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Tom Hoskins collection, 1963-1967

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Series III: Graphic Images
Some of the photos were used as legal evidence in the court case brought by the Hurt family against Hoskins.
BOX-FOLDER 5/1 Avalon, Mississippi, March 1963
6 black-and-white photos taken in Avalon, measuring 4 1/2 in. x 3 1/4 in. Two have notes in red ballpoint ink along a border. Photos show the exterior of Hurt's home, a nearby store, and an unidentified man.
BOX-FOLDER 5/2 Avalon, Mississippi, April 1963
6 black-and-white photos of Hurt, taken in front of his home; measuring 4 1/2 in. x 3 1/4 in.
BOX-FOLDER 5/3 Avalon, Mississippi, January 23, 1965
2 black-and-white photos taken in front of the post office in Avalon. One photo measures 5 in. x 4 in., and the other is slightly smaller (the bottom edge has been cut off). The complete photo shows Hurt holding a sunburst guitar; another man stands next to him (described on the other photo's verso as his "buddy"), and a third, unidentified man stands at left. The cropped photo shows only Hurt and his friend.
BOX-FOLDER 5/4 Avalon, Mississippi, April 1965
25 3 in. x 5 in. black-and-white photos taken in Avalon. Another, smaller photo was trimmed from a larger photo. While the date stamp on the border says April 1965, it is evident some of the photos were taken in March, as the unidentified man in those photos also appears in the so-called April 1965 photos. The photos show Hurt and his wife Jessie in front of their home, group of men at the gas station, livestock, and the unidentified man seen in the March 1963 photos.
BOX-FOLDER 5/5 Avalon, Mississippi
12 4 in. x 5 in. black-and-white photos and 3 8 in. x 10 in. black-and-white photos, taken in Avalon; Hoskins may appear in one photo with Hurt. Most of the photos were taken of Hurt near what appears to be a disused canal or waterway, sometimes with a guitar. Some photos show Hurt and the guitar (which may have belonged to Hoskins) on the steps of his home.
BOX-FOLDER 5/6 Unidentified boy, holding a guitar, February 17, 1970
Black-and-white Polaroid photo, measuring 3 1/2 in. x 4 1/4 in. This may be Hurt's grandson: the hat looks like the one usually worn by Hurt. The child is wearing a Cub Scout uniform.
BOX-FOLDER 5/7 Photo by Seth Beckerman, circa 1963-1966
1 8 in. x 10 in. black-and-white photo of Hurt in concert.
BOX-FOLDER 5/8 Photos by Bob Campbell (Robert James Campbell), circa 1963-1966
3 8 in. x 10 in. black-and-white contact sheets of 35mm images (and some cut-out pieces of contact sheets). Photos taken at the Gaslight Cafe, in New York.
BOX-FOLDER 5/9 Photos by Stephen C. (Steve) LaVere (photocopies), 1964
Photocopies of 2 black-and-white 8 in. x 10 in. photos and 2 black-and-white contact sheets of 35mm images. Taken at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival. Fred and Annie McDowell appear in the 8 in. x 10 in. photos. The contact sheet includes the same images, plus other scenes, including Hurt performing onstage.
BOX-FOLDER 5/10 Photos by Jim Mahan, September 11, 1963
8 black-and-white contact sheets of 35mm images, taken at a coffee house in Washington, D.C.
BOX-FOLDER 5/11 Photos by J. Robert (Bob) Mantler, circa 1963-1966
One 8 in. x 10 in. black-and-white photo of Hurt, with a matching copy negative. Two 8 in x 10 in. black-and-white contact sheets, with a total of 18 frames showing Hurt playing or posing with a guitar. An envelope with Mantler's name is included in the folder. The 8 in. x 10 in. image may have been used for an album called "Legacy."
BOX-FOLDER 5/12 Photos by Jim Marshall, circa July 23-26, 1964; undated
1 8 in. x 10 in. black and white photo of Elizabeth Cotten and Hurt posing (off-stage) at the Newport Folk Festival, 1964. Two 8 in. x 10 in. photos of hurt, onstage (undated), plus an envelope labeled with the return address of Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop, and sent to Hoskins. Also, a slip of paper that accompanies the photos, noted that an item (unidentified) was an exhibit in a legal case.
BOX-FOLDER 5/13 Photo by Rick Sullo
1 black-and-white 8 in. x 10 in. close-up photo of Hurt.
BOX-FOLDER 5/14 Photos by Paul S. Ulrich, 1964
5 black-and-white 8 in. x 10 in. photos of Hurt on stage, during a concert with Pete Seeger at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C. (December 12, 1964). 1 black-and-white 8 in. x 10 in. of Hurt at the blues workshop, Philadelphia Folk Festival (1964).
