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  • The Frost Looked Forth One Still, Clear Night

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 2 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A song learned in the Bahamas. The singer is the wife of Wilbur Roberts. The term "Conch," while now more widely used to refer to a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of the Bahama Islands who later emigrated to South ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Mary Jane - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - [Roberts, Mary Jane] - Roberts, Wilbur
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16
  • Interview with Augustine Vicari

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 30 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Augustine Vicari, a 24-year-old WPA worker, was born in Tampa of Italian parentage. Ybor City, now a neighborhood within Tampa, was settled in 1886 by Cuban cigar manufacturers under the leadership of Vicente Martínez de Ybor. The cigar companies moved from Key West to ...

    • Contributor: Vicari, Augustine - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Crow Dance

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 23 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A song from the Bahama Islands, said by Dr. [Melville] Herskovits to have originated in West Africa, where the crow is sacred. Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Tambo Eating Tamarind

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 17 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch folksong about a bird, nicknamed "Tambo," that was frequently seen eating Tamarind fruit. The singer is the wife of Wilbur Roberts. The term "Conch," while now more widely used to refer to a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Mary Jane - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - [Roberts, Mary Jane] - Roberts, Wilbur
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16
  • Mr. Bethel Dog Bit Me

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 2 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A folksong from Nassau, Bahamas. The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Mr. Bethel Dog Bit Me" (vocals with piano) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle, piano, at Key West, Florida, on January 23, 1940. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Rolle, Theodore "Tea Roll" - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll) - Piano
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • When the Leaf Turns Red

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 38 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch song learned in the Bahamas, described as "a kind of Baptist 'Jumper' song, 'shouting song.'" The singer, an 84-year-old blind man, was born in the Bahamas and emigrated to Florida ca. 1911. The term "Conch," while now more widely used to refer to ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Wilbur - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16
  • My Time Ain't Long

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Reed, Clifford - Brown, Lois - Sanford, Annabelle
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-04
  • Oh the Sun Done Quit Shinin'

    • Contributor: Lomax, John A. (John Avery) - Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) - Thomas, Lonnie
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-04
  • All You Rounders Better Lie Down

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 54 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Fred Lee Fox, a 20-year-old turpentine worker born in Georgia, learned this song in the Dixie County Prison Camp. A rooster can be heard in the background as this song is sung. The record concludes with skipping. Performance Note: "All You Rounders Better Lie Down" ...

    • Contributor: Fox, Fred Lee - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • Greek Song in preparation for Greek Independence Day

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 31 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Greek Independence Day is celebrated annually on March 25. It commemorates Greece's independence from the Ottoman Empire, which began with the Revolution of 1821 and was finalized with the Treaty of London in 1832. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. The sound ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Child - Filareton, John
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • Fire in the Mountain

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 34 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A square dance tune, learned on the Calusa Hatchee River. Straws are foot-long fiddle sticks whittled out of fat pine. Albritton and O'Berry say that their ancestors have been Southern fiddlers for several generations. Both are of Scotch-Irish descent. Only one fiddle was used; ...

    • Contributor: Albritton, G. G. - O'Berry, Cleo Wynn - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Fiddle - O'Berry, Cleo Wynn (C. W.) - Straws - O'Berry, C. W.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-26
  • Donde vas Alfonso Doce?

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 21 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Spanish ballad reported to be well known in Cuba. Alfonso XII was King of Spain. Adelpha Pollato learned the song in Key West, Florida. Ybor City, now a neighborhood within Tampa, was settled in 1886 by Cuban cigar manufacturers under the leadership of Vicente ...

    • Contributor: Valdez, Amado - Pollato, Adelpha - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-27
  • Helleno-Americanike Nea Genia

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 21 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek song about the Greek-American experience, with an announcement in English. The singer is director of the Byzantine Choir of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has ...

    • Contributor: Anastassiou, George - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Anastassio, George - Anastassiou, Professor George
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Got a Letter from My Baby This Morning

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 59 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A work song performed by David Wood, a 27-year-old Florida-born turpentine worker. He learned this song in the Nassau County Prison Farm, where he was jailed for fist-fighting. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online ...

