36 items found
Collection ID is exactly "1" AND Geographic Term is exactly "St. Petersburg (Fla.)"
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Willie James and Mary McClain at the 1984 Florida Folk Festival

Willie James and Mary McClain at the 1984 Florida Folk Festival

Date
1984-05-27
Description
Twelve color slides. Singer McClain, of Bradenton, and pianist Blind Willie James, of St. Petersburg, performing at the festival's main stage. Known as Diamond Teeth Mary for the jewels she placed in her teeth in the 1940s, Mary was born in West Virginia, and always claimed to be the half sister of fellow blues singer Bessie Smith. In 1918, she moved to Florida's Gulf Coast. During her later years, she lived in Bradenton, Florida. Although McClain was a popular performer in the 1920s and 1930s, she stopped performing the blues for many years. She was rediscovered by the Florida Folklife Program in the 1980s. In 1986, she won the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1986. She died on 4 April 2000.
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Willie James and Mary McClain at the 1984 Florida Folk Festival

Willie James and Mary McClain at the 1984 Florida Folk Festival

Date
1984-05-26
Description
Twenty-three color slides. Blues singer McClain performing on the main stage. Known as Diamond Teeth Mary for the jewels she placed in her teeth in the 1940s, Mary was born in West Virginia, and always claimed to be the half sister of fellow blues singer Bessie Smith. In 1918, she moved to Florida's Gulf Coast. During her later years, she lived in Bradenton, Florida. Although McClain was a popular performer in the 1920s and 1930s, she stopped performing the blues for many years. She was rediscovered by the Florida Folklife Program in the 1980s. In 1986, she won the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1986. She died on 4 April 2000.
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Willie Eason performing steel guitar music at his home

Willie Eason performing steel guitar music at his home

Date
1994-01-16
Description
One audio cassette recording. This tape consisted of excerpts of a longer recording of Eason, recorded at his home. The Sacred Steel Guitar Recording Project originated in 1992 when Florida Folklife Program folklorist Robert Stone discovered that several predominantly African American House of God churches (a sub-sect of the Pentecostal church) in the St. Petersburg area were using steel guitars in their religious services. The practice began by Willie and Troman Eason in the 1930s, and expanded upon by players such as Henry Nelson and Lorenzo Harrison. Realizing that this was a unique musical tradition, labeled Sacred Steel, the Florida Folklife Program to applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct fieldwork and create a music album for public dispersal. The aim of the project was to increase public awareness of the gospel steel guitar tradition, as well as document it for future generations. Matched with state funds, the grant period originally ran from October 1993 through October 1994, but was extended for another year. In that time Stone, along with sound engineers William Dudley and Mike Stapleton, interviewed and recorded several steel guitarists in the St. Petersburg area. An album entitled Sacred Steel was released in 1995. It was then re-released through an agreement with Arhoolie Records in 1997.
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Video of gospel musician Willie Eason winning the 1995 Florida Folk Heritage Award

Video of gospel musician Willie Eason winning the 1995 Florida Folk Heritage Award

Date
1995-10-07
Description
One video cassette. A popular gospel musician in the St. Petersburg area. He influenced most gospel steel guitarists. He won the 1995 Florida Folk Heritage Award. Video is of that ceremony.
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Tom Walton performing at the 1984 Florida Folk Festival

Tom Walton performing at the 1984 Florida Folk Festival

Date
1984-05-25
Description
Six color slides. Performing on the main stage with two of his children.
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The Jubilee Folk Singers performing in a workshop at the 1980 Florida Folk Festival

The Jubilee Folk Singers performing in a workshop at the 1980 Florida Folk Festival

Date
1980-05
Description
One black and white print. The Jubilee Folk Singers were from St. Petersburg.
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The Jolly Swedes at the Florida Folk Festival

The Jolly Swedes at the Florida Folk Festival

Date
Description
One color print. A Swedish American musical group from St. Petersburg, Florida. The group consisted of Mrs. Freda Olsen (guitar), Mrs. Allin Erickson (accordion), Mrs. Ann Rhyden (singer), and Mrs. Esther Carlson (guitar).
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Street vendor Tommy Walton with apprentice James Watson

Street vendor Tommy Walton with apprentice James Watson

Date
1989-08
Description
Twenty-one color slides. Tommy Walton sold hot dogs at the local baseball stadium. He would sing, dance, and tell stories while he sold the food. He often played at the Florida Folk Festival. For more information on Watson, see S 1640, box 9, folder 4. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller. The program was continued each year through 2003.
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Rosa T. Williams interview

Rosa T. Williams interview

Date
1977-01-18
Description
One audio cassette. Recorded at the Neighborly Center in St. Petersburg. Williams discusses her early life and her singing career. Poor recording -- difficult to hear.
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Richard Belk demo tape

Richard Belk demo tape

Date
1982
Description
One audio cassette. A demo for Florida composer Belk. These three tracks were copyrighted, and therefore copies can not be made of them.
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Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
Willie James and Mary McClain at the 1984 Florida Folk FestivalWillie James and Mary McClain at the 1984 Florida Folk FestivalStill ImageFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Pianos
Blues singers
Blues (Music)
Piano music (Blues)
African Americans
Music performance
Gospel (Black)
Religious music
Singing
Pianists
Singers
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Willie James and Mary McClain at the 1984 Florida Folk FestivalWillie James and Mary McClain at the 1984 Florida Folk FestivalStill ImageFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Music performance
Performing arts
Singing
Pianos
Piano music (Blues)
Blues singers
Blues (Music)
Gospel (Black)
Religious music
African Americans
Pianists
Singers
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a_s2044_02_tape01Willie Eason performing steel guitar music at his homeSoundGuitarist
Singers
Fieldwork
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Performing arts
Guitarists
Music performance
African Americans
Religious songs
Religious music
Gospel songs
Gospel musicians
Gospel (Black)
Musicians
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Video of gospel musician Willie Eason winning the 1995 Florida Folk Heritage AwardVideo of gospel musician Willie Eason winning the 1995 Florida Folk Heritage AwardMoving ImageSingers
African Americans
Gospel (Black)
Gospel musicians
Awards
Public speaking
Rites and ceremonies
Musicians
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Tom Walton performing at the 1984 Florida Folk FestivalTom Walton performing at the 1984 Florida Folk FestivalStill ImageFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
African Americans
Musical instruments
Performing arts
Guitar
Singing
Children
Guitarist
Musicians
Singers
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The Jubilee Folk Singers performing in a workshop at the 1980 Florida Folk FestivalThe Jubilee Folk Singers performing in a workshop at the 1980 Florida Folk FestivalStill ImageSingers
Musical groups
Folk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Workshops (Adult education)
String bands
String instruments
Stringband music
Musical instruments
Music performance
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The Jolly Swedes at the Florida Folk FestivalThe Jolly Swedes at the Florida Folk FestivalStill ImageFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Musical instruments
Musical ensembles
Musical groups
Musicians
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Street vendor Tommy Walton with apprentice James WatsonStreet vendor Tommy Walton with apprentice James WatsonStill ImageApprentices
African Americans
Teaching of folklore
Selling
Oral communication
Oral performance
Street vendors
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a_s1576_01_c77-010Rosa T. Williams interviewSoundInterviews
Oral narratives
Blues (Music)
Singing
Music industry
Field recordings
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a_s1576_09_c83-081Richard Belk demo tapeSoundMusicians
Singers
Composer
Music performance
Sound recordings
Composers
Demo recordings
Singing
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