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Frank Adams interviews with Guy and Candie Carawan

Identifier: AC-819

Scope and Contents

This collection contains nine audiocassettes of interviews with Guy and Candie Carawan, completed by Frank Adams in Asheville, North Carolina in 2001 and 2002. There is also an interview of Myles Horton by Guy Carawan in 1983. These transcriptions are also found on diskettes. User copies on CD are available for use.


  • 1983-2002, undated


All materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Biographical Note

Guy Carawan (born July 27, 1927 in Los Angeles, California, United States) is an American folk musician and musicologist. He serves as music director and song leader for the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. Carawan sings and plays banjo, guitar, and hammered dulcimer. He frequently performs and records with his wife, singer Candie Carawan. Occasionally he is accompanied by their son Evan Carawan, who plays mandolin and hammered dulcimer. Carawan and his wife live in New Market, near the Highlander Center.

Myles Falls Horton (1905-1990) was an American educator, socialist, and co-founder of the Highlander Center in 1932. Highlander has provided training and education for the labor movement in Appalachia and throughout the Southern United States. During the 1950s, it played a critical role in the American Civil Rights Movement. It trained civil rights leader Rosa Parks prior to her historic role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, as well as providing training for many other movement activists including the members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Septima Clark, Anne Braden, Martin Luther King, Jr., James Bevel, Rosa Parks, Hollis Watkins, Bernard Lafayette, Ralph Abernathy and John Lewis in the mid- and-late 1950s. Backlash against the school's involvement with the Civil Rights Movement led to the school's closure by the state of Tennessee in 1961. It reorganized and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where it reopened, later becoming the Highlander Research and Education Center.

Frank Adams was director of the Highlander Center 1970-1973 afte Myles Horton's retirement. He authored "Unearthing Seeds of Fire: The Idea of Highlander" in 1975, giving a thorough historical account of the Highlander Folk School and its founder, Myles Horton.


1 Linear Feet (4 boxes)


The Frank Adams Interviews with Guy and Candie Carawan collection includes audiocassettes, floppy disks, and paper transcripts of 2001-2002 interviews of the Carawans by Frank Adams in Asheville, North Carolina. There is also an interview of Myles Horton by Guy Carawan.


The paper transcripts are in folders 1-9 as numbered on the audiocassettes, and the original audiovisual materials are in separate boxes with user and archival CD copies of all.

Acquisitions Information

These audiovisual versions of the interviews with Guy and Candie Carawan are copies donated by Frank Adams with the agreement for us to transcribe the interviews, which have been done with paper and floppy disks. The collection was accessioned as AC.2003.037.

Related Archival Materials

This collection is related to AC.821: Highlander Center Records.

Processing Information

This was processed by Anita Elliott, February-March 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.
AC.819: Frank Adams Interviews with Guy and Candie Carawan, 1983-2002, undated
Processed by Anita Elliott
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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