A Guide to Her Collection on Claude Davis at Georgia State
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October 29, 1990
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Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
collection on Claude Davis
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Claude Davis (born Claude W. Dennis, 1895)
was a country musician and singer. In the 1930s he was a member of the Carolina
Tarheels, a group that pursued an active performing career on radio and on
stage in the Southeast. The Katherine Smith Collection contains correspondence,
newsclippings, song sheets, and photographs relating to Claude
Scope and Content of the Collection
The manuscript portion of the Katherine Smith Collection consists of
two letters relating to the Carolina Tarheels, two newsclippings featuring
photographs of the Carolina Tarheels and the Cannon Mills String Band, and two
song sheets (one devoted to song hits of the Carolina Tarheels, and another
entitled "Zangara's Fate"). Neither song sheet includes music; one bears a
photograph of the Tarheels and the other includes a photograph of Claude W.
Dennis, aka "Claude Davis."
Also included in this collection is a printed songbook bearing the
copyright date of 1931. The photographs include images of Claude Dennis, the
Tarheels, and other country music musicians.
Claude W. Dennis was born in Salisbury, North Carolina on February 25,
1895. Although he had no formal musical training, he both sang and played the
fiddle, piano, guitar and mandolin. His stage name was "Claude Davis." He
apparently performed with a group known as the Cannon Mills String Band, which
reportedly was founded in 1908 and lasted several years. He wrote songs and
performed on a number of recordings between 1928 and 1932. In the 1930s he was
a member of the Carolina Tarheels, a group that pursued an active performing
career on radio and on stage in the Southeast. Further information on Claude
Dennis and the Carolina Tarheels may be found in Wayne Daniel, "Claude Davis,
Hoke Rice, Curly Fox and Those Other Carolina Tarheels," Bluegrass Unlimited, November 1991: 35-39.
Mrs. Katherine Smith is the daughter of Esther Goodman, who was the
step-daughter of Claude Dennis.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in
departmental policies on reproduction.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any
publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection,
the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from
this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright
holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original.
[item], [folder title], Katherine Smith Collection on Claude Davis,
M106, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State
Donated by Katherine Smith, April 3, 1990 (M1990-05).
Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, October
29, 1990 (revised October 1998). EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty,
Related materials in this repository:
Wayne W. Daniel Papers, M108, Popular Music Collection
Separated material: During processing, a
songbook was separated to Popular Music Collection Songbooks. See List of
Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.