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Sam Hinton Papers
MSS 683  
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Description
Papers of Sam Hinton, professional folksinger and teacher of literature and folklore. The collection is primarily composed of song compilations from Hinton’s performances, collected songs, coursework from UC Folklore courses, and contracts and correspondence regarding Hinton’s recording career. Also included is Hinton’s work with Sing Out! Magazine; this material includes work written and edited by Hinton. The collection also includes drafts and research for Hinton’s published articles and books, as well as drafts of his personal writings and unpublished materials. In addition, the papers contain biographical materials, writings, correspondence, and artwork and calligraphy that Hinton created during his personal and professional career.
Background
Sam Hinton was born on March 31, 1917, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At an early age he began performing music, playing his button accordion, harmonica and pennywhistle for the public. Hinton and his family moved to Crockett, Texas, when he was 12. In 1935, Hinton began to perform with his two sisters, Ann and Nell, under the name of “The Texas Trio.” The Texas Trio performed on numerous local radio programs, and in 1937 Sam was hired to perform on the popular radio program The Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour.
Extent
11.8 Linear feet (27 archives boxes, 1 card file, and 6 oversize folders)
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS