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Katherine Smith:

A Guide to Her Collection on Claude Davis at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

October 29, 1990

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 from HTML source, June 30, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Smith, Katherine
Title:Katherine Smith collection on Claude Davis
Dates: 1932; undated
Quantity: .2 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract: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 Davis.
Identification: M106

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Index Terms

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.

Davis, Claude
Carolina Tar Heels
Country music--1930-1940
Country musicians--United States


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.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], Katherine Smith Collection on Claude Davis, M106, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Katherine Smith, April 3, 1990 (M1990-05).

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, October 29, 1990 (revised October 1998). EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty, June 2008.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

Wayne W. Daniel Papers, M108, Popular Music Collection

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, a songbook was separated to Popular Music Collection Songbooks. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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