Fort Valley State College Folk Festivals

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Washington, D.C. 20540-4610 Credit Line: Now What a Time: Blues, Gospel and the Fort Valley Music Festivals (1938 - 1943). Library of Congress, American Folklife Center

The following materials are included in this online Collection with permission. Please contact the American Folklife Center for additional information where contact information is not provided:

The Peachite, March 1944 Festival Edition (Vol. II, No. 2), with permission of the Mass Communications Department, Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030, Attn: Lloyd Archer.

Drawing of W. C. Handy (part of The Peachite as reproduced here), with permission of the family of Bettina Steinke.

Arrangement of "Get Right, Stay Right" (part of The Peachite as reproduced here) and correspondence by Willis Laurence James, with permission from the family of Willis Laurence James (Minnie-Rose J. Richardson:

Arrangement of "This Ol' Hammer" (part of The Peachite as reproduced here) and correspondence by John Wesley Work III, with permission from the family of John Wesley Work III.

Quotation from The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes, with permission from Harold Ober Associates Incorporated.

Selection from Red River Blues by Bruce Bastin. Copyright 1986 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Press. Used with permission of the University of Illinois Press, 1325 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820-6903.

Fort Valley State College Folk Festivals