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William S. Trent Video Recording

 Collection — Videotape: 1
Identifier: AppMs-0332

Scope and Contents

The William S. Trent Video Recording is an MP4 file of regional performances. The content appears to be from three different performances. The first part is a recording of an outdoor "ballad swap" held at an unidentified location in Mars Hill, North Carolina, on October 1, 1988. Most of the performers and songs performed are unidentified; most of the singers performed a cappella, but a few accompanied themselves on guitar. The second part is a recording of Shelia Kay Adams singing and telling stories at an unidentified outdoor location (perhaps Mars Hill). Adams performed some songs a cappella but accompanied herself on guitar or banjo at other times. Nearly all the songs she performed are identified, including "Little Margaret," "Pretty Saro," "Jerusalem Mourn," and "Little Betty Ann." The final section is a recording of Frank Proffitt, Jr., performing at an unidentified indoor location. Proffitt sang a cappella or accompanied himself on fretless banjo or dulcimer, and he also performed instrumentals on the dulcimer. The songs he performed included "Tom Dooley," "Poor Ellen Smith," "Barbara Allen," and "Wildwood Flower." The recording is approximately two hours long.


  • 1988

Conditions Governing Access

The video is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or broadcast for commercial purposes must be secured from the copyright holders. The archives does not have contact information for the copyright holders.


7.12 Gigabytes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The recording was donated to the Archives of Appalachia on January 5, 1989, by William S. Trent, Morristown, Tennessee.

Existence and Location of Originals

The digital file in possession of the Archives of Appalachia was transferred from VHS videocassette.The location of the videocassette is unknown.

Processing Information

Ed Speer completed processing, and the collection was opened to researchers in March 1997.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA