Guide to the Deseret String Band Collection,
1973-1999

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cannon, Hal.
Title: Deseret String Band Collection
Dates: 1973-1999 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 19 boxes (11 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_FOLK COLL 52
Summary: This collection contains the working files of the Deseret String Band.
Repository: Utah State University.
Fife Folklore Archives

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Deseret String Band formed in 1972 and has performed throughout the US, Europe and Japan. The band’s purpose was to explore pioneer and cowboy music of the 19th century West. It acquired a few aliases through the years, including The Bunkhouse Orchestra, The Orchestre de Bunque, The String Band of Desire and Secondhand Band. Playing fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, banjo-mandolin, banjo-cello, harmonica, various squeeze boxes and pitched fork, the band performs dozens of dance tunes, pioneer ballads, cowboy songs and old country melodies. The roots of the band are in the early 1970s in Rhode Island when Hal Cannon, Leonard Coulson, Skip Gorman and Tom Carter began playing music together. Members of the band have included: Cannon, Coulson, Groman, Carter, Mark Jardine, Stephen Jardine, Richard McClure, Ron Kane and Meghan Merker. Discography:

Utah Trail (1973)

Land Of Milk and Honey (1974) (LP Available in FOLK COLL 52)

New Beehive Songster, Volume 1 (Undated)

New Beehive Songster, Volume 2 (Undated)

Deseret String Band: 1980-1984 (1984) (Audio Cassette Available in FOLK COLL 52)

Old Cowboy Songs, Song Book and Cassette (1986)

Red Steer (1990) Audio Cassette Available in FOLK COLL 52

Utah: Songs of Statehood (1990)

The Round-Up (Undated)

Cluck Cluck (Undated)

Content Description

Collection contains news band files (including clippings of band promos, bios and features), photos, posters, vinyl recordings, VHS tapes, cassette tapes and reel to reel tapes.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research. To access the collection a patron must have the following information: collection number, box number and folder/reel/ number. The materials do not circulate and are available in USU's Special Collections and Archives. Patrons must sign and comply with the USU Special Collections and Archives Use Agreement and Reproduction Order form as well as any restrictions placed by the collector or informant(s).

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Utah State University undergraduate student fieldwork collection must be obtained from the Curator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Deseret String Band Collection, 1973-1999. (FOLK COLL 52, box, folder/reel/tapes no.). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is organized by like media: band files (including correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs), reel-to-reels, cassette tapes, posters, video tapes.

Processing Note :  

Processed in July 2012

Acquisition Information :  

Hal Cannon contacted Randy Williams by letter on 3 May 2011 inquiring about possible deposit of the Deseret String Band Collection at USU's Special Collections and Archives Fife Folklore Archives. Randy Williams wrote back on 24 May 2011 with an enthusiastic yes.

On 4 August 2011, Randy Williams and Brad Cole retrieved the collection from Hal Cannon and Leonard Coulson at Coulson's store Acoustic Music in Salt Lake City, Utah. The donation included four boxes.

Custodial History :  

The Deseret String Band members Hal Cannon and Leonard Coulson donated the band files to Utah State Univeristy Library Special Collections and Archives.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Band Files, 1974 - 1999
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Band Files: Promos 1974 - 1979
1 2 Band Files: Promos 1980 - 1989
1 3 Band Files: Promos 1990 - 1999
1 4 Band Files: Features and Bios 1975 - 1990
1 5 Band Files: Correspondence and Misc. 1983 - 1993
1 6 Band Files: Special Appearances 1995 - 1996

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Band Photographs, Undated
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 Band Photographs Undated
2 2 Band Photographs 1978 - 1987
2 3 Band Photographs Undated
2 4 Band Photographs Undated
2 5 Band Photographs Undated
2 6 Band Photographs Undated
2 7 Band Photographs Undated
2 8 Band Photographs
13 slides
Images of the Deseret String Band from an outdoor concert in Orem, Utah. Taken by Brent Robison (photo credit requested).
1976 June

