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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 2: Papers and PhotosAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Bill CaseAdd to your cart.
Songs written by Bill Case (original lead sheets); published editions of "Jenny Lou" by Bill Case
Folder 2: Ernest TubbAdd to your cart.
Original lead sheet of "Our Little Yodeling Boy" by Ernest Tubb (for son Justin).  Also: published songs by Ernest Tubb.
Folder 3: Homer HargroveAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: J.C. CaseAdd to your cart.

Two songs by J.C. Case (original lead sheets).

Not included:

"Riding The Trail With You"

"I'm All Alone In My Cabin"

"You Faded From My Picture"

"My Honey Bee"

"Just A Little More Loving"

and others

Folder 5: Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Songs by Floy Case (original lead sheets), published songs (written and co-written by Floy Case).
Folder 6: Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Manuscript songs and lead sheets
Folder 7: Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Song and song lyric manuscripts
Folder 8: Sheet music, song lists, papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: The Trenton Tribune, 1957 February 22Add to your cart.
Folder 10: John Case memorabiliaAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Bob CrawfordAdd to your cart.
Band photograph
Folder 12: Miscellaneous songsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Music writing bookAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Miscellaneous songs written or co-written by Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Miscellaneous songsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Photograph and typewritten lyrics of "The Blue Bonnet Waltz" by Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Miscellaneous songs written or co-written by Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Music tablet with handwritten chartsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Miscellaneous songs; original lead sheetsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Miscellaneous songs written or co-written by Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Songs written or co-written by Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Includes several copies of "The Blue Bonnet Waltz".
Folder 22: Miscellaneous correspondence regarding Case Recording Co., Royal-Tone Records, etc.Add to your cart.
Includes invoices, receipts, and test copies of record labels.
Folder 23: Miscellaneous songs; Black and white portrait of Floy CaseAdd to your cart.
Item 24: Photo AlbumAdd to your cart.
Includes black and white photographs, as well as color photographs.

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