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Vol. 2, No. 3/4: 1996

Swampland Jewels: Louisiana’s Goldband Collection Comes to the University of North Carolina

by Steve Green

“A firsthand look at the artisitc and business records of south Louisiana’s Goldband enterprises.”

In spring 1995 the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill acquired a rich group of archival records from Goldband Recording Corporation, a small but important recording studio that has operated out of Lake Charles, Louisiana, since the 1940s. The Goldband Collection of approximately 6,000 sound recordings and thirty-five linear feet of paper-based records includes commercially released recordings, master tapes, studio logs, business records, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, promotional literature, and other documentation. Once the materials have been arranged and described, they will afford researchers in southern studies, American music, popular culture, folklore, and other disciplines an excellent opportunity to study a variety of topics relating to the postwar music industry and the evolution of southern folk and popular music forms between 1945 and 1985.

This article appears as an abstract above, the complete article can be accessed in Project Muse
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