Lem Griffis telling a tall tale at the 1957 Florida Folk Festival

234337
Date
1957-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One black and white print. Lem Griffis was a story teller from Fargo, Georgia. He grew up in the Okeefenokee Swamp, and his stories were considered typical of North Florida/South Georgia.
Type
Still Image
Item ID
P82-192
Humor

Florida Yesterday: Folklore & Superstition (master tape)

238815
Date
1977-02-15
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video cassette. (3/4" tape, 56 minutes) Frog Smith sitting in Mercer's Country Store telling stories of his family and childhood for store patrons. For more footage, see V86-30 and V86-29.
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V86-26
Humor

Friday performances at the 2003 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Stage) (Disc 8)

241584
Date
05/23/2003
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
CD03-93
Humor

Sunday performances at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival (Main stage) (Reel 21)

238129
Date
1985-05-26
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Closing performance of the 1985 Florida Folk Festival.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T85-64
Item ID
T85-65
Humor

Florida Yesterday: Folklore; Superstitions

240895
Date
02/15/1977
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V86-30
Humor

Florida Yesterday: Untitled episode (raw footage)

238822
Date
1977-01-13
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video cassette. (3/4" tape; 47 minutes) Raw footage featuring Frog Smith sitting in a chair near a canal, discussing his family history. Displays one of his paintings, depicting the railroad in Levy County from 1911.
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V86-56
Humor

Florida Yesterday: Ford and Edison (raw footage)

238823
Date
1977
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video cassette. (3/4" tape; 45 minutes) Smith tells stories about Henry Ford and Thomas Edison while sitting at the Ford residence. Among the corwd listening to Smith were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Davis (owners of the Ford home at the time), stories about Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, description of their homes, and stories about Fort Myers.
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V86-57
Humor

Saturday performances at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival (Stage III) (Reel 3)

238171
Date
1985-05-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Van Winkle served as emcee.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T85-171
Humor

Sunday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 15)

237942
Date
05/25/1986
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
T86-148
Humor

Friday performances at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival (Main stage) (Reel 10)

238075
Date
1985-05-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Boltin served as emcee.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T85-10
Humor

Friday performances at the 2000 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Tape 3)

240247
Date
2000-05-26
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette tape. Index sheet states that only one song was recorded due to technical difficulties with the tape recorder. Valerie Caracappa (guitar and banjo) performs folk songs and humor with Sonny [?] on guitar and Mike [?] on harmonica.
Type
Sound
Item ID
C00-3
) performs folk songs and humor

Florida Home radio series: Humorists and Health Evangelists (Pre-master copy)

238274
Date
1981
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. A documentary program for a radio program entitled "Humorists and Health Evangelists" for the radio series "Florida Home." Includes interviews with and performances by ventriloquists, pitchmen, and performers for medicine shows and other travelling shows, including Bob and Mae Noell, Bunny Bartok, Mary McClain, Ward Hall, and Wayne Murray. Also features commentary and historical background and analysis by a narrator.
Type
Sound
Item ID
C83-85
Humor

Florida Home radio series: Showtown USA (Pre-master copy)

238275
Date
1981
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Four audio cassettes. AA "pre-master copy" recorded for the radio show documentary series. Includes excerpts of interviews with travelling show performers including Joe McKennon, Ward Hall, Bill Rogers, Mary McClain, and Eric Addams.
Type
Sound
Item ID
C83-86
Item ID
C83-87
Item ID
C83-88
Item ID
C83-89
Humor

Florida Yesterday: Pioneer Homes (master version & B-roll)

241250
Date
1977
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
FV-32
Humor

Saturday performances at the 1982 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Reel 10)

238573
Date
1982-05-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Ida Goodson and Mary McClain (also known as "Diamond Teeth" and "Walking Mary") play together for the first time. Mary McClain was the half sister of blues legend Bessie Smith.<br />
Type
Sound
Item ID
T83-52
Humor

Saturday performances at the 1982 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Reel 11)

238574
Date
1982-05-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Ida Goodson and Mary McClain (also known as "Diamond Teeth" and "Walking Mary") play together for the first time. Mary McClain was the half sister of blues legend Bessie Smith.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T83-53
Humor

Friday performances at the 2006 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Disc 6)

241643
Date
05/26/2006
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
CD06-31
Humor

Florida Yesterday: Sawmill and Folklore & Superstitions

238817
Date
1977
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video cassette. (3/4&quot; tape; 47 minutes) (See V86-30 for master version of Superstitions & Folklore episode; for B-roll and raw footage, see V86-56 and V86-26) Sawmill: 23 minutes; edited A-roll footage of Frog Smith talking with sawmill worker Joe Hendry at Jerome Lumber Company. They discuss sawmilling, timber, and lumber trade. For more footage, see V86-25. Folklore: 24 minutes; 2/15/1977. Frog Smith sitting in Mercer's Country Store telling stories of his family and childhood for store patrons. For more footage, see V86-26.
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V86-29
Humor

Interview with performer Wayne Murray

238868
Date
1982-01-07
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
<p>Three reel to reels. Murray, an actor, carnival pitchman, and comic, discusses his career. Topics include jokes; Yiddish theater; acting; medicine shows; traveling theaters; comedians; pitching at carnivals and fairs; performing on the radio; moving to Florida in 1969; the differences between vaudeville and burlesque; and learning the craft. Provides several examples of his material. Copied onto audiocassettes C83-13, C83-14, and C83-15; as well as tapes 16 and 17 in box 40 of series 1576.</p> <p>Material used for a public radio on traveling entertainment, a copy of which can be found on audiocassette C95-43. &nbsp;</p>
Type
Sound
Item ID
T82-24
Item ID
T82-23
Item ID
T82-22
Humor

