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Guide to the Solomon Family Papers, RG 888

Listed by: Brenda Prather
Date: 8/18/99


 

Date Span: 1969-1990

Biographical Sketch: Jack (1927-) and Olivia (1937-) Solomon have published several children's books and studies of Alabama folklore that include folk recipes, remedies, ghost stories, religious folk songs, and tombstone epitaphs.

Scope / Content: Part of the Alabama Authors Project. Collection consists of research materials for, and drafts of, their books. Arranged in subgroups by book.  Series that appear throughout collection:  Manuscripts and revisions; Research notes, tapes, and videos; Folklore class teaching materials; Correspondence.

Accessions:  91-43; 92-54; 99-131; 99-148



 
Accession 91-43, Box 1
    1. Manuscript "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", Part I, Submitted 1987-1988, 153 pages
    2. Manuscript "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", Part II, 112 pages.
    3. Manuscript "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", Part III, 157 pages.
    4. Folksongs from "Sweet Bunch of Daisies, 19 pages.
    5. Revisions to "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", Spring 1986, Part I.
    6. Revisions to "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", Part II.
    7. Computer-printed Manuscript "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", Part I, 124 pages.
    8. Computer-printed Manuscript "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", Part II, 173 pages.
    9. Finished Manuscript for "Honey in the Rock", 1990, 205 pages.
    10. Duplicate Manuscript "Honey in the Rock" except song texts, no date, 255 pages.
    11. Notes for Tarrt Secular Songs from "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", no date, 37 pages.
    12. Notes on Lomax Recordings from the Library of Congress, 2 notepads and 43 loose pages.
    13. Manuscript "Honey in the Rock", typed and handwritten, Part I, January 6, 1990, 229 pages.
    14. Manuscript "Honey in the Rock", typed and handwritten, Part II, 189 pages.
    15. Manuscript "Honey in the Rock", Part I, early 1980’s, 238 pages.
    16. Manuscript "Honey in the Rock", Part II, 231 pages.
    17. Tarrt Volume Revisions, no date, 129 pages.
    18. Copies of Typed Revisions, March 1990, 74 pages.
    19. 1 Gray Box Containing:
    1. Copies of card catalog indices from the Library of Congress Archive of Folksong, 4 sheets.
    2. Handwritten letter from Olivia Solomon to Mr. Michael Goldman, no date – with enclosure of letter from Michael Goldman dated October 6, 1978.
    3. Booklet "Miss Ruby – My Most Unforgettable Character" by Carl Carmer, May 1975.
    4. Records of the Work Projects Administration, 4 copied pages, March 1946.
    5. Phonographic duplication order for the Library of Congress, October 1978.
    6. Records of the Federal Writer’s Project, 2 sheets.
    7. Index of the Slave Narratives in the Alabama Archives, 33 pages.
    8. The WPA Alabama Slave Narratives, 18 pages.
    9. The WPA Collection of Alabama Slave Narratives, rewritten September 1978, 21 pages.
    10. The WPA Collection of Alabama Slave Narratives, revised September 1979, 22 pages.
    11. Holdings of the Library of congress in Alabama "WPA Collected Slave Narratives, Slave Documents, Beliefs and Customs, and Folk Tales", 10 pages.
    12. Note on the Scholarship in the Folklore of Alabama, 10 pages.
    13. Selections from the Alabama WPA Slave Narratives, 26 pages.
    14. Slave Narratives - Names and Addresses – Alabama A-B, 3 pages.
    15. Slave Narratives – Names and Addresses – Alabama C-D, 3 pages.
    16. Slave Narratives – Names and Addresses – Alabama E-G, 3 pages.
    17. Slave Narratives – Names and Addresses – Alabama H-K, 4 pages.
    18. Slave Narratives – Names and Addresses – Alabama L-P, 4 pages.
    19. Slave Narratives – Names and Addresses – Alabama R-Z, 6 pages.
    20. Documents – Alabama Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 3 pages.
    21. Documents – Alabama – Slave Notices, For Hire or Sale, 3 pages.
    22. Documents – Alabama – Slave Notices, fugitive Slaves, 3 pages.
    23. Documents – Alabama – Alabama Legislative Acts-Free Negroes and Slaves, 6 pages.
    24. Documents – Alabama – Alabama Legislative Acts-Emancipation, 2 pages.
    25. Listing of Reproduced of Original Items, 2 pages.
    26. Documents – Alabama- Baptismal Records and Wills, 1 page.
    27. Documents – Alabama – Slave Notices (miscellaneous), 4 pages.
    28. Slave Narratives – listing of manuscripts by author, 1 page.

