by Dave Fry
I was asked to present a workshop at an East Coast Archive Convention held here in Bethlehem in 2010. These were heavy academic folks – Smithsonian, the Guthrie family, Moravian College, Martin Guitar, etc. and I was scheduled to share a session with the Philadelphia Folk Festival. I felt like I would be the freshman at a senior prom. But, the Philly Folk Fest rep couldn’t make it, so I stepped up with a Power Point presentation about all that Godfrey’s has accumulated over 35 years. It turned out to be the rebirth of the Godfrey Daniels Archives committee – Me.
With that, I faced piles of videotapes, DAT tapes, posters, newsprint, monthly Gazettes, Gene Mater caricatures, performer photos, and more. So, I’ve been sorting a lot of print material, photos, posters, etc. and continue to come across some amazing items. Stay tuned to the blog!
The real good news to come out of that workshop at the Hotel Bethlehem was my introduction to the archivists at Lehigh University. Together, we’ll be able to take the Godfrey Daniels’ archives up to Lehigh for safe storage and future internet access for historical study.
The folks at Lehigh are interested in Godfrey’s archives on several levels beyond the club’s 37-year history. The collection reflects on the folk circuit locally and nationally, a recent chunk of the revival of Bethlehem’s SouthSide and the arts scene on Fourth St., and the Lehigh Valley at large – plus pictures of Cindy and me and Jade.
I finished up my presentation by singing John Gorka’s How Legends are Made – playing my Godfrey’s Edition Martin guitar. It was one of the best set closers I’ve ever done in front of 20 people.