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Bernard Rousseau Collection, 1957-1988 and undated | Archives of Appalachia

Title: Bernard Rousseau Collection, 1957-1988 and undatedAdd to your cart.
ID: 500/AppMs 469
Created by: Rousseau, Bernard
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Arrangement: The collection is divided into five series: Series 1, Festivals and Fiddlers’ Conventions, 1969-84 and undated; Series 2, Performances in Clubs, Concerts, and Private Parties, 1957-83 and undated; Series 3, Studio Tapes, 1967-83 and undated; Series 4, Radio Broadcasts, 1983-88 and undated; and Series 5, Printed Documentation, 1957-84 and undated.

The first two series consist of open reel audiotapes of live performances at fiddlers’ conventions, music festivals, and clubs. Series 3 contains open reel audiotapes made in Rousseau’s Kingston studio, while Series 4 contains off-the-air radio broadcasts. Series 5 contains written documentation (convention programs, publicity photos, festival schedules, tape logs, etc.) on the musical performances.
Extent: 187.0 Sound recordings
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Scope and Contents: The Bernard Rousseau Collection contains 187 open reel audiotapes of performances at fiddlers’ conventions, bluegrass festivals, music clubs, and studio sessions, 1957-84; as well as radio broadcasts of bluegrass and country music, 1983-88. The collection also contains two manuscript boxes of printed materials, which focus on the conventions and festivals. Included in the two boxes are tape logs, performer lists, publicity photos, along with convention and festival programs.

Festivals included in Rousseau Collection:

1. Bluegrass Spectacular at the Capitol Theatre, Elizabethton, Tennessee: May 21, 1971.
2. Carlton Haney Festival, Camp Springs, North Carolina: August 30, 1969; September 6, 1970.
3. Cobb County Bluegrass Festival, Marietta, Georgia: October 25, 1969; October 3, 1970.
4. Fiddlers’ Convention, Collinsville, Virginia: November 17-18, 1972; November 16-17, 1973.
5. Galax Fiddlers’ Convention, Galax, Virginia: August 7, 1970.
6. Georgia State Bluegrass Festival, Shoal Creek Country Music Park, Lavonia, Georgia: July 26, 1970.
7. Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree and Crafts Festival, Smithville, Tennessee: July 7, 1984
8. South Carolina State Tri-Centennial Blue Grass Festival at Glassy Mountain in Greer, South Carolina: September 25, 1970.
9. Union Grove Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention, Union Grove, North Carolina: April 4, 1969; March 27-28, 1970; April 9-10, 1971; April 20-21, 1973; April 11-13, 1974; March 27-29, 1975; April 15-17, 1976; March 24, 1978. [We only have tapes from that particular day.]

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