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Harold L. Baldwin Grand Ole Opry Collection

Accession Numbers

00-016

Type of Material

Black and white prints

Color prints

Negatives and contact sheets

 

Physical Description

3.75 l.f. of photographic materials

Dates

1969-1971

Abstract (Descriptive Summary)

This collection consists of photographic images taken by Harold L. Baldwin of the Grand Ole Opry stage, backstage, audience, street crowds, and environs between 1969 and 1971 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Access/Restrictions

The collection is open for research use. All materials in this collection are subject to standard national and international copyright laws. Center staff are able to assist with copyright questions for this material. 

 

Provenance and Acquisition Information

All photographic images were taken and printed by Harold Baldwin.  All materials were donated and transferred to the Center the first week of May, 2001.

 

Subject/Index Terms

Country Music

Grand ole opry (Radio program)

Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, Tenn.)

Agency History/Biographical Sketch

Born February 1, 1927 in Denver, Colorado, Baldwin attended the University of Northern Colorado for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. He pursued doctorate coursework at George Peabody (in Nashville), University of Maryland, and Texas A&M. After nine years of teaching industrial technology in the Pueblo, Colorado public school system, Baldwin taught at MTSU from the Fall of 1959 until he retired the Spring of 1991. While he was teaching industrial technology at MTSU, he initiated the development of a photography program. It grew to such an extent that he eventually (by 1968) shifted over to teaching photography full time. Baldwin received the outstanding teacher award one year, and a photographic gallery on campus is named after him.

Baldwins general work, more than developing particular subject themes or motifs, explored various darkroom techniques and possibilities: multi-exposures, superimposures, and other artistic experimentation. His mentors include Jerry Uelsmann and Evon Streetman. This collection of Grand Ole Opry photos, according to Baldwin himself, represents his only major corpus of purely documentary images.

 

Scope and Content

Mounted and unmounted photographic prints, contact sheets, and negatives for color and black and white images. Negatives consist of large format color negatives (5.5cm x 7cm), black and white negatives (2.25"x2.25"; 6cm x 7cm), and 35mm black and white negatives. About 130 prints consist of varying sizes from 1.5"x11" to 16"x20".

Images taken of the Grand Ole Opry stage, backstage, audience, street crowds, and environs between 1969 and 1971. Artists represented include Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys, David Akeman (Stringbean), Del Reeves, Ernest Tubb, and Jim & Jesse McReynolds. Other images of interest include various Music Row shots, shoe shiners and panhandlers, and telephone numbers on the wall by a pay phone backstage. (See box lists for further details.)

 

Collection Contents (Folder/Box List)

Box 1

1 Mounted B/W Print Vito Pelletieri
2 Mounted B/W Print Willis Brothers (2 of 3) Vic, Guy
3 Mounted B/W Print Jesse McReynolds, Jim McReynolds (Jim and Jesse)
4 Mounted B/W Print (L to R) Charlie Collins (?), Howdy Forrester, unknown, Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith?), Crook Brothers (next three), Sam McGee (w/guitar), Ramona Jones (?), Beecher Ray “Pete” Kirby (Bashful Brother Oswald).
5 Mounted B/W Print Del Reeves
6 Mounted B/W Print Hank Locklin
7 Mounted B/W Print Archie Campbell
8 Mounted B/W Print Roy Acuff
9 Mounted B/W Print Hal Rugg (steel), Spider Wilson (guitar)
10 Mounted B/W Print Unknown (guitar far left), Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass including Curtis. McPeake (banjo), English P. “Jake” Tullock (bass), Paul Warren (fiddle)
11 Mounted B/W Print Ernest Tubb (?), Hal Durham
12 Mounted B/W Print Mac McGaha (?) (fiddle), Porter Wagoner (guitar), unknown (drums)
13 Mounted B/W Print Del Reeves
14 Mounted B/W Print Unknown harmonica player (Onie Wheeler?)
15 Mounted B/W Print Unknown female singer in profile
16 Mounted B/W Print Audience, Charles Wolfe (in background), Gary Scruggs (?) (bass), Randy Scruggs (?) (guitar).
17 Mounted B/W Print Audience laughing
18 Mounted B/W Print Dancers – Stoney Mountain Cloggers
19 Mounted B/W Print One of Willis Brothers (Guy?)
20 Mounted B/W Print Seated fiddler (Howdy Forrester?)
21 Mounted B/W Print Performers on stage
22 Mounted B/W Print Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb
23 Mounted B/W Print Gilbert “Speck” Rhodes (w/Porter Wagoner’s band?)
24 Mounted B/W Print Unknown(w/guitar), Joe Edwards (plaid sport coat, guitar) unknown (plaid shirt), unknown (w/guitar)
25 Mounted B/W Print Joe Edwards

 

Box 2

1 Mounted B/W Print Back stage clock
2 Mounted B/W Print Audience in line with shoeshine kids
3 Mounted B/W Print Joe and Rose Lee Maphis
4 Mounted B/W Print Drawing
5 Mounted B/W Print Reading on steps
6 Mounted B/W Print Foot on piano – Del Reeves
7 Mounted B/W Print E.W. “Bud” Wendell (Opry manager), Roy Acuff, Hal Durham, Bashful Brother Oswald (Beecher “Pete” Kirby)
8 Mounted B/W Print Waiting in line outside
9 Mounted B/W Print Audience
10 Mounted B/W Print Musicians back stage – unknown, (possibly Jim McReynolds second from right with guitar)
11 Mounted B/W Print Shoe shine kids
12 Mounted B/W Print Through the window
13 Mounted B/W Print Jesse McReynolds (Jim & Jesse)
14 Mounted B/W Print Ernest Tubb
15 Mounted B/W Print Beecher “Pete” Kirby (Bashful Brother Oswald)
16 Mounted B/W Print Unknown male singer
17 Mounted B/W Print Coming out
18 Mounted B/W Print Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys on stage: Bashful Brother Oswald, Charlie Collins (?) (w/guitar), Roy Acuff (singing), Howard “Howdy” Forrester (fiddle)
19 Mounted B/W Print Audience outside
20 Mounted B/W Print Ryman interior “Confederate Gallery”

