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A Guide to the Will McLean Florida Folk Music Collection

Finding aid created by Jim Liversidge

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

June 2018



Descriptive Summary

Creator: McLean, Will, 1919-1990
Title: Will McLean Florida Folk Music Collection
Dates: 1885-2000
Abstract: The private and professional life of Florida's "Black Hat Troubadour," Will McLean (aka the "Father of Florida Folk"), from his birth in Chipley, Florida in 1919 to his passing in 1990. The collection also represents the 20th Century Florida Folk scene populated with many of Will McLean's friends, colleagues and collaborators including Margaret Longhill ("The Matriarch of Florida Folk"), Gamble Rogers, Cousin Thelma Boltin, Dale Crider, Don Grooms, Donna Green-Townsend, Kate Bostrum, Red Henry, Jim Ballew, Murphy Henry, David Beede, Bobby Hicks, Paul Champion, Pete Seeger and many others.
Extent: 15 Linear Feet. 19 Boxes and 2 Oversize Folders.
Identification: MSS 0401
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

For 70 years, Will McLean, "the man who loved Florida most" and a member of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame (1996), roamed the Sunshine State, in search of stories and legends to share as poems and songs, as well as tall tales. He wrote his first song ("Away O'ee") when he was 6 years old and, by 1990, he had produced a catalogue of over 3,000 compositions. Although he performed at Carnegie Hall, his heart was always in Florida and he often declared that his music belonged only to his native state. His best known songs included "Hold Back the Waters" (a tale of the tragic no-name storm and Lake Okeechobee flood of 1928), "Florida Sand," "Osceola's Last Words" and "Seminole." Will McLean's legacy is celebrated with the annual Will McLean Music Festival and through the Will McLean Foundation.


Scope and Content

Spanning a period beginning with his genealogical roots in the late 19th Century and detailing the private and public life of "Florida's premier folklorist" from his birth until his passing in 1990, THE WILL McLEAN FLORIDA FOLK MUSIC COLLECTION consists of family history and photographs, handwritten song lyrics and poetry, promotional posters, handbills, brochures and programs, recordings (various formats), artifacts (his iconic black wool hat, harmonicas, a guitar, etc.) as well as correspondence between McLean and his family, musical collaborators and colleagues and his longtime companion and champion Margaret Mary Longhill. This fascinating research collection reveals a complicated, creative and eccentric activist who lived to sing the praises of his home and to bring attention to the history of Florida and the environmental damage that threatened the ecology of this beautiful and fragile landscape. The researcher will find a vast archive of primary source ephemera that chronicles the 20th Century Florida folk music world and the talented musical pioneers who paved the way for future artists who now entertain and inform at the many folk festivals across the state.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

The following websites may be of interest to the researcher:

Donna Green-Townsend Will McLean Website

Florida Folklife Collection

Florida Memory: State Library and Archives of Florida

Will McLean Foundation

Will McLean Music Festival


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Will McLean Florida Folk Music Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Will McLean Foundation, represented by Donna Green-Townsend, in 2017.


Contents List

Biographical Ephemera



Box Folder
11 Miscellaneous Biographical Information: Including the official Will McLean biography press release, "Fact Sheet On Will McLean - Florida's Most Important Artist" press release, newspaper obituaries (1990), memorial brochures (1990), miscellaneous newspaper clippings, "The Eulogy for Will McLean" by fellow folk artist Gamble Rogers, lyrics to "The Ballad of Will McLean," cover art for THE WILL McLEAN SONG BOOK, various addresses (homes of Will McLean), May 28, 1955 marriage (to Alice E. Rossing - 2nd wife) certificates, transcripts of Donna Green-Townsend WUFT - FM Gainesville interviews (with folk performers Will McLean, Don Grooms, Thelma Boltin, Dale Crider, etc. ), letters and documents pertaining to legal and medical matters, WILL McLEAN FOUNDATION PURPOSE AND GOALS, list and description of songs composed by Will McLean, a thumb drive containing a collection of photographs from the WILL McLEAN FOUNDATION archives, etc.
12 Family Genealogy: McLean Family Bible information, Richmond (North Carolina) County Historical Collection information pertaining to the McLean family, family newspaper obituaries, copy of the 1915 marriage license of D.S. McLean and Edna Hays (parents of Will McLean), miscellaneous letters (sent to Margaret Longhill - President of the Will McLean Foundation - from Lena Chestnut) pertaining to Will "Mutt" McLean and McLean family genealogy, a Chipley, Florida (birthplace of Will McLean) tourist brochure, etc.
13 Chronology: A listing of life and career events pertaining to Will McLean (1919 - 90)
14 Miscellaneous Newspaper and Magazine Articles Pertaining to Will McLean (1960s): Including WILL McLEAN - FLORIDA BALLADEER (July 11, 1965) by Greg Kannel in the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville), CHIPLEY NATIVE PROTESTS 'PROTEST SONGS' (December 21, 1965) by E.W. Carswell in the Florida News-Journal (Daytona Beach), WILL McLEAN IS FLORIDA'S FRIEND (June 4, 1967) in the Tallahassee Democrat, COLORFUL LEGEND OF FLORIDA SWAMP LED TO BALLAD BY TALLAHASSEE MAN (1969) by Addie Middlebrooks in the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville), etc.
15 Miscellaneous Newspaper and Magazine Articles Pertaining to Will McLean (1970s): Including WILL McLEAN TO APPEAR AT FLAGLER MUSEUM (March 15, 1970) in the Palm Beach Post Times, HE'S HAVING A LOVE AFFAIR WITH FLORIDA (April 11, 1976) by Al Burt in the Miami Herald, THE SAGA OF THE BLACK HAT TROUBADOUR (November 18, 1977) by Larry Shriner in the Tampa Tribune, WILL McLEAN IS GIVING THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME (January 13, 1978) by Ken Fish in the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville), WILL McLEAN WILL BE DUBBED A LIVING LEGEND (April 21, 1978) in the St. Petersburg Independent, THE BLACK HAT TROUBADOUR (June 4, 1978) by Al Burt in the Miami Herald, NATIVE SON SINGS, LIVES IN TUNE WITH HIS FLORIDA (December 17, 1978) by Grace Allen in the Bradenton Herald, etc.
16 Miscellaneous Newspaper and Magazine Articles Pertaining to Will McLean (1980s): Including WILL McLEAN APPEARS IN THOMAS CENTER CONCERT TONIGHT (October 17, 1980) by Lemuel B. Moore III in the Gainesville Sun, FLORIDA'S BLACK HAT TROUBADOUR'S PASSION IS MUSIC by Charla Wasel in the St. Petersburg Independent, FLORIDA FOLK LEGEND WILL McLEAN TALKS ABOUT HIS LIFE (February 17, 1984) by Sid Holloway in Applause Magazine, WILL McLEAN: THE SECRET IS IN HIS VOICE (February 5, 1984) by Mary T. Schmich in the Orlando Sentinel, SOUL OF THE HAWK MAKES FLORIDA TROUBADOUR SOAR (October 7, 1984) by Bob Morris in the Fort Myers News-Press, HE MEASURES HIS WEALTH BY HIS MUSIC, WHICH HE SHARES WITH FLORIDA (March 22, 1987) by BiFlorida Today Magazine, FOLKSINGER IS IN TUNE WITH FLORIDA HISTORY (April 5, 1987) by William Sabo in the Fort Myers News-Press, A FLORIDA BOARD NAMES BILL: FOLK HISTORIAN RACES HIS OWN FAILING HEALTH by John Carter in the Daytona Beach Sunday News, TROUBADOUR IN A BLACK HAT MAKES LEGENDS (December 6, 1987) by Cynthia Parks in the Florida Times Union (Jacksonville), etc.
17 Miscellaneous Newspaper and Magazine Articles Pertaining to Will McLean (2000s): Including BALL ROLLING ON MUSEUM FOR FOLKLORIST (March 25, 2002) by Theresa Blackwell in the St. Petersburg Times, FOLK FANS STRUM TO HONOR SINGER (No date available) by Robert King in the St. Petersburg Times, etc.
18 Miscellaneous Newspaper and Magazine Articles Pertaining to Will McLean (No dates available): McLEAN FESTIVAL HONORS FLORIDA ORIGINAL by Bill DeYoung In the Gainesville Sun, FLORIDA SHOULD BE PROUD OF McLEAN AND ROGERS by Bill De Young in the Gainesville Sun, THE SAGA OF THE BLACK HAT TROUBADOUR by Larry Shriner in the Gainesville Sun, etc.
19 Programs, Posters and Miscellaneous Ephemera featuring Will McLean: Including two AN EVENING WITH WILL McLEAN AND DON GROOMS AT THE BEEF AND BOTTLE (location and date unknown) mini posters, a 1965 Florida Folk Festival program, miscellaneous handbills for Florida folk festivals and performances, etc.
110 Recordings (Will McLean Discographies and Purchase Information): Including THE PREMIERE WORKS OF WILL McLEAN: SONGS FROM THE FLORIDA SAND, WILL McLEAN AND FRIENDS: BALLAD OF WILL McLEAN, a catalogue listing of Will McLean video tapes, a listing of the Will McLean Song catalog, a 1995 proposal and other notes for a "Will McLean CD Project " for Mirror Image Recording Studios (Gainesville), etc.
111 Certificates and Recognition (Miscellaneous): Including a State of Florida resolution honoring Will McLean "...for his matchless contributions to the folk movement in Florida..." (signed by Governor Bob Martinez and others), a Certificate of Recognition presented to Will McLean "...in honor of his nomination to the post of Florida's Poet Laureate..." (1980), various certificates presented to Will McLean for his participation in the annual Florida Folk Festival, etc.
112 Correspondence (Miscellaneous letters sent by Will McLean): Including letters sent to Barry Simms, Cherrill P. Heaton, Nikki Wadsworth, storyteller John W. Drury, etc. discussing concert information, health problems, his personal relationship with Margaret Longhill, publication plans for a BALLAD OF FLORIDA SAND book, etc.
113 Correspondence (Personal letters sent to Will McLean): Including letters sent by Ernie Williams, James Cook, Ken Gentil, Teresa Osborne, Paul Champion, Gamble Rogers, Ted Willing, Florida Secretary of State George Firestone, various family members, etc. discussing personal meetings with Will, health problems, Will's mothers death and various family situations, etc.
114 Correspondence (Professional letters sent to Will McLean): Including letters sent by Pinellas County Commissioner Barbara Sheen Todd, Laura V. Monti (University of Florida Head of Special Collections), Florida Governor-elect Reuben Askew, Florida Secretary of State Tom Adams, Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel, Florida Secretary of State George Firestone, Florida U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles, Jim Hartz (NBC News), Deborah Jane Lamberton (NPR Radio), the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida U.S. Senator Richard Stone, etc. discussing the Will McLean "dance project," possible donation of papers to UF (1965), various thanks you letters acknowledging the gift of FLORIDA SAND book, response to an inquiry for possible State of Florida compensation for Will McLean's work as a folk artist, recording "royalty" payments for music, U.S. Bicentennial events, Florida Folk Festivals, recording contracts and related problems, newspaper columns about Will McLean, etc.
21 Personal Legal Documents: Including marriage certificate (to Alice E. Rossing - May 28, 1955 - Alice was his second wife, Will McLean married an unidentifeid woman on a trip West in the late 1940s. A son, Don McLean - not the songwriter/performer of "American Pie" - was born of this union. Will lost track of both and never saw them again, after the early 1950s.), Ocala Housing Authority public housing applications, burial documents (1976) for Alice Rossing McLean (wife of Will McLean), death certificate (1985) for Ruth Patterson McLean (mother of Will McLean), the (May 21, 1987) marriage license/certificate issued to Will McLean and Margaret Longhill in Hamilton County, Florida (although never "legally" married, an unofficial "wedding" ceremony was held in the "Performer's Campground" at the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, before a performance, in 1987), various rewritings of Will McLean's last will and testament (1977 - 89), Power of Attorney (Will McLean to Margaret Mary Longhill - 1989) Will McLean's death certificate (1990), etc.
22 Professional Legal Documents (Part 1): Including miscellaneous "Permission for Use of Works" and release form documents, miscellaneous licensing and music royalties documents, miscellaneous handwritten letters and documents pertaining to musical compositions and ownership, miscellaneous recording, distribution and publication contracts, Power of Attorney documents (Will McLean to Doris S. Remington - "artistic and /or musical works" - October 1988), miscellaneous documents pertaining to the "buyout" of copyrights and other artistic materials (from Doris S. Remington by Will McLean - November 1989), etc.
23 Professional Legal Documents (Part 2): Including miscellaneous music copyright registrations, artist/agent contracts, State of Florida incorporation and dissolution documents (1966 - 1971 - pertaining to the Wakulla Music Company - owned by Will McLean), etc.
24 Personal and Professional Ephemera Pertaining to Lais Wadsworth (Dancer and Friend): Including miscellaneous performance programs (starring Will McLean and Lais Wadsworth), miscellaneous letters from Lais Wadsworth to Will McLean, miscellaneous letters from Will McLean to Lais Wadsworth, miscellaneous certificates and letters acknowledging performances by Will McLean and Lais Wadsworth (together), performance music listings, etc.
25 "Ballet of the Florida Sand" Ephemera Pertaining to the Will McLean Dance Project: - Including a 4-page proposal (with the objective of creating an interpretive dance based on the works of Will McLean) presented by Will McLean, Margaret Longhill and Nancy Smith Fichter to the Southern Ballet Theatre in Winter Park, Florida, miscellaneous letters and memos discussing the creation of the "Ballet of the Florida Sand," etc. miscellaneous performance programs, etc.
26 Obituaries (January 18, 1990): Including miscellaneous Will McLean obituaries (published in The Orlando Sentinel, The Citrus County Chronicle, The Tampa Tribune-Times, The Seminole Tribune, The Tallahassee Democrat, The St. Petersburg Times, The St. Augustine Record, The Gainesville Sun, The Palm Beach Post, The Ocala Star-Banner, The Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal, etc.), a Memorial Service program and funeral card (January 24, 1990), programs for "A Celebration of the Life and Songs of Will McLean and Friends (The Thomas Center, Gainesville, Florida - April 24, 1990, etc.
27 Tributes and Memorials (Part 1): Including miscellaneous Will McLean Foundation memorial brochures, Memorial Service programs (January 24, 1990), Thomas Center (Gainesville, FL) Tribute brochures (April 24, 1990), Moring Funeral Homes (Sign-in) guest book, Will McLean Music Festival promotional material, programs for the Dedication of the Will McLean Memorial (Gore's Landing Park - Marion County, Florida - April 27, 1991), etc.
28 Tributes and Memorials (Part 2): Including miscellaneous Will McLean Foundation memorial brochures, miscellaneous "Doug Gauss Presents FLORIDA" programs, copies of the "Eulogy for Will McLean by Gamble Rogers, Gore's Landing (Marion County) Memorial ephemera, Will McLean Music Festival promotional material, thank you letters to Will McLean from government officials (1980s) for participation in the Florida Folk Festivals, miscellaneous memorial newspaper and magazine articles, fan letters, etc.
29 Tributes and Memorials (Part 3): Including miscellaneous ephemera pertaining to the Will McLean watercolor portrait (1990) by celebrated Tampa artist Mary Ann Di Nella. "The portrait of Will McLean...depicts Florida's Troubadour in an ethereal union with the Florida creatures he loved: hawks, Sandhill cranes, panthers, green turtles..." (See, also BOX 20, Folder 1 and BOX 21, FOLDER 1)
210 Tributes and Memorials (Part 4): Including miscellaneous handwritten student essays (unidentified school) written on the theme of THE MUSIC OF WILL McLEAN (1990) for the Will McLean Foundation
211 Tributes and Memorials (Part5): Including miscellaneous promotional ephemera and planning correspondence pertaining to the 1st annual "Will McLean Day" celebration (April 1992) at Rainbow Springs Park ("One of Will's Favorite spots") in Dunnellon, Florida
212 Tributes and Memorials (Part 6): Including miscellaneous ephemera pertaining to Will McLean's posthumous induction in to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame (April 19, 1995) at the Florida Art Museum in Tallahassee



