Artus Moser papers, 1921-1988 [manuscript].


Artus Moser papers, 1921-1988 [manuscript].

Biographical material relating to Artus Moser and his wife, Mable Young Moser, and Moser's numerous writings on Appalachian folk song, folklore, history, and other subjects. Moser's writings on the life of novelist Thomas Wolfe and his biography of North Carolina potter Walter Benjamin Stephen are also included. Other materials are Moser's ballad collection, consisting of versions of over 200 traditional ballads and folk songs, as well as collected stories and reminiscences of Appalachian folklife. There are also family history materials and numerous photographs of Moser and his family, including Moser playing the part of Andrew Jackson in a 1950 performance of the outdoor drama Unto These Hills. Recordings consist of commercial 78rpm records and LPs Moser collected, as well as his own acetate disc recordings of traditional Appalachian performers, including Jean Ritchie, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Marcus Martin, Maud Gentry Long, Samantha Bumgarner, George Pegram, Pleaz Mobley, Red Raper, and Virgil Sturgill. Other recordings include Waldensian singing, Western North Carolina Cherokee singer Will West Long, and shape note singers from Etowah, N.C.

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Moser, Mabel Y. (person)

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Hunter, Kermit (person)

Kermit Houston Hunter (1910-2001) was the author of 42 outdoor historical dramas. From the description of Kermit Hunter papers, 1956-1966 [manuscript]. WorldCat record id: 24864230 Kermit Houston Hunter was born on 3 October 1910 in McDowell County, W.Va. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1931. He later studied at the Juilliard School of Music. In the 1930s, Hunter worked on two newspapers, was secretary of two chambers of commerce, business manager of ...

Long, Maud (person)

Sturgill, Virgil (person)

Virgil Sturgill (1897-1978?) was a Kentucky born teacher, athletic coach, Red Cross and hospital worker, dulcimer player, ballad singer and folk song collector. From the description of Virgil Sturgill papers 1919-1985. (Western North Carolina Library Network). WorldCat record id: 55895561 ...

Bumgarner, Samantha, 1878-1960 (person)

West Long, Will (person)

Mobley, Pleaz (person)

Lunsford, Bascom Lamar, 1882-1973 (person)

Raper, Red. (person)

Ritchie, Jean (person)

Folksinger Jean Ruth Ritchie was born the youngest of 14 children on December 8, 1922, to Balis W. and Abigail Hall Ritchie in Viper, Perry County, Kentucky. She learned to play the dulcimer from her father at the age of five. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1946, Ritchie moved to New York City to work at the Henry Street Settlement House. While there she became known for singing ballads and playing mountain dulcimer. Alan Lomax, a folk song collector, recorded her in 1949 fo...

Stephen, Walter Benjamin, 1875-1961 (person)

Wolfe, Thomas, 1900-1938 (person)

Bernstein met Thomas Wolfe in 1925 on a voyage between Europe and New York. Wolfe and Bernstein, the wife of a prominent New York stock broker and 18 years older than Wolfe, became lovers in Oct. 1925 and remained so for the next five years. Wolfe's 1929 novel, Look Homeward Angel, was dedicated to Bernstein. From the description of [Account of a fire / Thomas Wolfe] (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 492206991 Thomas Clayton Wolfe was born October 3, 1900 in Asheville, No...

Martin, Marcus (person)

Moser, Artus (person)

Artus Monroe Moser (1894-1992), writer, educator, and historian, spent much of his life collecting ballads in and around his home in Western North Carolina in an effort to document the folk traditions of Appalachia. Moser wrote extensively about the folk songs, folklore, and history of Appalachia, and recorded numerous Appalachian performers onto acetate discs. In 1945, the Library of Congress provided Moser with the equipment to collect and record more material, which was later placed in the LC...

Pegram, George, 1911-1974 (person)