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Guide to the Nora Carpenter Traditional Music Collection
 

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Nora Carpenter Traditional Music Collection
1920-1972
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Overview
History
Series Description
Series I - Biographical Material and Photographs
Series II - Manuscript Song and Poetry Texts
Series III - Clippings and Other Published Material
Series IV - Reel to Reel Audio Recordings

Access and Use

Provenance: The collection was given to Berea College in October, 2007 by Nora Carpenter’s daughters, Charlotte Thompson and Carolyn Cravens of Lexington, Kentucky.

Access: There are no restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: Nora Carpenter Traditional Music Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.

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Overview

This collection consists of song lyrics, poems, and sound recordings authored or collected by Nora E. Carpenter of Magoffin County, Kentucky, mostly during the period 1920 - 1960. It also includes numerous clippings of song lyrics, poetry, and community history from a wide variety of print sources, both loose leaf and pasted in a scrap book. There are also a few song books published by regional country music radio performers during the 1940s and 1950s.

History

Nora Owens Carpenter (1888-1975) was a formidable presence for many years in the Salyersville - Magoffin County area of eastern Kentucky. Married to Morgan Green Carpenter in 1907, she was a mother of five, businesswoman, and onetime postmaster. However for many in her home community, she is best remembered as a talented, traditional musician (banjo and harmonica) and topical song writer. She and her string band, “Big Mamma and the Half Mountain Hotshots,” had a strong following on Paintsville radio station, WSIP during the 1940s and early 1950s. Despite this local appreciation, she seems to have been overlooked by the many folklore scholars who traveled through Kentucky at various times during the 1900s.

Series Description
3 Manuscript Boxes

Series I Biographical Material and Photographs Box 1

This series consists of newspaper clippings, photographs, and a Magoffin County, Kentucky Historical Society publication.

  1. Biography
Series II Manuscript Song and Poetry Texts Box 1, cont.

This series consists of manuscript material, hand written and typed, most of which is dated and ranges from 1912 through the 1950s. The largest portion comes from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Some include the notation, "composed by Nora Carpenter" and in few instances copyright is claimed. Others are clearly transcriptions of well known published compositions. Recurring themes in her composed repertoire include such broad areas as lost love, family life, and death along with references to such contemporary events as World War Two, the Korean War, and the Floyd County, Kentucky school bus tragedy. The texts are arranged in folders alphabetically by title or first line.

