RPTF/ARSC Sound Collections Database

Southern Folklife Collection

The collection consists of materials related to radio stations and television stations in the United States and Mexico, 1930-2005. Materials include program guides, radio playlists, station newsletters, promotional materials, newspaper and magazine articles, station-produced publications, correspondence, press releases, and about 56 press release photographs from KBBQ in Burbank, Calif. Some KBBQ photographs depict country music recording artists, including Lynn Anderson, Eddy Arnold, Glen Campbell, Jimmy Dean, Merle Haggard, Lee Hazlewood, Ferlin Husky, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Lindsey, Roger Miller, Buck Owens, Ray Price, Jeannie C. Riley, Tex Ritter, Nancy Sinatra, Hank Thompson, Sheb Wooley, and Tammy Wynette; Hollywood tailor Nudie Cohn; and actor Andy Griffith. Station publications include about 150 issues of Stand By! from WLS in Chicago, Ill., from the 1930s and 1940s. There is also material relating to the Southern Baptists Radio-Television Commission.
Southern Folklife Collection
Repository/Collector Type:
College or University
Chapel Hill
North Carolina
United States
There are 1900 items in the Radio and Television collection, but not all are recordings. There are also recordings housed outside the radio and television collection.
Content types:
Sounds and Other
Cylinder, Disc (Commercial, Homemade, Transcription), Reel-to-reel, 8-Track, Audiocassette, Film, Videotape, and Digital tape (DAT, DCC)
Historical relevance:
Condition note:
Playable with proper equipment
The Southern Folklife Collection is huge; the radio and television collection is a subset. As the RPTF proceeds in its work it will be useful to dig into the other facets of the collection, which include scattered radio recordings.
Website URL:
View on www2.lib.unc.edu
Online finding aid:
View on www2.lib.unc.edu