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Guide to the John Lair Papers, Series 2
 

Accession Number: 66
The John Lair Papers
Papers: 1930-1984
Audio/Visual: 1937-1999
35.7 Linear feet
Online Catalog Record (BANC)


Overview & Series Description
Series I - John Lair - Biographical
Series II - Business Correspondence
Series III - Performer Correspondence and Biographical Material
Series IV - Published Material
Series V - Songs
Series VI - Radio Program Scripts
Series VII - Listener Mail
Series VIII - Photographs

Series II Business Correspondence   Boxes 3-18

This series includes correspondence (1930 to 1981) with business associates, job seekers, booking agencies, sponsors, advertising agencies, and radio stations. Other topics are gospel quartet contests, establishment of a Renfro Valley pioneer museum, and publishing projects including a hymnbook, almanac, and Lair's book about Abraham Lincoln's favorite songs.

Box 3

  1. Gus Sun Booking Agency 1940-1941
  2. Gus Sun Booking Agency 1942
  3. Bookings: September 1943
  4. Bookings: October 1943
  5. Bookings: November 1943
  6. Bookings: December 1943
  7. Bookings: 1944 (I)
  8. Bookings: 1944 (II)
Box 4
  1. Bookings: 1945
  2. Bookings: 1947
  3. Bookings: 1948
  4. Bookings: Undated / January--March 1952
  5. Bookings: April--June 1952
  6. Bookings: July--December 1952
  7. Bookings: By Richard Pierson, 1956
  8. Bookings: 1957
Box 5
  1. 1937 National Folk Festival
  2. White House Performance 1939
  3. Renfro Valley Fox Hunt 1941
  4. Tent Shows 1944 / 46
  5. First Red Bud Fesitval 1946
  6. Florida 1949
  7. All Day Sing and Quartet Contest 1953
  8. All Day Sing and Quartet Contest 1954
  9. Kentucky State Fair-Homecoming 1962
  10. Kentucky State Fair-Appearances 1960s
  11. Christmas Party Fund 1964-1968
  12. Renfro Valley Founders Day 1977
  13. Renfro Valley Founders Day - Clippings and Promotional Material: 1977
  14. 1980 Country Music Association Hall of Fame Nominees
Box 6
  1. Gospel Quartet Contest: 1946-47
  2. Gospel Quartet Contest: 1947
  3. Gospel Quartet Contest: 1947 / 1952
Box 7
  1. Business Correspondence: Undated
  2. Business Correspondence: 1930-1936
  3. Business Correspondence: 1937
  4. Business Correspondence: 1938
  5. Business Correspondence: 1939
  6. Business Correspondence: 1940
  7. Renfro Valley Buildings: 1940
  8. Business Correspondence: January 1941
  9. Business Correspondence: February 1941
  10. Business Correspondence: March 1941
  11. Business Correspondence: April-September 1941
  12. Business Correspondence: October 1941
  13. Business Correspondence: November 1941
  14. Business Correspondence: December 1941
  15. Business Correspondence: 1942
  16. Business Correspondence: 1943
  17. Business Correspondence: 1944-1947
Box 8
  1. Business Correspondence: January-February 1948
  2. Business Correspondence: March 1948
  3. Business Correspondence: April-June 1948
  4. Business Correspondence: July-September 1948
  5. Business Correspondence: October-December 1948
  6. Business Correspondence: March-June 1949
  7. Business Correspondence: July-August 1949
  8. Business Correspondence: September-December 1949
  9. Business Correspondence: 1950-1951
  10. Business Correspondence: 1952-1959
Box 9
