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Floy Case Collection | Music Library

By Justin Lemons

Collection Overview

Title: Floy Case CollectionAdd to your cart.
ID: 06/053
Primary Creator: Case, Floy (1911-1988)
Extent: 3.0 Boxes
Subjects: Country music groups — Texas, Country music — Texas — To 1951, Music journalists — United States.
Languages: English

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of 3 boxes of memorabilia, letters, copies of the Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder, scrapbooks, and original music by Floy Case.

Collection Historical Note

When Floy Case first began writing about country music, both the genre and the profession of writing about it were rather new. She was born Floy Lorene Jones in the North Texas town of Bowie on April 20, 1911, and grew up there. As a young woman, she heard a country band called Bill Case and his Melody Boys perform in the Bowie area. She became a fan of theirs, and in 1929 she married their mandolin player, J.C. Case, Jr. The couple lived in small towns near Bowie before moving to Fort Worth in the mid-1930s. J.C. was a watchmaker by trade, and actively pursued music as an avocation before and after the move.

Around that time, J.C. encouraged his wife to write about their kind of music and the people who made it. Since her husband's musical activities gave her the opportunity to get acquainted with many performers and their repertory, she was in a very good position to take his advice, and she had a flair for writing. Eventually, Floy wrote a regular column and became an associate editor for the Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder, a newsletter first distributed by radio stations and later widely sold on newsstands. Her popular column was entitled "Down Bluebonnet Way." While that magazine ceased publication after World War II, she contributed articles to a number of other publications as well.

After the war, the Cases moved to Paris, Texas, where J.C. and their sons Jerry and Johnny performed on the Red River Jamboree, a series of shows in the barn dance tradition that was popular at the time. Next the family moved to Garland, but sadly, J.C.died in 1964 shortly after the move. Floy then returned to Fort Worth to be closer to family members.

Throughout her writing career, Floy Case collected memorabilia about her own family and many of the other performers she knew. Her friends and acquaintances included both regional artists and nationally famous ones who starred on such shows as the Grand Ole Opry. Particularly notable was her friendship with country superstar Ernest Tubb, whom she helped and encouraged during his early years in Texas.

In 1984, the Country Music Foundation in Nashville gave its first certificate of recognition to Floy Case. She was recognized both for her pioneering efforts in country music journalism, and for donating significant memorabilia to the foundation.

Recently, the Case family generously donated additional memorabilia to the University of North Texas Music Library. This collection includes such diverse material as photos, letters, journals, newspaper articles, and original music written by Floy Case. Numerous items relating to the history of country music in Texas, particularly the Red River Jamboree, offer insight into an area that has not yet been widely researched.

Biographical Note

A biography of Floy Case may be found via the UNT Libraries' website.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Access Restrictions: Access to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Music Library. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Collection is housed in the UNT Music Library. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.
Acquisition Source: Case family
Acquisition Method: Gift.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:


Box 1: PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 1: Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Photographs
Folder 2: Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
File Folder #1
Folder 3: Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Letters
Folder 4: Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Magazines with feature stories, columns and/ or news items by Floy Case
Folder 5: Floy CaseAdd to your cart.

Music related postcards and feature story by Floy Case.

re: radio fan mail and her subsequent postcard collecting.

Folder 6: Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Letters from Ernest Tubb
Folder 7: Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Articles
Folder 8: Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Tributes in newspapers and newsletters
Folder 9: Bill CaseAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 10: J.C. CaseAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Jerry CaseAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Jerry Case, 1970'sAdd to your cart.
Gigs with Bill Swift, etc.
Folder 13: Jerry CaseAdd to your cart.
1950's publicity
Folder 14: Johnny Case Scrapbook ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Special Thursday night Red River Jamboree on the Plaza, October 1956
Folder 15: Johnny Case Scrapbook ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Mid to late 1950's Red River Jamboree
Folder 16: Johnny Case Scrapbook ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Mid to late 1950's, various stage and TV appearances
Folder 17: Johnny Case Scrapbook ClippingsAdd to your cart.
News items re: Case Family Personal Appearances
Folder 18: Johnny Case Scrapbook ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Red River Jamboree performers
Folder 19: Johnny Case Scrapbook ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Red River Jamboree items
Folder 20: Johnny Case Scrapbook ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Red River Jamboree
Folder 21: Johnny Case Scrapbook ClippingsAdd to your cart.
The Paris Jamboree at Veterans Administration Center, Bonham, TX
Folder 22: Bill BoydAdd to your cart.
Letters to Floy Case from Bill Boyd and Janie Hamilton (Boyd's sister); from May '41 to February '43.  Letters with Bill Boyd letterhead.
Folder 23: Bill BoydAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 24: Bill Boyd 45 rpm recordAdd to your cart.
Mid 1950's, a gift inscribed to Floy and J.C. Case
Folder 25: Bill BoydAdd to your cart.
Ranch House News
Folder 26: Roy CastleburyAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 27: Joe CarsonAdd to your cart.
Two issues of Country Music Review and one issue of Country Song Roundup Annual
Folder 28: Jerry HanlonAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 29: Homer HargroveAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 30: John Lomax IIIAdd to your cart.
Letters
Folder 31: Dough BoysAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 32: Hank ThompsonAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 33: Bob WillsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 34: ASWA MagazineAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 35: Ernest TubbAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 36: Justin TubbAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 37: Jimmie RodgersAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 38: Big "D" JamboreeAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 39: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 40: Clippings from newspapers and magazinesAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 41: Fan Clubs, miscellaneousAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 42: Grand Ole OpryAdd to your cart.
Entertainers
Folder 43: Grand Ole Opry stars in Paris, TX, 1953Add to your cart.
Clippings from The Paris News.
Folder 44: Journal ArticlesAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 45: Louisianna Hayride stars in Paris, TX, 1955Add to your cart.
Clippings from The Paris News
Folder 46: Materials for scrapbookAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 47: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 48: Miscellaneous clippings about country starsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 49: Miscellaneous country journalsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 50: ObituariesAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 51: Red River JamboreeAdd to your cart.
Black and white pictures
Folder 52: Red River JamboreeAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 53: Red River JamboreeAdd to your cart.
Entertainers
Folder 54: Red River JamboreeAdd to your cart.
Entertainers; black and white pictures
Folder 55: Red River JamboreeAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous
Folder 56: Song publicity and miscellaneous articlesAdd to your cart.
 

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