    29.  
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Accession 91-43, Box 2

  1. Manuscript "Zichary Zan", 1980, 93 pages.
  2. Manuscript "Crosscut Saw", Typed and Handwritten, no date, 295 pages.
  3. Manuscript "Folksongs in the Alabama Archives", Part I, no date, 102 pages.
  4. Manuscript "Folksongs in the Alabama Archives", Part II, 122 pages.
  5. Manuscript "Bloody Bones, Bitterweeds and Buckeye Balls", no date, 292 pages.
  6. Manuscript "Will You Wear White, Jennie Jenkins", no date, 106 pages.
  7. Manuscripts:
    1. "The Gingerbread Boy", no date, 46 pages.
    2. "Little Red Riding Hood", 1975, 35 pages.
    3. "Jack and the Beanstalk", 1975, 33 pages.
    4. "Sambo and the Tigers" no date, 44 pages.
    5. "The Three Little Pigs", no date, 17 pages.
  8. Manuscript "Ghosts and Goosebumps", 1981, 68 pages.
  9. Notes used to teach Folklore Classes, 1990.
  10. Handwritten Drafts to 5 Stories:
    1. "Tall Tales and Practical Jokes", 5 pages.
    2. "Alabama WPA Folksongs", 8 pages.
    3. "Further Readings in American Folksong", 30 pages.
    4. "Games", 44 pages.
    5. "Folksay", 2 pages.
  11. Tall Tales and Practical Jokes, no date, 72 pages.
  12. Gray Box 1:  Copies of Epitaphs from Tombstones across Alabama – Late 19th and early 20th centuries, 1985, 359 pages.
  13. Gray Box 2 contents:
    1. Untitled story "There was no string he couldn’t pick…", no date, 50 pages.
    2. "Fire", 1969, 14 pages.
    3. "Leamon’s Daughter", no date, 18 pages.
    4. "Amazing Grace", no date, 23 pages.
    5. "The Prophetess", no date, 25 pages.
    6. "The Gingerbread Boy", no date, 21 pages.
    7. "The Gingerbread Boy", typed, 12 pages.
    8. "Little Black Sambo", Play in one act, no date, 38 pages.
    9. "Jack and the Beanstalk", no date, 37 pages.
    10. "Little Red Riding Hood", no date, 36 pages.
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Accession 91-43, Box 3

    1. For Further Study, 20 pages and 19 pages.
    2. For Further Study, 10 pages, revised Summer 1990.
    3. Epitaph as Inscription, 9 pages, revised Summer 1990.
    4. A Note on Lettering, 3 pages, September 1987.
    5. A Note on Lettering, 6 pages, revised July 1990.
    6. Forward, 8 pages, 1990.
    7. Afterword, 3 pages, 1990.
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Accession 92-54, Box 1

  1. Manuscript to "Honey in the Rock". —Introduction, acknowledgement, and bibliographic essays.
  2. Draft copy "Honey in the Rock". Biography of Ruby Pickens Tartt.
  3. Additional Tartt Biography.
  4. Tartt biography and manuscript material.
  5. Handwritten manuscript on folk spirituals.
  6. Handwritten manuscript on folk spirituals.
  7. Bibliography on folk spirituals.
  8. Draft introduction to "Honey in the Rock".
  9. Handwritten copy on folk secular songs.
  10. Draft material on folk songs and games.
  11. Tartt recordings and essays.
  12. Tartt recordings and essays.
  13. Bibliographic material on folk culture.
  14. Book reviews on Afro-American Folk History.
  15. Draft Notes.
  16. "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", --1984 Manuscript revision.
  17. Manuscript Folk Songs, 1984.
  18. "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", --early handwritten and typed drafts.
  19. "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", --early handwritten and typed drafts.
  20. "Sweet Bunch of Daisies", --later drafts, n.d.
  21. Folk Songs used in manuscript.
  22. Ballads and love songs used in manuscript.
  23. More Folksongs.
  24. More Folksongs.
  25. Draft copy of "Folk Songs From Alabama".
  26. Folk Songs.
  27. Folk Songs.
  28. Rough Draft—"Sweet Bunch of Daisies".

Accession 92-54, Box 2

  1. Rough Draft—"Sweet Bunch of Daisies".
  2. Folk Songs.
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Accession 99-131, Box 1

