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Collection Now What a Time: Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938 to 1943

Rights and Access

The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the material in this collection, except as noted below. Users should keep in mind that the Library of Congress is providing access to these materials strictly for educational and research purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other holders of rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. See our Legal Notices and Privacy and Publicity Rights for additional information and restrictions.

The Center asks that researchers approach the materials in this collection with respect for the culture and sensibilities of the people whose lives, ideas, and creativity are documented here. Researchers are also reminded that privacy and publicity rights may pertain to certain uses of this material.

These collections were presented with the consent of members of the families of John W. Work III and Willis Laurence James. We were unable to locate members of Lewis Wade Jones' family. Attempts were made to contact the performers in this collection, but our letters were returned. We welcome any further information about Lewis Jones and the performers featured in this presentation.

The following materials are included in this online Collection with permission.

The Peachite, March 1944 Festival Edition (Vol. II, No. 2), with permission of the Mass Communications Department, Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030, Attn: Lloyd Archer.

Drawing of W. C. Handy (part of The Peachite as reproduced here), with permission of the family of Bettina Steinke.

Arrangement of "Get Right, Stay Right" (part of The Peachite as reproduced here)and correspondence by Willis Laurence James, with permission from the family of Willis Laurence James (Minnie-Rose J. Richardson:

Arrangement of "This Ol' Hammer" (part of The Peachite as reproduced here)and correspondence by John Wesley Work III, with permission from the family of John Wesley Work III.

Quotation from The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes, with permission from Harold Ober Associates Incorporated.

Selection from Red River Blues by Bruce Bastin. Copyright 1986 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Press. Used with permission of the University of Illinois Press, 1325 South Oak Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820-6903.

Credit line

Please cite the source collection title, collection number, and repository, for example:

John Work Collection of Negro Folk Music from the Southeast (AFC 1941/035), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Lewis Jones and Willis James Recordings at Fort Valley State College (AFC 1943/012), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Fort Valley, Georgia, Recordings (AFC 1944/003), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress