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A Housing for Cigarettes

[This blog post was written by Emily Rainwater, Conservator for the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Closed housing for the David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76

New housing for the David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76. Click the image to see a larger view.

David Tudor (1926-1996) was a pianist and composer of experimental electronic music. He was an instructor and pianist-in-residence at Black Mountain College during the summer sessions from 1951-1953. On July 4, 1953 David Tudor gave a concert at Black Mountain College with programs printed on cigarette papers by BMC Print Shop. The State Archives of North Carolina holds two of these programs at the Western Regional Archives, one printed horizontally in red and one printed vertically in blue. These programs are in their original rolled cigarette form and remain filled with tobacco.

H-frame during construction for the David Tudor concert programs.

H-frame during construction for the David Tudor concert programs. Click the image to see a larger view.

David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76

David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76. Click the image to see a larger view.

The concert programs needed a new housing which would better protect the fragile objects. A support structure was created for them by cutting an “H” shape out of several layers of museum quality mat board. The legs of the H hold the cigarettes in place while the cross of the H allows for easier handling if they ever need removing from the housing. After adhering multiple layers of mat board together, the frame is thick enough to protect the programs from pressure coming from above. The cut edges of the H were lined with Japanese tissue to help smooth the transition between the layers. The H frame was adhered to several more pieces of mat board to form a backing layer. The completed frame was inserted into a custom cloth covered clamshell box which will provide additional protection.

A view of the new housing for the David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76.

A view of the new housing for the David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76. Click the image to see a larger view. A closer look at the programs is available through the NC Digital Collections.

Encore! Asheville Bravo Concerts Exhibit opens at WRA

The Asheville Civic Music Association, the original name of the Asheville Bravo Concert Association, saw its curtain raise in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression. During its eighty year run, hundreds of
thousands of Western North Carolinians enjoyed world-class concerts by internationally known dancers, singers, and instrumentalists.

Dim the lights, pull back the curtain, and enjoy the show!

In  May 2012, financial troubles forced the association to disband and have one final curtain call and in the fall of the same year, documents associated with the concert association’s history came to the Western Regional Archives.  Interns Amanda Glenn-Bradley and Clara Wilson, seniors at UNC Asheville majoring in history, brought the collection from cardboard boxes to a cohesive collection now accessible through the WRA.

This exhibit is a representation of many of the materials available in the Archives and contains correspondence, organizational materials, concert programs, original photographs, promotional materials, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous items collected by the association.

Find out about this guy and other performers

We hope you’ll come enjoy this new exhibit on the history of one of Asheville’s greatest artistic and cultural treasures!

Where: Western Office, 176 Riceville Rd.,  Asheville, NC

When: Now through May 17th, 10am until 3:30pm  Monday through Friday                      

Want to know more: Contact the Western Regional Archives  828-296-7230 x240

Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars, Live in Chapel Hill

[This post comes from our Non-Textual Materials Archivist, Kim Andersen.]

The State Archives of North Carolina recently received an outstanding addition to our Special Collections holdings – a 1954 audio recording of Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars live in Memorial Hall at UNC Chapel Hill on 8 May 1954!  The original audio was a single microphone mono recording on reel-to-reel tape.  David Robert, the nephew of the recordist and MC of the event itself, Martin Carmichael, made a high-end cassette recording from the original reel to reel in 1984.  That cassette recording was digitally transferred and remastered with some subtle stereo added for clarity by Brent Lambert in 2006. The digital recording of the show was graciously donated to the State Archives of North Carolina by Holden Richards and is now part of the holdings of the State Archives, call number Non-TextTR.89.  The recording covers the entirety of the 8 May 1954 show including introductions of band members, commentary between numbers, crowd interaction, and a short post-show interview with Armstrong.  There are a total of eighteen tracks, some of which contain several songs and/or voice segments.  Five tracks are presently available online via the State Archives’ YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2w9jUBdiGKs689m0Gj6vxy6ux3YHFDUx.

Play list of entire show:

  • Introduction
  • When Its Sleepytime Down South
  • Back Home Again in Indiana
  • Kiss to Build a Dream On
  • The Buckets Got a Hole in It
  • Blueberry Hill
  • Tin Roof Blues
  • Strutting With Some Barbeque
  • It’s Wonderful
  • Billy Kyle Piano Medley
  • The Man I Love
  • Marching
  • Velma Middleton Intro
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • Stomping at the Savoy
  • When Its Sleepytime Down South (Reprise)
  • – Band Break-
  • History of Jazz Intro
  • UNC Fraternity Announcement
  • New Orleans Funeral March
  • Extended comedy
  • C’est Si Bon
  • Lazy River
  • Shadrack/When The Saints Go Marching In
  • High Society
  • Pennies From Heaven
  • The Dum-Dum Song
  • Louis Armstrong Interview

Raleigh, Then and Now, and Other Photographic News

From our Non-Textual Materials Archivist Kim Cumber comes this news:

Raleigh, Then and Now’ is a new monthly column in which photographer Ian F.G. Dunn presents his temporal diptychs. Historical photographs are used to re-photograph a scene from the exact location and angle the original photographer used. This has proven to be no easy task. Lenses used by our ancestral photographers were much different than today’s lenses and often distorted the image, sometimes making it incredibly hard to achieve an exact present-day photograph.  Other issues include lighting and changes in topography and infrastructure. Many of the historical photographs are courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.  This is a collaborative effort between Non-Textual Materials part-time cataloger Karl Larson and photographer Ian F. G. Dunn.

There are also several new photograph sets on our Flickr account: