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1. About this Site

1.1. This website is a project of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, Deborah S. Davis, archivist. Laurie Kay Sommers served as folklore consultant. James Hornsby of the VSU Art Department designed the site with assistance from Archives webmaster, Patrick J. Taylor. Special thanks to Stacey Wright, Andy Fore, Paul Flowers, Brad Bamford of PC Associates, Fred Sanchez of Great Impressions, photographer Diane Kirkland of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade, and Tourism, photographer Bill Godfrey of Georgia Forestry Magazine, videographer Bill Muntz of VSU Public Services, and to Rex DeVane and the staff of the VSU Media Center. None of this would have been possible without the generous contributions of numerous individuals who generously shared their traditions and talents with the South Georgia Folklife Project. Website development is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. The South Georgia Folklife Project, on which the website is based, received primary funding from Valdosta State University and a series of National Endowment for the Arts Folk and Traditional Arts Infrastructure Initiative grants (1998-2005). Other funding agencies which contributed to the development of materials found on the website include the Georgia Humanities Council, the Southern Arts Federation, and the Fund for Folk Culture. The South Georgia Folklife Project at Valdosta State University lost funding in June 2005, but selections from its ethnographic collections and public programs are archived on this website. The Finding Aid lists items in the collection, now housed in the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections of Odum Library. For information about the collection and this site contact Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Odum Library 1500 N. Patterson Street Valdosta, GA 31698 229-333-7150 © 2007 Valdosta State University

1.2. This website is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (CGA) through the appropriations of the Georgia Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.

2. About the Collection

2.1. The South Georgia Folklife Collection is housed in the Archives and Special Collections of Odum Library at Valdosta State University. This multi-genre and multi-format ethnographic collection is an outgrowth of the South Georgia Folklife Project, founded by folklorist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Laurie Kay Sommers in 1996. It reflects ten years of field documentation and public programs from 1996-2006. Highlights of the collection include Southeast Georgia Sacred Harp, Okefenokee Music Survey, Flint River fisheries, Traditions of Turpentiners, Folkwriting (Lessons on Place, Heritage and Traditions for the Georgia Classroom), online exhibits, and a radio archives of documentary programs originally broadcast on Georgia Public Radio and other public radio affiliates.

2.2. The SGF Collection includes both published and unpublished materials which document traditional culture drawn primarily from the southern third of Georgia. Principal collectors are Laurie Kay Sommers, her students, and--for turpentine materials--fieldworker Timothy C. Prizer. The SGF collection includes more than 350 field sound and video recordings (both music and oral interviews), over 1500 photographs, manuscripts, fieldnotes, books, commercial recordings, and vertical file materials from a wide array of genres. Although the collection is multi-genre, music materials predominate.

2.3. The collection is organized into distinct series which reflect topical foci: South Georgia Folklive Overview, Resources (books, articles, commercial audio and video recordings), Vertical File (organized topically and geographically), Sacred Harp, Turpentine, Suckerfish, Okefenokee, Folkwriting, Sounds of South Georgia (radio and accompanying fieldwork), Wiregrass (radio and exhibit materials and some materials from the original 1977 Library of Congress field survey titled “the South Central Georgia Folkife Project“), Last Harvest (seasonal and agricultural workers exhibit based on materials from Echols County, Georgia and Apopka, Florida), Exploring Community Heritage, and Student Projects (from courses taught by Laurie K. Sommers).

3. Project Websites

3.1. Traditions of Turpentine in South Georgia

3.1.1. Main Nav Home Project Report Informants Music Interviews Technique Video Tools Video Still Firing Virtual Exhibit About Us

3.1.2. Sidebar Overview About this Site About Us Informants Project Report Music Interviews Techniques Video Tools Video Still Firing Process Virtual Exhibit Bibliography Dedication Glossary Credits Links

