06/053 Guide to the Floy Case Collection Case Floy Finding Aid Authors: Justin Lemons.

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Guide to the Floy Case Collection 1940/1980 Music Library Overview of the Collection Floy Case Collection 1940-1980 06/053 Case, Floy, 1911-1988 3.00 English Music Library Biographical Information:

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

Administrative History:

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.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Topical Term: Country music groups — Texas Country music — Texas — To 1951 Music journalists — United States.
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

Gift.

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Music Library. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Collection is housed in the UNT Music Library. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.

Scope and Contents

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

Detailed List of Contents id109818 1 Papers 706940 id109819 1 1 Floy Case Scope and Contents

Photographs

id109825 1 2 Floy Case Scope and Contents

File Folder #1

id109826 1 3 Floy Case Scope and Contents

Letters

id109828 1 4 Floy Case Scope and Contents

Magazines with feature stories, columns and/ or news items by Floy Case

id109829 1 5 Floy Case Scope and Contents

Music related postcards and feature story by Floy Case. re: radio fan mail and her subsequent postcard collecting.

id109830 1 6 Floy Case Scope and Contents

Letters from Ernest Tubb

id109831 1 7 Floy Case Scope and Contents

Articles

id109832 1 8 Floy Case Scope and Contents

Tributes in newspapers and newsletters

id109833 1 9 Bill Case id109835 1 10 J.C. Case id109836 1 11 Jerry Case id109837 1 12 Jerry Case, 1970's Scope and Contents

Gigs with Bill Swift, etc.

id109838 1 13 Jerry Case Scope and Contents

1950's publicity

id109839 1 14 Johnny Case Scrapbook Clippings Scope and Contents

Special Thursday night Red River Jamboree on the Plaza, October 1956

id109841 1 15 Johnny Case Scrapbook Clippings Scope and Contents

Mid to late 1950's Red River Jamboree

id109842 1 16 Johnny Case Scrapbook Clippings Scope and Contents

Mid to late 1950's, various stage and TV appearances

id109843 1 17 Johnny Case Scrapbook Clippings Scope and Contents

News items re: Case Family Personal Appearances

id109845 1 18 Johnny Case Scrapbook Clippings Scope and Contents

Red River Jamboree performers

id109846 1 19 Johnny Case Scrapbook Clippings Scope and Contents

Red River Jamboree items

id109847 1 20 Johnny Case Scrapbook Clippings Scope and Contents

Red River Jamboree

id109850 1 21 Johnny Case Scrapbook Clippings Scope and Contents

The Paris Jamboree at Veterans Administration Center, Bonham, TX

id109851 1 22 Bill Boyd Scope and Contents

Letters to Floy Case from Bill Boyd and Janie Hamilton (Boyd's sister); from May '41 to February '43. Letters with Bill Boyd letterhead.

id109852 1 23 Bill Boyd id109853 1 24 Bill Boyd 45 rpm record Scope and Contents

Mid 1950's, a gift inscribed to Floy and J.C. Case

id109855 1 25 Bill Boyd Scope and Contents

Ranch House News

id109856 1 26 Roy Castlebury id109858 1 27 Joe Carson Scope and Contents

Two issues of Country Music Review and one issue of Country Song Roundup Annual

id109859 1 28 Jerry Hanlon id109860 1 29 Homer Hargrove id109861 1 30 John Lomax III Scope and Contents

Letters

id109863 1 31 Dough Boys id109864 1 32 Hank Thompson id109866 1 33 Bob Wills id109867 1 34 ASWA Magazine id109869 1 35 Ernest Tubb id109871 1 36 Justin Tubb id109872 1 37 Jimmie Rodgers id109873 1 38 Big "D" Jamboree id109874 1 39 Clippings id109875 1 40 Clippings from newspapers and magazines id109876 1 41 Fan Clubs, miscellaneous id109877 1 42 Grand Ole Opry Scope and Contents