Stephen Foster Memorial Radio Program: Four Short Features

238381
Date
1961
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. (15 minutes). Four short radio stories: 1. Open Thy Lattice, Love (3:30) -- story behind Stephen Foster's first published song. 2. Fletcher Hodges, Jr. (3:46)-- story about the curator of Foster Hall at the University of Pittsburgh, and author of a Foster biography. Hodges was a native of Indiana, where he was asked in 1932 to curate the Eli Lilly and Co.'s collection of Foster materials (20,000 items). He moved with the collection to the University of Pittsburgh in 1937. 3. Masaryktown (3:45) -- story of the Czechoslovakian community, with Jerry Psenka's music. 4. Lem Griffis (4:00) -- sampler of Griffis' humorous stories; who was from the Okeefenokee swamp in South Georgia (the headwaters of the Suwannee River). He was a regular performer at the Festival. These programs were created in the early 1960s by the Stephen Foster Memorial to promote the park and its activities, as well as to educate the public about Stephen Foster and Florida folk music.
Type
Sound
Item ID
61-2-6
Humor

Friday performances at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival (Main stage) (Reel 6)

238071
Date
1985-05-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Rogers served as emcee. Hicks sang his original songs about Florida culture and Webber (banjo) played several old time music songs. Frank & Ann Thomas's performance continue son T85-7.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T85-6
Humor

Raw footage of the 1991 Florida Folk Festivals (Video 7 of 15)

238372
Date
1991-05-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video recording (3/4&quot; tape; 22 minutes) Unedited footage of the 1991 Florida Folk Festival. Starts with an unidentified singing group. The rest of the tape consists of a performance by Don Grooms, and his band, at the Old Marble Stage. Continues on video FV-66, in S 1615. For an audio recording of the entire performance, see T91-84 & T91-85 in S 1576. Grooms band: Nettles (guitar), Edwards (bass), and Martin (fiddle.)
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
FV-65
Humor

Raw footage of the 1991 Florida Folk Festivals (Video 8 of 15)

238373
Date
1991-05-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video recording (3/4&quot; tape; 22 minutes) Unedited footage of the 1991 Florida Folk Festival. Don Grooms performing on Old Marble Stage. Joined at the end by Bobby Hicks. Performance starts on video FV-66, in S 1615. For an audio recording of the entire Grooms performance, see T91-84 & T91-85 in S 1576. For an audio recording of Hicks performance, see T91-85. Grooms band: Nettles (guitar), Edwards (bass), and Martin (fiddle.)
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
FV-66
Humor

Raw footage of the 1991 Florida Folk Festivals (Video 9 of 15)

238374
Date
1991-05-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video recording (3/4&quot;, 20 minutes). Unedited footage of the 1991 Florida Folk Festival. Bobby Hicks performing on Old Marble Stage with Don Grooms and his band. Performance starts on video FV-66, in S 1615. For an audio recording of the entire Grooms performance, see T91-84 & T91-85 in S 1576. For an audio recording of Hicks performance, see T91-86. Grooms band: Nettles (guitar), Edwards (bass), and Martin (fiddle.)
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
FV-67
Humor

Raw footage of the 1991 Florida Folk Festivals (Video 10 of 15)

238375
Date
1991-05-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video recording (3/4&quot;, 20 minutes). Unedited footage of the 1991 Florida Folk Festival. Don Grooms and Bobby Hicks performing an impromptu, acoustic set in front of the Old Marble Stage which followed their scheduled performance. Hicks tells several jokes, and vents against the prevalence of Northern tourists in Florida. Performance continues on FV-69. Grooms band: Nettles (guitar), Edwards (bass), and Martin (fiddle.)
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
FV-68
Humor

Raw footage of the 1991 Florida Folk Festivals (Video 11 of 15)

238376
Date
1991-05-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video recording (3/4&quot;; 22 minutes). End of an impromptu, acoustic performance by Don Grooms and his band (Nettles, Hicks: guitars; Martin -- fiddle) in front of the old Marble Stage. Began on FV-68. Then switches to Smoked Mullet performing bluegrass music on the Main Stage. Ends with the Junkanoos setting up to perform (see FV-70 for video of their performance; see T91-30 for audio.) Fitchen served as emcee on the main stage.
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
FV-69
Humor

Sunday performances at the 2003 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Disc 12)

241568
Date
05/25/2003
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
CD03-77
Humor

Sunday performances at the 1982 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Reels 6-8)

238578
Date
1982-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Three reel to reel recordings. Folklorist Bulger served as emcee. Performance of an old fashioned medicine show, including a bird show, clown, Punch and Judy show, a ventriloquist, rope tricks, and blues music.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T83-59
Item ID
T83-60
Item ID
T83-61
Humor

Stephen Foster Memorial Radio Program: School Tape

238385
Date
1984-05-27
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording (24:21 minutes). A collection of several radio stories that was sent to Florida schools. Includes Fred Beaver talking about the Suwannee River; Story of Oh! Suzanna; Mark Moore; Story of Tioga Waltz (Foster's first song); Music by the Amigo Male Singers; Story of Josie Billie; Tininkling by David and Estrella Larioza; and tall tales by Lem Griffis. These programs were created in the early 1960s by the Stephen Foster Memorial to promote the park and its activities, as well as to educate the public about Stephen Foster and Florida folk music.
Type
Sound
Item ID
61-2-8
Humor

Florida Yesterday: Music; Pioneer Homes (master version); Sawmill

241252
Date
1977
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
FV-26
Humor

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