Box 1 continued

  1. A
    • Aint Goin' Honkey-Tonken'
      Adieu To My Friends
      Alone and Blue
      Angels Get My Mansions Ready
      Angels Get My Mansions Ready
      Answer to: Don't Forget Me Little Darling
      Answer To: You Are My Sunshine
      Answer To: You Are My Sunshine
      As I Walked Out on the Streets in Laredo
      As You Go Though Life
  2. B
    • Battle Hymn of Cross
      Blue Skies in Your Eyes
      Blind Child
      Bonaparte's Retreat
      A Broken Hearted Ralphman
      A Broken Hearted Ralphman
      Broken Hearted Wife
      Brother Green
      Build Me a Cabin
      Bury Me Beneath the Willow
  3. C
    • C and O Wreck
      Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
      Chocolate Ice Cream Cone
      Cleorita MY Cleorita
      Cleorita MY Cleorita
      Cottage By the Sea
      Cottage By the Sea
      Court Ship
      Courtship and Marriage of California Joe
      Crying Holy Unto the Lord
  4. D
    • Darling Nellie Gray
      Darling You Have Broken My Heart
      Dear Mother (11-24-50)
      Death of Brother Owens
      " Don't Cry, Little Girl, Don't Cry"
      Don't Forget the Family Prayer
      Don't Forget this Song
      Don't Rob Another Man's Castle
      Don't Rob Another Man's Castle
      Don't Rob Another Man's Castle
      Don't That Moon Look Lonesome
      Don't That Moon Look Lonesome
      Don't That Moon Look Lonesome
      Drunkard's Dream
      Drunkard's Grave
      Drunkard's Grave
      Dust On the Bible
      Dust On the Bible
      Dying From Home and Lost
      Dear Mother (7-6-49)
      Dear Mother (7-27-50)
      [Come Listen All You Neighbors and Friends]
      [Come Listen All You Neighbors and Friends]
      " Death Of Muriel Baldridge, The (7-12-49)"
      " [Death of Muriel Baldridge, The] (No Date)"
      " Death of Muriel Baldridge, The (7-12-49,typed)"
      " Death of Muriel Baldridge, The(7-12-49, typed)"
      " Death of Muriel Baldridge, The (7-12-49) "copyrighted""
      " Death of William Gobel, The "
      Down in the Willowed(?) Garden
  5. E
    • Ellan Smith
      End of the World
      End of the World
      End of the World
  6. F
    • Farewell? Mother? I am Dying
      Farther Along
      Father's Letters
      Father's Letters
      " Floyd County School Bus, The Disastrous Wreck of"
      " Floyd County School Bus, Wreck Of"
      Foggy River
      Foggy River
      Forty Years Ago
      " Fashion, The"
  7. G
    • "Gals Go Wild Over Me, The"
      " Gals Go Wild Over Me, The"
      " Girl in Her Bonnet Blue, The"
      Glory Bound Train
      God Please Protect America
      God's Son
      God's Son
      " Groanin Moanin" Groanin Blues
      " Groanin Moanin" Groanin Blues
  8. H
    • Hallelujah! We Shall Rise
      Handsome Girl
      The Harvest is Over
      The Harvest is Over
      Have I Told You Lately
      Have You Any Time for Jesus
      Have You Any Time for Jesus
      Have You Some-one In Heaven Awaiting
      Have You Some-one In Heaven Awaiting
      Haven of Rest
      Hawkin's Story
      Hawkin's Story
      He is Coming to us Dead
      Honey in the Rock
      " Hospital Blues, The"
      How Beautiful Heaven Must Be 2x
  9. I
    • I Ain't Gonna' Work Tomorrow
      I Ain't Gonna' Work Tomorrow
      I am a Prilgrim
      I Cried Again
      I Feel Like Going On
      I Have but One Goal
      I Have Heart Aches
      I Have No Mother Now
      I Have No Mother Now
      I Just Don't Like This Kind on Livin'
      I Know What it Means to be Lonely
      I Know What it Means to be Lonely
      I Love You Because
      I Will Never Marry
      I Remember
      I Saw the Light
      I Want to be Loved
      I Want to be Loved But Only by You
      If it Ain't One Thing it's Another
      If Teardrops Were Pennies
      If We Never Meet Again
      If We Never Meet Again
      I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
      I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
      I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
      I'll Be Listening
      I'll Be There Anyway
      I'll Be There Anyway
      I'll Have a New Life
      I'll Have a New Life
      I'm Alone In This World
      I'm Going to Make Heaven My Home
      I'm Going to Make Heaven My Home
      I'm Traveling On and On
      In the Mountains
      It's A Sin
      It's Neuers To Late
      I've Always Been A Rambler
      I've Got My One Way Ticket to the Sky
      I've Got My One Way Ticket to the Sky
      I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
  10. J
    • Jack And Nell
      Jack O' Diamonds
      Jackie Fresher
      Jacobs Vison
      Jesse James
      John III :16
      Just As The Sun Went Down
      Just As The Sun Went Down
