Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE
Compiled by: Joel D. Frederiksen and Michael Winslow
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: July 2015
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Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information.
All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.
John A. Lomax Southern States collection, 1933-1937 (AFC 1935/002)
Three 8-inch, 17 10-inch and 620 12-inch discs of church services, instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., by John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax, Ruby T. Lomax, and Harold Spivacke, 1933-37. [catalog record]
AFC 1935/002: AFS 559; 598-600; 602-603; 605A; 606; 608; 610-611; 613; 615-616; 618-619; 621-622; 623B; 649A&B2: Twenty discs containing blues, hollers (including field, track-lining, and levee camp hollers), spirituals and a sermon, performed by Luther Boyd, Wash Dennis, Jim Henry, Sid Jordan, Lonnie Robertson, Charlie Sims, and Jim Taylor, among other named and unnamed groups of black male and female prisoners. Recorded at the state penitentiary, Parchman, Mississippi, April 1936. (3 hours; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 38B, 41B-43, 45B)
AFC 1935/002: AFS 617A1&2, B3: One disc containing "Shortenin' Bread," "River Song," and "You Shall be Free," sung by Tom McKinney of Vicksburg, Mississippi, April 1936. (6 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 43A)
AFC 1935/002: AFS 664; 733A; 734-737; 739; 741A; 743: Nine discs containing blues, hollers, spirituals, and other songs performed by Elnora Bowie, Christine Cannon, Wash Dennis, Joe Edwards, Jim Henry, Joe Miller, Josephine Parker, Dobie Red and group, Lonnie Robertson, Charlie Sims, an unnamed blind prisoner, and other unidentified groups of prisoners. Recorded at the state penitentiary, Parchman, Mississippi, April 1936. (1 hour and 11 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 46B, 51B-52)
AFC 1935/002: AFS 879A2-B; 881: Two discs containing twelve songs by L.M. Abram, Alzea Patterson, Lloyd Lee Woodward, and a variety of other performers from Piney Woods School. Recorded in Piney Woods, Mississippi, March 1937. (22 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 63B)
AFC 1935/002: AFS 884B1-4; 886; 940; 943A1: Four discs containing play-party and other children's songs by black school children from Brandon, Mississippi. Recorded March 1937. (33 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 63B, 64A, 68A)
AFC 1935/002: AFS 880; 882: Two discs containing 11 songs, mostly for children, sung by Georgia Baymore, Alice Harrell, Mary Leffridge, Fanny Myres, and other women from Jackson, Mississippi, March 1937. (20 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 63B)
AFC 1935/002: AFS 883-884A2; 885A3-B3; 892; 935; 941; 942: Seven discs containing 25 songs, including blues, hollers, and religious songs among others, including two played on harmonica by Herman Jackson, and several with guitar accompaniment. Recorded at the state penitentiary, Parchman, Mississippi, March 1937. (46 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872, reels 63B, 64, 67B, 68A).
AFC 1935/002: AFS 1855; 1867: Two discs containing "Stewball" (two versions), "Rosie," "Great God a’mighty," "John Henry," "I’ve been 'buked and I've been scorned," and a tie-shuffling song, performed by unidentified black convicts. Recorded by John and Alan Lomax at the state penitentiary, Oakley, Mississippi, August 1933. (12 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 131B-132)
AFC 1935/002: AFS 1856-1857A; 1858-1859A1&B; 1860A; 1861A; 1862-1865A; 1868-1869: Twelve discs containing songs from prison life, sung by male and female black prisoners, including several sung by "Bowlegs." Recorded by John and Alan Lomax at the state penitentiary, Parchman, Mississippi, July and August 1933. (1 hour and 15 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 131B-132)
John and Ruby Lomax 1939 southern states recording trip (AFC 1939/001)
One hundred forty-seven discs recorded by John A. and Ruby T. Lomax in various southern states between April and June 1939. Genres include ballads, blues, children's songs, cowboy songs, dance music, fiddle tunes, field hollers, lullabies, Mexican corridos, play-party songs, religious dramas, spirituals, work songs. [catalog record] [online presentation]
AFC 1939/001: AFS 2675B2; 2676-2678B1; 2679A&B1; 2680A1; 2681: Seven discs containing blues, hollers, work songs, and love songs, some with hoe, axe, or guitar accompaniment, one with cornet, fiddle, and bass viol; performed by Roger (Burn Down) Garnett, Hollis (Fat Head) Washington, Ross (Po' Chance) Williams, Angie Byrd, and other black prisoners at the state penitentiary, Parchman, Mississippi, May 1939. (46 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 172)
Rae Korson Collection of WPA Folklore Publications (AFC 1939/004)
Three copies of Folk Tunes from Mississippi collected by Arthur Palmer Hudson, edited by George Herzog, National Play Bureau of the Federal Theatre Project, publication no. 25, July 1937; Forty copies of Nebraska Folklore, Nebraska Writers' Project, May 1940; One copy of Folk Song of America by Robert Winslow Gordon, publication no. 73-S, December 1938; Two copies of Traditional Ballads Mainly from West Virginia by John Harrington Cox, publication no. 75-S, March 1939; One copy of Tennessee Folklore Society, Volume III, No. 2, September 1937; One copy of Publication #81-S from the National Service Bureau, Federal Theatre Project, Works Projects Administration, compiled by John Harrington Cox, Introduction by Herbert Halpert.
