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Thomas G. Burton Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-160

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.


  • 1967-1991


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying of tapes necessitates the permission of Thomas G. Burton. Because of copyright restrictions, some tapes, as noted, may be used for research purposes, but may not be copied.


4.00 linear feet (1 linear foot of manuscripts, 90 audio and video tapes, 135 photographic prints (black and white and color), 237 35mm negatives (black and white and color))


The collection is divided into series and subseries as follows: Series 1, Field Research in Folklore Class Materials, 1986-91; Series 2, Serpent-Handling Materials, 1983-89; and Series 3, Other Materials, 1978-90 and undated.

Method of Acquisition

The Thomas G. Burton Collection consists of materials donated by Burton to the archives. Originally the archives placed these materials, donated at different times, in four separate collections. In April 1989 the archives combined these materials into one collection.

Separated Materials

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.
Norma Myers, Scott Schwartz, Marie Tedesco, and Georgia Greer
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

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