BARBARA McDERMITT COLLECTION
1982

East Tennessee State University
Archives of Appalachia
Box 70295
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614

E-mail: archives@etsu.edu
Telephone: (423) 439-4338


INTRODUCTION

Title: Barbara McDermitt Collection
Collection Number: Accession No. 134
Physical Description: 28 audiocassette tapes; 14 photographs; 1 file folder
Creator: Barbara McDermitt
Repository: Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Provenance: The Barbara McDermitt Collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Barbara McDermitt on September 28, 1982 and June 1, 1987.

Access: The collection is open for research.

Processing Information: Marie Tedesco completed processing and the collection was opened for research in October 1987.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Barbara McDermitt was born on September 7, 1934 in Orange, New Jersey. She received a BA in English and Speech from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, in 1956. Post graduate work undertaken in 1956 and 1957 included studies in theater arts at Columbia University, New York City, and religious drama at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. In 1958 McDermitt earned a certificate of elementary education from Paterson State Teacher's College, Paterson, New Jersey, and in 1968 she earned a MA in theater arts from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. At Northwestern McDermitt taught storytelling and, as a consequence, became interested in the origin of stories and tales and in the art of storytelling. These interests, together with a curiosity about her family's Scots and Appalachian heritage, led McDermitt to research and write her dissertation, "A Comparison of a Scottish and American Storyteller and Their Marchen Repertoires." The dissertation was completed in 1986 at the School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Throughout her career McDermitt has been active in teaching and writing about children's literature and theater. Included among her pursuits have been teaching drama in elementary school, serving as an elementary-school literature testing consultant for the Chicago Board of Education and writing articles on storytelling, drama and literature for elementary school children.

At present McDermitt divides her time between music and folklore. She directs the Edinburgh Harp Festival International and works on special projects with the School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh University.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Barbara McDermitt Collection includes 28 audiocassette field trip tapes (see tape list below) of storytellers telling stories; 14 photographs, mainly of storytellers, (see photo list below), and one file folder which includes the reports on the field trip tapes.

NON-MANUSCRIPT MATERIALS

The dissertation, "A Comparison of a Scottish and American Storyteller and Their Marchen Repertoires," has been catalogued and added to Special Collections. The photographs are shelved in the photograph storage area according to accession number, while the tapes are stored in the audiovisual storage area, according to accession number. The reports on the field trip tapes are shelved with the tapes.


Important subjects covered in the collection include:

Banjo music
Devil--Fiction
Dulcimer music
Folk music
Ghost stories
Harmonica
Hicks, Ray, 1922-
Hicks, Stanley, 1911-
Jack tales
Lie-Hew tales
MacGregor, Maggie
Presnell, Hattie, 1907-
Proffitt, Frank, 1946-
Robertson, Stanley
Stewart, Maggie
Storytelling
Witches--Fiction

TAPE LIST


A=Side A; B=Side B
Tapes recorded summer 1982, Beech Mountain, North Carolina.

Box 1

Tape #
Storyteller
Tales
1A
Frank Proffitt, Jr.
Jack and the Old Rich Man
   
Wicked John and the Devil
1B
Frank Proffitt, Jr.
Wicked John and the Devil
2A
Stanley Hicks
Lie-hue-By God, By God
   
Gold Sow
   
Pet Fish
   
Jack and the Heifer Hide
   
Discusses tales
   
Background-Childhood
2B
Stanley Hicks
Preacher and the Bear
   
Ghosts and Hawks
   
Jack and the Black Bull
   
Life in Appalachia
3A
Ray Hicks
Jack and King Mark
3B
Ray Hicks
Jack and King Mark
   
Ray's family-father, dulcimer and banjo maker
   
Genealogy and life and grandparents' day
4A
Hattie Presnell
Background of storytelling
   
