Guide to the Thomas A. McGowan Papers, 1977-2011, undated

Summary Information

Title: Thomas A. McGowan Papers, 1977-2011, undated
Collection: AC.901
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract:

The Thomas McGowan papers contain materials primarily concerned with the folk heritage of North Carolina. The papers include materials related to the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award as well as information on various regional musicians, artisans, and folk collectors. The audiovisual materials hold footage and audio recordings of regional artists such as Stanley Hicks, Bertha Cook, Doc Watson, and Marshall Ward.

Creator: McGowan, Thomas A.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas A. McGowan is a former Professor of English at Appalachian State University. He attended Notre Dame University followed by four years of service in the United States Marine Corps. McGowan resumed his education at the University of Virginia where earned both a Masters and Ph.D. in English. A specialist in Medieval Literature, McGowan has also maintained an interest and advocacy for the folk cultures and traditions within North Carolina and has worked closely with Watauga County Jack Tale teller Orville Hicks. For 22 years, he edited the North Carolina Folklore Journal and is an active member of the North Carolina Folklore Society. In 2001 he received the first lifetime service award from the Society, the award is named for McGowan and continues to be given to others have devoted there lives to documenting and promoting traditional folklife. McGowan is the recipient of the 2003 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains papers concerned with the North Carolina Folk Heritage Awards ceremony and recipients, a playscript of Appalachian Beowulf adaption Brother Wolf, a transcript of an interview with festival and concert organizer George Holt, and materials related to musicians Scott Wiseman and Slim Davis. Audiovisual materials include video footage of traditional musicians and artists including Bertha Cook, Marshall Ward, Stanley Hicks, Doc Watson, Frank and Anne Warner, and Orville Hicks. Also included are audio interviews with folklorists George Holt, Mary Regan, and Wayne Martin.

Arrangement

The Thomas A. McGowan Papers are organized into two series. Series I: Professional Papers is organized alphabetically. Series II: Audiovisual is organized by media format.

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

The materials were donated in parts by Thomas McGowan between 1995 and 2011.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid generated by Trevor McKenzie, November 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.901: Thomas A. McGowan Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Professional Papers, 1977-2011, undated 

Series Description

Series I: Professional Papers contains papers concerned with the North Carolina Folk Heritage Awards ceremony and recipients, a playscript of Appalachian Beowulf adaption Brother Wolf, a transcript of an interview with festival and concert organizer George Holt, and materials related to musicians Scott Wiseman and Slim Davis. There are also materials related to McGowan's work as a Professor of English at Appalachian State.

  Box Folder

Brother Wolf manuscript, 2006-2011 

1 1

Earnest East and Benton Flippen Introduction, undated 

1 2

English Department Newsletters- Appalachian State, March 1992, undated 

1 3

Folk Heritage Award Nomination Form for Watson Family, 1993 

1 4

Frank and Anne Warner materials, 1977-1978, undated 

1 5

George Holt Interview Transcript, undated 

1 6

North Carolina Folk Heritage Award Ceremony Remarks, January 19, 1989 

1 7

North Carolina Folk Heritage Awards Invitation, 1996 

1 8

North Carolina Folk Heritage Awards Recipients, 1992-1996, undated 

1 9

North Carolina Humanities newsletter, 2001 

1 10

Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination, H. G. Jones, March 19, 2002, undated 

1 11

Scott Wiseman materials, 2000, undated 

1 12

Slim Davis materials, undated 

1 13
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Series II: Audiovisual, 1980-2002, undated

Series Description

Series II: Audiovisual materials includes video footage of traditional musicians and artists including Bertha Cook, Marshall Ward, Stanley Hicks, Doc Watson, Frank and Anne Warner, and Orville Hicks. Also included are audio interviews with folklorists George Holt, Mary Regan, and Wayne Martin.

  Box Item

Bertha Cook, Tape C/Marshall Ward's Cat and Mouse: Traditional Innovation in the Folktale [U-Matic], undated

2 1

Edited Master, Bertha Cook [U-Matic], undated

2 2

Marshall Ward, Cat and Mouse, A. S. U. [U-Matic], March 15, 1980

2 3

Bertha Cook: Maker of Knotted Bedspreads [U-Matic], undated

2 4

Tape 1- Watauga Herb, Red in office and transition shots [U-Matic], undated

2 5

Appalachian Cultural Museum, VHS transfers to Beta, Tape 1 [Beta], undated

2 6

Nick- Stanley Hicks- Reel 1 [Video Reel], undated

2 7

Nick- Stanley Hicks- Reel 2 [Video Reel], undated

2 8

Marshall Ward [Video Reel], undated

2 9

George Holt, Chatham Co. at home [audiocassette], May 19, 1997

2 10

George Holt, Chatham Co. at home, Tape 2 [audiocassette], May 19, 1997

2 11

Mary Regan, Raleigh, NC [audiocassette], May 20, 1997

2 12

Wayne Martin, N. C. Arts Council, Raleigh [audiocassette], May 20, 1997

2 13

Wayne Martin [audiocassette], May 21, 1997

2 14

WBTV Doc Watson [VHS], undated

2 15

Knotted Bedspread Maker Interview [VHS], undated

2 16

National Folk Alliance Award- Anne and Frank Warner [VHS], undated

2 17

Orville Hicks [VHS], February 11, 2002

2 18

Various TV Programs [VHS], undated

2 19

USER CD Copies of all Audiovisual Items, numbered by format, 1980-2002, undated

3  

ARCHIVAL CD Copies of all Audiovisual Items, number by format, 1980-2002, undated

4  

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