Song Lyrics and Miscellaneous Writings



Box Folder
31 CROSS THE SHADOWS OF MY FACE: Miscellaneous promotional ephemera pertaining to a self-published paperback book (48 pages) of Florida folk songs and stories by Will McLean (1980) which "...can offer children 10 and up glimpses of Florida not found in texts..." The folder contains a signed/inscribed (by Will McLean) copy of the book, promotional postcards, correspondence related to the publication of the book, etc.
32 Miscellaneous ephemera pertaining to Will McLean's FLORIDA SAND (Part 1): "...a new enlarged edition of the Florida poems, songs, folktales and stories written by Will McLean. The whipping boss in the prison camps, Indians, pioneers, explorers, swamps, the Florida Keys, wild animals, and the springs are some of the things that Will McLean writes about. There is even a 'Ballad of Will McLean.' Some of Mr. McLean's ballads and songs have been set to music, and he has recorded an album under the title FLORIDA SAND. Both the book and the album are being distributed by Sunny Mountain Records, Box 14592, Gainesville, Florida 32604..." The folder includes: Edited and unedited chapters, promotional ephemera, correspondence pertaining to the book and album, etc.
33 Miscellaneous ephemera pertaining to Will McLean's FLORIDA SAND (Part2): "...a new enlarged edition of the Florida poems, songs, folktales and stories written by Will McLean. The whipping boss in the prison camps, Indians, pioneers, explorers, swamps, the Florida Keys, wild animals, and the springs are some of the things that Will McLean writes about. There is even a 'Ballad of Will McLean.' Some of Mr. McLean's ballads and songs have been set to music, and he has recorded an album under the title FLORIDA SAND. Both the book and the album are being distributed by Sunny Mountain Records, Box 14592, Gainesville, Florida 32604..." The folder includes: a 1964 copy of FLORIDA SAND: ORIGINAL FOLK SONGS OF FLORIDA (self-published), handwritten notes pertaining to the book, a 1977 paperback copy of the updated and enlarged FLORIDA SAND (published by Lake and Emerald Publications - Earleton, Florida), an original publishers' master copy of the 1989 edition of FLORIDA SAND , etc.
34 Original handwritten song lyrics (Part 1): Including lyrics for "Florida Sandhill Crane," "Paul," "Florida Sand," "Brother for Brother," "Abraham Washington," "Ballad of the Green Turtle," "Hurt of Love," "As the Wind Comes, So the Wind Goes," "Sonnets of the Florida Sand," "The Protest Song," "I Am the Waters," "I Am the Wind," "Osceola's Last Words," "The Rain is Over and Gone," "Macclenny Farewell," "My Soul is a Hawk," "The Sky, The Waters and Sand," "Ballad of Scotty," "Cryin' Bird," "Florida is Bleeding," "The Rain is Over and Gone," "Margrit: Norse Goddess," "Wherefore Lives Thee Little Man," "A Patriot," "Tate's Hell," "The Great Unwashed," "Me and My Dog," "Owls' Cry," "The Abe Washington Legend," "From the East De Soto Sailed," "Yesterday's Kisses," "That Thump, Thump, Thump," "Trail of Tears," "I Saw God One Morning," miscellaneous song/poem snippets, etc.
35 Original handwritten song lyrics (Part 2): Including "Sit Me Down Gently," "Florida Sandhill Crane," "Ballad of Conch Island," "I Am the Wind," "The Ballad of Bone Mizell," "I Am the Waters," "Sonnets," "Hand of Love," "Suwannee Gold," "Sawgrass Flowers," "Sonnets of the Florida Sand," "Cebe Tate's Hell," "Macclenny Farewell," "Mountain Man," "The Sponge War," "George Collins," "The Protest Song," miscellaneous song/poem snippets, etc.
36 Miscellaneous Photocopied Writings - Songs and Prose (Part 1): Including "Courtship Dance of the Horned Owl," "Hold Back the Waters," "The Story of Man and Boy," "'Cush' Holston," "Acre-foot Johnson," "Tate's Hell," "Spirit of Giving," "The Clothesline Incident," "The Last Play," "Waterwheels, Barks and Shavings," Ballad of Florida Sand," "Prayer," "Fox Fire," "Century," "The Pump-Handle Shuffle," "To Each Its Own," "Nature's Way," "Gitty- Up," "Hello, Central...?," "The Last Play," "Sweet Agnes' Perfume," "Spirit of Giving," "The Old Woman and the Snake," "Legend of Johnny Tuggle," "Grandpa's Close Call with a Florida Panther," "Electric Motor," "Hide Nor Hair," "Away O' EE," "Whipping Boss," "Seminole," etc.
37 Miscellaneous Photocopied Writings - Songs and Prose (Part 2): Including "Mountain Man," "Osceola' Last Words," "Messiah," "Seminole," "Sonnets of the Florida Sand," "Cebe Tate's Hill," "I Am the Wind," "I Am the Waters," "Suwannee Gold," "Ballad of Conch Island," "Macclenny Farewell," "Willow," "The Rain is Over and Gone," "Sit Me Down Gently," "Gopher John," "Abraham Washington," etc.
38 Song Lyrics - Photocopied (Part 1): Including "Florida Sand," "Hold Back the Waters," "Land O' Gold," "Acre-Foot Johnson," "The Ballad of Silver Springs," "The Protest Song," "Found in a Pocket," "From the Florida Sky," "Ballad of a Drum Stick Man," "Red-Neck Blues," "Cryin' Bird," "The Great Un-Washed," "Lest We Forget America," "Wild Hog," "Seminole," "My Soul is a Hawk," "Gopher Man," "Tortugas," Fox Fire," "Where the Sweet Waters Flow," "Courtship Dance of the Florida Sandhill Crane," "Ballad of the Green Turtle," "The Rain Is Over and Over," "Hold Back the Waters," "Weeping Place," "The Dade Massacre," "The Ballad of Will McLean," "Brother for Brother," "Cush Holston," "Osceola's Last Words," "Blount's Fort," "Owl Dance," "Moving Shadows," "I Saw God One Morning," "Yesterday's Kisses," "Century," "Ballad of Scotty," etc.
39 Song Lyrics - Photocopied (Part 2): Including "Florida is Bleeding," "Eagle's Prayer," "The Rain is Over and Gone," "Florida Sandhill Crane," "The Ballad of 'Bone' Mizell," "Trail of Tears," "Before Anything Else," "The Abe Washington Legend," "I Saw God One Morning," "Tate's Hell," "Freedom Train," "The Rain is Over and Gone," "The Sponge War," "They Found Gold," "I Am the Wind," "Sky Song," "Mountain Man," "A Patriot," "The Sky, The Waters and Sand," "The Great Unwashed," "Macclenny Farewell," "Trail of Tears," "Eye for Eye," "Seminole," "Yesterday's Kisses," "Owl Dance," etc.



