|Left-right: Bill Poplin, Edna Poplin Elmore, |
David Jackson, and "Uncle" China Poplin
The latest folder to see the scanner's spotlight was filled with materials relating to Folkways Records FA 2306, The Poplin Family of Sumter, South Carolina. Recorded in 1962 by Jack Tottle, the album contains beautiful renditions of Southern gospel and old-time classics, as well as original pieces (listen to samples). Included in the file are black and white photographs of the family playing around their Sumter home. Some of these photographs were not used for the album and the negatives were poorly stored for some time before they were properly processed, resulting in bent film strips. Others were reproduced on album packaging and liner notes at a low quality. The negatives might have remained unnoticed and tucked away in an envelope, but now they are a perfect example of why our efforts to digitize this material are so important: preserving the Asch collection in digital form sheds light into its darker corners.
|Left-right: Edna, China. David and Bill|
(the creases in the negative cause the white bands)
Look out for more project highlights as we make our way through the collection!
|Left-right: Edna, China, Bill, and David.|