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Interview with Ethel Ruth Baldwin, April 15, 2003

 File — Bag: \folklife\prj1014\, Folder: 001_baldwin-ethel
Collection number: PRJ1014-001

Scope and Contents

Interview with Ethel Ruth Baldwin, April 15, 2003. 00:31:53. Randolf County, Georgia. Fieldworker: Kuanita Murphey. Topics: Shape-note singing, Sacred Harp.


  • April 15, 2003

Conditions Governing Access


3 items (3 Electronic record(s) and derivatives. 1 audio file 00:31:53. 337481408, 2 PDF files (Tapelog, Artist Data Sheet).)


From the Collection: English

Tape Log Notes

item_title: Ethel L. Baldwin interview

call_number: PRJ-1012

project_title: Student Projects


informant_name: Ethel R. Baldwin

fieldworker: Kuanita Murphy

recording_engineer: Kuanita Murphy

date: 4/15/2003

recording_location: "Cuthbert, GA"

content_summary: Her experience and recollectiosn about shape note singing in Randolph County.

notes: "Prepared for Independent Study on African American Music Traditions, Spring 2003, Laurie Sommers, instructor; related final paper in file"

index_of_contents: See typed index in file.

consent_form: Yes

transcription: No

access_copy: No

technical_summary: Good

genre: "religious music, shape note music, personal experience narrative"

places: ", Benevolence, Randolph County, Cuthbert, GA"

people: Ethel R. Baldwin

groups: African American

keywords: African American seven-shape singing conventions

Processing Information

CAS 1012.43, ADS-1012-01, PRJ104-001 - Audio Cassette 84

Tape Index

004: Her story of how she learned to sing

027:Demonstrates shape notes

053: “Serving My Lord and King” sung by Mrs. Baldwin

072: Another demonstration of notes

087: Singing schools

097: #30 in Sparkling Song Book (accompanied by her brother)

126: Participation in conventions and when they were held

178: Grandpa Simon started conventions in Randolph Co., GA

184: Order of Service of Conventions

211: Practicing the tradition

240: Instruction and Practicing the tradition

265: Current churches in convention

280: When the tradition began to fade —-

321: Her thoughts on revitalizing the tradition

351: Benevolence Baptist Church’s Pastor

366: Her knowledge of shape notes/rulerments f p, dt

416: Tape END

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
229-259-5055 (Fax)