Warren Quartet Materials

MC 1752

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Amy Russell, 2012. Updated by Katrina Windon in 2019.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

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

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Warren Quartet Materials were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries on March 27, 2008, by Richard Hudson of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Processing Information

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.

Biographical Note

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

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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