  1. Business Correspondence: Mrs. W.C. Bradley 1960
  2. Business Correspondence: Barnett-Blackburn 1962
  3. Business Correspondence: 1961-1962
  4. Business Correspondence: 1963
  5. Business Correspondence: 1964
  6. Business Correspondence: 1965
  7. Business Correspondence: 1966
  8. Business Correspondence: 1967
  9. Business Correspondence: 1968
  10. Business Correspondence: 1971-1981, Undated
  11. Business Records: [1939-1955]
  12. Barn Dance Attendance: 1951-1960
  13. Payroll Data: 1952
  14. John Lair Expense Accounts: 1952-1953
  15. Renfro Valley Enterprises, Inc.-Trial Balance: 1957
Box 10
  1. Museum Articles - Old Songs and Poems: 1945-1946
  2. Correspondence - Museum Artifacts - Farm/Tools: 1945-1948
  3. Correspondence - Museum Artifacts - Misc.: 1945-1946
  4. Correspondence - Museum Artifacts - Musical Instruments: 1946-1948
  5. Correspondence - Museum Artifacts - Weaponry: 1946-1948
  6. Correspondence - Museum Artifacts - Misc.: 1947-1948
  7. Museum Articles - Old Songs and Poems: 1947-1949
  8. Horse Drawn Vehicle Collection: 1961
  9. Museum Articles: 1959-1961
  10. Correspondence - Museum Artifacts - Misc.: 1962-1964
  11. Museum: 1965-1966
  12. Museum: 1967-1968
Box 11
  1. New 1935 Song Book: [1934-1935]
  2. Renfro Valley Keepsake - Printing: 1947
  3. Renfro Valley Keepsake: 1941
  4. Duel, Slone, and Pearce - Lincoln Song Book: 1960-1961
  5. Lincoln Songs: 1951; 1952; and 1958
  6. Hymn Book: January-September 1951
  7. Hymn Book: October-December 1951
  8. Hymn Book: 1952
  9. Albert E. Brumley - Proposed Song Book: 1953
  10. Renfro Valley Almanac: 1953-1954
  11. Lincoln Song Book Material: 1953-1955
Box 12
  1. WLS Music Departmental Plan
  2. WLW 1941
  3. WHAS 1941-[1959]
  4. CBS 1947-1958
  5. WSB Atlanta: 1941
  6. WGRC 1941
  7. Tom Hargis (Gene Autry) - WRVK 1955-1956
  8. WLBK - George Biggar: 1959-1960
  9. WWL New Orleans: 1959
  10. WJR 1959-1977
  11. WCCO 1959-1960
  12. WRVK 1960-1962; 1969
  13. Misc. Stations Broadcasting Renfro Valley Programs: 1964-1968
  14. WAGY Forest City, NC: 1967
  15. KBOW Butte, Montana
  16. KTHS Little Rock, Arkansas
  17. KVET Austin, TX
  18. KWKH Shreveport, LA
  19. WAIM Anderson, SC
  20. WDBJ Roanoke, VA
  21. WHON Centerville, IN
  22. WIBW Topeka, KS
  23. WTAD Quincy, IL
  24. WTOC Savannah, GA
Box 13
  1. Ekko Recording Company: 1947--1948
  2. Ekko Recording Company / Schwartz and Bloomenthal: 1950; 1953
  3. Renfro Valley Gatherin' Album: 1963
  4. RCA Correspondence: 1964
  5. Misc. Promotional: [1952]
  6. Federal Sign and Signal, Inc.: 1953--1958
  7. Personal Appearances: 1952--1953
  8. Personal Appearances: 1963--1967
  9. Publicity for Renfro Valley Barn Dance: [1960s]
  10. Renfro Valley Products - Walnuts: 1948--1950
  11. Renfro Valley Products: 1954--1959
Box 14
  1. Farm Television Pilot Script: 1953
  2. Movie Premiere - It Happens Every Thursday - 2nd Country Editors Conference 1953
  3. Essar Productions - Ed Salzberg: 1953
  4. Renfro Valley Barn Dance - Proposed Television Film Series: 1955
  5. Picture Clearance (Renfro Valley Movie) - Harry Fox: 1957--1966
  6. Renfro Valley Movie Correspondence: 1960s
  7. Hal Smith Agency: 1965--1968
  8. Movie Soundtrack - Renfro Valley Barn Dance Album: 1965--1968
