• Worked All Summer Long

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (4 minutes, 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer, a 21-year-old Tennessee-born turpentine worker at Putnam Lumber Company, learned this song while at the Dixie County Prison Camp. He served three months for not paying the lumber company $50 for three months' rent, which he said he accumulated while ...

    • Contributor: Griffin, James - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • Pearl Harbor

    • Contributor: New York, Georgia, Singers - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-06-01
  • We Are Americans, Praise the Lord

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Houston, Bertha
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-06-01
  • Bill Burroughs

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 55 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Bill Burroughs" (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
  • Tea Roll Idea

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 44 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | An original composition by Theodore Rolle (alias "Tea Roll"), originally of Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "Tea Roll Idea" (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
  • Oh, the Buford Boat Done Come

    Field Recordings. Instrumental Music. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 6 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A dance song in the Charleston rhythm from the Geechee country in South Carolina, learned in Florida from a Geechee woman. "Geechee," or "Gullah," refers to a group of African Americans who settled on the sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Their ...

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

    Field Recordings. Interviews. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 20 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Jack believes in witches. He says you can't see a witch until it's caught. Eight-penny nails in a paper sack under one's pillow can ward off witches. The sound quality of this recording is poor. Performance Note: "Witches" (spoken) performed by Jack at ...

    • Contributor: Jack - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Johnson, Berry
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • My Pigeon Gone Wild in the Bush

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 53 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | The singer is from Andros Island, Bahamas. Performance Note: "My Pigeon Gone Wild in the Bush" (vocals with accordion) 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
  • L&N Mobile

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 40 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A railroad work song, sung while lining track. The singer, "Uncle" Bradley Eberhard, a work-crippled, 66-year-old African American, worked more than a quarter of a century in railroad work gangs and is still proud of his role as singer when the men were laying track. ...

    • Contributor: Eberhard, Bradley, Uncle - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - Eberhard, Bradley (Uncle)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-26
  • Bellamena

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc ( 42 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Bahamian Bahamian fish peddler Greek American man A Bahamian folksong, commemorating the role of Caribbean vessels in "rum-running," or transporting alcohol, to the United States during Prohibition (1919-1933). The 18th amendment to the Constitution, known as the Volstead Act, or Prohibition Act, had outlawed the manufacture ...

    • Contributor: Unidentified Performer - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - Unidentified Bahamian - Unidentified Bahaman
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-01-23
  • Two Irishmen and a Hebrew

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 57 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Fred Lee Fox, a 20-year-old turpentine worker born in Georgia, learned this rhyming story from his grandmother. Performance Note: "Two Irishmen and a Hebrew" (spoken) performed by Fred Lee Fox at Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August 1, 1939. Sound Recording (Form). Sound ...

    • Contributor: Fox, Fred Lee - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-01
  • Soldier Boy Blues, 1943

    • Contributor: Ezell, Buster - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-06-01
  • If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Heavenly Gate Quartet
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1941
  • Rock of Ages

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Thomas, John Lee
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1941
  • Southern Rag

    • Contributor: James, Willis - Jones, Lewis Wade - Sanders, Alvin - Sneed, James - Duffy, J. F.
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-03-05
  • Don't Sit Down

    • Contributor: Jackson, Deacon Sam - James, Willis
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1943-06-01
  • Turpentine Blues

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 12 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | Willie Mae Brown, 33-year-old Florida-born turpentine worker, sings a "real turpentine song." The sound quality of this recording is extremely poor. It has been included online because the melody line can still be identified. Performance Note: "Turpentine Blues" (vocals) performed by Willie Mae Brown at ...

    • Contributor: Brown, Willie Mae - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-08-19
  • All Around the Maypole

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 26 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A ring play known since childhood by the singer, age 33, who grew up in Savannah, Georgia. The tempo of this song slows down in the first minute, then speeds up again. Performance Note: "All Around the Maypole" (vocals with patting) performed by Ellabell Singleton ...

    • Contributor: Singleton, Ellabell - Halpert, Herbert - Kennedy, Stetson - [Kennedy, Stetson]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1939-06-18
  • Let the Deal Go Down

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 28 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A gambling song to accompany the game "Georgia Skin," learned at a turpentine camp in Florida. Zora Neale Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' Project in Florida. This recording begins ...

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

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (1 minute, 46 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | This is 'Uncle Bud' sung by James Brown and Rufus Bland.'" According to Zora Neale Hurston, who also performed a version of this song for a WPA fieldworker, this is a social song, for amusement, sung by men all over the South; it's a "jook ...

    • Contributor: Brown, James - Bland, Rufus - Corse, Carita Doggett - Cornwall, Robert - [Brown, James]
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940-07-01
  • Newman

    • Contributor: Work, John W. (John Wesley) - Sacred Harp Singers
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1938-09-01
  • Shove It Over

    Field Recordings. Songs. sound recording | 1 sound disc (2 minutes, 47 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A lining rhythm generally distributed throughout Florida, learned from Charlie Jones on a railroad construction camp near Lakeland, Florida, in 1933. 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
  • The Zionaires — Gospel Music from Maryland and Delaware

    The Zionaires perform Gospel music at the Library of Congress, July 24, 2008. videorecording | videorecording ; 61 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). July 24, 2008. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Zionaires (Musical Group) - Brooks, O. Wendell - Brady, Dennis
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008
  • Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

    • Contributor: Unidentified Vocal Quartet - Work, John W. (John Wesley)
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1941
  • A Ghost Story (Part 1 of 2)

    Field Recordings. Spoken Word. sound recording | 1 sound disc (3 minutes, 19 seconds) : analog ; 12 in. | A ghost story based on an actual incident during the Civil War. The story was told by Eartha White's mother, Clara White, who was raised in slavery on Amelia Island, Fernandina, Florida. The Clara White Mission, founded by Eartha White, was named for her ...

    • Contributor: White, Eartha - Kennedy, Stetson - Cook, Robert Harrison - Cook, Robert - White, Ertha
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1940