1971-1980: Creative Media Beginnings
Locations: 3756 Mimosa (1970 to 1975); 1216 Peabody (1975-1989)
- Bill Ferris and Judy Peiser begin making documentary films in the Mississippi Delta.
- After completing award winning film Gravel Springs Fife and Drum
(Produced by David Evans, Bill Ferris and Judy Peiser), Ferris and
Peiser form Center for Southern Folklore in 1972 private non profit
- With support of the National Endowment for the
Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation,
Ford Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission and others the Center
produces numerous films, slide shows, radio programs and publications
including Ray Lum: Mule Trader, Four Women Artists, and Hush Hoggies Hush: Tom Johnson's Praying Pigs.
- Memphis Public Library, libraries and museums across the United States begins to purchase Center produced media.
- Center builds soundroom and darkroom to produce range of multimedia materials.
- Center films are shown at Kennedy Center, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, etc.
Judy Peiser and Bill Ferris
Peiser & Ferris filming Ray Lum: Mule Trader
Frank Fourmy in Media Room
- In 1978 Ferris becomes Director of the University of Mississippi's
Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
- Under Peiser's direction the
Center for Southern Folklore embarks on programs that focus on Memphis
as the music and cultural center of region.
- 1977 in cooperation with Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service produces major traveling exhibit: Folk Art and Crafts: The Deep South.
Folk Art and Crafts: The Deep South
Mrs. L.O. Taylor
- In 1978
Center receives collections of photographs, film footage, audio
recordings by Rev. L. O. Taylor. With help of American Film Institute
copies footage for early preservation
- In 1978 Pathe-Cinema makes film, Du Cote de Memphis, about Center's film work shown in France and Belgium. Other Center films are shown as TV shorts in Europe.
Du Cote de Memphis
Mid-South Folklife Survey / George Baucum
Pecolia Warner shows her quilt
- International Communication Agency (USIA) shoots film about CSF
called A Legacy of Memories distributed to US Cultural Centers
- Center initiates Mid South Folklife Survey and Ethnic Study Surveys that continue to early 1980s.
- Center begins performance series concentrating on regional music, food, and crafts.
- Center hosts numerous government and political leaders, artists, musicians and cultural leaders.
Peiser with Joe Duffy & Joan Mondale
Crossroads Africa visits Othar Turner
B.B. King in CSF Soundroom