Swampland Jewels


In the spring of 1995, I was the Sound and Image Librarian at the Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

As part of my job, I was fortunate to travel with friend and library colleague, David Camp, to Louisiana on a mission to retrieve business records from a small record label, Goldband Records, owned and operated by Eddie Shuler.

David and I spent ten wonderful days in Lake Charles unearthing a treasure of old tapes and records and ephemera relating to Gulf Coast music. The trip was one of the most exhilarating adventures I have ever had, not just in my archives career, but in my life.

I later wrote an article about our time in Lake Charles that was published in Southern Cultures.

Swampland Jewels: The Goldband Collection Comes to the University of North Carolina (PDF)