Margaret Mary Longhill - Miscellaneous Ephemera



Box Folder
41 Miscellaneous Biographical Ephemera: Including newspaper articles pertaining to the Dean of Students at Edgecliff College (Cincinnati, Ohio), professor of Humanities at Pasco Hernando Community College (Brooksville, FL), "the grand dame of the Florida folk movement..." and promoter (as President of the Will McLean Foundation) of the legacy of her longtime companion, Will McLean, professional correspondence pertaining to the Will McLean Foundation, teaching materials pertaining to her class presentation of THROUGH THE SONGS AND STORIES OF WILL McLEAN, miscellaneous obituaries (2017), etc.
42 A handmade (construction paper and yarn) commemorative booklet signed by friends (including Kattie Lynch, Herb Schmoll, Vivian and Ed Stemple, Don Grooms, etc.) for the May 21, 1987 unofficial "wedding" ceremony for Will McLean and Margaret Longhill in the "Performer's Campground at the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs (before a performance)
43 Correspondence Between Will McLean and Margaret Longhill (Part 1): Including handwritten letters and cards sent by Will McLean in 1984
44 Correspondence Between Will McLean and Margaret Longhill (Part 2): Including handwritten letters and cards sent by Will McLean in 1985
45 Correspondence Between Will McLean and Margaret Longhill (Part 3): Including handwritten letters and cards sent by Will McLean in 1986
46 Correspondence Between Will McLean and Margaret Longhill (Part 4): Including handwritten letters and cards sent by Will McLean in 1987
47 Correspondence Between Will McLean and Margaret Longhill (Part 5): Including handwritten letters and cards sent by Will McLean in 1988-89
48 Correspondence Between Will McLean and Margaret Longhill (Part 6): Including handwritten letters and cards sent by Will McLean (No date)
49 Correspondence Sent by Margaret Longhill: Including personal and business-related letters, cards and notes (1986 - 91)
410 Correspondence Sent to Margaret Longhill: Including personal and business-related letters, cards and notes (1987 - 97)
411 Miscellaneous Handwritten Notes and Observations by Margaret Longhill: Including biographical information pertaining to Will McLean (including Will's POW experience during the Second World War), Will McLean Folk Festival history and information, information on Florida folk musicians, Will McLean song lyrics, information on Doris Remington (who took Will into her home after his break-up with Margaret Longhill in the mid-1980s), etc. (c. 1985 -93)
412 STEVE BLACKWELL LIVING HERO AWARD - A 9 inch by 12 inch STEVEFEST award plaque presented to Margaret Longhill in 2010 at the folk festival/scholarship fundraiser held each year in honor of the late Steve Blackwell - "In recognition of your contributions to preserving Florida's Heritage through music and the arts - February 27, 2010" Here is Steve Blackwell's obituary, by Zac Anderson, in the Sarasota Herald Tribune (September 2006): "PUNTA GORDA — Steve Blackwell wrote all kinds of songs about the people and places of Florida. One of his first was about a famous Native American chief. Others focused on a civil rights activist, a cowboy and a rattlesnake catcher. Blackwell, well known as a musician on the Florida folk scene, a teacher at Charlotte High School and a founder of the Guitar Army that plays weekly and welcomes anyone, died Sunday after a long struggle with cancer. He was 58 years old. He originally moved to Punta Gorda from Indiana 35 years ago to teach high school English. But the grandson of a vaudeville performer never lost the love of music instilled in him from an early age. That love morphed with his passions for poetry and storytelling into a successful second life singing folk songs. Over the past decade, Blackwell released three albums with his group, Steve Blackwell and Friends. He and his band twice played at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and found their way onto the main stage at folk festivals across Florida. Blackwell's folk career began in the mid-1990s after years of playing with the popular local cover band 'The Armadillo Brothers.' Friend and fellow Charlotte High teacher Gary Helinski said Blackwell was searching for a new creative outlet when he began participating in a poetry group and went on to help found the Guitar Army, a popular weekly jam session at Punta Gorda's Gilchrist Park. Helinski said Blackwell influenced many local musicians through the jam sessions.' "I think his greatest success was bringing out the music in other people,' Helinski said. 'He always brought people in and made them feel welcomed and encouraged them.' Blackwell helped Helinski write his first song, about a rattlesnake catcher from Arcadia named Rattlesnake Johnson. 'I never would have wrote that song if it wasn't for Steve,' Helinski said. Carrie Hussey said that teaching role was typical of her dad. 'He was always a gentle teacher who inspired people,' Hussey said. Many of the lessons came at campfire music sessions where Blackwell would 'dance around and make up songs,' Hussey said. 'He was so much fun to be around,' she said. 'He was just funny and goofy and he would put people at ease.' Blackwell also had a spiritual side, friends and family said. He formed a gospel singing group with Hussey and friend Dan Leach called the Peace Creek Revival..."



Florida Folk Festivals - Miscellaneous Ephemera



Box Folder
51 All Florida Folk Festival (Largo Fairgrounds - Pinellas County - 1982): Including a 1982 (18-page) souvenir program (featuring biographies and images of the various performers including Will McLean, Lais, Frank and Ann Thomas, Mary Ann Dinella and Tony Meyers, Phillip Terry, Cousin Thelma Boltin, Jubilee Folk Quartet, Ellen Kemble, L.J. Slavin, Bonnie Caryl, Steve Stange, Florida's Midstate Ramblers, Charla Cribb, etc.), a participant letter with schedule sheet, etc.
52 Florida Folk Festival - Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center, White Springs - c. 1981-99 (Part 1): Including miscellaneous promotional postcards (of performers and crafts artists), programs from the 17th Annual Florida Folk Festival (1989), miscellaneous newspaper and magazine articles (spotlighting Will McLean, Thelma Boltin, Barbara Beauchamp, Graham Kash and his daughter Holly, Whitey Markle and the Swamp Shooters, storyteller Chuck Larkin, Phil Wiggins, Marie Nofsinger, the Cross Creek Cloggers, etc.). miscellaneous letters from the Department of State (Participant Information), etc.
53 Florida Folk Festival - Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center, White Springs - c. 1980 - 2002 (Part 2): Including miscellaneous souvenir programs (featuring Will McLean, Thelma Boltin, Guy LaBree, Ida Goodson, Jay Smith, Bill Dudley, The Culbreath Family, Mary Ann DiNella, Doug Gauss, Don Grooms, James Kelly, Pam Carsey, Linda Gesele, Martin Johnson, Gamble Rogers, Carroll and Vasser Clements, John McEuen, "Diamond Teeth" Mary McClain, Whitey Markle and the Swamp Rooters, Blind Willie James, etc.), etc.
54 Florida Folk Festival - Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center, White Springs - c. 1997 - 2004 (Part 3): Including miscellaneous newspaper supplements/inserts (featuring Richard Seaman, Curly Dekle, Yarko Antonevych, Kazuko Law, Vassar Clements. James Billie, John Anderson, George Custer, Willie James, Max Dooley, Liliane Nerette Louis, Tom T. Hall., Billy Dean, "Spider" John Koerner, Ramblin Jack Elliot, John McEuen & Jimmy Ibbotson - founding members of the Nitty-Gritty Dirt Band, The Bellamy Brothers, Tony Rice, Noble "Thin Man" Watts, Mike Seeger, Roy Book Binder, Guy Clark, Alan Jabbour, Arlo Guthrie, John McCutcheon, Mark Johnson, Kevin Roth, etc. ), etc.
55 St. Augustine Folk Festival (St. Augustine Amphitheatre/Cross and Sword Amphitheater - 1989): Including miscellaneous participant information, workshop and Mainstage schedules (featuring Will McLean, Don Grooms, Gamble Rogers, Bobby Hicks, Mary Ann Di Nella, Doug Gauss, Anna Moo, etc.), a participant certificate, etc.
56 Will McLean Folk/Music Festival (Various locations - 1993 - Present) - Part 1: Including miscellaneous admission wristbands, promotional handbills, newspaper inserts, presskits and releases, radio PSA scripts, Festival maps, performance schedules (featuring Doug Gauss, Mary Ann Di Nella, Sam Pacetti, Frank and Ann Thomas, Jana Milner and Charlie Groth, Jon and Mem Semmes, Chuck Hardwicke, Don Grooms, Dale Crider, Robin Plitt, Dora Anne, Mark Smith, Rima Olson, Ernie Williams, Dennis Devine, Dale Webber & Sue Grooms, Del Suggs, Bill Wiseman, Okefenokee Joe, Paul Garfinkel, etc.), etc.
57 Will McLean Folk/Music Festival (Various locations - 1992 - 95) - Part 2: Including miscellaneous newspaper and magazine articles and clippings from The Ocala Star Banner, The St. Petersburg Times, The Washington County News, The Citrus Times, The Riverland News, etc.
58 Will McLean Folk/Music Festival (Various locations - 1996 - Present) - Part 3: Including miscellaneous newspaper and magazine articles and clippings from The Riverland News, The Ocala Star Banner, The Hernando Times, The Citrus Times, The Gainesville Sun, The St. Petersburg Times, The Pasco Times, The Hernando Today, The Zephyrhills News, The Tampa Tribune, etc.



