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The Joseph Sargent Hall Collection, held by the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University, focuses primarily on Hall’s research of language and folklore of the people living in the Great Smoky Mountains. The collection spans from 1915-2000, but the bulk of the papers result from Hall’s fieldwork dating from 1937-1941 and include notebooks; notes on index cards; reel-to-reel tape recorded interviews; transcripts; typed manuscripts derived from the interviews; photographs; and slides. The digital audio available here comprises 146 open reel recordings that span from 1939-1962, along with 60 audiocassettes that span from 1953-2000, the majority of which is from Hall’s fieldwork experiences. The remaining 14 audio discs and 6 film reels in the collection are not currently available digitally. The field recordings and related materials document the Appalachian dialect, including word meaning and usage and syntax, along with folk beliefs, folk remedies, traditional tales and stories of life in the mountains, traditional music, hunting, and agricultural practices of the mountain people. Biographical sketches of Hall’s informants are also included in the collection.

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