Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
Louis Watson Chappell (1890-1981), Folklorist, Research Papers, Sound Recordings, and Other Material
Collection Number: A&M.2480
Overview Research papers and sound recordings compiled by Louis Watson Chappell, an English Professor and folklorist at West Virginia University who collected, documented, and preserved West Virginia's folk music and folk traditions. He was born in Belvidere, North Carolina and educated in English Language and Literature at Wake Forest University (B.A.), and the University of Virginia (M.A.). Receiving a faculty appointment at West Virginia University in 1922, Chappell embarked upon a career dedicated...
Collection Number: A&M.4016
Overview Printed copies of news articles regarding the the legend of John Henry. Both articles regard the research of John Garst, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, into the historical basis of the legend, particularly the location where the contest occurred. Garst argues that Leeds, Alabama, rather than Talcott, West Virginia, is the likely location where the events that inspired the legend took place.
Collection Number: A&M.2258
Overview Correspondence, newspaper clippings, journal articles, and pamphlets relating to the John Henry legend, John Henry ballads, and the erection of a John Henry statue at Talcott, West Virginia.
Dates: ca. 1880-1972