 

Box 3

1 Mounted B/W Print Piano
2 Mounted B/W Print Mens’ room
3 Mounted B/W Print Backstage with broom
4 Mounted B/W Print Ryman exterior (see #13)
5 Mounted B/W Print Ladies’ room
6 Mounted B/W Print Box office
7 Mounted B/W Print Backstage, vending machine, water fountain
8 Mounted B/W Print Backstage, air conditioner unit, “No Smoking”
9 Mounted B/W Print Downstairs
10 Mounted B/W Print Ropes
11 Mounted B/W Print Sets
12 Mounted B/W Print Ryman exterior, parking lot
13 Mounted B/W Print Ryman exterior (same as #4, different crop)
14 Mounted B/W Print Ryman exterior (similar to #4 and #13)
15 Mounted B/W Print Ryman exterior, Renfro Valley Sign
16 Mounted B/W Print Ryman from above
17 Mounted B/W Print Pews, “No Visitors”
18 Mounted B/W Print Ryman exterior, Gospel Tabernacle sign
19 Mounted B/W Print Backstage, cables
20 Mounted B/W Print Piano legs
21 Mounted B/W Print Cars crossing on street (same as OS #4 & Box 5 #5 & #6)
22 Mounted B/W Print Ryman interior – “Confederate Gallery” (see Box
#2, #20 – same shot?)
23 Mounted B/W Print In line, outside
24 Mounted B/W Print In line, montage


Box 4

1 Mounted B/W Print Cheering audience
2 Mounted B/W Print Lower Broad, Tootsie’s (same as OS #1 & Box 5 #1 & #2)
3 Mounted B/W Print Pawn Shop
4 Mounted B/W Print Box office
5 Mounted B/W Print Unknown performer onstage – Stonewall Jackson?
6 Mounted B/W Print Dolly Parton
7 Mounted B/W Print Looking downstairs
8 Mounted B/W Print Leaning security guard
9 Mounted B/W Print Radiator
10 Mounted B/W Print “Johnny Cash is Here”
11 Mounted B/W Print Cleaning up
12 Mounted B/W Print Clearing out audience
13 Mounted B/W Print Street (same as OS #3 & Box 5 #2)
14 Mounted B/W Print Balcony, looking down steps
15 Mounted B/W Print Full house, balcony
16 Mounted B/W Print Street, night line
17 Mounted B/W Print Photographers in audience
18 Mounted B/W Print Mail boxes
19 Mounted B/W Print Broad street with Renfro Valley sign
20 Mounted B/W Print Grammar guitar close-up

Box 5

1 Unmounted B/W Print Tootsie’s outside (same as OS #1 & Box 4 #2)
2 Unmounted B/W Print In the street waiting (same as OS #3 & Box 4 #13)
3 Unmounted B/W Print Tootsie’s outside (same as Box 5 #1; OS #1; & Box 4 #2)
4 Unmounted B/W Print A break outside
5 Unmounted B/W Print Waiting (same as OS #4 & Box 3 #21)
6 Unmounted B/W Print Waiting 2 (same as above)
7 Mounted B/W Print Roy Acuff and His Smokey Mountain Boys on stage
8 Mounted B/W Print Cables
9 Mounted B/W Print Unknown performer on stage
10 Mounted Color Print Ryman exterior
11 Mounted Color Print Phone on wall
12 Mounted Color Print Ryman exterior
13 Mounted Color Print Kids’ band
14 Mounted Color Print Emmons guitars
15 Mounted Color Print Broad street scene
16 Mounted Color Print Ryman exterior, Renfro Valley sign
17 Mounted Color Print Wax Museum
18 Mounted Color Print Night scene
19 Mounted Color Print Unknown performer on stage

Box 6

1 (6) Color contact sheets
2 (6) Unmounted black & white prints [rejected]
3 (2) Color prints; (1) strip [rejected]
4 [loose] (8) Black and white prints and (2) color prints

 

Box 7 

1 Negatives and contact sheets--Large format color print
2 Negatives and contact sheets--Large format black and white
3 Negatives and contact sheets--35 mm black and white
4 Negatives and contact sheets--Large format black and white
5 Negatives and contact sheets--Large format black and white
6 Negatives and contact sheets--Large format black and white
7 Negatives and contact sheets--Large format black and white
8 Negatives and contact sheets--Large format black and white
9 Negatives and contact sheets--Large format black and white
10 Negatives and contact sheets--Large format black and white
11 Negatives and contact sheets--Large format black and white
12 Negatives and contact sheets--35 mm black and white

 

Oversize Manuscript Drawer List


(All oversize are mounted black and white prints.)
1. Street scene of lower Broad and Tootsie’s (same as Box 4 #2 and Box 5 #1 & 3) Oversize cropped horizontally.
2. Waiting outside the Ryman with Tennessee Gift Shop sign.
3. Night scene outside Ryman with Rebel Trading Post (same as Box 4 #13 & 5 #2.
4. Waiting outside the Ryman with cars passing by (same as Box 3 #21).

Location

All materials are located in the manuscripts collections by accession number. Four (4) mounted black and white prints are located in the manuscript oversize drawer.

Note: Correspondence with the Grand Ole Opry concerning the exhibition of these photos is held within the acquisition control file.

 

Subject(s)

Country music, Grand ole opry (Radio program), Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, Tenn.)

Creators

Baldwin, Harold L.

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