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Joseph Sargent Hall Collection, 1915-2000 | Archives of Appalachia

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Predominant Dates: 1937-1977
ID: 500/AppMs 422
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Arrangement: The collection is divided into four series: Series 1, Field Work, 1937-2000; Series 2, Linguistic Materials, 1937-1993; Series 3, Career and Publications, 1937-1991; and Series 4, Oversize Materials, 1937.
Extent: 22.2 linear feet
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Scope and Contents: The Joseph Hall Collection focuses primarily on Hall’s research of language and folklore of the people living in the Great Smoky Mountains. The bulk of the papers result from Hall’s fieldwork dating from 1937-1941 and include notebooks; notes on index cards; reel-to-reel tape recorded interviews; transcripts; typed manuscripts derived from the interviews; photographs; and slides. The field recordings and related materials document the Appalachian dialect, including word meaning and usage and syntax. Also documented are folk beliefs, folk remedies, traditional tales and stories of life in the mountains, traditional music, hunting, and agricultural practices of the mountain people. Biographical sketches of Hall’s informants are also included in the collection. Much of the field research materials are preserved on microfilm.

The remaining materials include card indices compiled from the collection to be used in the creation of a dictionary of Appalachian dialect; manuscripts published by Hall based on his research; newspaper clippings and other memorabilia about Hall and the Great Smoky Mountains; correspondence; and professional literature used by Hall in his research. There is a set of oversize print copies of Hall’s field notebooks created by Dr. Michael Montgomery (see biography) for his research. Finally, there are cassette sound recordings of Dr. Montgomery’s interview of Joseph Hall and of Montgomery’s discussion of Hall’s work and life.

The collection spans from 1915-2000, but predominantly spans from 1937-1977. Hall’s material on hunting dates from 1937-1965. Medicinal remedy information was collected from 1937-1973. Music material dates from 1937-1960. Copies of photographs identified with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park classification numbers were made available to Joseph Hall by the Park. The tape recordings of early field recording are copies made from acetate discs from the collections of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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