Guide to the Danielle Erin Rector Original Fieldwork with my Grandmother, Elva Hart McMannis, 2008

Summary Information

Title: Danielle Erin Rector Original Fieldwork with my Grandmother, Elva Hart McMannis, 2008
Collection: AC.780
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is Danielle Erin Rector's class paper for Appalachian State University Class AS5015 in Fall 2008, entitled Original Fieldwork with my Grandmother, Elva Hart McMannis.

Creator: Rector, Danielle Erin

Biographical/Historical Note

Based on information in the paper, Elva Hart McMannis grew up in the 1930s and 1940s in eastern Kentucky and attended ten or twenty shape-note music schools from the age of eight into her twenties. Some of these schools were sponsored by her church, East Corbin Baptist Church. In an inteview with her granddaughter, Danielle Rector, for this paper, Ms. McMannis said the schools lasted ten nights at a time, lasting about two and one-half hours. Ms. McMannis was one of thirteen children, raised in a strict Kentucky home.

Scope and Contents

This collection is a copy of a class paper titled: Original Fieldwork with my Grandmother, Elva Hart McMannis: Shape-Note Music & Singing Schools in Kentucky Appalachia in the 1930s and '40s written by Danielle Erin Rector in 2008 for an Appalachian Studies graduate course.


This is a single-item collection.

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 was a gift from Cece Conway. It was accessioned as AC.2011.098.

Processing Information

This 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.780: Danielle Erin Rector, "Original Fieldwork with my Grandmother, Elva Hart McMannis", W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Paper, 2008 ACSC_Box 26, Folder 9