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Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree collection

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2021-0145

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The bulk of this collection is photographs and programs from the Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree and Crafts Festival. The collection has multiple creators, including founding members of the Jamboree such as Berry C. Williams and Roger Estes, the Smithville Jamboree Board, and former Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree President, coordinator, and founder Neil Dudney. The collection contains event programs, photographs, digitized photographs (the archives does not house the originals), ephemera, correspondence, and documents pertaining to the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival. The collection provides a general overview of the festival, such as past competitions, contestants, awards, craft booths, and notable events, such as guest speakers and celebrity appearances.

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The Smithville Jamboree Collection began as a project to amass research materials on the Smithville Jamboree and Crafts Festival in preparation for a semicentennial celebratory book detailing the history of the event. As digitization of the research proceeded and the collection grew, representatives of the Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree and Crafts Festival decided to donate the materials to Tennessee Technological University's Archives and Special Collections so that they could create better access through the archives’ resources. The collection’s creators are a multitude of parties and individuals, including members of the Smithville Jamboree Board and the Smithville community. In total, at least a dozen or so groups and individuals have contributed to the Smithville Jamboree Collection, with materials ranging from early Smithville history to the latest Jamboree programs.

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  • Creation: 1952 - 2022


1.2 Cubic Feet

955 Megabytes

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