FW: Country Music Hall of Fame: Oral history interviews
- FYI...this resource will no doubt include many Alabamians...
From: H-Net Discussion List on Appalachian History and Studies
[mailto:H-APPALACHIA@...] On Behalf Of Michael Birdwell
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 11:29 AM
Subject: Country Music Hall of Fame: Research Possibilities
I'm happy to report the Country Music Foundation's completion of a
substantial oral history preservation and access project made possible
by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). I will
appreciate your assistance in publicizing the completion of our project,
as well as the continuation of CMF's oral history program.
To advance its mission of preserving and disseminating the history of
country music, the non-profit Country Music Foundation, Inc. (CMF) began
collecting interviews and other research materials soon after the 1967
opening of Country Music Hall of Fame(r) and Museum, which is owned and
operated by CMF. Our ongoing Oral History Project was launched
officially in 1974.
Now embracing 666 interviews, the Oral History Collection forms a key
component of CMF's Frist Library and Archive, housed in the newer Museum
building opened in downtown Nashville in 2001. The collection contains
interviews with performers, recording artists, songwriters, and a wide
variety of business personnel involved in the country music industry
since the 1920s.
In 2001, CMF received a generous NEH grant that allowed us to re-record
and transcribe 610 interviews in our collection, adding to twenty-eight
interviews that exist only in transcript form. We re-recorded an
additional twenty-eight interviews that have difficult sound problems,
and will attempt transcriptions after performing additional sound
enhancements we can make.
In the sound preservation process, we created archival and user-copy CDs
and user-copy listener cassettes for 638 interviews. Within the budget
limitations of the project, we were also able to create new archival
reel tapes for some 35 percent of total interview hours.
Thus, 638 transcripts are available at our library in keyword-searchable
Microsoft Word files. MARC-format catalogue records are available on
OCLC, in addition to MARC-format, in-house catalogue records software
and an in-house oral history project database.
A Collection Guide-Descriptive Inventory is now available on CMF's Web
site www.countrymusichalloffame.com , either by following links to
Exhibits and Collections under the heading Experience the Museum, or by
This finding aid provides contact information and use policies, as well
as an interview list and interview descriptions.
Thank you for your attention and consideration.
Dr. John Rumble, Senior Historian
Country Music Fame(r) and Museum
222 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 416-2005 direct line