Folk Music Performers and Miscellaneous Folk Music Ephemera



Box Folder
61 Ballew, Jim - A handwritten letter sent to Will McLean (January 27, 1987) thanking him for the "beautiful tape" which includes a composition written by Ballew ("...I'm greatly honored that you would praise 'Roll on Manatee' so highly. Your opinion means a great deal to me...") According to the FLORIDA MEMORY website: "Ballew was part of a Florida folk music movement that included Gamble Rogers, Jimmy Buffett, and Will McLean." Also included in the folder: a 3-page handwritten letter to Will McLean (on the back of a JIM BALLEW handbill promoting his "New Album Release" of ROLL ON MANATEE - January 18, 1987) and various obituaries. According to his obituary (August 14, 1987) in the Orlando Sentinel: "...He was the composer of the song 'Roll on Manatee,' used as the theme for a documentary that appeared on public television about the endangered sea mammal. Concerned with the preservation of Florida's folk music heritage, Ballew worked in recent months for the Pine Castle Center for the Arts building archives and recording folk music statewide. Ballew was born in Sylacauga, Ala., and moved to Orlando from Birmingham, Ala., in 1948..."
62 Blackwell, Steve - A handwritten letter sent to the "Folks at the Will McLean Foundation" (February 19, 1993) requesting permission to sing a couple of songs at the next Folk Festival (specifically a "...song about the murder of Guy Bradley..."). according to Wikipedia: "Guy Morrell Bradley (April 25, 1870 – July 8, 1905) was an American game warden and deputy sheriff for Monroe County, Florida. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he relocated to Florida with his family when he was young. As a boy, he often served as guide to visiting fishermen and plume hunters, although he later denounced poaching after legislation was passed to protect the dwindling number of birds. In 1902, Bradley was hired by the American Ornithologists' Union, at the request of the Florida Audubon Society, to become one of the country's first game wardens..." According to the FRIENDS OF FLORIDA FOLK website: "Steve Blackwell (1948 - 2006), well known as a musician and songwriter on the Florida folk scene, a teacher at Charlotte High School and a founder of the Guitar Army that plays weekly and welcomes anyone, died at 58 years old. Steve lived in Punta Gorda and was the grandson of a vaudeville performer. His passions for poetry and storytelling was reflected in his life and in singing folk songs..."
63 Boltin, Thelma - A handwritten letter sent to Will McLean (c. 1986) updating the condition of fellow folk musician ("The World's Greatest Banjo Player") Paul Champion ("Bulletin for Will"), who was in need of a heart transplant. According to the REMEMBERING PAUL CHAMPION website: "George Paul Champion Jr. was born on March 23, 1938 in the Panama Canal Zone. Paul's father, George Paul Champion Sr. was born on August 12, 1911 in Marion, Williamson County, Illinois. He died on March 22, 1969 in Sacramento, California. Paul's paternal grandparents were Robert G. and Lula B. Champion. Mr. Champion was born about 1886 in Kentucky and was a traveling candy salesman. Paul's mother, Helen J. Jeffers, was born on June 28, 1916 in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. Helen was married during 1936 in Taylor County, Florida to George Paul Champion Sr. She died on June 18, 1973 in Osceola County, Florida. Paul also had one aunt, Margaret Louise Jeffers, who was born on April 18, 1915 in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. Margaret was married during 1937 in Taylor County, Florida to Frank W. Gillespie. Mr. Gillespie rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force and had a distinguished career. Both Frank and Margaret are deceased and buried in the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in Texas. Paul's maternal grandparents were Paul E. and Margaret Jeffers. Mr. Jeffers born during October 1884 in Pope County, Minnesota and was a logging company operator in Louisiana and Jacksonville, Florida. Paul's maternal great-grandparents John and Margaret Jeffers were both immigrants from Ireland to Canada. Paul Champion died on February 14, 1986 in Gainesville, Florida..." Florida folk music historian, Ron Johnson, called Paul Champion "...The bridge between Florida folk and Florida bluegrass for many years..." According to THE FLORIDA MEMORY BLOG website: "Thelma Ann Boltin, affectionately known as 'Cousin' Thelma, was a storyteller, emcee, teacher and long-time director of the Florida Folk Festival. Her dedication to sharing Florida's folk traditions brought diverse groups of artists to the festival each year, and established the festival's reputation for celebrating unique and varied cultures..."
64 Crider, Dale - A handwritten letter (on Dale Crider-photo stationery) sent to Margaret Longhill (Longtime companion to Will McLean and President of the Will McLean Foundation) requesting to sing at a Will McLean "birthday celebration...of new life in the wind and everything that the 'Will Wind' touches..." According to the FLORIDA MEMORY website: "Folks learn to appreciate Florida's mosquitos, swamps and waterways through song with Gainesville's environmental troubadour Dale Crider. Dale has been a presence at the Florida Folk Festival for over 40 years, beginning with his performances of traditional bluegrass numbers in the 1960s with the Florida Wildlife Boys. By the 1970s he was performing original songs both solo and accompanied by various musicians, including then-wife Linda Bittner. With 30 years of experience as a biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Crider has an in-depth understanding of Florida' s ecosystems. This has enabled him to write songs with both a convincing message of environmental conservation and an equally strong audience appeal."
65 Grooms, Don - Four handwritten letters and a single typed letter (c. 1997) sent to Margaret Longhill (Longtime companion to Will McLean and President of the Will McLean Foundation) discussing his activities as a judge for the Will McLean songwriting contest ("...Paul Garfinkel's 'Florida Pines' was the best...") and sending his regrets as to performing at the Rainbow Springs WILL McLEAN FOLK FESTIVAL ("...I'm sure you have everything under control there --except for the armed guards to protect the people from us musicians..". A 1998 "Celebration of Spirit" memorial program for Don Grooms is also included in the folder. According to the FLORIDA MEMORY website: "Born in 1930, Don Grooms was raised in Cherokee, North Carolina. He came from a family with Cherokee and Appalachian heritage. As a child, he played a cornstalk fiddle, a cigar-box banjo, and a $3 Silvertone guitar. At age 10, Grooms began playing for square dances and at 14 he belonged to a dance band that played pop tunes. Grooms became a professional journalist and moved to Florida to teach journalism at the University of Florida. While in Gainesville, Grooms was influenced by Will McLean, which motivated him to return to songwriting and playing guitar. He became a fixture at the Florida Folk Festival, where he performed on stage alongside Florida Folk Troubadours Gamble Rogers, Jim Billie and Will McLean. Grooms received the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1996." Don Grooms died in 1998
66 Seeger, Pete - Miscellaneous notes, postcards and letters (sent to Will McLean and Margaret Longhill), newspaper articles, programs pertaining to the September 22, 1967 Carnegie Hall HOOTENANNY concert starring Pete Seeger, John Bassett, Tim Buckley, Len Chandler, The Star Spangled String Band, Elaine White, Janis Ian, Tom Parrott and WILL McLEAN. Also included in the folder are notes from Pete Seeger to Will McLean (c. 1970s), a review of a late 1970s/early 1980 Peter Seeger and Arlo Guthrie concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater, Florida) in which Seeger sang Will McLean's "Osceola's last Words" ("...McLean, a courtly gentleman who is one of Florida's great treasures was sitting in the front row, looking as uncomfortable in a coat and tie as I would in a space suit..."), etc. According to Wikipedia: "Peter Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and social activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, Seeger re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture, and environmental causes..."
67 Florida Folk Performers 1980s - 2000s (Part 1) - Miscellaneous newspaper and magazine articles and ephemera pertaining to Tim Murphey and Enwall, Oscar Brand, Walt Michael, Cousin Thelma Boltin, Rima Olson, Linda and Paul Stewart, Mary Ann Di Nella, Pete Hennings, Clyde Walker. Ally Smith, Veronika Jackson, Patchwork, Jan Milner, Bob Myers, Gamble Rogers, Sam Pacetti, Bob Patterson, John and Mem Semmes, Dale Crider, Paul Garfinkel, James Hawkins, Glenn Geiger, Debra Pricher, Orange Street, Bob Patteson, Martin Johnson, Jeanie Fitchen, Andrew Kelly, Doug Richard, Dick Craft, Peter Easton, Bob Stone, Lee Paulet, Donna Klein, Charlie Bush, Lou Dibble, Glen Geiger, Don Grooms, Ernie Williams, Steve Blackwell, Bobby Hicks, etc.
68 Florida Folk Performers 1980s - 2000s (Part 2) - Miscellaneous newspaper and magazine articles and ephemera pertaining to The Fraleys, The Kruger Brothers, Jean and Bill Hewitt, Eugenia Sisinni Fitchen, Don Grooms, Jon Semmes, Jim Ballew, Frank and Ann Thomas, Bobby Hicks, Okefenokee Joe, Jan Milner, Linda Fackeldey, Rochelle Morris, Mark Fackeldey, Chief Jim Billie, Dennis Devine, Mark Smith, Gamble Rogers, Dennis Devine, Eliot and Sam Pacetti, Ken Skeens, Paul Champion, The Stanley Brothers, Bettina Makley, The Bellamy Brothers, Maug Chauvin, Linda Collins, Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues, J.U. Lee, Pete Price, Bobby Hicks, Betsy and Lee Paulet, Ken and Trisha Brooks, Clyde Walker, Dale Webber, etc.
69 Florida Folk Performers 1980s - 2000s (Part 3) - Miscellaneous correspondence (pertaining to the WILL McLEAN FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL, song writing competition, music publication, etc.) sent to Margaret Longhill (Longtime companion to Will McLean and President of the Will McLean Foundation) from miscellaneous folk performers including John Hammond ("Poet of the Sea"), The Celestial Railroad Band, Doug Gauss, Dale Crider, Ray and Cheryl Belanger, Lou Dibble, John Johnson and Lisa Martin, Rima Olson, Suzi LaLeike-Olson, Bob Patterson, "Whitey" Markle, Lance and Barbi Lazonby, Lee and Betsy Bolger Paulet, Ken Skeens, Boomslang, Chief James E. Billie, etc.
610 Florida Folk Performers (Part 4) - Miscellaneous (undated) song lyrics by various performers (NOT Will McLean) including "Wildcat"(?) by Bill Hewitt, "God Lives in My Uncle's Pocket..." by Bud Klein, "The Ballad of Milly Francis" by Willie Ritchie (sung by Clare Ritchie Swartz "Tallahassee, Florida), etc.
611 Folk Festivals - Miscellaneous promotional ephemera for various folk festivals including the Old-Timey Folk and Bluegrass Festival (Largo, Florida - No date), the Lakefront Legacy Folklife Festival (Belle Glade, Florida - 1992), the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival (St. Augustine, Florida - 1993, 1998 and 2000), Ravinfest (Palatka, Florida - 2013), the Merle Watson Memorial Festival (Wilkesboro, NC - 1993), the St. Augustine Folk Festival (St. Augustine, Florida - 1991), Wings and Strings (Polk City, Florida - 1998 and 1999), the Pinellas Folk Festival, etc.
612 Friends of Florida Folk Newsletter - Miscellaneous Issues (1989-90) published by the non-profit Friends of Florida Folk, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida
613 Sing On Brother (Songbooks - 1965) - Miscellaneous issues (July - December 1965) of the publication "conceived to publish and preserve songs of Southern Writers" edited and published by Dash Moore in Avon Park, Florida. The issues, in the folder, include songs by Will McLean, Bud Foote, Jennie Lee, Philip Schneider, Dash Moore, Kayle Payne, etc.
614 Florida State Song (1994-97) - Miscellaneous newspaper articles detailing the efforts to replace "Old Folks at Home" by Stephen Foster as the Florida State song (due to negative racial stereotypes and terms in the lyrics) with the proposed alternative "Florida Sand" by Will McLean
615 Will McLean Florida Song Contest (1992-94) - Promotional ephemera and submissions for the Will McLean Song Contest ("Imagine it's your chance to sing out about Florida. Then, using words and a tune, create your own song telling about Florida, just like Florida's Troubadour, Will McLean.."). Song titles include "The Voice of Will McLean" by Rima Olson, "Banks of the Ocklawaha" by Val Ryals, "Florida Crossroads" by Boomslang, "(Won't You Tell) A Florida Story" by Robin Plitt, "Hurricane" by Rob Lombardo, "Our Florida Home" by Michael Cantanzaro, "Where the Mountains Meet the Sand" by Mark Smith, "Kristin" by Sherri Dickman, "One More Florida Song" by Stan Geberer, "Florida Yankee" by Rebecca Nichals, "Rosewood" by Chuck Hardwicke, "Florida Lament" by Lee Paulet, "Suwannee Symphony" by Eddie Parshall, "The Eyes of Osceola" by Ken Swanson, "My Dunnellon" by Mem Semmes, "The Manatee Song" by Tom Ellis, "The Florida Fiddler" by J. Robert Houghtaling, "Osceola" by Steve Backwell, "Florida Home" by Janet Rucker, "Florida Flatwoods Magic" by Lance Lazonby, "Treasure Coast Gold" by Archie Wilson, "Clay Island's Lullabye" by Edgar F. Lowe, "Florida Summer Night" by Donna Klein, "The Bridge of Lions" by David Counts, etc.
616 Will McLean Florida Song Contest (1995-97) - Promotional ephemera and submissions for the Will McLean Song Contest ("Imagine it's your chance to sing out about Florida. Then, using words and a tune, create your own song telling about Florida, just like Florida's Troubadour, Will McLean.."). Song titles include "La Florida" by Craig E. Carlisle, "Castillo De San Marcos" by Brian E. Wallin, 'Sun-Kissed Siesta Sky" by Rich Burnett, "Gamble Was a Friend of Mine" by Bob Patterson, "Plastic Flamingos" by Al Scortino, "Cracker Cowboy" by Doug Spears, "Ain't Florida Neat" by Mindy Simmons, "The Wilderness of Florida" by Okefenokee Joe, "Withlacoochee Lullabye" by John Luiz, "Andrew Did It" by Pamela K. Chang, "Florida Pines" by Paul Garfinkel, "My Florida Moon" by JoAnn Hooper Reck, "Rescue Florida" by Bob Stone, "Christmas in Jacksonville" by Bettina Makley



