J. Scott Odell folk music collection,
1964-1977
CFCH.ODEL

Summary
Collection ID:
CFCH.ODEL
Creators:
Musical History, Division of (NMAH, SI).
Dates:
1964-1977
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
8.5 Cubic feet
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
The J. Scott Odell folk music collection, which dates from 1964-1977, documents the creation and use of folk instruments, and in particular the musicians and instruments of southwest Virginia (Galax), nearby North Carolina (Shelton-Laurel), and the surrounding tri-state vicinity. The collection also contains materials from northeast Vermont. The main focus of the collection is plucked Appalachian dulcimers. Materials include photographs, prints, field notes, trip reports, correspondence and other items relating to the instruments and to folklife and music in general, as well as tape recordings and photographic prints of musicians, instrument makers, friends, and neighbors playing instruments purchased by Odell, or ones similar in sound and construction. Several of the musicians were later involved in events at the Smithsonian Institution. Material in the collection also relates to the performance of music and dance at the Smithsonian Institution.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Arranged in nine series: (1) Correspondence, 1963-1978; (2) Folk Instruments Research; (3) Collected Publications and Ephemera; (4) Collecting Trips; (5) Publications; (6) Sound Recordings; (7) Oversize Materials, (8) Administrative Documents and (9) Accruals. Within series and subseries, folders are arranged thematically, alphabetically, and/or chronologically.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Scott Odell undertook a series of collecting trips from 1964-1977 when he was head of the laboratory at the Smithsonian Institution's Division of Musical Instruments. The purpose of these trips was to build the Division of Musical Instruments' collection of traditional American instruments.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Conditions Governing Use note
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the archives staff for information.
Preferred Citation note
J. Scott Odell folk music collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Transferred from the Division of Musical History to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History on 02/23/89.
Transferred from the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage on 05/29/08.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
Register with container listavailable from repository.Folder-level description.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Odell, Scott, 1935- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Appalachian dulcimer Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Appalachian Region Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audiotapes Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Banjo Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence--1930-1950 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Field notes Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Folk music Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Folklore Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mouth bow Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Musicians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
North Carolina Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs--1960-1980--Black-and-white photoprints--Silver gelatin Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Posters Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reports Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stringed instruments Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vermont Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Virginia Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
600 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, D.C.
Phone: 202-633-6440
rinzlerarchives@si.edu