    • Contributor: Wood, David - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • Maroulli

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (5 minutes, 24 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. Performance Note: "Maroulli" (vocals with fiddle, santouri (cymbal), and mandola) performed by Charles M. Brown, Louis Peronis, violin, Charylaos (Harry) Perris, George Kafezio, mandola, at Tarpon Springs, Florida, on August 26, 1939. ...

    • Contributor: Brown, Charles M. - Peronis, Louis - Perris, Charylaos "Harry" - Kafezio, George - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert - Violin - Perris, Charylaos (Harry) - Santouri (Cymbal) - Mandola - Brown, Chas. M. - Perris, Harris - Parris, Harry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • Hzeliara agapimeni

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 3 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong. The singer learned this song from fishermen in the Aegean Isles. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in 1905. The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be ...

    • Contributor: Mandalou, Nick - Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Imitation of Geechee Preacher

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 16 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | An imitation of a Geechee preacher giving a sermon. As explained by the performer, a 43-year-old blind preacher of the Missionary Baptist Church and WPA instructor for the blind who grew up on a farm in Lee County, South Carolina: "In the early days ...

    • Contributor: Stuckey, Harden W. - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson] - Stuckey, Rev. Harden W. (H. W.) - Stucky, Rev. Harden W. - Stuckey, Rev. H. W.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Children's Sermon

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 48 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A chant used by children when playing church. The singer, aged 39, grew up in South Jacksonville, Florida. She is a blind student of WPA instructor Rev. H. W. Stuckey. Performance Note: "Children's Sermon" (chanted) performed by Irene Jackson at Federal Music Project Office, Jacksonville, ...

    • Contributor: Jackson, Irene - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Po' Gal

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 4 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A blues tune sung throughout the South. "The words are not rhymed; it's the typical Negro pattern, the same line repeated three times with a sort of flip line on the end; and the change is in the tune rather than in the words, for ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Gonna See My Long-Haired Babe

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 1 second) : analog ; 12 in. | A railroad work (spiking) song, learned from Max Ford, an old railroad employee on a construction gang near Miami ca. 1930. Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' Project ...

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Chish-hi-you-bung-gay

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 41 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is William D. Boehmer, teacher at the Brighton Indian Day School, at Brighton, Florida, introducing Lura May Jumper, 8-year-old Seminole girl, a pupil at the school. She will sing a traditional Seminole children's song called 'The Bat Song,' 'Chish-hi-you-bung-gay.'" The sound quality of this recording ...

    • Contributor: Jumper, Lura May - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Boehmer, William J.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Pentozali

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 32 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A warlike dance originated in the Island of Crete, favorite among all Aegean and Mediterranean Islands, dating back to Doric ages of 5 thousand years ago. Its rhythm and movements are changeless and it follows but one tune, only the words of the ...

    • Contributor: Kaletizis, George - Peronis, Louis - Perris, Charylaos "Harry" - Filareton, John - Lavouto - Violin - Perris, Charylaos (Harry) - Santouri (Cymbal) - Kapsalos, Louis - Perris, Harris - Parris, Harry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12
  • Florida schottisch

    Sheet Music. print | 1 score | From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1820-1860 (Microfilm M 3106) Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images. (Additional Physical Form). In bound volumes: Copyright Deposits 1820-1860 Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form).

    • Contributor: William Hall and Son - Torrente, G.
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1852
  • Haitho

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 47 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | John Castrounis will sing 'Haitho,' a Greek love song." Haitho is the name of a shepherd girl. Greeks, along with Italians and Minorcans, first came to Florida in 1768, led by Dr. Andrew Turnbull. Turnbull settled New Smyrna Beach, Florida. When the colony came to ...

    • Contributor: Castrounis, John - Morris, Alton Chester - Corse, Carita Doggett - Morris, Alton C. - [Corse, Carita Doggett]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-10-04
  • Greek Independence Song

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 44 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Sarris children Schoolchildren Greek Independence Day is celebrated annually on March 25. It commemorates Greece's independence from the Ottoman Empire, which began with the Revolution of 1821 and was finalized with the Treaty of London in 1832. Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge fishers in ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Children - Filareton, John - Group of Children
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-05-12