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A biography of Floy Case may be found
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. Floy Case died on June 14, 1988.
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.
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The collection consists of 3 boxes of memorabilia, letters, copies of the
File Folder #1
Magazines with feature stories, columns and/ or news items by Floy Case
Music related postcards and feature story by Floy Case. re: radio fan mail and her subsequent postcard collecting.
Letters from Ernest Tubb
Tributes in newspapers and newsletters
Gigs with Bill Swift, etc.
Special Thursday night Red River Jamboree on the Plaza, October 1956
Mid to late 1950's Red River Jamboree
Mid to late 1950's, various stage and TV appearances
News items re: Case Family Personal Appearances
Red River Jamboree performers
Red River Jamboree items
Red River Jamboree
The Paris Jamboree at Veterans Administration Center, Bonham, TX
Letters to Floy Case from Bill Boyd and Janie Hamilton (Boyd's sister); from May '41 to February '43. Letters with Bill Boyd letterhead.
Mid 1950's, a gift inscribed to Floy and J.C. Case
Ranch House News
Two issues of Country Music Review and one issue of Country Song Roundup Annual
Clippings from The Paris News.
Clippings from The Paris News
Black and white pictures
Entertainers; black and white pictures
Songs written by Bill Case (original lead sheets); published editions of "Jenny Lou" by Bill Case
Original lead sheet of "Our Little Yodeling Boy" by Ernest Tubb (for son Justin). Also: published songs by Ernest Tubb.
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
Songs by Floy Case (original lead sheets), published songs (written and co-written by Floy Case).
Manuscript songs and lead sheets
Song and song lyric manuscripts
Includes several copies of "The Blue Bonnet Waltz".
Includes invoices, receipts, and test copies of record labels.
Includes black and white photographs, as well as color photographs.
Includes photographs and clippings. Red with gold trim.
Includes photographs, magazine clippings and autographed publicity photos. Black.
Includes autographed publicity photographs and clippings. Red.
Scrapbook assembled by Floy Case.
Includes several autographed photographs. Brown leather.