Guide to the Lucy Long Papers, 1980 - 1981

Summary Information

Title: Lucy Long Papers, 1980 - 1981
Collection: AC.169
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)
Abstract:

The Lucy Long Papers are photocopies of Lucy Long's field notes, releases, and tape information generated for a project entitled "The Appalachian Oral History" and conducted by Long in the summer of 1980. Long studied the Hicks family of Beech Mountain and the use of the dulcimer.

Creator: Long, Lucy, 1956-

Biographical/Historical Note

Beech Mountain, North Carolina has been long recognized as the home of nationally renowned storytellers, such as Ray Hicks, Stanley Hicks, and Orville Hicks. The Hicks family of Beech Mountain, North Carolina originated from David Hicks, who migrated from England to America approximately between 1740 and 1750. He settled in western North Carolina, the state of Franklin, and eastern Tennessee and died in 1792. His descendants intermarried with the Harmon and Presnell families and settled in Beech Mountain, North Carolina.

Stanley Hicks (1911-1989) was born to Roby and Buna Vista Presnell Hicks and raised on Spice Creek in western Watauga County. He married Virgie Presnell. He sold instruments out of his home and at Jack Guy’s store on Beech Creek. Handcrafting banjos and dulcimers ran in his family with both his father and grandfather Sam Hicks making them. Hicks also worked for the Works Progress Administration and traveled for work. In 1980, the North Carolina Folklore Society presented Stanley Hicks with its highest honor, the Brown-Hudson Award. In 1983, he received the National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, along with his cousin Ray Hicks.

Scope and Contents

The Lucy Long Papers were generated for a project entitled "The Appalachian Oral History" and conducted by Lucy Long in the summer of 1980. Long studied the Hicks family of Beech Mountain and the use of the dulcimer. Her primary informant was Stanley Hicks. Included in the collection are field notes with Beech Mountain community members, a slide index, a photocopy of a National Endowment of the Humanities grant application for Long's proposed project, "The Traditions of Plucked Dulcimer Making and Building in a North Carolina Family" and her interim report, photocopies of release forms, audiocassettes, and slides.

Arrangement

This collection is organized by material type, then by subject.

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. The accession number is MLL. This collection was opened to the public on 27 September 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell, circa 1994; Kathryn Staley, 27 September 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, 23 June 2005; Revised by Cynthia Harbeson, July 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.169: Lucy Long Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  Box Folder

Field Notes, 1980 

1 1

Slide Index, 1980 

1 2

NEH Grant Application, 1980 

1 3

Tape Logs, 1980 

1 4

Release Forms, 1980 

1 5

Audiocassettes, 1981 

1 6

Slides, circa 1980 

1 7