Guide to the Cecelia (CeCe) Conway Papers and Videos, 1992-1999, undated

Summary Information

Title: Cecelia (CeCe) Conway Papers and Videos, 1992-1999, undated
Collection: AC.728
Extent: 2.0 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 1 records and 1 CD box)

This collection houses various drafts with edit notes from Cecelia Conway's Colonializing Appalachian (or Slashing the Homemade Quilt) in Denise Giardina's 'Storming Heaven', written in the mid to late 1990's, and videos of Ora Watson's performances of Appalachian mountain music in 1992.

Creator: Conway, Cecelia

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Cecelia CeCe Conway is a Professor of English and Folklore at Appalachian State University. Her scholarly interests include the banjo, fiddle and other music traditions, women and literature in the South and Appalachian literature. Dr. Conway recently published African Banjo Echos in Appalachia (1995, University of Tennessee Press) and co-produced the Smithsonian CD, Black Banjo Songsters of NC and VA. Atlantic Monthly considered her book a landmark study and the CD a rare collection of music. She is currently working on a second CD, Black Banjo Songsters of the Blue Ridge, for Smithsonian Folkways.

Scope and Contents

Many of the papers in this collection are drafts and edits of one of Dr. Conway's works, Colonializing Appalachia (or Slashing the Homemade Quilt) in Denise Giardina's 'Storming Heaven'. These drafts remain in the order in which they were donated, sometimes out of sequence and undated. Also within this collection are eight videos of Ora Watson's performances in 1992, and of the Appalachian State University and Watauga High School Marching Bands. User and archival copies were made of the original Umatic videos.


The drafts which were dated are filed by date, and those which were not dated are filed together, in the original order as donated, which is sometimes out of page sequence. The videos are in two sets of four - four dated 5/12/1992 and four dated 6/1/1002 and located in the records box. DVD copies of the videos are in the CD Box.

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

This collection was donated by Dr. Cecelia Conway in 2010. Accession number AC.2010.094

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, January 2014. This collection was processed 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.728: Cecelia (CeCe) Conway Papers and Ora Watson Performances, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Conference Papers, Biographies, Publishing Letter, 1994-1998, undated Box 1, Folder 1
Conway's Drafts with Edits of Storming Heaven, original order, 1994 Box 1, Folder 2
Conway's Drafts with Edits, Storming Heaven, January 1999 Box 1, Folder 3
Conway's Drafts and Edits, Storming Heaven, July and August 1999 Box 1, Folder 4
Conway's Drafts, Notes, and Edits, Storming Heaven, undated Box 1, Folder 5
Ora Watson Umatic Videos (8), Original, May 1992 Box 2
Ora Watson Performances with Watauga High School Marching Band (User and Archival DVD Copies), May-June 1992 Box 3