William Sears Home and Field Recordings


This collection consists of (1) home video and audio recordings and radio programs, 1950s - 1970s, and (2) video field recordings, 2008, documenting a wide range of singers and instrumentalist from Whitley, Knox, and McCreary counties, Kentucky and just over the border in Tennessee. Especially notable are performances by fiddlers Claude Harmon and Marion Pridemore, the Prichard Quartet and Melody Five Gospel groups, and numerous other local musicians on the Country Music Express radio programs.

The 2008 video recordings document two finger banjoist Junior McKeehan, fiddlers J.L. Burke and Ulysses Grant "Dick" Taylor, and singers Margarette Bowlin and Jessie Martin.

Also included in the collection are a small number of print materials such as photographs and correspondence.

See the
Finding Aid to browse the complete William Sears Home and Field Recordings collection.