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  • Epiphaneia

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 13 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Greek folksong, with a description 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 been included online because ...

    • 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
  • Joe Mows

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 18 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | James Byrd, 30-year-old turpentine worker, discusses "Joe Mows," good luck items (also known as "Mojos") usually including a lodestone which, kept in one's pocket, are said to be helpful in winning at gambling games. He says that good Joe Mows must be ordered ...

    • Contributor: Byrd, James - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Byrd, Bill - Byrd, Joe
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • Miss Martinez Cockroach and Mr. Perez Mouse

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 4 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Evelio Andux, age 37, of Cuban descent (father of French descent), born in Key West, Florida, tells the story of "Miss Martinez Cockroach and Mr. Perez Mouse," in Spanish. Ybor City, now a neighborhood within Tampa, was settled in 1886 by Cuban cigar manufacturers ...

    • Contributor: Andux, Evelio - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-24
  • Sally Went to Mobile

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 58 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. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "Sally Went to Mobile" (vocals) performed by Fred Lee Fox at Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, ...

    • Contributor: Fox, Fred Lee - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • Liverpool

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 27 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch riddle. The performer, 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 a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of the ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Wilbur - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Roberts, Mary Jane - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-15
  • Beginning of Boogies

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 49 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A story about plantation patrollers told by Cull Stacey, a 56-year-old turpentine worker originally from Rockingham, North Carolina. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "Beginning of Boogies" (spoken) performed by Cull Stacey at Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August ...

    • Contributor: Stacey, Cull - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • Alphabet Song

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 13 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch song learned in the Bahamas. 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 a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Wilbur - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16
  • La mata de higo

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (5 minutes, 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A story described in English, then told and sung in Spanish, by Ziomara Andux, age 13. 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 ...

    • Contributor: Andux, Ziomara - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-23
  • Turn Her Away

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 14 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Turn Her Away" (vocals with accordion, drums, and trombone) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle 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)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Jump Isabel, Slide Water Comment

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 22 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Mrs. Isabel Barnwell, age 85, was raised on Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) Plantation in Nassau County, Florida. This song, to be sung while rowing a boat, originated on the plantation in Mrs. Barnwell's childhood. Performance Note: "Jump Isabel, Slide Water Comment" (spoken) performed at ...

    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-14
  • Ughniyah li al-Atfal

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 13 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The lullaby in the Arabic language is based on a fourteenth century historical incident, which took place in Lebanon. This little story is told in song, and is meant to express the love of a father and mother for their children, as well as the ...

    • Contributor: Debs, Nicholas - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cornwall, Robert - Stedman, Lillian - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-03-10
  • Kerosene Charlie Eats 'Taters

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Recitations. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 47 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A humorous story told by Cull Stacey, a 56-year-old turpentine worker originally from Rockingham, North Carolina. Performance Note: "Kerosene Charlie Eats 'Taters" (spoken) performed by Cull Stacey at Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August 1, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). Sound Disc (Form).

    • Contributor: Stacey, Cull - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • Italian Rhymed Prayer

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 23 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Augustine Vicari, a 24-year-old WPA worker born in Tampa, was taught this rhymed prayer by his father, who was born in Italy. It's the Italian equivalent of "Now I lay me down to sleep . . . ." Ybor City, now a neighborhood within ...

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

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 15 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | . . . Folklore Recording Expedition is jointly sponsored by the Library of Congress, the WPA Music Project, and the WPA Florida Writers' Project. This record is being made in Tarpon Springs, Florida, August 26, 1939. Alton C. Morris, editor of "Southern Folklore Quarterly", ...

    • Contributor: Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Brown, Charles M. - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-26
  • The Crow

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 17 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. The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "The Crow" (vocals with accordion, drums, and trombone) performed by Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle ...

    • Contributor: Rolle, Theodore "Tea Roll" - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Rolle, Theodore (Tea Roll)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Blackem Boogey

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 55 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch song learned in the Bahamas. This song is about a man who lived all his life in the Bahamas without telling his name. Even when he grew up and married and had children, no one knew what his name was. Every day when the ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Wilbur - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16
  • All You Rounders Better Lie Down Comment

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 10 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Fred Lee Fox, a 20-year-old turpentine worker born in Georgia, discusses the song he learned in the Dixie County Prison Camp. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "All You Rounders Better Lie Down Comment" (spoken) performed by Fred Lee ...

    • Contributor: Fox, Fred Lee - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • If Something Sees Something

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 38 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch riddle. The performer, 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 a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British settlers of the Bahama ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Wilbur - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-15
  • Tap Dance

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Crew of "The Boys," a 108-foot menhaden (or pogey) fishing boat of Mayport, Florida, commanded by Captain J. C. Willard. Crew of "The Boys," a 108-foot menhaden (or pogey) fishing boat of Mayport, Florida, commanded by Captain J. C. Willard. Shrimphouse workers A tap dance ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Performers - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cornwall, Robert - Cook, Robert - Unidentified Group of Workers
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-06-27
  • Interview with Mrs. Isabel Barnwell

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (5 minutes, 23 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Mrs. Isabel Barnwell, age 85, was raised on Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) Plantation in Nassau County, Florida. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "Interview with Mrs. Isabel Barnwell" (spoken) performed by Isabel Barnwell at Home of Mrs. Isabel Barnwell, ...

    • Contributor: Barnwell, Isabel - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-14
  • Introduction to Tarpon Springs recordings

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 34 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This record [is] being made in Tarpon Springs, Florida, on August 28, 1939. Alton C. Morris, editor of the "Southern Folklore Quarterly", is intermediary and interviewer. This Florida Folklore Recording Expedition is jointly sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Federal Music Project, and the ...

    • Contributor: Morris, Alton Chester - Cook, Robert Harrison - Kennedy, Stetson - Morris, Alton C. - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-28
  • Old Maw-maw

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 30 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A Conch song learned in the Bahamas. 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 a native of Key West, Florida, originally referred to British ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Wilbur - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-16
  • Kerosene Charlie Winching the Mule Up to the Feed Loft

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Recitations. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 29 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A humorous story told by Cull Stacey, a 56-year-old turpentine worker originally from Rockingham, North Carolina. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "Kerosene Charlie Winching the Mule Up to the Feed Loft" (spoken) performed by Cull Stacey at Turpentine ...

    • Contributor: Stacey, Cull - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • Kerosene Charlie Sleeps on the Pallet

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. Recitations. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 12 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A humorous story told by Cull Stacey, a 56-year-old turpentine worker originally from Rockingham, North Carolina. Performance Note: "Kerosene Charlie Sleeps on the Pallet" (spoken) performed by Cull Stacey at Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August 1, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). Sound ...

    • Contributor: Stacey, Cull - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01