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undated; 3 reels of microfilm; Transcriptions in musical notation of performances recorded and collected by Louis Watson Chappell of West Virginia folk musicians. The recordings from which these transcriptions were derived can be found in the folk music collection of the West Virginia and Regional History Center, in collection numbers 1-88 (see link to collection page in Instances).
Addendum of 1978/07/06: ca. 1930-1950; 9 ft. and disc recorder (14 five in. document cases; 3 ft. 2 in. of acetate discs; three pieces of disc recorder equipment) 646 aluminum discs and a corresponding set of copies on acetate discs containing original field recordings by Louis Watson Chappell of West Virginia folk musicians. Reformatted masters and user copies can be found in the folk music collection of the West Virginia and Regional History Center, in collection numbers 1-88 (see link to collection page in Instances). The original disc recorder equipment used to make these recordings is also in this addendum.
Addendum of 1987/08/05:
1815-1980; 14 ft. 10 1/2 in. (30 five in. document cases, 6 three in. flat storage boxes; seven 1 1/2 in. blue notebooks); The papers of Chappell contain correspondence, folk music and folklore research papers, and other material. The Chappell correspondence regards the collection of Appalachian folk music and the publication of his book "Traditional Songs of West Virginia". Folk music research papers include information regarding ballad texts, and transcriptions from field recordings he and others made of West Virginia folk musicians (including transcriptions in music notation of vocal and instrumental performances, and in text of ballad lyrics). Folklore includes superstitions, folk medicine, word origins, proverbs and sayings, place names, children's games and dances, riddles and jokes, folktales; and his research papers (notes and typescripts with handwritten corrections) regarding John Henry, a steel driver at the Big Bend railroad tunnel. Paper copy of folder-level container list for this addendum available in control folder.
Addendum of 2010/03/01:
-1941; 1/4 in. (25 pages in 1 folder); Outgoing letters by Louis Watson Chappell to Fletcher Collins regarding folk song collection and publication. See also WVRHC oral history collection 319:
319. JEANETTE SHULZ. Hundred, Wetzel County, WV, 27 March 1980.
An interview with Mrs. Shulz, daughter of Scott Phillips, conducted by John A. Cuthbert. Mrs. Shulz's gives her recollections of her father's musical activity -- stringbands, radio performances, and recordings made by L.W. Chappell. One reel (5") 3 3/4 ips, quality good. (R374)
- Chappell, Louis Watson (1890-1981) (Person)
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23.9 Linear Feet (Summary: 23 ft. 10 3/4 in. (44 document cases, 5 in. each; 6 flat storage boxes, 3 in. each; 1 small collection file folder, 1/4 in.; 7 blue notebooks, 1 1/2 in. each; 3 ft. 2 in. of acetate discs; 3 pieces of disc recorder equipment); 3 reels of microfilm)
The British Minstrel: A Collection of the Most Esteemed and Popular English, Scottish and Irish Songs, the Best Duets, Catches, Chorusses, Glees, and Comics Recitations including All Dibdin's Admired Productions Vol. I; Sherwood, Jones and Company, 1824.
The British Minstrel: A Collection of the Most Esteemed and Popular English, Scottish and Irish Songs, the Best Duets, Catches, Chorusses, Glees, and Comics Recitations including All Dibdin's Admired Productions Vol. II; Sherwood, Jones and Company, 1824.
The British Minstrel: A Collection of the Most Esteemed and Popular English, Scottish and Irish Songs, the Best Duets, Catches, Chorusses, Glees, and Comics Recitations including All Dibdin's Admired Productions Vol. III; Sherwood, Jones and Company, 1825.
Aikin, J. B. The Christian Minstrel, A New System of Musical Notation, with a Collection of Psalm Tunes, Anthems, and Chant, 1846.
Campbell, Dame Olive and Cecil J. Sharp, editors. English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, 1917.
Bradbury, William B. The Singing School, Musical Notation, Plain Simple and Progressive, undated.
Brewster, Paul G. Ballads and Songs of Indiana, 1940.
Brown, Jessie H., Mattie M. Boteler, R. M. McIntosh, and H. R. Christie, editors. Songs of Service, 1896.
Griggs, John, editor. Grigg's Southern and Western Songster, 1832.
Hall, J. H. and J. H. Ruebush and E. T. Hildebrand. The Messenger of Song, 1893.
Mason, Lowell and Timothy B. Mason. The Sacred Harp, 1844.
Sargent, Child Helen and George Lyman Kittredge, editors. English and Scottish Popular Ballads, 1904.
Seward, Theodore, assisted by Dr. Lowell Mason and William B. Bradbury. The Temple Choir, 1867.
Thompson, Stith. Motif-Index of Folk-Literature, Vol. 5, 1935.
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- Belvidere (N.C.)
- Booth, Billie W.
- Brown, Tom.
- Chappell, Louis W. (Louis Watson)
- Collins, Fletcher, Jr., 1906-2005
- Columbia College (Columbia University)
- Cuthbert, John A.
- Gainer, Patrick W.
- Hardin, Benjamin Franklin.
- Hardy, John.
- Henry, John.
- Lomax, John A. (John Avery), 1867-1948
- New York University
- North Carolina
- Parkinson, George, 1943-
- Royall, Anne Newport, 1769-1854
- University of Chicago
- University of Virginia.
- Wake Forest University
- West Virginia - Folk Music.
- Wilcox, James.
- Louis Watson Chappell (1890-1981), Folklorist, Research Papers, Sound Recordings, and Other Material, 1815-1980
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