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How Can I Keep from Singing: A Seeger Family Tribute
Seeger Family Materials in the Archive of Folk Culture

Collections featuring Charles Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Mike Seeger, Pete and Toshi Seeger, and Ruth Crawford Seeger as collector, donor, interviewee, lecturer, or performer

Compiled by Todd Harvey
March 2007 | Revised January 2014

For additional information about Archive of Folk Culture collections, contact the Folklife Reading Room. To request copies, see our webpages regarding audio materials and photographic materials. Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information. All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.

Charles Seeger | Peggy Seeger | Mike Seeger | Pete and Toshi Seeger | Ruth Crawford Seeger

Charles Seeger

AFC 1938/006: Bascom Lamar Lunsford Collection
Sixty-four 12-inch discs of ballads, instrumentals, songs, and stories performed by Bascom Lamar Lunsford of Leicester, North Carolina, 1935. Originally recorded at Columbia University, New York City, by William Cabell Greet and George W. Hibbitt. Duplication arranged by Charles Seeger, 1937. (10 hours) [catalog record]

AFC 1938/011: Alan Lomax 1938 Library of Congress Sessions Collection
Twenty-two 12-inch discs of songs performed by Barbara Bell, Ernest Bourne, W.C. Handy, Alan Lomax, Bess Brown Lomax, the Resettlement Administration Singers, the Rindlisbacher Lumberjack Group, Earl Robinson, Charles Seeger, the Skyline Farm Singers, and Blaine Stubblefield. Recorded primarily in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress, and in Chevy Chase, Maryland, by Alan Lomax, 1937-38. [catalog record]

AFS 1618 A&B1; 1618B2: "Careless Love" and "Cindy" sung by Edward T. Calhoun, Adrian Dornbush, Grete Franke, Richard Kenah, Bess Brown Lomax, Leverett S. Lyon, Martha Peacock, Charles Seeger, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Tannis Tugwell, Margaret Valiant, and John B. Vance. Recorded in Chevy Chase, Maryland, by Alan Lomax, November 31, 1937. (10 minutes)

AFC 1939/016: Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection
One hundred sixty-five 12-inch discs of instrumentals and songs recorded in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C., by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Charles Seeger, Margaret Valiant, and others for the Special Skills Division, Resettlement Administration, 1936-37. The collection includes 3.5 inches of transcripts, correspondence, graphic images, and a program book from the 1937 National Folk Festival. [catalog record]

AFS 3304A: One disc side of three songs performed on harmonicas by Bernard Steffen and Charles Pollock from Kansas and Colorado. Recorded in Washington, D.C., by Charles Seeger, June 2, 1936. (5 minutes)

AFS 3304B: One disc side of three songs sung by Rebecca and Penelope Tarwater of Rockwood, Tennessee. Recorded in Washington, D.C., by Charles Seeger, June 2, 1936. (5 minutes)

AFS 3305-3307: Two discs of instrumental tunes recorded by Charles Seeger in Arthurdale, West Virginia, August 1936. (30 minutes)

AFC 1940/010: Charles Seeger South Carolina WPA Recordings, 1939
Seven 12-inch discs of songs and spirituals, including several accompanied on banjo and bones. Recorded on Brevard Plantation, Adams Mill, near Columbia, South Carolina, by Charles Seeger, March 1939. (1 hour and 5 minutes) [catalog record]

AFC 1948/005: Charles Seeger Collection of Mexican Workers' Folksongs
Six 12-inch discs of sixteen songs sung by Mexican migrant workers from a Pennsylvania Railroad camp. Recorded by Charles Seeger in Cheverly, Maryland, September 16, 1944. (1 hour). [catalog record]

AFC 1948/006: Charles Seeger Collection of Festival Folklorico Universidad de Chile
One 12-inch disc of 4 traditional Chilean songs from the Festival Folklórico at the University of Chile. Recorded in Santiago, Chile, by Charles Seeger, August 1946. (5 minutes)

AFC 1948/054: J. M. Coopersmith Collection of Dominican Republic Folk Music
Seven 16-inch discs of field recordings of dance music, folk songs, religious songs, work songs, children's songs and singing games, merengues, plenas, décimas, drum music, and other folk music of the Dominican Republic, performed on various drums, güira, tambora, accordion, tambourine, clave, cuatro, guitar, marimba, saxophone, conch shell, and other instruments, collected by J. M. Coopersmith in the Dominican Republic in January 1944. (3 hours and 30 minutes) [catalog record]

AFC 1950/031: Charles Seeger recording of Peruvian folk music
One 16-inch disc of ten Peruvian folk songs by Moises Vivanco and the Yma Sumac Inca Trio. Recorded at an unknown location, October 14, 1949. Donated by Charles Seeger. The collection includes a one-page song list. (15 minutes) [catalog record]

AFC 1978/030: Archive of Folk Song Fiftieth Anniversary Symposium Collection
Three 10-inch tapes documenting papers and discussion on the past, present, and future of the Archive of Folk Song. Participants include Sterling Brown, Norm Cohen, Archie Green, Herbert Halpert, Wayland D. Hand, Joseph C. Hickerson, Alan Jabbour, Debora Kodish, Alan Lomax, Carol Nemeyer, James Porter, and Charles Seeger. Recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., November 16, 1978.