Council Harmon and Marshall Ward
   
Courtin' tales
   
Music
   
Jack and the Old Woman in Court
   
Jack and the North-West Wind
4A
Hattie Presnell
Cold Kale and Cow Curds
   
Girl with One Dress
   
Civil War Stories
   
Family Line
   
Wicked John and the Devil
   
The Preacher Who Talked to the Devil
4B
Hattie Presnell
The Devil and the Scolding Woman
   
The Preacher and the Devil
   
The Hanging Tree
   
Pretty Polly
   
Naomi Wise
   
House Carpenter
5A
Hattie Presnell
Coming to the King- Not Riding, Not Walking
   
Jack and the Robbers
   
Jack and the Riddle Contest
   
Little Katie
   
Gentle Rosemary
   
Gypsy Story
   
Witch Story
   
Jack, the Cat and the Mouse
   
Little Jack and Big Jack
   
Princess Who Wouldn't Laugh
   
One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes
   
Jack and the Unicorn (Wild Boar)
5B
Hattie Presnell
Storytelling at Jonesborough
   
General talk
   
Two Children and the Giant
   
Jack and the Bean Tree Cinderella
   
The Black Steer
5B
Hattie Presnell
The Original Storyteller
   
Haints
6A
Stanley Hicks
Gardening
   
Hunting Tall Tale
   
Courtin' Joke
   
Jack and the Five Dragons
   
Jack and the Cat and the Mouse
   
Lucky Jack and Unlucky Jack
6B
Stanley Hicks
Snake Tales
   
Unlucky Jack and Lucky Jack (end)
   
Dulcimer
   
Banjo
7A
Frank Profitt, Jr.
Sop Doll
   
Jack and the Northwest Wind
7B
Frank Profitt, Jr.
Jack and the Northwest Wind
   
Soldier Jack-Whickety-Wack
   
Soldier Jack and the Three Sillies
8A
Ray Hicks
Storytelling
   
Jack and the Five Dragons
8B
Ray Hicks
Jack and the Five Dragons
   
Jack and the Wild Boar
9A
Hattie Presenll
Haints
   
True Experiences with Ghosts
   
Local Happenings
   
Jack and the Cowhide
   
Jack and the Five Dragons
   
Family Storytelling
   
Stories about Family
9B
Hattie Presnell
Family Stories
   
Indian Stories
   
Jack and the King's Daughter
   
The Big Toe
   
When Ye Comin' to See Me
   
Storytelling
   
George Collins
   
Tobacco
   
Six Nights Drunk
10A
Ray Hicks
Discussion of Jack Tales
   
Sing a Bowl of Lies  (Fill Bowl)
   
The Cat and the Mouse
10B
Ray Hicks
The Cat and the Mouse
   
Jack Tales and Jack's Character
   
Hardy Hard Head-Jack and the Flying Ship
11A
Frank Profitt, Jr.
Jack and the Three Sillies
   
Discussion of Jack Tales
   
Hardy Hard Head
11B
Frank Profitt, Jr.
Hardy Hard Head (Continued)
   
Discussion of Tales and telling
   
Jack and the Three Steers
12A
Stanley Hicks
Banjo
   
Fish Story
   
Jack Killed 100 at a Whack
12B
Stanley Hicks
Jack and the Black Bull
   
Jack in the New Ground
13A
Hattie Presnell
George Collins
   
Tobacco
   
Six Nights Drunk
   
Ghost Tales
   
Galley Manders
   
Mother Kills Child
   
Haints
   
The Girl and the Bear
   
Snow White
   
Hansel and Gretel
   
Jack and the Old Woman in the Chest
   
Cockel Pea
   
Jack and the Black Bull
   
Courtin' Tales
13B
Hattie Presnell
Courtin' Tales
   
Haints
   
Lie-Hew Yonts
   
Ghost Stories-Arlie Hattie
14A
Frank Profitt, Jr.
Jack and the Three Steers
15A
Ray Hicks
Hardy Hard Head-Jack and the Flying Ship
   