      Just As The Sun Went Down
  11. L
    • Lady Gay
      " Last Good By, The "
      Left My Gal In The Mountains
      Left My Gal In The Mountains
      Life's Railway To Heaven " Little Babe, The"
      Little Black Mustache
      Little Black Train
      Little Cabin Home On The Hill
      [I just can't forget you]
      " Little Girl Dressed In Blue, The"
      " Little Girl Dressed In Blue, The "
      Little Mohee
      " Lonely Babe, The "
      " Lonely Babe, The "
      " Lonely Babe, The"
      " Lonely Babe, The"
      " Lonely Widow, The"
      " Long Lonesome Train, The"
      Lost True Love
      Lost True Love
  12. M
    • Mansion's For Me
      Mansion's For Me
      Mansion's For Me
      Mathew Twenty Four
      Mathew Twenty Four
      Me Mudder
      Medium-Rare
      Memories Of Love
      " Merchant Boy, A"
      Missing In Action
      Missing In Action
      " Morning Hymn, A"
      Mother
      Mother
      Mother of Mine
      Mothers Not Dead
      Mothers Not Dead She's Only Sleeping
      Mother's Only Sleeping
      Mountain Shiners
      Mountain Shiners
      Moutnain Shiners
      My Ego
      My Ego
      My Grandpa's Motto
      My Jersey Lily
      My Main Trial Is Yet To Come
      My Main Trial Is Yet To Come
      My Prayer
      My War Fair Soon To Be Ended
  13. N
    • New Birmingham Jail, The"
      No Room In My Heart
  14. O
    • Old Churchyard, The"
      " Old Country Church, The"
      " Old Country Church, The"
      " Old Crossroad Is Waiting, The "
      " Old Crossroad Is Waiting, The "
      " Old Oaken Bucket, The"
      " Old Rugged Cross, The"
      One More Day
      [Over Jordan Water's]
  15. P
    • Pale Horse and His Rider
      " Pearl Bryan,The Murder Of"
      Pins and Needles
      Pins and Needles
      Plenty Of Everything But You
      " Praise The Lord, Psalms 146"
      Preacher And The Bear
      Preaching By The Roadside
      " Prince of Peace, The"
      " Psalm of Life
  16. R
    • Rambling Boy
      Rank Strangers
      Red River Valley
      Rowan County Crew
      Rowan County Crew
  17. S
    • Salty Tears
      Salty Tears
      Seven Are We
      Seven Are We
      Seven Are We
      Shall We Gather At The River
      She Was Reared In Old Kentucky
      Sing While You Drive
      Singing Waterfall
      Sinner You Must Die
      " Soldier's Bride, A"
      " Soldier's Bride, A"
      " Soldier's Lost Letter, The " Song
      Song Of Little Albert
      Southern Moon
      Southern Moon
      Sun Going To Shine In My Backyard
      Sweet Birds
      Sweet Birds
      Sweet Birds
      Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong
      Sweet Valerie
      Sweeter Than Flowers
  18. T
    • Talking Blues
      [I was Waltzin' With my Darlin']
      Tennessee Waltz
      Tennessee Waltz
      This World Can't Stand Long
      These Lonely Tombs
      These Lonely Tombs
      These Lonely Tombs
      Till the End of the World
      Too Little- To Late
      The Joy Heart
      Trouble On My Mind
      Trouble On My Mind
      Trouble On My Mind
      Try and Make the Best of Everything
      The Tumble Down Shack
      Turn Your Radio On
      The Gals Go Wild Over Me
      Turn Your Radio On
      Turn Your Radio On
  19. V
    • "Vacancy In My Heart, A"
      Village Churchyard
  20. W
    • Waxford Girl
      [We Shall Sleep But Not Forever]
      We Two forever
      Weary Weary Walking Blues
      Wedding Bells
      Wedding Bells #2
      Wedding Bells #2
      What Difference Does it Make
      What Difference Does it Make
      What Difference Does it Make
      What Is Home Without Love
      What Is Home Without Love
      When He Reached Down His Hand For Me
      When He Reached Down His Hand For Me
      When I Get to The End of the Way
      When My Dream Boat Comes Home
      When the Roses Bloom Again
      When the War is Over in Korea
      When the War is Over in Korea
      " When the War is Over, Over There"
      " When the War is Over, Over There"
      When They Ring the Golden Bells
      When They Ring the Golden Bells
      Where Could I Go
      Where Could I Go
      Where Could I Go But to The Lord
      Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight
      Whiter Than Snow
      Why Dont you Haul Off and Love Me
      Will Jesus Find Us Watching
      Will My Mother Know Me there?
      Will They Miss Me When I'm Gone
      William Goebel
      Wish I was a Belgium
      Wreck on the Number Nine
      Wreck on the Number Nine
      Wedding Bells #2
      When The Redeemed Are Gathering In
  21. Y
    • You Are My Sunshine
      You Going Change or I'm Going Leave
  22. Manuscript Fragments

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