Personal Effects



Box Folder
71 An assortment of items belonging to Will McLean including an iconic black (knitted wool) hat ("The Black Hat Troubadour"), two miniature (4-inch) MARINE BAND harmonica's ("Made by M. Hohner - Germany No. 1896") in cases, a larger (5.5-inch) M. Hohner harmonica (not in a case) and a metal leaf-like Florida folk art paperweight (Inscribed "To Will McLean From Alexa and Tom - April 16, 1981")



Photographs



Box Folder
81 Blue Pond Baptist Church Congregation, Chipley Florida - An 11 inch x 14 inch (black and white) photograph (originally a newspaper photo) of the Blue Pond Baptist Church Congregation (Chipley, Florida) including Will McLean, his older sister Lottie and Grandfather Hayes (c. mid 1920s)
82 Bolger, Betsy - An 8 inch x 10 inch (black and white) photograph (c. 1980s) of Will McLean (in black wool hat) and Betsy Bolger (St. Petersburg Times music columnist and reporter). According to the SMASHWORDS website: "Betsy Bolger-Paulet, retired staff-writer for the St. Petersburg Times, is a proud 5th-generation Florida Cracker. Her father, Horace Collier Bolger's family settled Collier County. In a program known as Florida Songstory she performed with her husband singer-songwriter Lee Paulet in folk and music festivals and for several years coordinated the annual Will McLean Festival Best of Florida Poetry Contest and Stage. Active in area poetry circles, she conducted presentation workshops and with her husband several open mic programs and she was a an invited poet presenter at the annual Times Festival of Reading. Pres. Bill Clinton commended her for one of the verses in her "butterfly lessons" collection titled Sunday Afternoon TV at Mother Shucker's Bar Jan. 17, 1993."
83 Boltin, "Cousin" Thelma - Miscellaneous black and white and color photographs (various sizes) of folk artist "Cousin" Thelma Boltin (c. 1980s). According to the FLORIDA MEMORY website: "Thelma Ann Boltin (1904 - 1992), affectionately known as 'Cousin' Thelma, was a storyteller, emcee, teacher and long-time director of the Florida Folk Festival. Her dedication to sharing Florida's folk traditions brought diverse groups of artists to the festival each year, and established the festival's reputation for celebrating unique and varied cultures. Born in South Carolina, she was raised in Gainesville and taught theater in schools and community centers..."
84 Florida Folk Festival (1987) - An 8 inch x 10 inch (color) photograph inscribed and signed ("To Will, A true West Florida cracker and dam [sic] proud of it. Florida Folk Festival 1987") from Ann/Amy Sparr(?) Photo of a Florida river scene
85 Guthrie, Woody - An 8 inch x 10 inch (black and white) photograph of songwriter/performer Woody Guthrie at Beluthahatchee Park (1953). According to the William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway website: "... History was made at Beluthahatchee during the latter half of the 20th century, by Stetson Kennedy (author, folklorist and human rights activist) and his frequent house guest, America's legendary folk balladeer Woody Guthrie ("This Land is Your Land," etc.)...The final draft of Woody Guthrie's autobiography, SEEDS OF MAN was written there and...Guthrie composed more than 80 songs while in residence at Beluthahatchee, almost all of which had to do with the 'sense of place,' and human rights issues inspired by Kennedy's writings..."
86 Hays, Needham Bryant (1866 - 1946) and Mary Melvin Hays (1866-1955) - Two 5 inch x 7 inch (black and white) photographs and a scanned color image of Will McLean's maternal grandparents. The first photo is c. 1900, the second photo c. early 1940s and the third photo is c.early to mid 1940s
87 Johnson, James M. "Acrefoot " (1851-1922) - A 3 .5 inch x 5.5 inch (black and white) photograph of James M. "Acrefoot" Johnson (U.S. Mail "barefoot" carrier) with a live alligator on his lap. Will McLean told stories and wrote a song about "Acrefoot Johnson." According to the FLORIDA MEMORY website: "James Mitchell 'Acrefoot' Johnson carried the mail on foot from Fort Meade, via Fort Ogden, to Fort Myers, ninety miles away. He made the round trip twice weekly, carrying a fifty-pound mail bag. His route described as America's most dangerous due to a few still-hostile Indians, wild animals, alligators and snakes."
88 McLean, Donald - two 5 inch x 7 inch (black and white) school age photographs (c. late 1940s and early 1950s) of the only child of Will McLean (and an unidentified woman), from a brief first marriage in the 1940s
89 McLean, Hugh Alexander (1851? - 1917) - A 4 inch x 5.5 inch (color) snapshot of Will McLean's paternal grandfather's gravestone in Glenwood Cemetery (Chipley, Florida)
810 McLean, Lottie Louise - Miscellaneous photographs (various sizes) of Will McLean's older sister (c. 1930s - 1040s)
811 McLean, Lottie Louise - A 5 inch x 7 inch (black and white) photograph of Will McLean with his older sister (both barefoot - c. 1920s)
812 McLean, Will - A McLean Family/Will McLean photo collage featuring the barefoot photo of Will and Lottie McLean (c. 1920s), "Acrefoot" Johnson ("Barefoot Mailman" and folk storyteller), the Blue Pond Baptist Church Congregation photo (Chipley, Florida - c. 1920s) and various photographs of Will McLean (Second World War military and performing with guitar in the 1960s and 1980s)
813 McLean, Will - Two 5 inch x 7 inch (identical) black and white photographs of Will McLean in jacket and tie ( c. 1940s)
814 McLean, Will - Two 5 inch x 5 inch (black and white) photographs of Will McLean and unidentified individuals on his trip "Out West" (c. 1946)
815 McLean, Will - Miscellaneous (black and white and color) photographs (various sizes) of Will McLean (c. 1940s - 1980s)
816 "McLean, Will - Two 11 inch x 14 inch (color) photographs of ""Will McLean - Florida Troubadour"" (c. late 1980s) by photographer Bill Marder (Ocala, Florida). According to the BILL MARDER website: ""Bill Marder has had a photographic career spanning almost fifty years. He has specialized in all phases of photography including photographic processes, techniques, and the history of photography. Starting with his first twin lens reflex camera, an Argoflex in 1946, Bill Marder won a first class prize of $100. In Kodakís First Annual National High School Photo Contest. His photograph was published in the September 1946 issue of Popular Photography magazine that featured on the next page a tribute to his mentor and famous photographer, Alfred Stieglitz. In 1947 he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served as a photographer with the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Division, in Japan. In Japan he won numerous awards in Army sponsored photo contests. Upon leaving the army, Bill Marder entered the graphic arts field as a photographer and graphic artist in color separations. Opening his first business, Mar-Color Inc. and then Creative Process Inc. during 1950 to 1970. His customers were national advertising, cosmetic, and fashion agencies. During his years in his own business invented numerous techniques related to the color separation field, among which were direct color separations for the newspaper and advertising fields. Bill Marder was also among the first to utilize photography as a method of photographing the advertisers merchandise for producing catalogs from controlling the beginning to the end of the printing process. In 1970 he moved to Hollywood Florida to manage Dukane Press (owned by International Silver Company), one of the largest printers with in house photography in the US Bill Marder worked with the first scanners and computers to devise control methods for photography and color separations. He later opened his own business, Creative Color in Ft. Lauderdale, which is still in existence. During the 1970s Bill Marder entered in the collecting field of photography, authoring numerous books on the history of photography. Most of these books were illustrated with his own photography. His largest book, Anthony, The Man, The Company, The Cameras, was a 365-page book with over 1000 illustrations and a forward by the noted historian and photographer Beaumont Newhall. It was co-authored with his wife and acclaimed in numerous reviews for its superb documentation, research and photographs on the history of photography. Another book from 1980, The History and Technique of a New Diffusion Process, utilized an instant paper negative process that Bill Marder pioneered and developed along with taking photographs using the large wood cameras from his collection in sizes 20 x 24 to 8 x 10. Bill Marder has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, lecturing on the history of photography, including the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. In the 1990s with the entrance of the first digital camera, Bill Marder was among one of the first to own, learn and develop techniques for use with his Mac computer..."
817 McLean, Will - Miscellaneous (color) photographs (various sizes) of Will Mclean performing alone and with others at various locations (c. 1970s and 1980s)
818 McLean, Will - Miscellaneous (color)photographs (various sizes) of Will Mclean with other folk performers (Thelma Boltin, Gamble Rogers and others - c. 1970s and 1980s)
819 Rogers, Gamble - A 5 inch x 7 inch (color) photograph and a 11 inch x 14 inch (color)photo scan of Will McLean with folk performers Paul Champion and Gamble Rogers (on stage and off - c. 1980s)
820 Rogers, Maggie - Three 4 inch x 5 inch (color) snapshots of Will McLean with Maggie Rogers and (2)Wekiva River scenes (1984). A handwritten Christmas card form Maggie Rogers is also included in the folder
821 Seeger, Pete - A 5 inch x 7 inch (black and white) photograph of an unidentified woman with folk legend Pete Seeger (who is holding a copy of Will McLean's book - c. 1970s)
822 Southern Ballet Theatre (Winter Park, Florida) - Three 8 inch x 10 inch (black and white) production photographs of the Southern Ballet Theatre performing "The Ballet of Florida" (1989) set to the music of Will McLean
823 Wadsworth, Lais - Miscellaneous (color) photographs (various sizes) of dancer Lais Wadsworth performing with Will McLean at various locations in the 1970s and 1980s