BOX-FOLDER 5/15 Photo proofs, circa 1963-1966
3 black-and-white photo proofs, one measuring approximately 7 1/4 in. x 7 3/4 in, and two approximately 7 1/4 in. x 9 1/2 in.
BOX-FOLDER 5/16 Photos from the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-1964
Three 8 1/2 in. x 14 in. photocopies of contact sheets showing Hurt at Newport (1963); the photographer is John Byrne Cooke (son of Alistair Cooke). One photocopy of an uncredited photo from Newport in 1964, with Hurt and Elizabeth Cotten.
BOX-FOLDER 5/17 Three contact sheets, circa 1963-1966
3 8 in. x 10 in. black-and-white contact sheets of 35mm images. Each sheet represents the work of a different photographer: Cogan (probably Michael Cogan), Karovitch (no other information), and Bobbi Lord.
BOX-FOLDER 5/18 Contact sheets from an unidentified photographer, circa 1963-1966
6 8 in. x 10 in. black-and-white contact sheets of 35mm images
BOX-FOLDER 5/19 Still photos of moving image film, circa 1963-1966
5 8 in. x 10 in. black-and-white photos of film, showing Hurt playing guitar (see MV01 for the moving images from which these frames were copied). Some images show him without a hat. Three images have edge code: two copies of the same image have 14722 and another image has 14719. A separate group of items are strips and pieces of paper, in various sizes, with still frames from the film. These function as proofs (handwritten notations on some of them).
BOX-FOLDER 5/20 Images and related documentation, circa 1963-1966
4 8 in. x 10 in. black-and-white photos and 1 8 3/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. print of a negative. Related documentation includes contact information for Lucille Hurt and for Paul Ulrich, as well as photocopies of photos, a draft of an essay for a commercial release on King Bee Records, a photocopied magazine article about Hurt that mentions Hoskins, and a manila envelope with handwritten notes.
BOX-FOLDER 5/21 Color slides
21 35mm Ektachrome color slides, showing Hurt in performance (close-ups). Accompanied by the original slide mount display, plus a slip of paper indicating these slides were submitted as an exhibit in a legal case.
BOX-FOLDER 5/22 Skip James (photo, circa 1960s )
Black-and-white photo of Skip James, measuring 4 1/2 in. x 2 3/4 in.; relocated from folder 1/10.
Series IV: Moving Images
AFC 2011/026: MV01, March 14, 1965
1 videocassette (VHS; 11 min., 39 sec.) : analog
Video copied from a film original. "Jacobson" (from the slate) is probably Joel Jacobson.
Mississippi John test roll #2 Jacobson Unity
Hurt walks into a living room in a house, sits down, and picks up a Guild F-30 Sunburst guitar from a case to play. His two grandchildren enter the room one at a time and sit down, followed by his wife Jessie, who also sits down. They listen attentively while he plays. There are close-ups of his hands while he plays, and his granddaughter mimics the action on the chair arm.
Mississippi John test roll #3 Jacobson Unity
Close-up of Hurt's picking style, in slow-motion. Later, Jessie is no longer in the room, and Hurt's granddaughter gets up to dance the twist to Hurt's playing. The video shows Hurt tapping his foot along while playing. His grandson picks up Hurt's hat and hands it to him. Content ends at 8:52; the rest of the video is blank.
AFC 2011/026: MV02, 1966
1 videocassette (VHS; 20 min., 55 sec.) : analog
An edited version of episode 36 of Rainbow Quest (Pete Seeger's television show). "Not the end just the beginning" appears as the title. Also present: Hedy West and Paul Cadwell. Pete engages each in conversation, and they play in turn.
Georgia camp meeting
Performed by Paul Cadwell.
You got to walk that lonesome valley
Performed by Hurt.
Spike driver blues
Performed by Hurt.
Goodnight, Irene
Hurt sings lead, and the others play, and join him on the chorus. West leads on the second verse, possibly with Seeger singing harmony.
AFC 2011/026: MV03
1 videocassette (VHS; 1 min., 40 sec.) : analog
Commercial for a car repair company; no content relevant to the collection.
AFC 2011/026: MV04, March 14, 1965; 1968; 1980
1 videocassette (VHS; 60 min.) : analog.
The first two segments are in black and white; the third is in color.
Partial copy of the content on MV01, ending on this video
An episode of the television show Camera Three." Son House and Buddy Guy are featured, playing separately and later playing together on the episode.
Elizabeth Cotten performing with Mike Seeger, at Ohio University
This segment is held in copyright by Ohio University.
AFC 2011/026: MV05, March 14, 1965
1 film reel (400 ft.) : polyester
Content is partially copied to MV01. The full content of the film may reflect other content and recording dates.

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