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Katherine Smith collection on Claude Davis

Identifier: M106

Scope and Content of the Collection

The manuscript portion of the Katherine Smith Collection consists of two letters relating to the Carolina Tarheels, two newsclippings featuring photographs of the Carolina Tarheels and the Cannon Mills String Band, and two song sheets (one devoted to song hits of the Carolina Tarheels, and another entitled "Zangara's Fate"). Neither song sheet includes music; one bears a photograph of the Tarheels and the other includes a photograph of Claude W. Dennis, aka "Claude Davis."

Also included in this collection is a printed songbook bearing the copyright date of 1931. The photographs include images of Claude Dennis, the Tarheels, and other country music musicians.


  • 1932, undated


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Biographical Note

Claude W. Dennis was born in Salisbury, North Carolina on February 25, 1895. Although he had no formal musical training, he both sang and played the fiddle, piano, guitar and mandolin. His stage name was "Claude Davis." He apparently performed with a group known as the Cannon Mills String Band, which reportedly was founded in 1908 and lasted several years. He wrote songs and performed on a number of recordings between 1928 and 1932. In the 1930s he was a member of the Carolina Tarheels, a group that pursued an active performing career on radio and on stage in the Southeast.

Mrs. Katherine Smith is the daughter of Esther Goodman, who was the step-daughter of Claude Dennis.


0.2 Linear Feet (in 4 folders)

Language of Materials



Claude Davis (born Claude W. Dennis, 1895) was a country musician and singer. In the 1930s he was a member of the Carolina Tarheels, a group that pursued an active performing career on radio and on stage in the Southeast. The Katherine Smith Collection contains correspondence, newsclippings, song sheets, and photographs relating to Claude Davis.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Katherine Smith, April 3, 1990 (M1990-05).

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

The Popular Music and Culture Collection includes numerous photographs that have been digitized and are available online in Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Separated Materials:

During processing various materials were separated to other Popular Music and Culture Music Collections. Please contact Special Collections for access.

Popular Music Songbooks -- Please consult Catalog for Access

  1. Walter Peterson Sensational Collection of Mountain Ballads and Old Time Songs


Further information on Claude Dennis and the Carolina Tarheels may be found in:
  • Daniel, Wayne, "Claude Davis, Hoke Rice, Curly Fox and Those Other Carolina Tarheels," Bluegrass Unlimited, November 1991: 35-39.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro at the file level, October 29, 1990.
Katherine Smith:
A Guide to Her Collection on Claude Davis at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
October 29, 1990
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • October 1998: Finding aid revised.
  • June 2008: EAD finding aid created by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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