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Thomas G. Burton Collection

Identifier: AppMs-0160

Scope and Contents

The Thomas G. Burton Collection includes manuscripts, photographic prints and negatives, audio and video tapes. The manuscripts include dub sheets and tape transcripts, one copy of a songbook, documentation related to the Tennessee Traditions in Perspective Colloquium, and one booklet on Tennessee snake-handlers. The photographic prints and negatives focus on serpent-handling church services in West Virginia and Tennessee. The audio and video tapes cover serpent-handling church services in Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Tennessee; folk song and storytelling performances; and interviews by East Tennessee State University folklore students of individuals who have knowledge of different folk practices and traditions in East Tennessee.


  • 1983 - 2001


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Unless otherwise specified, audio and video must be digitized before use.

Conditions Governing Use

Most of the material in this collection cannot be used for commercial or exhibit purposes without permission from Thomas Burton. The collection also includes commercial and broadcast material; the user is responsible for obtaining use permission from the copyright holder.


17.83 linear feet (35 containers)

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Separated Materials

Fifty-six (56) commercial LPs from accession 2006-095 were added to the Archives of Appalachia Media Collection. A copy of All I Have to Do is Dream: The Boudleaux and Felice Bryant Story has been added to the Archives of Appalachia Media Collection.

Processing Information

Processing of this collection was completed in June 1991 by Norma Myers, Scott Schwartz, Marie Tedesco, and Georgia Greer.

Jen Bingham reprocessed the collection in 2020-2021.

Under Revision
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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