Method of Acquisition
In 1992, Dr. Michael Montgomery, a linguist and professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina, inherited Joseph Hall's field work and research. Dr. Montgomery donated the collection to the Archives of Appalachia on March 18, 1993. The initial donation consisted of books, field notes, tape recordings, transcripts, typescripts, and research for an Appalachian dictionary.
An addition to the collection was contributed by Helen Hall, Joseph Hall’s sister, on May 14, 1993. This material consists of newsletters, pamphlets, books, periodicals, reviews, and a photograph documenting Joseph Hall’s work on Appalachian dialects and folklore. The papers date between 1939-1991.
On February 13, 1995, Michael Montgomery donated an addition to the collection including audiotapes of interviews and music recorded by Hall from 1937-1969. Also in this material were miscellaneous videotapes; 16mm and 8mm home movies; aluminum audio discs; and 78 rpm shellac discs of music edited by John Lomax; and books and journals on Smoky Mountain lore, language, and ballads. Also, field notes, indexes, informant lists, and lore of the Great Smoky Mountains. This material dates from 1931-1988.
On January 22, 2000, Michael Montgomery, donated a fourth addition to the collection of three cassette tapes. One cassette tape is an interview with Joseph Sargent Hall on his research in the Great Smoky Mountains recorded on January 8, 1990. The other two cassette tapes are of Michael Montgomery discussing his and Joseph Hall's work; these tapes were recorded on October 13, 2000. These cassette tapes are located in Box 16.
On February 5, 2001, Michael Montgomery donated an addition to the collection of 23 microfilm rolls of Hall’s field notes, books, and lexical cards. The microfilm contains a broad range of information on Hall and his studies. The microfilm dates from 1937-1969. Another folder of material donated at this time contains field note typescripts, an incomplete index to the microfilms, and one small field notebook from May 1938.