Reel-to-Reel Recordings



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9 1 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch REALISTIC SUPERTAPE LABORATORY STANDARD reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes. Side 1 includes "Johnson the Mail Carrier," "North Florida Rattlesnake Worship," "Johnny Tuggle/Model T Ford and "Tate's Hell." Side 2 includes "Ballet of Silver Springs," "Billy Goat," "Town of Cedar Key," "Dumb Bull," "Christmas Gift Giving," "The Seminole March," "Wild Hops of North Florida," "Wild Hogs of Gulf Hammock," "Wild Cat of Osceola [sic]," "Dungeon of St. Augustine' and "U.S. Mail Run." A note to Margaret Longhill (On GU AUDIO PRODUCTIONS stationery) is dated October 26, 1990: "All reels are 'Tails out' - This preserves the sound quality of reel..."
9 2 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch REALISTIC SUPERTAPE LABORATORY STANDARD reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes. "Entire Side 1 is unintelligible." Side 2 includes "Billy Goat," "St. John's River," "Dumb Bull," "Waters of Lake Okeechobee [sic]," "Once I Had a Sweetheart," "Seminole Breeze," "I Want to Be Loved," "Geo Collins," "Tramp on the Street" (with Paul Champion and Gamble Rogers), "Town of Cedar Key (with Cush Hulston), "Story of Childhood/King Snake" and "Away O'EE."
9 3 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch REALISTIC SUPERTAPE LABORATORY STANDARD reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Note on box : "Some good"). Side 1 includes "Elephant, Rabbit, Squirrel, Kangaroo," Osceola" "Found in a Pocket," "Legend of Pete Seeger," "Abraham Washington," "Eye for an Eye," "Florida Sand," "Acre Foot Johnson," "Abraham Washington," "Gopher John" and "Ballad of Silver Springs." Side 2 includes "Elephants and Rabbits" - "Rest of tape bad."
9 4 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch REALISTIC SUPERTAPE LABORATORY STANDARD reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes. Side 1 includes "Florida Sand," Seminole," "Satan," "Abraham Washington," various instrumentals. "Horned Owls," "Roll Back the Water," "Osceola" and Cush Holston (speaking). Side 2 - "Entire tape unintelligible."
9 5 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch REALISTIC SUPERTAPE LABORATORY STANDARD reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Note on box: "Side 1 - very good - some good"). Side 1 includes "Cedar Key," "Seminole," Osceola," "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane," "Geo Collins," Instrumental (featuring Paul Champion - banjo), "Lonesome Wally (Featuring Gamble Rogers and Maggie Ross)," "I Want to Be Loved," "Tate's Hell," "Abraham Washington," "Ballad of Silver Springs," "Blount's Fort" and "Eye for Eye." Side 2 includes "Introduction/dialogue of FLORIDA SAND" - "Tape no good thru end."
9 6 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch REALISTIC SUPERTAPE LABORATORY STANDARD reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes. Side 1 includes "Dade Massacre," "Away O'EE," "Lament," "Green Turtle," "Once I Had a Sweetheart," "Hold Back the Waters," "Town of Cedar Key," "George Collins" and "Prisoner's Song." Side 2 includes "Frog Smith," "Water Wheels" and Tortugas."
9 7 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch REALISTIC SUPERTAPE LABORATORY STANDARD reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Note on box: "Side 1 - very good "). Side 1 includes "Birmingham Jail House," "Hear the Train Blow," "Down in the Valley," "Good Bye Train," Instrumental, "Cedar Key," "Wild Hog," Wanna Be Loved," "Race Back the Waters," "Convict Lease Law," "Great Sheep Hoax" and "Acre Foot Johnson." Side 2 - "Entire tape - no good."
9 8 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SCOTCH MAGNETIC TAPE RB-7 reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes ("Florida Sand Album - Master Back-Up Tape"). Side 1 includes "Florida Sand," "Acre Foot Johnson," "Abraham Washington," "Gopher John," "Ballad of Silver Springs," "Hold Back the Waters" and "Red Tide." Side 2 includes "Tate's Hell," "Seminole," "Blount's Fort," "Wild Hog," Osceola's Last Words," "Dade Massacre" and "Away O'EE
9 9 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch REALISTIC SUPERTAPE LABORATORY STANDARD reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes ("Good - Good- All ! So far"). Tape includes "Florida Sand," "Acrefoot Johnson," "Abraham Washington," "Gopher Johnson," "Ballad of Silver Springs" and "Hold Back the Waters."
9 10 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SONY PROFESSIONAL RECORDING TAPE PR-150 reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes. Tape includes "Florida Sand," "Blount's Fort," "Panther," "Seminole," "Clothesline Incident," "Ballad of Silver Springs," Billy Goat," "Dum Bull," "Spirit of Giving," "Dade Massacre," "Osceola's Last Words," "Acrefoot Johnson" and "Deep Wild Hog."
10 11 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SONY PROFESSIONAL RECORDING TAPE PR-150 reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes. Tape includes "Away O'EE" recitation, "Old Woman," "Gopher John," "Cush Holston," ""Wild Hog," "Wanna Be Loved," "Great Sheep Hoax," "Acre-Foot Johnson," "That's All Brother," "Johnny Tuggle," "Tate's Hell, " etc.
10 12 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SCOTCH MAGNETIC TAPE RB-7 reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes. Tape includes "Osceola's Last Words," "Dade Massacre," "Away O'EE," etc.
10 13 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch TEAC RE -702 reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Note on Box: "Vince - This Green Turtle song is on 4 tracks - You will have to find machine that'll play it - Best I could do! Sorry, Love, Will"). Tape includes "Lament," "Green Turtle," etc.
10 14 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SONY PROFESSIONAL RECORDING TAPE PR-150 reel) by Will McLean (January 16, 1978) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Note on Box: "Marty & Will - 1/16/78" - Marty Schuman - autoharp player). Tape includes "Seminole," "Osceola," "Walkin' Cane," "George Collins," "Paul's Banjo," "Wanna Be Loved," "Ballad of Sliver Springs," "Blount's Fort," "Eye for Eye," "Tramp on Street," etc.
10 15 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL QUALITY RECORDING TAPE reel) by Will McLean (1959, 1963, 1964) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: "Tallahassee Tapes - Will McLean & Paul Champion - Jim Rogers , Jim Below - Caraero Room Originals - Mark Frutchey 1959 12 string - S.T. on King 980"). Tape includes "Wild Hog," "Found in Pocket," Dade Massacre," "Fun Song," "Banjo Warm- Up (Paul Champion), "Abraham Washington," "Charlottesville," "Kissing is a Crime," "Arthritas Blues," "C.C. Rider," "Jack Daniels," "Noah," "Sampson," "John Henry," "Spinning Wheel," "Arkansas," "One Dime Blues," "Going Down the Road," "Railroad Bill," etc.
10 16 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL QUALITY RECORDING TAPE reel) by Will McLean ("Around 1963-67") includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: ""For Chip - Will McLean Originals - 1st Copy from Masters"). Tape includes "Will McLean at Mark Frutchey's Home - Winter Park, Florida and Maitland, Florida" - "Miscellaneous recordings, Gospel, Barbershop, Lear Jet @ Herndon Airport (used as court evidence)" - "Winter Park's coffee shop (Carera Room) performances." Side 1 song listing: "Found in a Pocket," "Cush Holston," "Interview on Cush Holston's History," "Gopher John," "Pete Seeger," "Florida Sand," "Dog Named Ring," "Brother for Brother," "Ballad of Silver Springs," "Old Mother Hare," "Jaybird's Whistle and Buzzards Dance," "Gray Bird," "Old Black Dog," "Godly Dream," "Freedom Train," etc. Side 2 song listings: Eggeford Johnson,""Great Tortugas," "Floyd Collins," "Some Mother's Son," "Walking Cane - Sins Taken Away," "Careless Love" (Jim Rogers and friend), Tate's Hell," etc.
10 17 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SCOTCH MAGNETIC TAPE 111reel) by Will McLean (c. 1978) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: "Marty & Will - 1-16-78"). Tape includes "Panther," "Seminole" "Clothesline Incident," "Ballad of Silver Springs," "Billy Goat," "Cush Holston," "Dum Bull," "Spirit of Giving," "Dade Massacre," "Wild Hog," "Osceola's Last Words," " Acre Foot (Johnson)," etc.
10 18 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL QUALITY RECORDING TAPE reel) by Will McLean (10-1 -1971, 1-16-1978, 2-2-1978) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: "October 1, 1971 - Goodbye Train..."). Tape includes ""Tate's Hell" (Bad Start), "Ballad of Silver Springs," "Osceola's Last Words," "Blount's Fort," "Abraham Washington," Acre Foot (Johnson)," "Seminole," etc.
10 19 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SHAMROCK RECORDING TAPE reel) by Will McLean (9-1971) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: ""Paul Champion - Mockingbird's Gone - Courtship Dance of the Horned Owl" - "Songs of Florida by Will McLean- Backed up Paul Champion and Gamble Rogers on 4 Songs - Paul Champion co-wrote Cush Holston and Mocking Bird's Gone"). Tape includes: "Hold Back the Water," 'Cush Holston," 'Osceola's Last Words," "George Collins," "Prisoner's Song," "Florida Sand," "Seminole," "No Folk Singers Down Yonder," "Abraham Washington," "Mocking Bird's Gone," "1928 Flood Okeechobee," "Hermit from Cedar Key," "Last Words to His People," " "Tragedy of North Florida," etc.
11 20 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SONY PROFESSIONAL RECORDING TAPE PR-150 reel) by Will McLean (10-30 - 1967 - 1968) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: "Two: Marty and Will/Side 2 - Empty"). Tape includes: "Abraham Washington," "Ballad of Silver Springs," "Blount's Fort," "Eye for Eye," "Acre Foot (Johnson)," "Birmingham Jail," "Goodbye Train/Kennedy Funeral Train - New York" (Paddy Mitchell and Paul Champion), etc.
11 21 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch PROFESSIONAL RECORDING TAPE reel) by Will McLean (2-2-1978) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: "Marty and Will - Screen for sure - Bad Tape"). Tape includes "Osceola's Last Words," - "Marty - Some cuts on Backwards..."
11 22 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SCOTCH MAGNETIC TAPE RB-7 reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: "Audio Reproduction of The Book - FLORIDA SAND" - Paul Champion, Gamble Rogers and Will McLean..."). Side 1 includes "Blount's Fort," "Grandpa and Panther," "Tortugas," "Jim Brevis - Red Tide," "Spirit of Giving," "Ist Florida Electrocution," "Abraham Washington," "Gopher John," "Ghost Train," "Water Wheels," "Cracker Don Juan," etc. Side 2 Includes "Seminole," "Wild Hog," "Tate's Hell," Osceola's Last Words," Cush Holston," "Billy Goat," "Land O' Gold," "Dum Bull," Dade Massacre," "Whippin' Boss, " "Great Sheep Hoax," "Believe It Not," "Johnny Tuggle," "Old Woman and the King Snake," "Away O' EE," etc.
11 23 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch TDK RECORDING TAPE-7 reel in AMPEX box) by Will McLean (5-15-1966, 7-31 - 67, 3-1971, and 1-10-1978) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: "5-15-1966 Rehearsal - West Park Studio - Rollins - J. Rogers, Paul Champion, Will McLean, Slade Cluett..." - "Good pickin...Marty and Will- March 1971..."). Tape includes: "Cush Holston," "George Collins," "Hold Back the Waters," "Prisoners' Song," "Best So Far," etc.
11 24 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SCOTCH MAGNETIC TAPE RB-7 reel) by Will McLean (2-2-1978) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: "Marty and Will - Bad Fidelity"). Tape includes "Spanish-American War Song," "Dade Massacre," "I Wanna Be Loved," "George Collins," "Cush Holston," etc.
11 25 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SONY PROFESSIONAL RECORDING TAPE PR-150 reel) by Will McLean (2-2-1978) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: "Marty and Will - Florida Sand Spiral Book - Fair"). Tape includes "Dade Massacre," "Great Sheep Hoax," "That's All Brother," "Johnny Tuggle," "Away O' EE," "Seminole," "Wild Hog," "Tate's Hell," "Billy Goat," "Land O' Gold," "Dum Bull," etc.
11 26 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SONY PROFESSIONAL RECORDING TAPE PR-150 reel) by Will McLean (1-16-1978) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: "Marty and Will - Recorded at Frutchey Studios , Winter Park, FLA - Mark P. Frutchey, Engineer"). Tape includes Various recitations, "Tortugas," "Red Tide," Land O' Gold," etc.
11 27 - Private recordings (on a 7 inch SONY PROFESSIONAL RECORDING TAPE 111 reel) by Will McLean (1-10-1978) includes handwritten song listings and notes (Notes on Box: "Marty and Will - Paul Champion, Gamble Rogers, Jim Ballew, Slade Cluett - Real Good..."). Tape includes "Tate's Hell," "Ballad of Silver Springs," "Osceola's Last Words," "Blount's Fort," "Abraham Washington," "Acre Foot Johnson," "Seminole," "Wild Hog," "Wanna Be Loved," "Away O' EE," "Florida Sand," Dade Massacre," "Legend of Pete Seeger," "Eye for Eye," etc.
11 28 - Private recordings (on a 5 inch RADIO SHACK REALISTIC HIGH FIDELITY RECORDING TAPE reel) by Will McLean (No date) includes handwritten song listings and notes. Tape includes "Cush Holston," etc. and an Interview with Will McLean