  9. Correspondence - Movie Script - Renfro Valley Barn Dance: 1966
  10. Film Record: 1966
  11. Renfro Valley Gatherin' Television Pilot Script: 1979
  12. Renfro Valley Folks - Television Program - Correspondence - 1956--1957
Box 15
  1. Renfro Valley Bugle - Questions and Answers: 1954--1968
  2. Renfro Valley Bugle - Misc.: 1948--1967
  3. Renfro Valley Bugle - Songs and Poems: [1954--1967]
  4. Renfro Valley Bugle - "What Is It?" Column: [1961--1968]
  5. Renfro Valley Bugle - Misc.: 1962
  6. Renfro Valley Bugle - Misc.: 1963
  7. Renfro Valley Bugle - Misc.: 1964
  8. Renfro Valley Ticket Reservations: Undated
  9. Renfro Valley Ticket Reservations: January--February 1941
  10. Renfro Valley Ticket Reservations: October 1941
  11. Renfro Valley Ticket Reservations: November--December 1941
  12. Renfro Valley Ticket Reservations: January 1942
  13. Renfro Valley Ticket Reservations: February 1942
Box 16
  1. Freeman Keyes and Associates: 1937
  2. Russell M. Seeds Company / Freeman Keyes: 1938
  3. Russell M. Seeds Company / Freeman Keyes: 1939-1940
  4. Gittins Advertising - Allis Chalmers: 1940
  5. Russell M. Seeds Company / Freeman Keyes: 1941--1942
  6. Russell M. Seeds Company: [1949--1950]
  7. Russell M. Seeds Company / Freeman Keyes: 1943-1949
  8. Ballard and Ballard Company: 1943-1944
  9. T.J. Wood, Sr. 1950
  10. Henri, Hurst and McDonald, Inc. (Ballard & Ballard): 1948; 1950
  11. Ballard and Ballard Company: 1947--1949; 1953
  12. Ballard and Ballard Company - Package Logos
  13. Prospective Sponsors: 1948--1949
  14. Benton and Bowles - General Foods - Proposal: 1950
  15. Renfro Valley Presentation Materials: [1950s]
  16. Calumet Baking Powder - Reference File: 1950
  17. Foote, Cone and Belding - Advertising: 1950
  18. Post 40% Bran Flakes - Commercial Reference File: 1950
  19. Benton and Bowles, Inc.: 1950
Box 17
  1. Benton and Bowles, Inc. - Station Lists: 1950--1954
  2. Agency and Sponsor Personnel Lists: 1950
  3. Benton and Bowles, Inc. - Renfro Valley Ratings: 1951
  4. Tom Wood Jr. Correspondence (with sponsors): 1951--1952
  5. Benton and Bowles, Inc.: January--April 1951
  6. Benton and Bowles, Inc.: May--November 1951
  7. Brush Offer - Maxwell House Tea: 1951
  8. Foote, Cone and Belding: 1951
  9. Benton and Bowles, Inc. - Country Store Public Relations Material: 1951
  10. Benton and Bowles, Inc. - Sunday Morning Gathering Public Relations Material: 1951
  11. Foote, Cone and Belding: January--May 1952
  12. Benton and Bowles, Inc.: 1952
Box 18
  1. Foote, Cone and Belding: June--December 1952
  2. Benton and Bowles, Inc. - Renfro Valley Ratings: 1952--1954
  3. (Foote, Cone and Belding) - Country Editors Conference: 1952--1953
  4. Young and Rubicam, Inc.: 1952
  5. Foote, Cone and Belding: January--March 1953
  6. Foote, Cone and Belding: April--December 1953
  7. Prospective Sponsors: 1953; 1955--1956
  8. Ford Foundation: 1954--1964
  9. Foote, Cone and Belding: 1954
  10. Postum - Commercial Reference File: 1954
  11. Young and Rubicam, Inc.: June--July 1954
  12. Young and Rubicam, Inc.: August--December 1954
  13. Young and Rubicam, Inc.: 1955
  14. Post Cereals: 1955
  15. Prospective Sponsors: 1955-1957
  16. Campbell-Mithun Advertising - Pillsbury - 1956--1957

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