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Barbara McDermitt papers

Identifier: AC-204

Scope and Contents note

This collection also includes correspondence related to the project, as well as genealogical materials on the storytellers. Especially featured are Jack tales, Wicked John tales, and Hardy Hard Head tales. This collection contains oral histories and performances of various storytellers and folk singers. Ray Hicks, specifically, discusses his life and family history. Duplicates were produced of the original 34 audio-casettes.


  • Creation: 1983-1993

Conditions Governing Access

No Inter-Library Loan.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections. Written consent for duplication of documents and audio-cassettes must be obtained.

Biographical/Historical note

This collection contains transcriptions, indexes and audiotapes of Appalachian folk tales and songs told by Appalachian storytellers in the summer of 1982 during field trips to Beech Mountain, N.C. Folklore student Barbara Rice Damron McDermitt collected these folk tales and songs as part of her dissertation, A comparison of a Scottish and American storyteller and their Marchen repertoires. She completed her dissertation from University of Edinburgh in 1986. McDermitt divides her time between music and folklore. She directed the Edinburgh Harp Festival International and worked on special projects with the School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh University.


1 Linear Feet (2 large audiocassette boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box)

Language of Materials



Barbara McDermitt Papers is a collection of 34 original audiocassettes of Watauga County, North Carolina residents. Informants, who are primarily storytellers and folk singers, include reknowned storyteller Ray Hicks, Stanley Hicks, Hattie Presnell, Frank Proffitt, Jr., and Leonard Roberts.


The Barbara McDermitt Papers is organized into three series: Series I: Audiocassettes; Series II: Documents; Series III: Computer Diskette.

Missing Title

  1. McDermitt, Barbara Rice Damon -- Correspondence
  2. Hicks, Ray, 1922-
  3. Hicks, Stanley, 1911-
  4. Hicks family
  5. Presnell, Hattie Hicks
  6. Proffitt, Frank, 1946-
  7. Roberts, Leonard (Leonard Ward), 1912-
  8. Folklore -- North Carolina -- Beech Mountain
  9. Folklore -- Appalachian Region, Southern
  10. Storytelling -- North Carolina -- Beech Mountain
  11. Storytelling -- Appalachian Region, Southern

Acquisitions Information

Barbara McDermitt donated this collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection during the 1980s. The original accession number is MMB. This collection was opened to the public on 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, Rosemary Ulrey, 2004; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, March 2005.

AC.204: Barbara McDermitt Papers, 1983-1993
Processed by: Kathryn Staley, Rosemary Ulrey; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository