Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Arrangement of the Papers
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Warren Quartet
- Warren Quartet Materials
- Inclusive Dates
- 1938 - 2007
- MC 1752
- .25 linear feet (1 box)
- Materials are in English.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
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No Use Restrictions Apply.
No Interlibrary Loan.
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
The Warren Quartet Materials were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries on March 27, 2008, by Richard Hudson of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Processed by Amy Russell; completed in December 2012.
Biographical note and scope and content note updated in September 2019 to reflect corrections from the donor.
Preferred Form of Citation
Warren Quartet Materials (MC 1752), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.
The Warren (Arkansas) Quartet was formed in 1938 and originally consisted of Burgess Williams (soprano), Sidney "Bruff" Hudson (bass), Guy White (tenor), and Edwin Lee "Cap" Simmons (alto). When Guy White dropped out after a year or two, he was replaced by Alvin Doggett (tenor). The Quartet was inactive during World War II as Burgess Williams was serving in the army and stationed in India. After the war, Ophelia Williams (Burgess Williams' wife) replaced "Cap" Simmons. Burgess Williams took the alto parts and let Ophelia sing soprano when she joined.
From the late 1940s to the mid-1990s, when the Warren Quartet gradually disbanded, the members remained the same throughout that time. During the 1950s, the Warren Quartet had a radio spot five days a week from 12:00-12:15 p.m. on FWRF (AM) in Warren, Arkansas. The theme song was "Rockaway Troubles." In addition to the radio program, the Quartet participated in weekend concerts across southern Arkansas, primarily at rural churches where "dinner on the grounds" was featured on Sundays. The group also sang at various regional and state singing conventions in Arkansas and neighboring states.
Scope and Content Note
Materials in this collection include a brief history written by Richard "Bruff" Hudson, the nephew of the Williams' and son of a Warren Quartet, a copy of a newspaper article featuring Burgess Williams' exemplary service in the Army during WWII, and a CD recording of the Warren Quartet's music. Recordings on the CD are: Track 1 "Rockaway Troubles," Track 2 "Peace Like A River," Track 3 "You Hold The Keys," Track 4 "Someone Who Cares," Track 5 "Rock Of Ages," Track 6 "Precious Memories," Track 7 "Father Alone," Track 8 "Rockaway Troubles".
Arrangement of the Papers
Materials are arranged by topic.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection
|Box 1||Folder 1||
Warren Quartet History
|Box 1||Folder 2||
Burgess Williams Article, "The Lincoln American", July 18, 2007
|Box 1||Folder 3||
Warren Quartet Recordings, ca. 1950 (CD)
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