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Miriam M. Maxwell family oral history collection

Repository: Library of Congress. American Folklife Center

Collection Description (Extant): Collection of sound recordings with copies of a manuscript songbook and transcript of an oral history interview. Sound recordings dated 1964-1969 include youth groups singing civil rights songs in California; the singing group Up With People performing in Enid, Oklahoma; a radio broadcast of a sermon on civil rights by Rev. C. A. McClain, Burbank, California; stories of Peace Corps workers recorded near Accra, Ghana; an oral history of Ghana by Prince Modupe; and local music in Ghana. Maxwell interviewed her family members Gertrude Johnson, age 86, about her emigration from England and homesteading in Penticton, British Columbia. She interviewed Mary K. Anderson and Lloyd Lewis Anderson, Estherville, Iowa; and Ruby Nobel Gardner, Estherville, Iowa, on homesteading in Kansas, South Dakota, and Iowa (with partial transcript). She made tape recordings of family songs, some perfomed by her father, Stanley Dale Gardner. Collection includes a photocopy of a songbook (ca. 1900?) kept by her grandfather Omen R. Gardner.

Access Copy Note: Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. Before requesting materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at; 202-707-5510.

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Date(s): circa 1964-1969

Existing IDs: AFC 1977/017

Extent: 1 folder manuscripts.
6 sound tape reels : analog, 7 1/2 ips, 2 track ; 10 in.

Language: English

Rights (Extant): Duplication of the collection materials may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.


Civil rights movements--United States--Songs and music
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Christianity
Protest songs


Sound recordings


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