3.2. Folkwriting

3.2.1. What is Folk Writing

3.2.2. How to use Folk Writing

3.2.3. Contact Info

3.2.4. Credits

3.2.5. Chapters

4. Radio Archive

4.1. Wiregrass Ways

4.1.1. Fiddle Tradition

4.1.2. Sacred Harp Singing School

4.1.3. Making Cane Syrup

4.1.4. Gospel Anniversaries

4.1.5. Palmetto Brooms

4.1.6. Fiestas Guadalupanas

4.1.7. Sacred Harp Singing

4.1.8. Tobacco Auctions

4.1.9. Mt. Zion Music Hall

4.1.10. Turpentining

4.1.11. Mayhaw Jelly

4.1.12. Hollering

4.1.13. Hymn Lining

4.2. Sounds of South Georgia

4.2.1. Creek Traditions with Bobby Johns

4.2.2. Chesser Homestead Open House

4.2.3. Big Meeting at Rome Primitive

4.2.4. Migration Stories

4.2.5. Lebanese Easter

4.2.6. Russian Jewish Seder

4.2.7. McIntosh County Shouters

4.2.8. Freedom Songs

4.2.9. Fiddlin' Bud Zorn

4.2.10. Las Posadas

4.2.11. Diwali

4.2.12. Ham and Egg Show

4.3. Hoboken-Style

4.3.1. Shapenote Singing Intro

4.3.2. Shapenote Singing with David Lee

4.3.3. Shapenote Singing Hoboken

4.3.4. Shapenote Singing Meaning

4.3.5. Hoboken-Style Sacred Harp

5. Finding Aid

6. Collection Highlights

6.1. Overview

6.1.1. South Georgia Virtual Tour Geographic Scope 1c: Landscapes 1d: Music 1e: Material Culture 1f: Events 1g: Programs 1i: Programs

6.2. Okefenokee Series



6.3. Student Projects

6.4. Suckerfish

6.5. Exploring Community Heritage Series

6.6. Last Harvest

6.6.1. 1. Harvest in South Georgia

6.6.2. 2. South Georgia: Culture of Farmwork

6.6.3. 3. Mexican Customs and Culture

6.6.4. 4. Changing Face of South Ga.

6.6.5. Interviews

6.6.6. Last Harvest Grant Report, 2000

7. Online Exhibits

7.1. Scared Harp Exhibit

7.1.1. What is Sacred Harp 1a: Intro 1b

7.1.2. Sacred Harp in SE GA 2b 2c: Harpers

7.1.3. Singing Schools 3b: David Lee 3c: Generations

7.1.4. All Day Sings 4c

7.1.5. Why we Sing 5b: Mars Hill

7.1.6. Hoboken-Style Singing 6b: Bryant Lee 6c: Lee Family

7.2. Folklife of Wiregrass Georgia

7.2.1. Panel 4: Of Community Art and Life 4c: Quilts 4d: Baskets 4e: Architecture 4f: Shogun Arch. 4g: Fish Fry 4h: Chinese New Year 4i: Timberland Jubilee 4j: Cherokee Flat Bread 4k: Busquits 4l: Tortillas 4m: Country Store 4n: Downtown Market 4o: BBQ 4p: Fishing & Hunting 4q: Nets 4r: Quail 4s: Bird Dog

7.2.2. Panel 2: Of Farms and Farming 2a: Painting 2b: Peanuts 2c: Peanut Capital 2d: Tobacco Barn 2e: Tobacco Machine 2f: Tobacco Inspect 2g: Tobacco Crew 2h: Peaches 2i: Cane Syrup 2j: Honey 2k: Ham 2l: Ham and Egg Show

7.2.3. Panel 1: Wiregrass Images Panel 1: Wiregrass 1a: Wiregrass 1b: Tobacco 1c: Pigs 1d: Turpentine 1e: Turpentine 2 1f: Turp Pines 1g: Log Cabin 1h: Girl 1i: Quartet

7.2.4. Panel 3: Of Religion and Sacred Life 3b: Jewish 3c: Catholics 3d: Fans 3e: Prim. Baptist 3f: African American Protestants 3g: SNCC 3h: Singing Convention 3i: Cakes 3j: Homecoming 3k: Baptism 3l: Convention Quartet

7.2.5. Credits