Hubert H. and Leona T. Hayes were actors, authors, and partners in the founding and production of the Mountain Youth Jamboree music and dance festival in Asheville, N.C. (1940s-1973). Collection comprises personal and business correspondence; plays, stories, articles, and minstrel scripts written by Hubert Hayes and others, as well as publicity, ephemera, production records, and photographs relating to the Asheville, N.C. Mountain Youth Jamboree (1940s-1973), to programs at Asheville's City Auditorium; and to the production of Hayes' outdoor drama about Daniel Boone, Thunderland, and plays such as Tight Britches. There are also photographs, chiefly black-and-white, of family and friends, actors in blackface, the Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) football team in 1922 or 1923, author Thomas Wolfe, 1937, and entertainers of the time. Other materials include a photograph album of Hubert's youth (1920s), and many scrapbooks documenting Humbert and Leona's theater and entertainment work, and Leona Hayes's career and her close association with Duke University Libraries and its director, Benjamin Powell. The materials speak to the history of Asheville, N.C., western N.C. life and social customs, and Appalachian and African American cultures as expressed in popular entertainment of the 1920s-1960s.
Collection comprises the papers of Hubert H. and Leona T. Hayes of Asheville, N.C., dating from the mid-1920s through 1983. Contents chiefly comprise correspondence; photographs of family, friends, authors, and entertainers of the time; drafts and scripts of many plays, short stories, blackface and minstrel shows, and radio scripts by Hubert Hayes, 1930s-1950s; materials related to the staging and production by Hubert Hayes of plays, shows, and conventions in Asheville; and many papers and audio recordings documenting the production and direction of the Mountain Youth Jamboree (1948-1973), also in Asheville. Other papers relate to Leona Hayes' writings, her civic engagement, and her career with Delta Airlines. A small series of writings by other authors, including a few Hollywood in-house screenplay scripts, rounds out the collection.
These personal and professional records reveal the culture of Appalachia seen through regional literature and arts of the 1920s-1960s, as well as the business and logistical side of putting on large-scale entertainment, and its effect on the local citizens and communities of mid-century Buncome County, North Carolina. The materials also speak to Asheville, N.C.'s entertainment and business history, social customs in mid-20th century western North Carolina and the Appalachian Region in general, and Appalachian and African American cultures in popular entertainment, including material for minstrel shows scripted by Hubert Hayes.
Other papers document the writing and production of Hayes' outdoor drama, "Thunderland", about Daniel Boone, and "Tight Britches", a play about an Appalachian mountain family, and other shows. There are also many folders of publicity, correspondence, production notes, financial papers, photographs, and other items relating to programs at Asheville's City Auditorium, managed by Hubert Hayes.
Photographs found throughout the collection are of family and friends, entertainers of the time, authors and producers, blackface performers, Billy Graham, the Trinity College football team in 1922 or 1923, and Thomas Wolfe, 1937. There is a photo album of Hubert's high school and college years.
Scrapbooks compiled by Leona Hayes relate to her career as an actor and as a manager for Delta Airlines, her work with the National Folklife Festival, and her close assocation with Duke University Libraries and its director, Benjamin Powell, to whom she donated the Hayes papers.