Recordings: 45 RPM & 33 1/3 LPs



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121 Billie, Jim - "Legend of Kissimmee River" b/w same title (Long version) sung by Jim Billie - A 45 RPM recording with words and music by Jim Billie (Bird Clan Publishing/ASCAP). Produced by George Terry on Seminole Records (No date listed)
122 Haynie, Jim - Side 1: "Ballad of Reuben B" (Jim Haynie) and "Down Under the Hill" (Traditional) b/w Side 2: "Worried Man Blues" (Traditional) and "On Top of Old Smokey" (Traditional) - all sung by Jim Haynie A 45 RPM recording produced by Champion Papers on Champaco Records - recorded by Copeland Sound, Box 6104, Greensboro NC. Record is inscribed and signed to Will McLean by Jim Haynie (No date listed)
123 McLean, Will - "Hold Back the Waters" (Written by W. McLean and "Bash" Moore) sung by Will McLean with "Special Guitar" Paul Champion b/w Goodbye Train (Written by P. Mitchell) sung by Paddy Mitchell with Guitar Paul Champion - A 45 Rpm recording (Compositions published by Wakulla Music, Co., Po Box 1123, Tallahassee, Fla.) produced by Will McLean for Wakulla Records with Engineer: Mark P. Frutchey, Jr. (No date listed)
124 McLean, Will - "Many Mansions" (Words and music by Joan Cosman/Arranged by Gamble Rogers) sung by Susie Simke (with Lead Guitar: Gamble Rogers and Rhythm Guitar: Will McLean) - A single-sided 45 RPM recording produced at Associated Recording Studios in NYC (No date listed)
125 McLean, Will - "Osceola's Last Words' (Words and Music by Will McLean) b/w "Tate's Hell" (Words and Music by Will McLean) sung by Will McLean. A 45 Rpm (pink label) recording (Compositions published by Wakulla Music Co., PO Box 1123, Tallahassee, Florida) produced at Wakulla Records with Engineer: M.P. Frutcley (Frutchey) , Jr. (No date listed)
126 McLean, Will - "The Protest Song" (Words and Music by Will McLean) b/w "Cush" Holston (Words and Music by P. Champion and Will McLean) sung by Will McLean. A 45 RPM produced by Bamboo Records, Quincy, Fla. With Recording Engineers Bob Carnes (President) and Mark P. Frutchey, Jr. (No date listed)
127 McLean, Will - "Tate's Hell" (Words and Music by Will McLean) b/w "Osceola's Last Words" (Words and Music by Will McLean) sung by Will McLean A 45 Rpm (blue label) recording (Compositions published by Wakulla Music Co., PO Box 1123, Tallahassee, Florida) produced at Wakulla Records with Engineer: M.P. Frutchey, Jr. Special guitar: Paul Champion and Gamble Rogers IV on Osceola's Last Words" (No date listed)
128 Barrow, Barbara & Mike Smith - MICKEY AND BABS GET HOT - A 33 1/3 RPM long playing (LP) album produced by Artie Kornfeld with G.V.V. K. Productions for Bell Records (1974) at The Record Plant (NYC) featuring a recording of "Osceola's Last Words" (Words and Music by Will McLean - Copyright 1960 - Will McLean/Wakulla Music) on Side 2
129 Billie, Jim - NATIVE SON - A 33 1/3 RPM long playing (LP) album produced by Frank X. Loconto for Cumulus Nimbus Productions at Loconto Productions and Studios in Sunrise, Florida (1986). Inscribed and signed ("To the 'newly weds' Will and Margaret - This album is my first humble attempt at singing - Sho na bish - Jim Billie - Chief of Seminoles, Florida - 5/24/87")
1210 Fitchen, Jeannie - REUNION - A 33 1/3 RPM long playing (LP) album produced, "In Memory: Jim Ballew and Will McLean," by Ned Fitchen for Cary It On Productions, Cocoa, Gainesville, San Antonio, Lutz, Dade City and Tampa Florida (1990). Inscribed and signed ("To Cliff, Hope you enjoy! Love, Jeanie - May 1999")
1211 Grooms, Don -WALK PROUD MY SON - A 33 1/3 RPM long playing (LP) album produced by Tom Sheddan, for You'Ni Records, at the Modern Music Workshop in Gainesville, Florida (1981). Inscribed and signed to Margaret Longhill form Don Grooms ("For Margaret W. Longhill, Met through Will McLean, but has shown me she's a great human being in her own right! Love, Don Grooms")
1212 Rogers, Gamble - THE WARM WAY HOME - A 33 1/3 RPM long playing (LP) album produced by Stephen Powers, for Mountain Railroad Records, at Paragon Recording Studio in Chicago, Illinois (1984). Inscribed and signed ("For Chris, Good luck in Nashville! Gamble Rogers - St. Augustine 1984")
1213 Thomas, Frank - FLORIDA STORIES - A 33 1/3 RPM long playing (LP) album produced by Frank and Ann Thomas, for Country Sun Publishing, at Central Sound Studios (No location listed - No date listed)
1214 Virginia Squares - MOUNTAINS AND MEMORIES - A 33 1/3 RPM long playing (LP) album produced by Sonny Osborne at Studio 19 - Nashville, Tennessee (1984)
1215 McLean, Will - FLORIDA SAND: ORIGINAL SONGS OF FLORIDA - A 33 1/3 RPM long playing (LP) album (Black and white cover art) produced by Will McLean and Dan and Gail Tillinghast, for the Wakulla Music Company (1971). Recordings include: "Florida Sand," "Acre-Foot Johnson," "Red Tide," "Wild Hog," Blount's Fort," Osceola's Last Words," Seminole," "Gopher John," "Ballad of Silver Springs," "Away O'EE," Dade Massacre," Tate's Hell" and "Hold Back the Waters." Liner notes: "These selections were recorded over the past 12 years with Florida artists Gamble Rogers, V. Patrick Mitchell, Jim Ballew and Paul Champion...Cover story and all songs on this album were written by Will McLean..."
1216 McLean, Will - FLORIDA SAND: ORIGINAL SONGS OF FLORIDA - A 33 1/3 RPM long playing (LP) album (Sepia cover art) produced by Will McLean and Dan and Gail Tillinghast, for the Wakulla Music Company (1971). Recordings include: "Florida Sand," "Acre-Foot Johnson," "Red Tide," "Wild Hog," Blount's Fort," Osceola's Last Words," Seminole," "Gopher John," "Ballad of Silver Springs," "Away O'EE," Dade Massacre," Tate's Hell" and "Hold Back the Waters." Liner notes: "The following selections are taken from tape recordings dating back to late 1959...Master artists Gamble Rogers, Paddy Mitchell, Jim Ballew, and the incomparable Paul Champion pick with Will on this album...All songs on this album were written by Will McLean and published by Wakulla Music Company, BMI and produced by FLORIDA SAND Productions...In Memory of my beloved wife, Alice - Always, Love, Will..."
1217 McLean, Will - FLORIDA SAND: ORIGINAL SONGS OF FLORIDA (Copy 2) - A 33 1/3 RPM long playing (LP) album (Sepia cover art) produced by Will McLean and Dan and Gail Tillinghast, for the Wakulla Music Company (1971). Recordings include: "Florida Sand," "Acre-Foot Johnson," "Red Tide," "Wild Hog," Blount's Fort," Osceola's Last Words," Seminole," "Gopher John," "Ballad of Silver Springs," "Away O'EE," Dade Massacre," Tate's Hell" and "Hold Back the Waters." Liner notes: "The following selections are taken from tape recordings dating back to late 1959...Master artists Gamble Rogers, Paddy Mitchell, Jim Ballew, and the incomparable Paul Champion pick with Will on this album...All songs on this album were written by Will McLean and published by Wakulla Music Company, BMI and produced by FLORIDA SAND Productions...In Memory of my beloved wife, Alice - Always, Love, Will..."



Recordings: Audio Cassettes, Compact Discs, and VHS



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131 BALLAD OF FLORIDA SAND - Private recordings (on AVX 90- STUDIO MASTER CASSETTE) by Will McLean (No date)
132 BALLAD OF GREEN TURTLE/FLORIDA SAND - Private recordings (on AVX 90- STUDIO MASTER CASSETTE) by Will McLean (No date)
133 FLORIDA SAND/ NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (NPR) EXCERTS/FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL (FFF) - Private recordings (on AVX 90- STUDIO MASTER CASSETTE) by Will McLean (No date) - Includes: "Ballad of Will McLean" with Will McLean, Gamble Rogers and Paul Champion
134 FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL (FFF) - Private recordings (on AVX 90- STUDIO MASTER CASSETTE) by Will McLean (1986)
135 LEGEND OF FLORIDA SAND (MASTER DUB) - Private recordings (on AVX 90- STUDIO MASTER CASSETTE) by Will McLean (No date)
136-7 FLORIDA SAND IN CONCERT (2 copies) - Professional recordings (for Wakulla Music Company, BMI) by Will McLean (1986)
138 LEGEND OF FLORIDA SAND - Private recordings of Will McLean, Gamble Rogers, Paul Champion, Paddy Mitchell and Jim Ballew at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida (on AVX 90- STUDIO MASTER CASSETTE) by Will McLean (No date)
139 LEGEND OF FLORIDA SAND - Private recordings (on TDK AV - D60 CASSETTE) by Will McLean (No date)
1310 ME AND MY DOG - Private recordings featuring Will McLean and Paul Champion's dog Barney (on TDK AV - D60 CASSETTE) by Will McLean (May 1986)
141 PREMIERE WORKS OF WILL McLEAN, THE - Professional recordings (Cassette #11) produced by Wakulla Music Company, BMI (1988). Includes: "Courtship Dance," "Florida Sandhill Crane," "Tate's Hell," "Osceola's Last Words," "Cush Holston," "Dade Massacre," Blount's Fort," "Abraham Washington," "Hold Back the Waters," "Old Woman and the King Snake," "Ocklawaha Ever Flowin'," "Florida Wild-Life Lament," "Seminole," "Ballad of he Green Turtle," "From the Florida Sky," "I Am the Wind," "I Am the Waters," "Ballad of Will McLean" and "Florida Sand."
142 OSCEOLA'S LAST WORDS - Private recordings (Cassette #12) recorded at the Arrandem Studio in Hawthorne, Florida by Will McLean (No date). Featuring Barbara Barrow and Mike Smith. Also included a WUFT - FM (University of Florida), Gainesville Christmas program (No date)
143 WHITE SPRINGS, FLORIDA - Private recordings (Cassette #13 - on AVX 90- STUDIO MASTER CASSETTE) by Will McLean (1986)
144 APALACHICOLA - DOIN' TIME (A SPECIAL LOOK AT THE TRI-STATE WATER WAR) - Professional WUFT - Classic 89, University of Florida and WJUF - FM 90 - Gainesville compact disc (CD) 2-disc set featuring sound from the "Live Mainstage" at the Will McLean Folk Festival (March 2001). The first disc features the 2000 Edward R. Murrow Award-Winning Documentary ("Special look at the Tri-State Water War in Florida, Georgia and Alabama") and the second disc features performances from the 2001 Will McLean Folk Festival including Dale Crider, Mark Smith, Ken Skeens, Harvey Reid, Mike Jurgensen, Steve Gillette and Jeanie Fitchen
145 WILL McLEAN AND FRIENDS: LIVE AT THE THOMAS CENTER - Professional WUFT - Classic 89, University of Florida and WJUF - FM 90 - Gainesville compact disc (CD) recording (November 17, 1985 - released on CD in 1996) featuring Will McLean, in concert, at the Thomas Center in Gainesville, Florida. Includes: "Ballad of Scotty," "Cush Holston," "Hold Back the Waters," "Away O'EE," "Tate's Hell," "I'm Florida Need I Say More," "Osceola's Last Words," "Wild Hog," "Courtship Dance of the Florida Hill Crane," "Seminole," "Florida Sand," "Cousin Thelma's Story," "The Rain is Over and Gone," "My Soul is a Hawk," etc. Liner notes: "...Will depended on his friends to accompany him on stage through the years, such as the late Gamble Rogers and the late Paul Champion...but ironically on this night, Will had to perform alone. Will dedicated that November performance to Paul Champion who died just a few short months later..."
146 WILL McLEAN: FLORIDA'S BLACK HAT TROUBADOUR - Professional compact disc (CD) 2-disc set produced by Margaret Longhill and Ray Valla at the Mirror Image Studios, Gainesville, Florida (1992) featuring Will McLean, Gamble Rogers, Paul Champion, Jim Ballew, Kate Bostrum, David Beede and Ray and Gabriel Valla. Songs include: "A Vision of Florida," "Florida Sand," "Acrefoot Johnson," "Abraham Johnson," "Ballad of Silver Springs," "Seminole," "Osceola's Last Words," "Tortugas," "The Protest Song," "From the Florida Sky," "My Soul is a Hawk," etc. Cover art by Mary Ann DiNella. Liner notes: "...This CD project is the most comprehensive catalog of Will McLean's songs and stories. Through the magic of digital technology, the producers have been able to salvage material heretofore unpublished, as well as remaster versions of Will's best recorded performances..."
147 GORE'S LANDING DEDICATION - Private recording (on Polaroid High Grade Video Cassette - T-120) of the (April 27, 1991) dedication of a permanent marker to the memory of Will McLean on the banks of the Ocklawaha River at Gore's Landing in Marion County, Florida. Will McLean's ashes were scattered at this spot. According to the GEOCACHING.COM web site: "...His connection to the Ocklawaha River came later in life. Eventually, when he was terminally ill in the VA hospital in Gainesville, he would occasionally escape to Gores Landing to sit by the river and have a drink..."
148 WILL McLEAN MEMORIAL SERVICE - A professional video cassette recording of the January 24, 1990 Memorial at the Thomas Center in Gainesville, Florida, produced by Margaret Longhill and Philip H. Schwartz, for the Will McLean Foundation (1990) featuring Barbara Sheen Todd, Don Grooms, Cherrill Heaton, Dennis Devine, Mary Ann DiNella, Sandra Jemison, T. J. Wangerman, Ernie Williams, Jeannie Fitchen, Doug Gauss, Gamble Rogers, Sandra Jemison, Dale Crider, Sharon Naumann, Wayne Martin, Chief James Billie, Frank Thomas, etc. Liner notes: "On January 24, 1990 friends of Will McLean gathered at the Thomas Center in Gainesville, Florida to honor his memory. His fellow musicians sang his songs and shared reminiscences about their beloved 'Black Hat Troubadour.' This film records that occasion..."