AFS 20,106: One tape containing Charles Seeger lecturing on "The Impact of the Archive on America's Musical Life." (15 minutes)

AFC 1985/003: Charles Seeger / "Song and the Compositional Process" Collection Two 10-inch tapes of a lecture entitled "Song and the Compositional Process" given by Charles Seeger at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., June 11, 1978.

AFC 1988/008: Karen Cardullo Collection of Interviews Regarding Ruth Crawford Seeger
Twelve audiocassettes of interviews conducted with Elizabeth Cotten, Archie Green, Bess Lomax Hawes, Charles Seeger, Mike Seeger, and Pete Seeger about the life and work of Ruth Crawford Seeger, particularly her work with folk music. The Collection also includes recordings of Ruth Crawford Seeger duplicated for Cardullo by Mike Seeger, and readings from Ruth Crawford Seeger's diaries and letters, as well as one cassette (cassette 13) of Charles Seeger's 1978 Library of Congress Elson Lecture. Interviews relate to Cardullo's 1980 Master of Arts thesis, George Washington University, about Ruth Crawford Seeger. [catalog record]

AFC 2000/019: David Dunaway collection 1976-2000
The collection comprises of a series of interviews conducted by David Dunaway as he attempted to capture the essence of folk music movements since its revival in the 1930s. The interviews, which span over a period of seven years, beginning in April 1976-1983, document the role folk music played within the life of American's most influential folk musicians and enthusiasts including Pete Seeger, Charles, Peggy and Mike Seeger, Harold Levanthal, Irwin Silber, Malvina Reynolds and many more. [catalog record]

AFC 2000/019: SR 103-114, 121: Thirteen tapes containing interviews with Charles Seeger, 1976-77. (15 hours)

Peggy Seeger

AFC 1975/001: John and Ginny Dildine Collection
One hundred fifty-two 5-inch, 7-inch, and 10-inch tapes of Washington, D.C., area folk music radio programs and events during the 1960s. Includes performances and interviews with the Bob Beers, Paul Clayton, Char Daniels, Carolyn Hester, the New Lost City Ramblers, Tom Paley, Dave Sear, and Pete Seeger, among others. One tape includes Peggy Seeger performing at Washington University, St. Louis, December 12, 1961. [catalog record]

AFC 1979/071: Berkeley Folk Festival, 1960
Five 7-inch tapes of the workshops at the 1960 Berkeley Folk Festival. Recorded in Berkeley, California, June 30-July 2, 1960. Included are work songs, cowboy songs, and religious music, and five workshops. Participants include Slim Critchlow, Sam Hinton, John A. Lomax, Jr., Ewan MacColl, New Lost City Ramblers, Sandy Paton, Barry Olivier, and Peggy Seeger. The collection includes 12 pages of documentation. (10 hours) [catalog record]

AFC 1996/031: Jim Lloyd / BBC "Folk on 2" Radio Broadcast Collection
Four audiocassettes of the British Broadcasting Company's radio program "Folk on 2," including a recording of the 25th anniversary program from 1995, which documents the English folk music scene of the early 1970s, an interview with Peggy Seeger from 1996, which covers the evolution of her career from the beginning of the folk music revival up to the early 1990s, and recordings and interviews from the 1996 Folk Alliance Conference in Washington, D.C.

AFC 2000/019: David Dunaway collection 1976-2000
The collection comprises of a series of interviews conducted by David Dunaway as he attempted to capture the essence of folk music movements since its revival in the 1930s. The interviews, which span over a period of seven years, beginning in April 1976-1983, document the role folk music played within the life of American's most influential folk musicians and enthusiasts including Pete Seeger, Charles, Peggy and Mike Seeger, Harold Levanthal, Irwin Silber, Malvina Reynolds and many more. [catalog record]

AFC 2000/019: SR 120: One tape containing an interview with Peggy Seeger, 1977. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

AFC 2001/029: "Living Lore: The Legacy of Benjamin A. Botkin" Symposium Collection
Ten audiocassettes and nine videocassettes documenting a symposium sponsored by the American Folklife Center and other divisions of the Library of Congress titled "Living Lore: The Legacy of Benjamin A. Botkin," November 15-16, 2001. Performers and speakers include Oscar Brand, Joseph C. Hickerson, Jerry Hirsch, Alan Jabbour, Julia Olin, Jerome Rosenthal, Henry Sapoznik, Mike Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Pete Seeger, United House of Prayer Band, Stephen Wade, Roger Welsch, and Joe Wilson. One videocassette contains a performance by Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand, Peggy Seeger, and Mike Seeger in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, November 16, 2001. (1 hour)

Mike Seeger

AFC 1963/001: University of Chicago Folk Festival
Nine 7-inch tapes from a University of Chicago Folk Festival, ca. 1963. Performers include the Clarence Tom Ashley Group, Gary Davis, the New Lost City Ramblers, Jean Redpath, Edona Ritchie, Speckled Red, and the Staples family. One tape contains eight songs performed by the New Lost City Ramblers at the University of Chicago Folk Festival. (30 minutes)

