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Mary Elizabeth Barnicle and Tillman Cadle Recordings

Identifier: AppMs-0347

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is 567 field recordings, most on lacquer discs, made by Mary Elizabeth Barnicle and Tillman Cadle of music, stories, and speech in New York City, Florida, Georgia, the Bahamas, Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee during collecting trips between 1935 and 1950. The recordings document both African-American and Anglo-American folk culture.

Supporting materials include a 1989 interview with Tillman Cadle, tape logs, photographs, song lyrics and the disc jackets.


  • 1935 - 1989
  • Majority of material found within 1935 - 1950


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

None of the recordings may be used for commercial gain. Only East Tennessee State University, through the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, the Archives of Appalachia, and WETS-FM may disseminate this material, at no cost to the public, via public broadcast services.


588 sound recordings (584 discs (mostly acetate) in 9 disc storage boxes, 4 reel-to-reel audio tapes)

2.5 linear feet (5 document storage boxes and 1 flat box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Mary Elizabeth Barnicle and Tillman Cadle Collection was donated to the Archives by Tillman Cadle, Townsend, Tennessee on October 6, 1989, accession 1990-045a.

Processing Information

Processing of the collection was completed in 1991. At that time, audio tapes and discs were dubbed by Tim Stafford and Charles Moore. The following persons processed the collection: Marie Tedesco, Tim Stafford, Charles Moore, Georgia Greer, and Norma Myers. With support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, preservation masters and public-use copies were made of the instantaneous discs in 2002.

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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