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William R. Ferris collection, 1910s-2011.

Author: William R Ferris
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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The collection consists of papers, photographs, slides, sound recordings, videotapes, films, and other materials documenting Ferris's life and work. Professional papers relate to his teaching career at Jackson State University, Yale University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and to his activities at the Center for Southern Folklore, the Woodrow Wilson
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Genre/Form: Blues (Music)
Gospel music
Photographs
Wit and humor
Music
Songs and music
Encyclopedias
Named Person: Amiri Baraka; Victor Bobb; Cleanth Brooks; Fannie Bell Chapman; Judith Clark; Leon Clark; Bill Clinton; Hillary Rodham Clinton; Willie Dixon; John Dollard; Louis Dotson; Walker Evans; William Faulkner; Ferris family.; Marcie Cohen Ferris; William R Ferris; Shelby Foote; Ernest J Gaines; Allen Ginsburg; Amanda Gordon; Theora Hamblett; Bessie Jones; B B King; Alan Lomax; Ray Lum; Arthur Miller; Ethel Wright Mohamed; Ola Belle Reed; Charles Seeger; Pete Seeger; Harry Smith; Son Thomas; Othar Turner; Alice Walker; Pecolia Warner; Robert Penn Warren; Eudora Welty
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: William R Ferris
OCLC Number: 56931437
Notes: In the Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#20367).
Description: About 173,000 items (about 409.0 linear feet)
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The collection consists of papers, photographs, slides, sound recordings, videotapes, films, and other materials documenting Ferris's life and work. Professional papers relate to his teaching career at Jackson State University, Yale University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and to his activities at the Center for Southern Folklore, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Center for the Study of the American South, and as chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Personal papers include student materials, family correspondence, and other papers from the 1940s to 2002. Papers, images, and recordings document life in Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta; folk, blues, gospel, fife and drum corps music, and other musical types; folk and music festivals; folk arts, culture, and humor; Highway 61; the Ku Klux Klan; prisons, especially Parchman Farm (Mississippi State Penitentiary); auctioneers; and other topics. Films and videotapes include footage of Ferris's documentaries. Individuals important in the collection include writers, artists, musicians, political figures, and others.

The Addition of 2012 contains papers, photographs, audio recordings, moving images, digital files, and artifacts relating to William Ferris's life and work, 1949-2011. There are materials relating to Ferris's book "Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Delta Blues" (2009) and research and notes related to Ferris's book project on southern voices. There are journals kept by Ferris, 1995 and 2003-2011, containing his schedules and notes related to events and meetings; correspondence with Alice Walker, B.B. King, students and advisees, and professional colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and other universities; subject files relating to his research, projects, and events; notes, letters, holiday cards, and other papers sent to Ferris; and published items collected by Ferris. The Addition also contains black-and-white photographic prints of images taken by Ferris in the 1960s and 1970s primarily depicting African Americans and whites in Mississippi including images of musicians Louis Dotson, James "Son" Thomas, and others; a significant number of snapshots taken by Ferris, 2000-2011, of musical events, gatherings, and travel; slides depicting various people and scenes important to Ferris's research; digital family and travel photographs; digital photographs given to William Ferris from friends and associates; and photocopies of the contact prints from photographs taken by Ferris in the 1960s and 1970s. There are sound and video recordings of classes taught by Ferris at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill featuring performances by guest speakers and musicians; interviews with Ferris; digital files of presentations given by him; audio recordings, moving images, and artifacts collected by or given to Ferris; posters for book signings, and other items.

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