Memorabilia



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15 A mounted and framed black wool hat worn by Will McLean ("The Black Hat Troubadour")
16 The 1996 Florida Artists Hall of Fame Induction trophy presented posthumously, in honor of Will McLean, on April 17, 1996 at the R. A. Gray Building Auditorium in Tallahassee. Program text: "Established by the Florida Legislature in 1986, the Florida Artists Hall of Fame recognizes persons, living or dead, and honors those who have made significant contributions to the arts in Florida either as performing artists or practicing artist. In celebration of Will McLean's induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, a presentation of the folk artists best known and loved songs will be performed prior to the induction ceremony. These songs are presented by musicians who sing Will's songs throughout Florida and the United States...Don Grooms, Doug Gauss, Glenn Geiger, Wayne Martin, Frank Thomas..."
17 The 5 ft. x 9 ft. Veterans Burial Flag (Folded in a triangular archive box) from his 1990 Memorial Service. Presented for Will McLean's honorable service as a B-29 gunner in the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) during the Second World War
18 Will McLean's 6-string Gibson acoustic guitar with brown leather strap and metal plaque ("Will McLean Guitar Restored by PAUL BERGER for MARGARET LONGHILL")
19 Black leather guitar case for Will McLean's 6 -string Gibson guitar with various decals (a black butterfly, "Protect Florida's Green Turtles" and "Wild By Law: Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund")



Miscellaneous Oversize Flat Files



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1 The 22.5 inch x 26 inch ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PORTRAIT OF WILL McLEAN (1990) by celebrated Tampa artist Mary Ann Di Nella. "The portrait of Will McLean...depicts Florida's Troubadour in an ethereal union with the Florida creatures he loved: hawks, Sandhill cranes, panthers, green turtles..." (see also BOX 2, FOLDER 9 and BOX 21, FOLDER 1). An inscribed and signed "Mary Ann Di Nella" business card ("Original watercolor of Will - Happy Birthday, Margaret, Love, Mary Ann - October 19, 2014") is also included in the folder. The business card was originally attached to the back of the framed original portrait
2 An 11 inch x 14 inch mounted and matted FLORIDA FOLK HERITAGE AWARD/Seal of the State of Florida ("Presented to Will McLean - In Grateful recognition of outstanding contributions to the folk life of Florida through composing and performing ballads, poems and stories about Florida - On behalf of the citizens of the State of Florida by Secretary of State Jim Smith - May 26, 1990"); two 11 inch x 14 inch pencil sketches of Will McLean and Margaret Longhill by an unidentified artist ("...at Milltop - 22/3 - 85"); an oversize (11 inch x 17 inch/44-page) PAUL CHAMPION/JIM BALLEW MEMORIALTRIBUTE BOOKLET (Ballew-Champion Memorial Folk Festival - 1988); a 10.5 inch x 16 inch mounted and matted MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PROCLAMATION ("Whereas, the Board of County Commissioners of Marion County, Florida recognizes the significant cultural contributions of Will McLean; and Whereas, Will McLean wrote more than 1,500 songs and poems which celebrated Florida's old ways and cracker customs; and Whereas, for 70 years Will McLean, credited with being the unofficial balladeer of Florida, intentionally shunned fame and fortune to compose songs and tell tall tales to keep our state's folklore alive; and Whereas, the Board of County Commissioners is aware of Will McLean's love of Marion County and especially Gore's Landing which he chose as his final resting place. Now Therefore, be it proclaimed by the Board of County Commissioners that the Board extends its deepest appreciation to WILL McLEAN whose lifetime of dedication to promoting Florida's cultural heritage in song and poem has directly affected the quality of life in Marion County. PASSED and PROCLAIMED this 24th day of April, 1990. Signed by The Board of County Commissioners - Marion County, Florida - Don Greene, Chairman, Glen Charles Fiorello, Vice Chairman, Gail Cross, Commissioner, Parnell Townley, Commissioner and T.W. 'Tommy' Needham, Commissioner"); an 11 inch x 22 inch mounted STATE OF FLORIDA RESOLUTION ("Whereas, the state of Florida periodically honors Floridians who, through their public-spirited achievements have contributed greatly to the progress of the State and its citizens; and Whereas, Will McLean, born in Chipley, is a native of the great State of Florida; and Whereas, Will McLean's early musical appreciation and talent were encouraged and nurtured in Anglo-American folk tradition by his grandfather, who homesteaded around Holmes Creek in Holmes County, Florida; and Whereas, throughout his distinguished career, Will McLean has devoted much of his time and energy to understanding, portraying, and entertaining Floridians; and Whereas, although Will McLean is a beloved poet and troubadour of Florida history and culture, he is recognized as a leading spiritual figure in the folk movement in Florida; and Whereas Will McLean is the composer of such folk songs as 'Tate's Hell' and 'Lord, Hold Back the Waters,' his song about the 1928 flood of Lake Okeechobee. Now therefore, be it resolved that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize and honor Will McLean for his matchless contribution to the folk movement in Florida, and for his legacy of selfless dedication to his chosen interest. In testimony whereof, The Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida have hereunto subscribed their names and caused the Official Seal of the State of Florida to be hereunto affixed in the City of Tallahassee on this 27th day of October, 1989. - Bob Martinez, Governor, Jim Smith, Secretary of State, Gerald Lewis, Controller, Tom Gallagher, Treasurer, Doyle Conner, Commissioner of Agriculture and Betty Castor, Commissioner of Education"); a 14 inch x 22 inch poster promoting the FOURTH ANNUAL HERITAGE FAIR at the Florida State Museum Courtyard in Tallahassee (March 14, 1982) featuring WILL McLEAN and Lais, the Southland Spiritual Singers, Gamble Rogers, Peggy and Jay Smith, Cousin Thelma Boltin, Martin Schuman, Nelson Young, Don Grooms, etc.; an 11 inch x 17 inch poster promoting HOLD BACK THE WATERS: A CELEBRATION OF WILL McLEAN AND FLORIDA FOLK at the College of Central Florida in Ocala (September 20, 2014) - "A day of music, storytelling and discussion about Florida folk music and history with exhibits by historical, environmental and folk music organizations" with performances by Dr. Sarah Satterfield, Dr. Peter Smith, Jon Semmes, Chris Kahl and the Ocali Storytelling Guild; five 11 inch x 17 inch FLORIDA AUTHORS MAPS (1979) created by Gary L. Harmon - Department of Language and Literature, University of North Florida, Jacksonville (Will McLean is featured on the FLORIDA'S NOVELISTS, POETS, DRAMATISTS - FLORIDA BORN); an 11 inch x 17 inch poster promoting the SECOND ANNUAL ST. AUGUSTINE FESTIVAL (October 28 - 29, 1989) at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre featuring Chief James Billie, Dale and Linda Crider, Mary Ann Di Nella and Glenn Geiger, Doug Gauss, Don Grooms, Bobby Hicks, Anna Moo, Gamble Rogers, WILL McLEAN (his final stage performance), Tom Rahner, Charlie Robertson, etc.; an 11 inch x 17 inch poster (inscribed and signed by Don Grooms - "For the most priceless people I know--Will & Lais") promoting DON GROOMS & TIM DE MASS TOGETHER (no date or location listed); an 11 inch x 17 inch poster promoting WILL McLEAN DAYS at the Stephen Foster Memorial in White Springs, Florida ("Pete Seeger once described Will McLean as one of the greatest songwriters and storytellers of our generation"); a 10 inch x 19 inch original BOUNDING DEER HOLIDAY CARD (name of artist/sender not included) sent to Will McLean ("To the Music Man: Deep in my soul spaces - There is a song - That, set to music - Would be like the sight of a bounding deer - 11/84"). The card also includes a short note from Will McLean to Margaret Longhill; an 11 inch x 17 inch mock up of the WILL McLEAN MEMORIAL PROGRAM cover featuring the watercolor portrait of Will McLean by artist Mary Ann Di Nella and the lyrics to "A Hawk Soars" by Will McLean; a 12 inch x 19 inch (color) photograph of WILL McLEAN - FLORIDA TROUBADOUR (c. late 1980s) by photographer Bill Marder (Ocala, Florida); a 13 inch x 19 inch (color) photograph of the DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS - 2007 WILL McLEAN MUSIC FESTIVAL (No photographer listed); a 15 inch x 20 inch (black and white) photograph of folk musician PAUL CHAMPION (No date or photographer listed); a 22 inch x 27 inch mounted and matted print of the WILL McLEAN WATERCOLOR PORTRAIT (1990) by celebrated Tampa artist Mary Ann Di Nella. "The portrait of Will McLean...depicts Florida's Troubadour in an ethereal union with the Florida creatures he loved: hawks, Sandhill cranes, panthers, green turtles..." (see also BOX 2, FOLDER 9 and BOX 20, FOLDER 1); a 22 inch x 28 inch color PHOTOGRAPH OF WILL McLEAN (November 1987) by photographer Pam Lockeby (for the Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal - See, also, BOX 1, FOLDER 6 ), etc.



Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Florida
Folk music
McLean, Will, 1919-1990




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