Ephemera Collection

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Ephemera Collection

Description

In 2009, BBRM staff and volunteers began the archiving of this collection, with the arranging of objects chronologically (1935 – 1995) and the purchasing of proper archival storage materials. In 2011, an oral finding aid with provenance was constructed by conversations between University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (UA SLIS) volunteer Lindsey Reynolds (now at University of Georgia, Athens Library) and BBRM Director Bob Friedman. In 2013 and 2014, those interviews were transcribed by UA SLIS volunteer Michael Mitchell (known affectionately as the MMT). For each object, the original finding aid conversation has been added and can be found in quotes in the description section.

Collection Items

King Porter
"Box 2, Folder 32: This beautiful Morrow pix is of King Porter, who broadcasted at WJLD on Red Mountain. A piano player, he played on the air and in clubs and had an air shift as well. Here, through the miracle of magnification and knowledge, I…

Shelley Stewart
"Box 2, Folder 31: Here’s a picture of Shelley Stewart; this is folder 31. We got this picture from his daughter Sherri Stewart. He is dressed up. We approximate this to be 1952 although it’s not clear what he’s doing. He is definitely dressed up and…

WJLD Building, Bessemer Superhighway
"Moving right along to folder number 30. These are, speak of the devil, several pictures of the WJLD studio building on the Bessemer Super Highway. One of them has a little African American child out front; maybe she was one of the children of one of…

Clipping, WJLD Transmitter Moved to Birmingham
"From the Birmingham Post Herald, it says Bessemer News. “WJLD transmitter moved to Birmingham”. Radio station WJLD has moved its transmitter from Bessemer to Red Mountain in Birmingham, and this was July 21, 1952. That’s very helpful. “The…

Willie McKinstry
"Okay moving right along to number 28. Two things: One of them is a picture of Willie McKinstry from a poster; it’s cardboard, glossy, kind of sepia colored. A WJLD radio show from 7:15 to 8 at night, and it’s not clear to me from this whether he…

Gospel Groups, Morrow Photo Studio
"This is number 27, folder 27 dated 1952. This is a lot of gospel groups from Morrow’s Photo Studio collection, 5504 Avenue D in Fairfield. I visited Mr. Morrow at his house, and this is where I got all of these pictures. He had boxes and boxes of 8…

Songs of the Roberta Martin Singers
"Okay moving right along to number 26 is a lovely booklet: Songs of the Roberta Martin Singers, Volume 2, from 1952 that came out of Solomon’s Bookstore on 529 8th Avenue North in Birmingham. We don’t know how long ago…this is Don Solomon’s brother…

Clippings, Radio Logs
"This folder from 1952, April 1, 1952, a Tuesday, and this one from April 10; there’s two actually. Wait a minute, they’re both from April 1, 1952; that’s just shmutz. And what these do... they list the radio stations, not clear whether they were…

Performance Measurements, Radio Station WJLD, Bessemer, Alabama
"Moving along to number, folder number 24 is another technical report, 30 pages, which measures performance for WJLD in Bessemer. So that right away dates it to some extent. It’s quite interesting to see the precision by which these…they look like…

Business Cards, James Connolley
"Moving along to number 23, we have a three business card from James Connolly who was early on a salesman and also by the time this card came out, which would have been in the late 40s or early 50s probably, we’re going to give it 1952 as a date both…
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