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A Guide to the William Edwin Shapard Dickerson Tape Recording, [1934?]
William Edwin Shapard Dickerson was a mixed blood Choctaw born in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Dickerson attended the University of Texas, and studied anthropology. His interests took him around the country where he researched tribes for his writings, such as The White Path (1965), and The Cliff Dwellers (1968), which are non-fiction works published under the name W.E.S. Folsom-Dickerson. Married to Alice Good until his death in 1974, Dickerson was also a member of the Texas State Teachers Association.
Onofrio, Jan, “Folsom-Dickerson (William E.S.),” Texas Biographical Dictionary, 1996.
The William Edwin Shapard Dickerson Tape Recording, [1934?], is comprised of a reel-to-reel tape recording of songs and stories of the Alabama-Coushatta Indians. Performed by Charlie Boatman, and recorded in Polk County, Texas, these recordings are accompanied with an introduction by Dickerson, and represent a portion of Dickerson’s research for The White Path.
Archivist’s note: The reel-to-reel, produced in 1978, is a second-generation dub of Dickerson’s original 78-rpm recordings. Access CD duplications were recorded in 2003, and represent a modified and unmodified version of the reel-to-reel recording. In the modified version, the sound has been cleaned up, and long periods of silence were cut from the duplication process. The unmodified version directly reflects what is represented on the reel-to-reel tape.
The track listing was created by the archivist who transferred the reel-to-reel recordings to CD, and were assigned by where the breaks occurred in the original recordings when Dickerson switched 78-rpm discs.
[CD access copies are provided for patron use.]
William Edwin Shapard Dickerson Tape Recording, [1934?], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, March 2016.
Use of original material is restricted; access copies are provided for patron use.