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Reuben Powell Sound Recording Collection,1955-1981

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Reuben Powell Sound Recording Collection




Berea College Special CollectionsBerea, Kentucky 40404

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[Identification of item], Reuben Powell Sound Recording Collection, KYSX067-A, 1955-1981Special Collections, Berea College, Berea, Ky.


ca. 1,000 tapes


Reuben Powell, a native of McCreary County, Kentucky, had a lifelong interest in country music. A founding member of the Renfro Valley Tape Club, he sought to preserve recordings of country music performances. Powell also collected recordings from various other tape clubs.

Scope and Content

Materials consist of sound recordings of country music performances, tape transcriptions of commercial seventy-eight records, and interviews of performers conducted by Powell.

Included are recordings made in connection with Powell's Renfro Valley Tape Club, as well as those from the Stanley Brothers Tape Club, the WYL Tape Club, and the Midwestern Jamboree Tape Club, among others. Many of the recordings were made of Renfro Valley Sunday Morning Gatherin' and Renfro Valley Barn Dance performances. Among performers interviewed by Powell are Ernie Lee Cornelison, Bess Farmer, Marie Farmer, Lester Flatt, James Roberts, Jewell Robinson, and James Gideon "Gid" Tanner. Recorded performances by these entertainers are present, as are those of the Blue Sky Boys, the Carter Family, Homer and Jethro, Bradley Kincaid, Bill Malone, and many others.

Card catalog.


  • Organizations, music -- WYL Tape Club
  • Organizations, music -- Midwestern Jamboree Tape Club
  • Rockcastle County, Kentucky -- Organizations, music
  • Rockcastle County, Kentucky -- Radio
  • Radio -- Music, country
  • Renfro Valley Barn Dance
  • Renfro Valley Sunday Morning Gatherin'
  • Music, country
  • Singers
  • Carter Family (singing group)
  • Homer and Jethro (singing group)
  • Blue Sky Boys (singing group)
  • Music, country -- Rockcastle County, Kentucky
  • Organizations, music -- Renfro Valley Tape Club
  • Organizations, music -- Stanley Brothers Tape Club

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