Guide to the James Farmer Collett Recordings, 1937

Summary Information

Title: James Farmer Collett Recordings, 1937
Collection: AC.108
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:

This collection contains recordings of James Collett singing folksongs in Middle Fork, Kentucky. The recordings were made by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax of the Archive of American Folk Song, now American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, in 1937. There is an audiocassette copy of the five discs available for use, though sound quality is poor.

Creator: Collett, James Farmer

Biographical/Historical Note

James Farmer Collett (1904-1939) was a stone mason from Jacks Creek in Leslie County, Kentucky.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains five recordings of James Collett singing folksongs in Middle Fork, Kentucky. The recordings were made by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress in September 1937. Original recordings include nine songs on 12-inch 78 rpm sound discs. Most songs are traditional except for "Jackson County Jail House Blues." Recordings document Collett singing and playing a guitar, or accompanying a banjo played by John Brook. An audio cassette user copy is available of the sound discs, but because the discs were not cleaned or treated before it was made, the copy is of very poor quality and static is the predominate audible sound. The recordings could not be digitized due to their condition.

Digitized index cards to James Collette's recordings are available from the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress, including song title, alternate title(s), singer(s), performer(s), recordist(s), recording location and date, format, subjects, and instruments.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one box.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. Original recordings are not available for use. Access to recordings requires the creation of user copies, if none are available. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Stephanie Roark Keener donated the James Farmer Collett Records in February 2000.

Processing Information

Processed in 2000. The collection was reprocessed by Andrew Florence in 2013. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.108: James Farmer Collett Recordings, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: James Farmer Collett Recordings

Series Description: This collection contains recordings of James Collett singing folksongs in Middle Fork, Kentucky. The recordings were made by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax of the Archive of American Folk Song, now American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, in 1937. There is a very poor audio cassette copy of the five discs available for use.

"John Henry," sung by Farmer Collett, with guitar Box 1.1
"I Would Pawn You My Watch," sung by Farmer Collett, with guitar Box 1.1
"Buck Creek Girls Won't Go to Somerset," sung by Farmer Collett Box 1.2
"I'm Gonna Cross That White Oak Mountain," sung by Farmer Collett, with guitar Box 1.2
"Little Birdie," sung by Farmer Collett, with banjo by John Brook Box 1.3
"Cumberland Gap," sung by Farmer Collett, with banjo by John Brook Box 1.3
"Jackson Jail Blues," sung by Farmer Collett, with guitar Box 1.4
"The Knoxville Girl," sung by Farmer Collett Box 1.5
"The Butler's Boy" or "The Butcher's Boy," sung by Farmer Collett, with guitar Box 1.5
Audio cassette duplicate of Collett sound discs [very poor recording] Box 1.1