THE CENTER FOR POPULAR MUSIC, MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY,
“TENNESSEE VALLEY OLD TIME FIDDLERS CONVENTION” COLLECTION 15-012
Wells, Paul F.
Type of Material:
Contact List, Letter, Newspaper Program, Adjudication Materials, Contest Rules
.05 linear feet of manuscript materials
Abstract (Descriptive Summary):
This is a collection of documents from the 37th Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention in 2003.
The collection is open for research use.
Provenance and Acquisition Information:
The material in this collection was given to the Center for Popular Music by former CPM director, Paul Wells.
Agency History/Biographical Sketch:
Paul F. Wells, Director Emeritus, served as the first director of the Center for Popular Music, from 1985 until his retirement in 2010. He has published over a hundred articles, book chapters, and reviews on a wide range of topics in American music. He has also produced and annotated more than twenty LPs and CDs. Three of his productions, New England Traditional Fiddling, Johnny Gimble's Texas Fiddle Collection, and The Joe Maphis Flat-Picking Spectacular, were nominated for Grammy awards. Wells served as president of the Society for American Music from 2001-2003 and has been active in many other professional and scholarly organizations. In addition to his academic work, Wells is an accomplished musician, a published photographer, and a composer of tunes that have entered Irish-American tradition.
Scope and Content:
This collection contains steering committee contacts, a co-chair letter, adjudication materials, contest rules, and a newspaper article about the 37th Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. All date to 2003.
Collection Contents: (Folder/box list):
Box 1 Manuscripts
Folder 1 Co-chair letter and steering contacts
Folder 2 Adjudication materials – Oct. 4 & 5, 2003 - Judges’ pass, judging assignments, judge’s scorecard
Folder 3 Contest rules – includes, bluegrass and old time banjo, band, string band, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, voice, junior/senior
Folder 4 The News-Courier, Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Friday, Oct. 3, 2003
Unless otherwise noted in the folder and box list, the arrangement scheme for the collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order.
These materials are located among the manuscripts and found in one box by accession number.
Other old time music holdings included in the CPM collections: sound recordings, photographs, posters, playbills, programs, and periodicals. The Center also holds other manuscript materials related to the TN Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention, including the Bill Harrison Collection.
Processed by Emily T. Boersma, August 2015.