Entertainers

id109878 1 43 Grand Ole Opry stars in Paris, TX 1953 Scope and Contents

Clippings from The Paris News.

id109879 1 44 Journal Articles id109880 1 45 Louisianna Hayride stars in Paris, TX 1955 Scope and Contents

Clippings from The Paris News

id109881 1 46 Materials for scrapbook id109882 1 47 Miscellaneous id109884 1 48 Miscellaneous clippings about country stars id109892 1 49 Miscellaneous country journals id109893 1 50 Obituaries id109894 1 51 Red River Jamboree Scope and Contents

Black and white pictures

id109895 1 52 Red River Jamboree id109896 1 53 Red River Jamboree Scope and Contents

Entertainers

id109897 1 54 Red River Jamboree Scope and Contents

Entertainers; black and white pictures

id109898 1 55 Red River Jamboree Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous

id109899 1 56 Song publicity and miscellaneous articles
id109902 2 Papers and photos 706938 id109903 2 1 Bill Case Scope and Contents

Songs written by Bill Case (original lead sheets); published editions of "Jenny Lou" by Bill Case

id109905 2 2 Ernest Tubb Scope and Contents

Original lead sheet of "Our Little Yodeling Boy" by Ernest Tubb (for son Justin). Also: published songs by Ernest Tubb.

id109906 2 3 Homer Hargrove id109907 2 4 J.C. Case Scope and Contents

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

id109908 2 5 Floy Case Scope and Contents

Songs by Floy Case (original lead sheets), published songs (written and co-written by Floy Case).

id109909 2 6 Floy Case Scope and Contents

Manuscript songs and lead sheets

id109911 2 7 Floy Case Scope and Contents

Song and song lyric manuscripts

id109912 2 8 Sheet music, song lists, papers id109913 2 9 The Trenton Tribune 1957 February 22 Scope and Contents

Newspaper

id109921 2 10 John Case memorabilia id109922 2 11 Bob Crawford Scope and Contents

Band photograph

id109923 2 12 Miscellaneous songs id109924 2 13 Music writing book id109925 2 14 Miscellaneous songs written or co-written by Floy Case id109926 2 15 Miscellaneous songs id109927 2 16 Photograph and typewritten lyrics of "The Blue Bonnet Waltz" by Floy Case id109928 2 17 Miscellaneous songs written or co-written by Floy Case id109929 2 18 Music tablet with handwritten charts id109930 2 19 Miscellaneous songs; original lead sheets id109931 2 20 Miscellaneous songs written or co-written by Floy Case id109933 2 21 Songs written or co-written by Floy Case Scope and Contents

Includes several copies of "The Blue Bonnet Waltz".

id109935 2 22 Miscellaneous correspondence regarding Case Recording Co., Royal-Tone Records, etc. Scope and Contents

Includes invoices, receipts, and test copies of record labels.

id109936 2 23 Miscellaneous songs; Black and white portrait of Floy Case id109939 2 Photo Album Scope and Contents

Includes black and white photographs, as well as color photographs.

id109941 3 Bound periodicals, scrapbooks, and photo albums 706937 id109943 3 Royal Ramblers Guest Book- KFJZ ; Letters from Southern Music, J. Davis ; Fan Mail List id109945 3 The Mountain Broadcast 1946 - 1947 id109947 3 The Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder 1944 - 1945 id109951 3 Scrapbook Scope and Contents

Includes photographs and clippings. Red with gold trim.

id109953 3 Scrapbook Scope and Contents

Includes photographs, magazine clippings and autographed publicity photos. Black.

id109955 3 Scrapbook Scope and Contents

Includes autographed publicity photographs and clippings. Red.

id109956 3 Bill Case and His Melody Boys Scrapbook Scope and Contents

Scrapbook assembled by Floy Case.

id109957 3 Photo Album Scope and Contents

Includes several autographed photographs.  Brown leather.