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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

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Box 3: Volumes, Scrapbooks and Photo AlbumsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Royal Ramblers Guest Book- KFJZ ; Letters from Southern Music, J. Davis ; Fan Mail ListAdd to your cart.
Volume 2: The Mountain Broadcast, 1946 - 1947Add to your cart.
Volume 3: The Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder, 1944 - 1945Add to your cart.
Item 4: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Includes photographs and clippings.  Red with gold trim.
Item 5: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Includes photographs, magazine clippings and autographed publicity photos.  Black.
Item 6: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Includes autographed publicity photographs and clippings.  Red.
Item 7: Bill Case and His Melody Boys ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Scrapbook assembled by Floy Case.
Item 8: Photo AlbumAdd to your cart.
Includes several autographed photographs.  Brown leather.

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