scope and Content

Tape A; Dr. William Hall preaching

 2.7 Anthem and Sermon, First Baptist Church, 11 October 1965 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 2.8 “Rivers of Delight” 

SCope and Content

Sung by the Word of Mouth Chorus

 2.9 Sacred Harp 

Scope and Content

Recorded by Charles McNutt

 2.10 Sacred Harp Tape B 

Scope and Content

Recorded by Charles McNutt

 2.11 Sacred Harp Revival Anthem 

 2.12 Sacred Harp Revival Anthem 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 2.13 Sacred Harp 

Scope and Content

Tape A

 2.14 Sacred Harp 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 2.15 Sacred Harp 

Scope and Content

Tape A

 2.16 Sacred Harp 

Scope and Content

Tape B

 2.17 Unmarked Tape 

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