Papers of Sam Hinton, professional folksinger and teacher of literature and folklore. The collection is primarily composed
of song compilations from Hinton’s performances, collected songs, coursework from UC Folklore courses, and contracts and correspondence
regarding Hinton’s recording career. Also included is Hinton’s work with
Sing Out! Magazine; this material includes work written and edited by Hinton. The collection also includes drafts and research for Hinton’s
published articles and books, as well as drafts of his personal writings and unpublished materials. In addition, the papers
contain biographical materials, writings, correspondence, and artwork and calligraphy that Hinton created during his personal
and professional career.
Sam Hinton was born on March 31, 1917, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At an early age he began performing music, playing his button accordion,
harmonica and pennywhistle for the public. Hinton and his family moved to Crockett, Texas, when he was 12. In 1935, Hinton
began to perform with his two sisters, Ann and Nell, under the name of “The Texas Trio.” The Texas Trio performed on numerous
local radio programs, and in 1937 Sam was hired to perform on the popular radio program
The Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour.
11.8 Linear feet
27 archives boxes, 1 card file, and 6 oversize folders