AFC 1969/007: Ralph Rinzler duplication project, part 1
Twenty-two 10-inch tapes of field recordings of Cajun and Creole music and radio broadcasts, including the Revon Reed KEUN Show, from Louisiana; Scottish Gaelic songs and pipe music from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, from various performers many of whom were born in Scotland; and English ballads and folk songs from Newfoundland. Field recording trips were sponsored by the Newport Folk Foundation, and the Balfa Brothers were recorded in Newport, Rhode Island in 1967. Recorded by by Ralph Rinzler and Mike Seeger, 1964-1966. The collection includes 48 pages of notes and song lists; notes include descriptions of the contents of Scottish Gaelic songs in English, provided by the singers. (44 hours) [catalog record]

AFC 1969/011: Mike Seeger recordings of Kate Sturgill, Scott Boatright, and Luther Bryant
One 10-inch tape of Kate Sturgill singing songs, recorded in Greenville, Tennessee, December 31, 1968; Scott Boatright performing songs and banjo tunes, recorded near Coeburn Virginia, January 2, 1969; and Luther Bryant performing songs and banjo tunes, recorded in Troutville, Virginia, January 5, 1969. (1 hour) [catalog record]

AFC 1975/001: John and Ginny Dildine Collection
Approximately 150 5-inch, 7-inch, and 10-inch tapes of sound recordings of Washington, D.C. area folk music radio programs on WASH and WAMU-FM, hosted by John Dildine, with live interviews, and featuring some previously recorded selections. The collection also includes sound recordings of concerts, folk festivals (including selections from the Fox Hollow Folk Festival, 1968 and 1969) and other folk music events in Maryland; Viriginia; St. Louis, Missouri; New York state, and other locations. Collection includes performances and interviews with well known musicians from the United States, Great Britain, Scotland, and Ireland; plus a few shows featuring recordings of music from Kenya and from India. Some items are dubs of commercial recordings. Nine tapes contain concerts and radio programs featuring the New Lost City Ramblers, 1958-64. (4 hours and 30 minutes) [catalog record]

AFC 1976/018: Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter family
Two 10-inch tapes of country music performed by Maybelle Carter, Helen Carter Jones, and David Carter Jones accompanied by Mike Seeger and Ralph Rinzler. Recorded at the Smithsonian Institution's Baird Auditorium by National Public Radio's "Folk Festival USA" as part of the Smithsonian Institution's "Women in Country Music," May 18, 1975. (2 hours) [catalog record]

AFC 1977/015: Mike Seeger collection of Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, and Sam Bowles recordings
One 5-inch tape of instrumentals recorded in Maryland and Ohio by Mike Seeger, July 1955 and February March 1971. Includes two banjo duets by Earl Scruggs and Don Reno recorded in a contest at Rising Sun, Maryland, July 24, 1955. Nine steel guitar instrumentals by Sam Bowles, Centerville, Ohio, 1971. The collection includes a one-page song list. (16 minutes) [catalog record]

AFC 1979/071: Berkeley Folk Festival, 1960
Five 7-inch tapes of the workshops at the 1960 Berkeley Folk Festival. Recorded in Berkeley, California, June 30-July 2, 1960. Included are work songs, cowboy songs, and religious music, and five workshops. Participants include Slim Critchlow, Sam Hinton, John A. Lomax, Jr., Ewan MacColl, New Lost City Ramblers, Sandy Paton, Barry Olivier, and Peggy Seeger. The collection includes 12 pages of documentation. (10 hours) [catalog record]

AFC 1979/090: Richard Reuss Folksong Revival Project
Seven tapes of music of the folksong revival, recorded from commercial discs and at concerts by Richard Reuss. Performers include Ian Campbell, Guy Carawan, the New Lost City Ramblers, and the Rising Sun Steel Band from Antigua. [catalog record]

AFS 19,820: One tape containing performances of "True and Trembling Brakeman," "The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake," and "Orange Blossom Special" by the New Lost City Ramblers. Recorded at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, November 22, 1963. (10 minutes)

AFC 1982/004: Mike Seeger Recordings, 1982
Twenty-eight 7-inch reels of bluegrass music recorded at the Bean Blossom, Indiana, bluegrass festival (1971), Park City, Utah (1974), and the California State University at Fresno (1974). Donated by Mike Seeger in 1982. Performers include: Eddie Adcock, Kenny Baker, Brother Bishop, Norman Blake, Bluegrass Alliance, Bluegrass 45, [ ] Brock, Roy Lee Centers, Vassar Clements, Curley Ray Cline, Tommy Collins, Jack Cooke, Elizabeth “Libba” Cotton, Country Gentlemen, Cousin Emmy, Bill Emerson, Lester Flatt, Big Howdy Forester, Buck Graves, Goins Brothers, Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, Bill Harrell, John Hartford, Johnson Family, Tex Logan, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, Birch Monroe, James Monroe, Ozark Mountain Boys, Lonnie Peerce, Otis Pierce, Louis Popejoy, Reverend Wendell Rains, Don Reno, Sandy Rothman, [Buck] Ryan, Johnny Shines, Ricky Skaggs, Roger Smith, Art Stamper, Ralph Stanley, Carl Story, Strange Creek Singer, Joe Stuart, Sullivan Family, Tut Taylor, Cliff Waldron, [Paul] Warren, Doc Watson, Merle Watson, Keith Whitley, and Mac Wiseman.

