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The Reuben Powell Papers, Series VII-IX
 

Accession Number: 65
Reuben Powell Papers (1910-1982)
9.2 linear ft.
Online Catalog Record (BANC)

Overview
History
Series I - A-Z Miscellaneous
Series II - Performers
Series III - Biographical and Recordings Classification
Series IV - Festivals
Series V - Radio Stations
Series VI - Record Companies
Series VII - Renfro Valley
Series VIII - Subject Files
Series IX - Locators
Series X - Sound Recordings


70 manuscript boxes, 10 file card boxes

Series VII Renfro Valley Boxes 8-9

This series includes information on festivals sponsored by Renfro Valley. A run of the Renfro Valley Bugles from 1961-77, biographical information on John Lair, and publicity for Renfro Valley. Correspondence by Reuben Powell concerning the Renfro Valley Tape Club is also found in this series.

Box 8, continued

  1. Bluegrass Festival
  2. Bluegrass Festival: Tape Lists
  3. Renfro Valley Bugle: 1970-77
  4. Renfro Valley Bugle: 1968-69
  5. Renfro Valley Bugle: 1966-67
  6. Renfro Valley Bugle: 1961-62

Box 9

  1. John Lair
  2. Newspaper Clippings
  3. Newspaper Clippings (miscellaneous)
  4. Old Time Fiddlers Convention
  5. Correspondence: Reuben Powell
  6. Publicity
  7. Traditional Music and Old Timers Reunion
  8. Miscellaneous
Series VIII Subject Files Boxes 9-10

Mr. Powell collected numerous published materials on a variety of topics. These folders touch on a wide range of broad topics, alphabetically arranged, and do not fit into any of the other series.

Box 9 continued

  1. Airplane and Automobile Songs
  2. Alice Lloyd College
  3. Armed Forces Radio Show
  4. Australian Music and Artists
  5. Banjo Information
  6. Berea College Library
  7. Big Band Era
  8. Biographic Material, Misc.
  9. Bluegrass Music and Festivals
  10. Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

Box 10

  1. Broadcasting: General
  2. Brochures
  3. Collecting Records
  4. Country Music Hall of Fame: John Lair and Bradley Kincaid
  5. Country Style Electronic Transcripts
  6. Copyright Law
  7. Fiddle Music
  8. Grand Ole Opry
  9. Index- Audio
  10. Index- Pickin'
  11. Library of Congress
  12. McGregor Electronic Transcripts
  13. Native American Folklore
  14. Railroad References
  15. Record Covers
  16. Record Data
  17. Satterley, Art: Ledgers
  18. Songs and Music
Series IX Locators Boxes 11-23

This series includes the index cards on which Mr. Powell kept track of much of his information. Index cards served as song, artist, and tape indexes. He used them to locate tracks by different artists, record types, and Renfro Valley association. These "locators" are organized under numerous headings devised by Mr. Powell.

Box 11

  1. Artist Locator A-C

Box 12

  1. Artist Locator D-J

Box 13

  1. Artist Locator K-Q

Box 14

  1. Artist Locator R-V

Box 15

  1. Artist Locator W-Z

Box 16

  1. Records: 78 RPM

Box 17

  1. Record and Tape Information

Box 18

  1. Reference and Data Files

Box 19

  1. Renfro Valley

Box 20

  1. Renfro Valley Personnel

Box 21

  1. Song Index A-Z

Box 22

  1. Song Index: Unfiled

Box 23

  1. Tape Index 11-12
Series X Sound Recordings Boxes 21-80

This series consists of 1600 reel-to-reel audio tapes containing both published and unpublished material pertaining to American country and traditional music. Tune titles, performer names, record labels, and names of interviewees are searchable via an in-house database. Powell's broad subject series include Renfro Valley Gatherin', Renfro Valley Barn Dance, Commercial LP Recordings, Commercial 78rpm recordings, Electronic Transcriptions (Radio Program Recordings,) Tape Club Recordings, Performer Interviews, Thematic Groups (particularly performers and events), and Powell's "Autotapeography."

Boxes 21-30
  1. Series 01-001 Renfro Valley Gatherin'
Boxes 30-33
  1. Series 01-003 Renfro Valley Barn Dance
  2. Series 01-005 Renfro Valley Barn Dance
  3. Series 01-007 Renfro Valley Barn Dance
Boxes 33-43
  1. Series 04 Commercial LP Recordings
Boxes 44-54
  1. Series 05 Commercial 78rpm Recordings
Boxes 54-57
  1. Series 07 Electronic Transcriptions
Boxes 58-62
  1. Series 08 Tape Club Recordings
Boxes 62-63
  1. Series 10 Performer Interviews
Boxes 64-80
  1. Series 11 Thematic Groups
Box 80
  1. Series 13 Autotapeography

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