  1. Correspondence with University of Alabama Press, 1972
  2. Correspondence with University of Alabama Press, 1973
  3. Correspondence with University of Alabama Press, 1974
  4. Correspondence with University of Alabama Press and Senator Sparkman, 1975
  5. Correspondence with University of Alabama Press and Senator Sparkman, 1976
  6. Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1977
  7. Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1978
  8. Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1979
  9. Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1980
  10. Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1981
  11. Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1982
  12. Sales Reports and Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1983
  13. Sales Reports and Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1985
  14. Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1986
  15. Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1987
  16. Sales Reports and Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1988
  17. Sales Reports and Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1989
  18. Correspondence Concerning Folklore Publications, 1990
  19. Sales Report Concerning Folklore Publications, 1991
  20. Gone Home: Epitaphs from Alabama, longhand
  21. A Note for Further Study, longhand
  22. For Further Study, longhand
  23. Gone Home: Epitaphs from Alabama
  24. Gone Home: Draft 1
  25. Gone Home: Draft 2
  26. Gone Home: Draft 3
  27. Graveyard Tombstones
  28. Gone Home: Epitaphs Current
  29. Gone Home: Draft
  30. Index of Anonymous Epitaphs
  31. Household Tips: Folk Crafts
  32. Place Names
  33. Original Inscriptions, Gone Home: File 1
  34. Original Inscriptions, Gone Home: File 2
  35. Original Inscriptions, Gone Home: File 3
  36. Original Inscriptions, Gone Home: File 4
  37. Original Inscriptions, Gone Home: File 5
  38. Original Inscriptions, Gone Home: File 6
  39. Original Inscriptions, Gone Home: File 7
  40. Original Inscriptions, Gone Home: File 8
  41. Original Inscriptions, Gone Home: File 9
  42. Original Inscriptions, Gone Home: File 10
  43. Original Inscriptions, Gone Home: File 11
  44. Correspondence: Virginia Historical Society
  45. Colonel James Burton Correspondence: Yale University Library
  46. Tallassee Armory, Macon Arsenal, Chickamauga, Smithsonian
  47. Correspondence: Tallassee Armory, Summer 1998
  48. Transcription: Letters to Burton and Tallassee Armory
  49. Macon Arsenal and Armory, Middle Georgia Archives
  50. Manuscripts for Church History Heritage Day, April 1998
  51. Hoole Correspondence
  52. Tallassee Armory Correspondence
  53. National Archives Correspondence, Tallassee Correspondence
  54. Vouchers, Tallassee Falls, Microfilm Copies
  55. Book: Letters to the Tallassee Armory 1864-1865
  56. FUMC, Tallassee: Original Stained Glass History
  57. Microfilm: Letters to the Tallassee Armory
  58. Microfilm: Inventory of Property

Accession 99-131, Box 2

31 Audio tapes

Accession 99-131, Box 3

31 Audio tapes
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Accession 99-148, Box 1

  1. Acknowledgements, About this Volume: Bloody Bones
  2. Forward, Bloody Bones: Revised October 15, 1980
  3. Forward, Bloody Bones: October 15, 1979
  4. Further Readings in the Supernatural: Revised October 1979
  5. Notes on Further Reading in the Supernatural
  6. Notes on Further Reading in Folk Narratives
  7. Original Essay
  8. Ghost Stories, Superstitions, Tall Tales, and Other Folk Narratives
  9. Notes for Further Study, Final Version
  10. Tall Tales and Practical Jokes: for Bloody Bones
  11. Alabama Folk Tales: The Supernatural and the Humorous
  12. Tall Tales and Practical Jokes
  13. Folk Tales of the Supernatural: the Troy Field Collection
  14. The Supernatural: Portents and Apparitions
  15. Bloody Bones
  16. Further Reading in Games, Rhymes, Taunts, Autograph Verse, Nonsense Verse and Proverbs
  17. A Note on Folklore Scholarships and Publications
  18. Superstitions
  19. "The Big Toe," Interview with Tallassee Informant
  20. WPA Folklore and Folktales

Accession 99-148, Box 2

  1. Video: Tutwiler Folklore Class Winter 1993 #1
  2. Video: Tutwiler Folklore Class Winter 1993 #2
  3. Video: Tutwiler Folklore Class Winter 1993 #3
  4. Video: Tutwiler Folklore Class Winter 1993 #4
  5. Video: Michelle Watts
  6. Video: Folklore Tape: 1 of 2 Karen Courtney
  7. Video: Folklore Tape: 2 of 2 Karen Courtney
  8. Video: Interview of Jane Kitchens
  9. Video: Graveyards – Talladega Springs and Interviews – Traci Knight
  10. Video: AUM Folklore Interviews, Spring 1993
  11. 7" Reel Tape: Songs by Ruth Herren

Accession 99-148, Box 3

  1. 5" Reel Tape: Bullets Funeral
  2. 5" Reel Tape: Folk Interview by Jack Burkett of 83 Year Old Negro
  3. 5" Reel Tape: Original Songs by 17-Year-Old Negro Boy
  4. 5" Reel Tape: Rachel Boleware/Norene Smith Interviews by Jack Solomon
  5. 5" Reel Tape: Lullabies by Grover Jacobs; Faye Stacy
  6. 7" Reel Tape: Sacred Harp Singing at Darian Church, Fall 1978
  7. 7" Reel Tape: Folk Songs by an Unknown Singer
  8. 7" Reel Tape: Booger Hole
  9. 7" Reel Tape: Friendship Church Festival
  10. 7" Reel Tape: Central Alabama Community College
  11. 7" Reel Tape: Miss Ruth
  12. 7" Reel Tape: Miss Ruth Interviews
  13. 7" Reel Tape: Friendship Baptist Church – 10/23/83
  14. Audiocassette: Andrew Burgans-March 1975
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