AFC 1988/008: Karen Cardullo collection on Ruth Crawford Seeger, 1940-1979
Twelve audiocassettes of interviews conducted with Elizabeth Cotten, Archie Green, Bess Lomax Hawes, Charles Seeger, Mike Seeger, and Pete Seeger about the life and work of Ruth Crawford Seeger, particularly her work with folk music. The Collection also includes recordings of Ruth Crawford Seeger duplicated for Cardullo by Mike Seeger, and readings from Ruth Crawford Seeger's diaries and letters, as well as one cassette (cassette 13) of Charles Seeger's 1978 Library of Congress Elson Lecture. Interviews relate to Cardullo's 1980 Master of Arts thesis, George Washington University, about Ruth Crawford Seeger. [catalog record]

AFC 1988/029: Mike Seeger Recordings, 1988
Sixty-nine 7-inch reels donated by Mike Seeger in 1988. Sixty-nine seven inch reels donated by Mike Seeger through 1991. Performers include Bob Baker, Don Bryant, John Cohen, Wilma Lee Cooper, Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, Smiley Hobbs, Oren Jenkins, Snuffy Jenkins, Grandpa Jones, Kennedy Jones, Peter “Pete Roberts” Kuykendall, Sam and Kirk McGee, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Kenny Miller, Bill Monroe, Charlie Monroe, New Lost City Ramblers, Don Reno, Larry Richardson, Tracey Schwarz, Junie Scruggs, Charles Seeger, Mike Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Ernest Stoneman, Veronica Stoneman Cox, Joe Stuart, J.C. Sutphin, Earl Taylor, and Nimrod Workman. Two photographs of Nimrod Workman and Kennedy Jones.

AFC 1995/004: Mike Seeger Collection
Two hundred and seventy-five 10-inch tapes of bluegrass, country, and folk music, recorded in California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia, primarily by Mike Seeger, 1953-1967. The collection includes three linear inches of computer disks, correspondence, notes, and photos. These tapes supplement his collections already in the archive. Includes some examples made by other collectors, including recordings of autoharpist, John Kilby Snow recorded by Blaine Jaeger. Bluegrass music predominates this collection. A number of the tapes were recorded from radio and TV programs. [catalog record]

AFC 1995/006: Seattle Folklore Society Collection
Fifty-four 7-inch tapes of 33 concerts and two workshops presented and recorded in Seattle, Washington, by the Seattle Folklore Society, 1965-1973. Performers include Jack Elliott, Mike Seeger, Roscoe Holcomb, Elizabeth Cotten, Booker White, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Georgia Sea Island Singers, Mills Family, Mike Russo, Son House, Robert Pete Williams, Gary Davis, Big Joe Williams, Fred McDowell, Mance Lipscomb, Sam Hinton, Kilby Snow and the Seattle Folklore Society Benefit. Some tapes have logs. The collection includes a 50-page book entitled Folkmusic on Tapes and Cassettes from the Seattle Folklore Society (Seattle: South Seattle Community College Instructional Resources Center, May 1973). [catalog record]

AFC 1996/013: Larry Appelbaum / "Remembering Ralph Rinzler" Collection
One 7-inch tape of recollections about Ralph Rinzler by his friends and colleagues, James Early, Richard Kurin, Jeffrey LaRiche, and Mike Seeger, broadcast on WPFW-FM (Washington, D.C.), July 17, 1994. (1 hour)

AFC 1996/047: WUNC / "'Tis Sweet to be Remembered" radio program
One audiocassette of "'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered," a radio program documenting the history of radio station WPAQ, Mount Airy, North Carolina, and the role it has played in furthering old-time, country, gospel, and bluegrass music. The program contains interviews with manager Paul Brown, Jack Burkette, Ralph Epperson, Mike Seeger, Robert Sykes, and Mac Wiseman, as well as musical excerpts by Jim Eanes, Benton Flippen, The Friendly Four, Esker Hutchins, Tommy Jarrell, Ray Myers, Arville Scott, and Mac Wiseman, ca.1990. (29 minutes)

AFC 1997/001: In and around bluegrass with Bill Vernon, 9 September 1987 : Mike Seeger interview
The program was part of a retrospective series on Folkways Records after the death of its founder, Moses Asch. This 1-hour segment was broadcast over WVTF-FM, Roanoke, Virginia, on September 9, 1987, when it was recorded by the donor. Its interest lies in Mike Seeger's detailed recollections of the artists on some of his field recordings for the ten LPs he edited for Folkways. The artists named and heard are Gaither Carlton, Hillary Dickens (Hazel Dickens's father), the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger, the Stanley Brothers, Uncle Bunt Stephens, Ernest "Pop" Stoneman, and Wade Ward. Also heard is an unnamed trio playing three Jew's harps. (1 hour) [catalog record]

AFC 2000/019: David Dunaway collection 1976-2000
The collection comprises of a series of interviews conducted by David Dunaway as he attempted to capture the essence of folk music movements since its revival in the 1930s. The interviews, which span over a period of seven years, beginning in April 1976-1983, document the role folk music played within the life of American's most influential folk musicians and enthusiasts including Pete Seeger, Charles, Peggy and Mike Seeger, Harold Levanthal, Irwin Silber, Malvina Reynolds and many more. [catalog record]

