Fort Valley State College Folk Festivals


The online presentation of "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals (1938-1943) was organized and developed for the National Digital Library Program by Christa Maher, Digital Conversion Specialist, and Thomas Bramel, Digital Projects Coordinator for the American Folklife Center. We would like to acknowledge the contributions of many other persons and organizations:

Essential support was provided by a generous grant from The Texaco Foundation.

American Folklife Center Staff who contributed to the development of this online presentation include Judith Gray, Peggy A. Bulger and James B. Hardin.

Larry Appelbaum of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division made the original disk-to-tape transfers.

Mary Ambrosio of Information Technology Services programmed the indexing and display of the documents.

Wayne D. Shirley of the Music Division assisted with copyright research.

Many dedicated professionals on the staff of the National Digital Library Program worked on "Now What a Time." Andrea Dillon coordinated the web page design framework and graphics. Melissa Smith Levine evaluated rights issues and permissions requirements. Emily Howie assisted with copyright clearances and permissions work. Christa Maher built and maintained the database, created the digital audio files, performed image and text quality review, and assisted with coding the HTML web pages. Thomas Bramel generated the Real Audio and MP3 files. Christopher J. Pohlhaus tracked receipt of digital images and Barak Stussman assisted with text quality review. Emily Lind Baker and Jurretta Jordan Heckscher assisted in the editorial process. Danna Bell-Russel coordinated publicity for the online presentation. Laurel McIntyre assisted with copyright research.

Systems Integration Group, Inc. of Lanham, Maryland, produced digital images of the manuscript materials and coordinated production of the searchable text.

Special thanks to Minnie-Rose J. Richardson and Willis L. James, Jr. for permission to reproduce the correspondence of Willis Laurence James, and to John Wesley Work IV for permission to reproduce the correspondence of John Wesley Work III.

Thanks also to Bruce Nemerov, Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University and Dr. Rebecca T. Cureau for background information and assisting with contacting collectors' families.

Assistant Professor Lloyd Archer, Fort Valley State University granted permission to provide a digital reproduction of The Peachite.

The University of Illinois Press granted permission to use the excerpt from Red River Blues. Copyright 1986 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. Used with permission of the University of Illinois Press.

Fort Valley State College Folk Festivals