Guide to the Richard Chase Manuscript, circa 1955

Summary Information

Title: Richard Chase Manuscript, circa 1955
Collection: AC.134
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:

Richard Chase Manuscript consists primarily of the manuscript of American Folk Tales and Songs, by folklorist and storyteller Richard Chase. The collection includes a two-part typed manuscript and various separate parts of the manuscript.

Creator: Chase, Richard, 1904-1988

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Chase (1904-1988) was a folklorist who collected folk tales. Chase obtained a B.S. from Antioch College. In 1935, Chase met Marshall Ward of Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Chase collected tales in Watauga County and western Virginia until 1943 and published two books based on his informants. Chase lived in California from 1964 to approximately 1975. He published several audiocassettes, was in many video cassettes, and wrote several books including The Jack Tales,  American Folk Tales and Songs: and other examples of English-American tradition as preserved in the Appalachian Mountains and elsewhere in the United States,  The Grandfather Tales: American-English Folk Tales,  Jack and the Three Sillies,   Billy Boy,  Singing Games and Playparty Games,  Old songs and Singing Games,  Hullabaloo and Other Singing Folk Games,  Wicked John and the Devil. Chase also used the pen name "Tom Hunt." Chase had one daughter, Ann Gay Chase Applegate.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of the manuscript of American Folk Tales and Songs, by folklorist and storyteller Richard Chase. New American Library published this book in 1956. The collection includes a two-part typed manuscript and various separate parts of this manuscript.

Arrangement

This collection is in its original arrangement.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. This collection was opened to the public on 15 August 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell, Kathryn Staley, 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, 2005; Minor revisions by Cynthia Harbeson, July 2014. 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.134: Richard Chase Manuscript, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  Box Folders

American Folk Tales and Songs manuscript, Part I undated 

1 1-2
  Box Folder

American Folk Tales and Songs manuscript, Part II, undated 

1 3

American Folk Tales and Songs early drafts, undated 

1 4

American Folk Tales and Songs Table of Contents drafts and outlines, undated 

1 5

Cover copy and Title pages for The Devil and the Blacksmith and  American Folk Tales and Songs, undated 

1 6

American Folk Tales and Songs draft introductions, undated 

1 7

American Folk Tales and Songs later drafts of introductions, undated 

1 8

American Folk Tales and Songs typescripts and music, undated 

1 9

Deletions from Chase manuscript and editing questions, undated 

1 10