Rev. Gary Davis/Guitar, Vocals Recordings, 1967-07-08

Overview of the Collection

University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Rev. Gary Davis/Guitar, Vocals Recordings
5 items  :  OT - 2 reels (7 1/2 ips, full-track, 7"); WT - 3 reels (7 1/2 ips, 2 tr. stereo, 7"); Duration: 00:59:42; also see film log and doc file for NK1 U.S./96-18 (Blues videos)
Collection Number
Country blues performance by Rev. Gary Davis recorded at the University of Washington, 7/8/67.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Access is restricted.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives has been collecting and curating unique ethnographic music recordings for over 50 years. Its holdings of more than 15,000 items include field recordings documenting music traditions of all kinds from most areas of the world, concert recordings of visiting musicians, and films and videos of a variety of musical events, as well as several hundred musical instruments. The Archives serves the students and faculty in the UW Ethnomusicology Program, the broader university community, Pacific Northwest tribes, and an international clientele of musicians, students, and teachers.

Archival recordings are available for on-site listening. Depending on collection deposit agreements, copies of some materials may be obtained by researchers. Students are particularly encouraged to utilize archival materials to assist with class projects and help prepare for their own field work. The Archives employs several students each year and works informally with most ethnomusicology students as they begin to consider recording format options, equipment purchase, the practical problems of documentation in the field, and other issues related to their research. Students and other researchers are invited to deposit their field collections in the Archives, which offers secure storage and computer catalog access to all materials.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Filmed in black and white; recorded by Robert Garfias, Dan Grinstead & Byong Won Lee with Nagra III; n [?], Arriflex 16m.

Piedmont style country blues performed by Rev. Gary Davis.

Contents: (S-604) Spoonful; talk about lessons; Maple Leaf [?]; 12th Street [?]; 6/8 March [?]; ? Rag; more lesson talk; 12 Gates to the City; Maple Leaf [?]; Hard Walking Blues; (S-605) dialogue (calling for dinner); instrumental (beeps, "false starts"); Motherless Chile; Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning.

For video copies of portions of films see -- NK1 United States - 96-18.8 and 96-18.9 (VHS) or NK1 United States - 96-18.17 and 96-18.18 (Betacam)

For description of film holdings see list of Rev. Gary Davis materials in doc file or see film inventory.

Original tapes digitized 9/2015 (48 kHz, 24-bit) - 67-11.1.wav (42:12), 67-11.2.wav (17:30) (total = 59:42)

Documentation: List of Rev. Gary Davis holdings

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
Tape 1
1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 5
Tape 2
1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 3
Tape 3
1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 3

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African Americans--North America--Regional and Ethnic Cultures
  • Blues (Music)
  • Country music
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • country blues--blues

Geographical Names

  • North America
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • United States

Form or Genre Terms

  • Sound recordings
  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Davis, Gary, 1896-1972 (performer)
    • Garfias, Robert (recordist)
    • Grinstead, Dan (recordist)
    • Lee, Byong Won (recordist)