AFC 2000/019:SR 117-119: Three tapes of interviews with Mike Seeger, 1977. (2 hours and 30 minutes)

AFC 2001/029: "Living Lore: The Legacy of Benjamin A. Botkin" Symposium Collection
Ten audiocassettes and nine videocassettes documenting a symposium sponsored by the American Folklife Center and other divisions of the Library of Congress titled "Living Lore: The Legacy of Benjamin A. Botkin," November 15-16, 2001. Performers and speakers include Oscar Brand, Joseph C. Hickerson, Jerry Hirsch, Alan Jabbour, Julia Olin, Jerome Rosenthal, Henry Sapoznik, Mike Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Pete Seeger, United House of Prayer Band, Stephen Wade, Roger Welsch, and Joe Wilson. One videocassette contains a performance by Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand, Peggy Seeger, and Mike Seeger in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, November 16, 2001. (1 hour)

AFC 2004/024: North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance oral history collection
Oral histories recorded during conference sessions with an interviewer and an audience at the 2004 North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance conference. New Lost City Ramblers interviewed by Scott Alarik, February 28, 2004; Nick Reynolds interviewed by Joe Hickerson, February 27, 2004; Joe Hickerson interviewed by Jennifer Cutting, February 27, 2004. One compact disc contains an interview with the New Lost City Ramblers conducted by Scott Alarik, February 28, 2004. (1 hour) [catalog record]

Pete and Toshi Seeger

AFC 1939/002: Alan Lomax CBS Radio Series Collection
Sound recordings and related manuscripts from two radio series aired by the Columbia Broadcasting System: the American School of the Air broadcast "Folk Music of America" from October 1939 to April 1940, and Columbia's School of the Air of the Americas broadcast "Wellsprings of Music" from 1940 through 1941. The collection also includes a 1945 rehearsal for the American School of the Air, featuring Tom Scott. The series of 15-minute shows was conceived by Alan Lomax and features performances by the Bogtrotters, the Golden Gate Quartet, Woody Guthrie, Burl Ives, Leadbelly, Aunt Molly Jackson, Pete Seeger, Josh White, Bess Lomax Hawes and Alan Lomax, among other performers. Manuscripts contain correspondence from radio listeners requesting songs and submitting songs and variants. [catalog record]

AFS 4516A: One disc containing "The Great Plains in Song" (Parts 1 and 2). 23rd in the "Wellsprings of Music" series. Hosted by Alan Lomax with performances by Burl Ives, Tony Kraber, and Pete Seeger. Recorded April 1, 1941. (30 minutes)

AFS 4516B: One disc containing "Railroad Songs" (Parts 1 and 2). 25th in the "Wellsprings of Music" series. Hosted by Alan Lomax with performances by The Golden Gate Quartet, Burl Ives, Huddie Ledbetter, Pete Seeger, and Joshua White. Recorded April 15, 1941. (30 minutes)

AFS 4520A: One disc containing "The American Sailor" (Parts 1 and 2). 21st in the "Wellsprings of Music" series. Hosted by Alan Lomax with performances by The Four Clubmen, The Golden Gate Quartet, Burl Ives, Tony Kraber, and Pete Seeger. Recorded March 4, 1941. (30 minutes)

AFC 1939/024: Alan Lomax and Pete Seeger Recordings of the Bog Trotters
Seven 12-inch discs of instrumentals and songs recorded in Galax and Roanoke, Virginia, by Alan Lomax and Pete Seeger, January 1939. (1 hour and 5 minutes)

AFC 1941/029: Pete Seeger and Square Dance Music
One 16-inch disc of square dance music performed by Pete Seeger and group, recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., ca.1941. (20 minutes) [catalog record]

AFC 1942/003: "Dear Mr. President" Collection
Four 16-inch, forty-eight 12-inch, and three 8-inch discs of recorded reactions to war-time conditions in the United States. Recorded by Robert E. Barton Allen, Harry Behn, Fletcher Collins, Duncan Emrich, John Henry Faulk, Helen Hartness Flanders, Charles Johnson, Lewis Jones, Marguerite Olney, Vance Randolph, William N. Robson, Robert Sonkin, and Charles Todd in various locations throughout the United States, January-February 1942. Recorded for the Office of Emergency Management Radio Section program "Dear Mr. President." The collection includes one linear inch of correspondence, logs, and transcripts. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFS 6408A: One disc containing "Dear Mr. President," a talking blues song sung by Peter Bowers (Pete Seeger). Recorded New York City, by Charles Todd and Robert Sonkin. (5 minutes) [listen] [transcript]

AFS 6408B2: One disc containing "The Martins and the Coys," performed by Peter Bowers (Pete Seeger). Recorded in New York City, by Charles Todd and Robert Sonkin. (5 minutes) [listen] [transcript]

AFC 1942/013: Almanac Singers and Cowboy Yodels Recordings
Two 10-inch and four 12-inch discs of songs sung by the Almanac Singers, Alan and John A. Lomax, and Earl Robinson. Recorded in New York City, January 1942. The collection includes a one-page song list; AFS 6104(?) includes a record of cowboy yodels by John A. Lomax, made in the Recording Laboratory, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., in the spring of 1941 in connection with the preparation of the Ballad Hunter series.