Discussion of Witches
   
Witch Story and How to Become a Witch
15B
Ray Hicks
Witches
   
Witches in Ray's Day
   
Fortune Telling Stories
   
Second Sight
   
Religion
   
Irish Stories
   
Rosie (Ray's wife): Irish Story
   
Ray's family history
16A
Ray Hicks
Ray's genealogy
   
Ray on the mouth organ:
   
1. New River Train
2. Reuben's Train
3. Old Joe Clark
4. Fox Chase
5. Old Molly Hare
6. No Letter in the Mail
7. Down in the Willow Garden
8. Darlin' Cova
9. Rovin' Gambler
16B
Ray Hicks

Ray on the mouth organ (cont.):

   
10. East Virginia Blues
11. Love is Like a Lizard
12. Short Life of Trouble
13. Goin' Down this Road Feeling Bad
14. Lonely & Oumbs (?) Lone Pilgrim
15. Trains and Train Music
16. Steam Line Cannon Ball
17. Wabash Cannon Ball
   
Riddles
17A
Hattie Presnell
East Virginia Blues
   
Little Birdie
     
Box 2
   
     
18A
Ray Hicks
Riddles
   
Hardy Hard Head
18B
Ray Hicks
Hardy Hard Head
   
Jack and the Heifer Hide
19A
Ray Hicks
Jack and the Heifer Hide
   
Talk about Jack
19B
Ray Hicks
Indian Tale
   
General Talk
   
Jack and the Lost Mountain
20A
Ray Hicks
Tall Tale-Jack and Ray (made up by Ray)
   
Tall Tale (continued)
   
General Talk
   
Jack and the Doctor's Daughter
21A
Ray Hicks
Jack and the Doctor's Daughter  (continued)
21B
Ray Hicks
Jack and the Doctor's Daughter
   
Ghost Stories
22A
Ray Hicks
Ghostly Experiences
   
Ghost Stories
22B
Ray Hicks
Ghost Stories
   
Monkey Joke Tales
23A
Ray Hicks
Negro Joke Tales
   
Negro Joke Songs
   
Six Drunken Nights
   
Darlin' Cora
   
Oh Be Yonder Stands Little  Maggie
   
Down in the Willow Garden
   
Black Jack Davey
   
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
   
Old Joe Clark
   
Discussion of songs
23B
Ray Hicks
Ray's Childhood
   
Ray's Relationship to Jack
   
Jack and Sop Dolly
   
Seeing the Devil
24A
Ray Hicks
Wicked John and the Devil
   
Talking about Jack
   
Lucky Jack and Unlucky Jack
24B
Ray Hicks
Lucky Jack and Unlucky Jack
   
Fortune Tellers
   
Whickety-Whack Soldier Jack
25A
Ray Hicks
Soldier Jack or Whickety Whack
26-28
Ray Hicks
A and B, 26-28, Jack/Unlucky Jack

 

Photo List


NOTE: Photos are stored in the photo storage area according to accession number.

1. Ray Hicks' house on Beech Mountain.
2. Ray, his wife Rosa and his son Ted on their front porch.
3. Stanley Robertson piping under "The Tree of Life" at his family campgrounds on the Old Road of Lumphanan.
4. The summer seat by the gate of the cemetery on the Old Road of Lumphanan.
5. Ray (Hicks) storytelling on his porch.
6. Ray storytelling in his house.
7. Stanley (Hicks) telling "Jock and the Water Horse" on location beside the River Dee to Gabrielle and Nicole.
8. Maggie MacGregor by his fire.
9. Old Maggie Stewart telling stories about her traveller childhood to her grandnephew, Stanley.
10. Stanley (Hicks) telling a ghost story to Gabrielle, Nicole and Heather McDermitt (1979).
11. Hattie Presnell telling a ghost story.
12. Ray (Hicks) storytelling in his house.
13. Stanley Hicks-storytelling.
14. Stanley (Robertson) piping beside the photograph of his grandfather Soldier Donald, an excellent piper in his day.

Folder 1

1. Reports on field trips tape transcripts, summer 1982.