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Sound Media, 1974 - 1992
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Sound Media: Vinal Recording, 45: title 1974 - 1976
3 2 Sound Media: Vinal Recording, LP, Land of Milk and Honey Undated
tape
4 1 Audio/Visual Media: VHS Tape Undated
tape
4 2 Audio/Visual Media: VHS Tape Undated
tape
4 3 Audio/Visual Media: VHS Tape 1992
tape
4 4 Audio/Visual Media: VHS Tape 1990
tape
4 5 Audio/Visual Media: VHS Tape
tape
5 1 Sound Media: 5-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
5 2 Sound Media: 5-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1976
tape
5 3 Sound Media: 5-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
5 4 Sound Media: 5-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
5 5 Sound Media: 5-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
5 5 Sound Media: 5-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
6 1 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1983
tape
6 2 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
6 3 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
6 4 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1976
tape
6 5 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1982
tape
6 6 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1999
tape
6 7 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1982
tape
6 8 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1987
tape
6 9 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1982
tape
6 10 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1987
tape
6 11 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1990
tape
6 12 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
6 13 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
6 14 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1987
tape
6 15 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1981
tape
6 16 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1983
tape
6 17 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
6 18 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1988
tape
6 19 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1992
tape
7 1 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1982
tape
7 2 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
7 3 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1983
tape
7 4 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
7 5 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
7 6 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1980
tape
7 7 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1976
tape
7 8 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1979
tape
7 9 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1982
tape
7 10 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1980
tape
7 11 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1980
tape
7 12 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
7 13 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
7 14 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1983
tape
7 15 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1996
tape
7 16 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1981
tape
7 17 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
7 18 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape, The Deseret String Band 1984
tape
8 1 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 2 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 3 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 4 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 5 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 6 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 7 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 8 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 9 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 10 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape, Red Steer 1990
tape
8 11 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1987
tape
8 12 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1979
tape
8 13 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 14 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 15 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 16 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 17 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 18 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
8 19 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
9 1 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1992
tape
9 2 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1982
tape
9 3 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
9 4 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1981
tape
9 5 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1986
tape
9 6 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape, The Deseret String Band 1984
tape
9 7 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
9 8 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
9 9 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape Undated
tape
9 10 Sound Media: Audio Cassette Tape 1983
tape
10 1 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Master Tape Undated
tape
11 2 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Master Tape Undated
tape
12 3 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
12 4 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1977
tape
12 5 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1977
tape
12 6 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
13 1 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1984
tape
13 2 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1984
tape
13 3 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1984
tape
13 4 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1984
tape
13 5 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1984
tape
14 1 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1983
tape
14 2 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1974
tape
14 3 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
14 4 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1983
tape
15 1 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1983
tape
15 2 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
15 3 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
15 4 Sound Media: 7-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
16 1 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
16 2 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
16 3 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
16 4 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
16 5 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
16 6 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
17 1 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
17 2 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
17 3 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
17 4 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
17 5 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
17 6 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1974
tape
18 1 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape 1987
tape
18 2 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
18 3 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
18 4 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated
tape
18 5 Sound Media: 11 1/2-Inch Reel to Reel Tape Undated

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Posters, 1975-1979

Located in Poster Cabinet 1, Drawer 3, Folder 1

Container(s)
Description
Dates
drawer
Folder
3 1 Item 1: Utah Repertory Dance Theatre's Event at the Kingsbury Hall [?] May 10-11
3 1 Item 2: Festival du Beaujolais
[Text in French]
1976 May 8-23
3 1 Item 3: The Deseret String Band at Kingsbury Hall [?] April 25
3 1 Item 4: The Deseret String Band at The Hansen Planetarium [?] June 11-12
3 1 Item 5: Leo Kottke and his guitar at Capital Theatre 1975 July 10
3 1 Item 6: The Deseret String Band Undated
3 1 Item 7: The Deseret String Band at Kingsbury Hall [?] January 9
3 1 Item 8: Northern Rockies Folk Festival; Sun Valley, Idaho 1979 August 9-11
3 1 Item 9: The Deseret String Band Undated
3 1 Item 10: Bunkhouse Orchestra with Ray Lashley, Cowboy Poet Undated
3 1 Item 11: Folk Fesitval with Deseret String Band
[Text in French]
[?] May 22
3 1 Item 12: The Annual McCall Summer Music Festival at M.D. High School Music Room 1987
3 1 Item 13: Sweet Pea Bluegrass Jamboree; Bozeman, Montana 1978 August 4-5
3 1 Item 14: Live on the Lawn: the Deseret String Band 1978 August 1
3 1 Item 15: The Deseret String Band Undated
3 1 Item 16: The Annual McCall Summer Music Festival at M.D. High School Music Room
c.2
1987
3 1 Item 17: Deseret String Band sponsored by Utah Rural Arts Consortium Undated

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Band Posters
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 5 Band Posters 1978 - 1987

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Subjects

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