AFS 6100B-6101B, 6103, 6105A: Four discs containing six songs performed by the Almanac Singers, which include Pete Seeger singing and playing banjo. (30 minutes)

AFC 1943/006; AFS 6730-6733: Alan Lomax / Pete Bowers [Seeger] Square Dance Calls
Four 8-inch discs of square dance calls with banjo playing by Pete Bowers [Pete Seeger], recorded by Alan Lomax, August 5, 1943. (25 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 427A)

AFC 1953/004: Lomax / Pete and Toshi Seeger
Seven 7-inch tapes of Negro prison songs recorded in Texas prison farms and Sioux songs recorded in Parmelee, South Dakota, 1951, by Peter and Toshi Seeger, with the assistance of John A. Lomax, Jr., Fred Hellerman, and Chester Bower. [catalog record]

AFC 1970/033: Lani Herrmann and Cal Herrmann Collection of Folk Music Concert Recordings
Four 10-inch tapes of a Roosevelt University concert (Chicago, Illinois), featuring Studs Terkel, Big Bill Broonzy, Gerry Armstrong, and Win Strackey. Recorded December 13, 1956; a performance of Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry, and Big Bill Broonzy recorded on an unknown date; and Seeger and Broonzy at Circle Pines, Michigan, recorded July 6, 1957.

AFS 14,173-14,175: Three tapes containing performances by Big Bill Broonzy, Pete Seeger, and Sonny Terry, location and date unknown, as well as performances by Pete Seeger and Big Bill Broonzy, Circle Pines, Michigan, July 6, 1957. (3 hours)

AFC 1975/001: John and Ginny Dildine Collection
Approximately 150 5-inch, 7-inch, and 10-inch tapes of sound recordings of Washington, D.C. area folk music radio programs on WASH and WAMU-FM, hosted by John Dildine, with live interviews, and featuring some previously recorded selections. The collection also includes sound recordings of concerts, folk festivals (including selections from the Fox Hollow Folk Festival, 1968 and 1969) and other folk music events in Maryland; Viriginia; St. Louis, Missouri; New York state, and other locations. Collection includes performances and interviews with well known musicians from the United States, Great Britain, Scotland, and Ireland; plus a few shows featuring recordings of music from Kenya and from India. Some items are dubs of commercial recordings. One tape contains an interview with Pete Seeger. [catalog record]

AFC 1975/019: Pete Seeger Oberlin College Concert, 1955
One 10-inch tape of a concert performed by Pete Seeger of Beacon, New York. Recorded at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, by Stephen Lee Taller and others, April 16, 1955. The collection includes six pages of lists and four pages of photocopies of the concert program. (2 hours) [catalog record]

AFC 1978/024: Norman Cazden Recordings of the Catskill Folk Festival, 1977
Three 10-inch tapes of recordings from the state of the 1977 Catskill Folk Festival at Andes, New York. Songs, ballads, stories and instrumental music (performed on fiddle, harmonica, Scottish bagpipes, banjo, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy) by Grant Rogers, Pete Seeger, Norman Studer, Sonya Malkine, Joel Shimberg, and others. [catalog record]

AFS 19,250-19,251: Two tapes of Pete Seeger making a presentation and singing 12 songs. (1 hour)

AFC 1979/038: M. T. Ferretta Songs
Undated home recording of two songs written, sung, and recorded by M. T. Ferretta of Deroche, British Columbia, including lyrics for "A song for Grandmapa" about being exiled from family for refusing to go to war. The cassette is labeled: "This copy for Pete Seeger," who donated the recording to the Archive in 1977. (10 minutes) [catalog record]

AFC 1981/017: Norman Cazden Recordings of the Catskill Folk Festival, 1979
Three 10-inch tapes of recordings made at the 1979 Catskill Folk Festival, Andes, New York, August 11-12, 1979. Included are children's songs and stories, Scottish songs and instrumental selections, gospel music, fiddle tunes, and square dance music and calls. Pete Seeger sings several selections, with banjo and guitar. [catalog record]

AFS 20,523: One tape of Pete Seeger singing ten songs. (1 hour)

AFC 1986/029: Peter V. Kuykendall / Folk Video Dubs Collection
One videocassette of NBC and PBS broadcasts from the 1960s. Selections include performances by Pete Seeger (Rainbow Quest), The Stanley Brothers, Jimmie Rodgers, Uncle Dave Macon, and Mississippi John Hurt.

