Guide to the Margaret Ray Folger Folk Ballads Collection, 1866-1976, undated

Summary Information

Title: Margaret Ray Folger Folk Ballads Collection, 1866-1976, undated
Collection: AC.740
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:

The Margaret Ray Folger Folk Ballads Collection is a collection of original and copied ballads, songs, and poetry (circa 1900) of southern Appalachia, along with correspondence with and 1976 presentation notes, audiovisual recordings, and slides of Dr. Doc Abrams.

Creator: Folger, Margaret Ray

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Ray Folger was married to Joseph Folger and both were graduates of Appalachian State Teachers College in 1938. They had at least one child, Elinor Foster.

Dr. William Amos Doc Abrams was a professor at Appalachian State Teachers College in the 1930s and had a reputation as an enthusiastic collector, scholar and promoter of North Carolina folklore, thus his interest in Mrs. Folger's collection. The Folgers' connection with Doc Abrams came from their attendance of Appalachian State Teachers College, from which they graduated in 1938. She stated in an email, they admired Dr. Abrams and corresponded with him from time to time.

Scope and Contents

The correspondence and old ballads and poetry are late 19th and early 20th century manuscripts that Margaret Ray Folger inherited from her aunts of Boone, North Carolina, Misses Sallie and Lelia Ray, daughters of Mr. J.C. Ray. The Folgers were acquaintances of Amos Doc Abrams of Appalachian State Teachers College when they attended in 1938, and continued contact through the years.

The audiovisual items, an audiocassette and a reel-to-reel tape, were of the April 7, 1976 Appalachian State Symposium honoring Cratis Williams. The audiocassette contains Abrams' presentation Bringing in the Sheaves he gave at the symposium, along with the slides also found in this collection. User and archival CD copies were made of the tapes.

Arrangement

The articles and items in this collection are filed according to type and date, if possible. The audiovisual components are in envelopes 1.8-1.10.

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 came from Elinor Foster, daughter of Margaret Ray and Joseph Folger, both graduates of Appalachian State University in 1938 and acquaintances of Dr. Doc Abrams. Accession number AC.2011.030

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott. 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.740: Margaret Ray Folger Folk Ballads Collection, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Correspondence, Folgers with Doc Abrams and Others, 1894-1976 Box 1, Folder 1
Folk Ballads (copies), with Attached Notes by Doc Abrams, circa 1976 Box 1, Folder 2
Old Letters, Songs and Poetry, 1866-1901, undated Box 1, Folder 3
Presentation, by Dr. Doc Abrams, Bringing in the Sheaves, April 1976 Box 1, Folder 4
Research Article for Doc Abrams, 1934-1976 Box 1, Folder 5
Research and Notes [may have been Abrams' notes], undated Box 1, Folder 6
Slides, Used and Unused in Abrams' Presentation, April 1976 Box 1, Folder 7
Archival CD Copies of Reel-to-Reel and Tape #1, ASU Symposium, Honoring Cratis Williams, and Amos Abrams, Bringing in the Sheaves Presentation, April 7, 1976 Box 1, Folder 8
Originials, Reel-to-Reel and Tape #1, ASU Symposium, Honoring Cratis Williams, and Amos Abrams, Bringing in the Sheaves Presentation, April 7, 1976 Box 1, Folder 9
User CD Copies of Reel-to-Reel and Tape #1, ASU Symposium, Honoring Cratis Williams, and Amos Abrams, Bringing in the Sheaves Presentation, April 7, 1976 Box 1, Folder 10