AFC 1988/008: Karen Cardullo collection on Ruth Crawford Seeger, 1940-1979
Interviews conducted with Charles Seeger, Archie Green, Mike Seeger, Bess Lomax Hawes, Pete Seeger, and Elizabeth Cotten about the life and work of Ruth Crawford Seeger, particularly her work with folk music. Also misc. recordings of Ruth Crawford Seeger duplicated for Cardullo by Mike Seeger, and readings from R.C. Seeger's diaries and letters. One cassette (cassette 13) of Charles Seeger's 1978 Library of Congress Elson Lecture. Includes typescript (61 p.) by Ruth Crawford Seeger, "Remarks on Transcription" and "Notes on the songs and on manners of singing." Interviews were conducted for Cardullo's 1980 Master of Arts thesis, George Washington Univ., about Ruth Crawford Seeger. [catalog record]

AFC 1988/010: Pete Seeger and the Hudson River Sloop Singers concerts, 1971
Five 7-inch tapes of Pete Seeger and the Hudson River Sloop Singers Concerts. Recorded at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University, Washington, D.C., November 12th and 13th, 1971. [catalog record]

AFC 1988/029: Mike Seeger Recordings, 1988
Sixty-nine 7-inch tapes of performances by Elizabeth Cotten, Hilary Dickens, Woody Guthrie, the New Lost City Ramblers, Junie Scruggs, Pete Seeger, the Stoneman Family, J.C. Sutphin, and others. Two tapes contain a performance by Pete Seeger recorded at the Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, December 6, 1954. (1 hour)

AFC 1995/004: Mike Seeger Collection
Two hundred and seventy-five 10-inch tapes of bluegrass, country, and folk music, recorded in California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia, primarily by Mike Seeger, 1953-1967. The collection includes three linear inches of computer disks, correspondence, notes, and photos. These tapes supplement his collections already in the archive. Includes some examples made by other collectors, including recordings of autoharpist, John Kilby Snow recorded by Blaine Jaeger. Bluegrass music predominates this collection. A number of the tapes were recorded from radio and TV programs. [catalog record]

AFC 1995/004:FT-3786: One tape of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie recorded in a New York City apartment.

AFC 1995/033: Stephen Lee Taller Collection
One 4-inch, four 5-inch, and two 7-inch tapes of sounds of New York City, recorded by Tony Schwartz; Pete Seeger singing Bob Dylan's "Who Killed Davey Moore?"; songs sung by Susanna Shahn; songs sung by John Jacob Niles; and the Schubert Octet II. The tapes were originally owned by Ben Shahn and Bernarda Bryson and donated by Stephan Lee Taller in 1993. The collection includes published biographies of Tony Schwartz and Ben Shahn, correspondence, notes, and recording logs. Focuses mainly on the work of Tony Schwartz, a "recorder of sound" from New York City. One tape includes a version of Bob Dylan's "Who Killed Davey Moore," performed by Pete Seeger with crowd noise and comments edited by Tony Schwartz. [catalog record]

AFC 1996/003: Anne Grimes Collection of Ohio Folk Music
One hundred three 7-inch tapes, 22 5-inch tapes, 2 4-inch tapes, and 13 3-inch tapes of instrumentals, interviews, songs, and stories, recorded primarily in Ohio by Anne Grimes, 1953-92. The collection includes 185 articles, 83 other ephemeral publications, 955 pages of manuscripts, one hundred two photos, and three videocassettes. Included in the collection are John M. Bodiker, Bob Gibson, 4-H Club founder Albert B. Graham, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, May Kennedy McCord, Branch Rickey, Carl Sandburg, Pete Seeger, and Grimes herself. [catalog record]

AFC 1996/032: Pete Seeger 1972 Oberlin College commencement collection
This audiocassette contains a recording of part of Oberlin College's 1972 commencement ceremony featuring an address and performance given by Pete Seeger. Included are commentary interspersed with the following seven songs: "Follow the Drinkin' Gourd," "The Riflemen of Bennington," "Fixing to Die Rag," "Guantanamera," "Sailing Up My Dirty Stream," "Wimoweh," "Jacob's Ladder." (50 minutes) [catalog record]

AFC 1996/076: Bill Moyers' Journal Interview with Pete Seeger
Interview of Pete Seeger by Bill Moyers on the "Bill Moyers' Journal" TV program, May 20, 1994. They converse at Seeger's Beacon Hill, New York, home overlooking the Hudson River. Interspliced is footage of Seeger performing around the Hudson Valley area and archival footage from his performances from the 1940s to the 1980s. (1 hour)

AFC 1999/010: Rik Palieri / Pete Seeger interview and Palieri CD
One audiocassette of an interview with Pete Seeger. Recorded by Rik Palieri, April 21, 1999. (1 hour)

AFC 2000/019: David Dunaway collection 1976-2000
The collection comprises of a series of interviews conducted by David Dunaway as he attempted to capture the essence of folk music movements since its revival in the 1930s. The interviews, which span over a period of seven years, beginning in April 1976-1983, document the role folk music played within the life of American's most influential folk musicians and enthusiasts including Pete Seeger, Charles, Peggy and Mike Seeger, Harold Levanthal, Irwin Silber, Malvina Reynolds and many more. [catalog record]

AFC 2000/019:SR01-30, SR59, SR121: Thirty-two tapes of interviews with Pete Seeger, 1976-78, 1983. (39 hours)

AFC 2001/024: Joseph C. Hickerson / "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" NHK Video Documentary Collection
One videocassette of the documentary titled "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" featuring footage of Joseph C. Hickerson and Pete Seeger, produced by NHK of Japan, 2000.

AFC 2001/029: "Living Lore: The Legacy of Benjamin A. Botkin" Symposium Collection
Ten audiocassettes and nine videocassettes documenting a symposium sponsored by the American Folklife Center and other divisions of the Library of Congress titled "Living Lore: The Legacy of Benjamin A. Botkin," November 15-16, 2001. Performers and speakers include Oscar Brand, Joseph C. Hickerson, Jerry Hirsch, Alan Jabbour, Julia Olin, Jerome Rosenthal, Henry Sapoznik, Mike Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Pete Seeger, United House of Prayer Band, Stephen Wade, Roger Welsch, and Joe Wilson. One videocassette contains a performance by Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand, Peggy Seeger, and Mike Seeger in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, November 16, 2001. One videocassette contains an illustrated panel discussion featuring Pete Seeger and others titled "Ben Botkin and Camp Woodland: Progressive Education and Folklore," recorded in room LJ119 at the Library of Congress, November 16, 2001. (2 hours)

AFC 2003/014: Alan Chartock interview with Pete Seeger collection, 2001
Two CDs containing an interview of Pete Seeger made by Alan Chartock for WAMC radio, 2003. Pete Seeger discusses his education, journalism, the Almanac Singers, the Weavers, Woody Guthrie, blacklisting, songwriting, copyright and royalties, the Highlander Folk School, and the song "We shall overcome" in Part 1. The interview continues with Pete Seeger discussing his father Charles Seeger, South African songs, children's songs and singing games; he mentions Joe Hickerson and the song "Where have all the flowers gone." Other topics in Part 2 are the environment and efforts to clean up the Hudson River, climate change, Burl Ives, Josh White, the Smothers Brothers, Johnny Cash, Seeger's performances of political songs, his wife Toshi, and family. The interview is edited with excerpts from Pete Seeger's recorded songs. [catalog record]

AFC 2003/027: Pete and Toshi Seeger Film Collection
Approximately 700 film and audio elements relating to Pete and Toshi Seeger's filmmaking from 1955-1965 at various locations in: Angola, Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Somoa, Sweden, Tanzania, Trinidad, Ukraine, and the United States. In the United States, locations include Beacon, New York; Circle Pines, Michigan; Hamilton, Ohio; Huntsville, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Madison, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Washington, DC, among others. Collection includes three bamboo flutes.

AFC 2005/007: I. Sheldon Posen interview with Pete Seeger collection, 1991
Interview conducted by Canadian folklorist, I. Sheldon Posen, with Pete Seeger on December 18, 1991, at Seeger's home in Beacon, New York. The main topic of the interview concerned performing for children and singing children's songs. The collection includes a CD copy of the interview, covering letter, work order for copying the cassette, field notes, and a transcription of the interview. The focus of the interview is Pete Seeger's performances for children, learning and teaching children's songs, and the history of singing at children's camps. Pete Seeger also discusses the Seeger family, the folk music revival, Alan Lomax, Burl Ives, Moses Asch, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, and Marjorie Guthrie, among others. Includes performance of a few children's songs and singing games, some with Seeger accompanying himself on banjo, as Seeger remembered them during the course of the interview. [catalog record]

AFC 2006/009: Pete and Toshi Seeger interview
Interview with Pete Seeger and his wife, Toshi Seeger, regarding the films that they made for instruction and during their travels in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America from 1955 to 1965. Their film collection, consisting of more than 400 reels, is in the Archive of Folk Culture, Library of Congress. The Seegers were interviewed about their collection by Peggy A. Bulger, director of the American Folklife Center, and by Todd Harvey, curator of the Pete and Toshi Seeger Film Collection. [catalog record]

Ruth Crawford Seeger

AFC 1938/011: Alan Lomax 1938 Library of Congress Sessions Collection
Twenty-two 12-inch discs of songs performed by Barbara Bell, Ernest Bourne, W.C. Handy, Alan Lomax, Bess Brown Lomax, the Resettlement Administration Singers, the Rindlisbacher Lumberjack Group, Earl Robinson, Charles Seeger, the Skyline Farm Singers, and Blaine Stubblefield. Recorded primarily in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress, and in Chevy Chase, Maryland, by Alan Lomax, 1937-38. [catalog record]

AFS 1618 A&B1; 1618B2: "Careless Love" and "Cindy" sung by Edward T. Calhoun, Adrian Dornbush, Grete Franke, Richard Kenah, Bess Brown Lomax, Leverett S. Lyon, Martha Peacock, Charles Seeger, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Tannis Tugwell, Margaret Valiant, and John B. Vance. Recorded in Chevy Chase, Maryland, by Alan Lomax, November 31, 1937. (10 minutes)

AFC 1988/008: Karen Cardullo collection on Ruth Crawford Seeger, 1940-1979
Interviews conducted with Charles Seeger, Archie Green, Mike Seeger, Bess Lomax Hawes, Pete Seeger, and Elizabeth Cotten about the life and work of Ruth Crawford Seeger, particularly her work with folk music. Also misc. recordings of Ruth Crawford Seeger duplicated for Cardullo by Mike Seeger, and readings from R.C. Seeger's diaries and letters. One cassette (cassette 13) of Charles Seeger's 1978 Library of Congress Elson Lecture. Includes typescript (61 p.) by Ruth Crawford Seeger, "Remarks on Transcription" and "Notes on the songs and on manners of singing." Interviews were conducted for Cardullo's 1980 Master of Arts thesis, George Washington Univ., about Ruth Crawford Seeger. [catalog record]

 

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