WPA publication 25, July 1937: Folk Tunes from Mississippi: A pamphlet containing musical notation and lyrics for 45 songs collected from white residents of Mississippi between 1923 and 1930 by Arthur Palmer Hudson, as well as notes by Hudson and a foreword by George Herzog. Informants include Mary Ila Long and Theodosia Bonnett Long, also recorded by Herbert Halpert in 1939 (see AFC 1939/005). Songs in pamphlet include "Barbara Allen," "Black Jack David," and "Hog Drovers," among many others. The collection includes two editions of publication; second edition includes additional preface by Ellen S. Woodward, assistant administrator of the WPA.
Herbert Halpert 1939 Southern States Recording Expedition (AFC 1939/005)
Four hundred and nineteen 12-inch discs of instrumentals, monologues, prayers, sermons, songs, and stories recorded in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, by Herbert Halpert, March 15-June 23, 1939, for the Folk Arts Committee of the WPA and the Library of Congress. The collection includes 1 1/4 linear inches of articles, contact sheets, correspondence, descriptions, interviews, lists, photographs, reports, and song texts. [catalog record]
AFC 1939/005: AFS 2950-2957; 2962-2968: Fifteen discs containing songs, ballads, and play party songs, and others performed by Birmah Hill Grissom, Mary Ila Long, Theodosia Bonnett Long, and Maude McShan Wesson. Recorded in Saltillo, Mississippi, May 1939. (2 hours and 1 minute; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 194-195A)
AFS 2958-2961; 2969-2970: Six discs containing children's songs, game songs, field calls, and religious songs performed by Laura Clifton and Ruby Clifton, and Lulu Morris and congregation, and groups of girls. Recorded in Tupelo, Mississippi, May 1939. (55 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 194B-195)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 2971-2974: Four discs containing 27 fiddle tunes, many with vocals, performed and sung by W.E. Claunch, most accompanied by Mrs. Christeen Haygood on Guitar. Recorded near Guntown, Mississippi, May 1939. (37 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 195B)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 2975-2976: Two discs containing songs and lullabies performed by students from the Monroe County Training School, one with a comment by the superintendant of schools. Recorded at Monroe County Training School, Amory, Mississippi, May 1939. (26 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 195B-196)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 2977-2997: Twenty-one discs containing play-party songs, ballads, and other songs performed by Mrs. J.R. Bickerstaff, Audrey Hellums, Ina Jones, Lillian Pennington, Nellie Prewitt, Dizia Puckett, Beatrice, Irene, and Thelma Scruggs, and Vivian Skinner. Recorded near Tishomingo and Burnsville Mississippi, May 1939. (5 hours and 45 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 196-197)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 2998-3003: Six discs containing fiddle tunes including "Soldier’s Joy," "Eighth of January," "Bonyparte’s retreat" and "Tishomingo County Blues," performed by John Brown and John Hatcher, some with vocals. Recorded in Iuka, Mississippi, May 1939. (1 hour; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 197B-198)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 3004-3009A2: Six discs containing songs by Mrs. Mary Shipp, Christeen, Katharine, Alison, and Isaac Shipp, including primarily religious songs, and comments by Mrs. Mary Shipp. Recorded in Byhalia, Mississippi, May 1939. (45 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 198)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 3009B1-3015: Seven discs containing black spirituals and religious music performed by groups, some with patting, including four songs by a group of students from Rust College. Recorded in Cockrum and Holly Springs, Mississippi, May 1939. (1 hour and 4 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 198B-199)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 3016-3018; 3023B1-3034: Fifteen discs containing songs, including ballads, play party songs, and other songs (some with comment by performer), by a variety of performers, including a number by Mrs. G.V. Easley, Mrs. Ada Mooney, and Mrs. Ollie Womble, some with guitar accompaniment. Recorded in Oxford, Houlka, and Banner, Mississippi, May 1939. (2 hours and 14 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 199-200)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 3019-3023A2: Five discs containing play-party songs, ballads, and other songs by a variety of performers, including a number by Mary Floyd. Recorded in Iuka, Mississippi, May 1939. (39 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 199B)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 3035-3048: Fourteen discs containing fiddle tunes, monologues, sacred harp singing, and other songs by a variety of performers, including Frank Kittrall, Stephen B. Tucker, and the congregation of New Hope Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi. Instrumentation includes fiddle, banjo, and guitar, as well as beating straw and heel tapping accompaniment. Recorded in Meridian and Quitman, Mississippi, May 1939. (2 hours and 11 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 200B-201)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 3049-3066; 3101-3104: Twenty two discs containing children's songs, fiddle tunes, ballads, cornfield hollers, railroad work songs, a civil war song, play party songs, and other songs, including some with comments by performer, performed by Eva Grace Boone with a group of children, Enos Canoy, Tim Canoy, and Lola Canoy, Mrs. Carrie Walker, Mrs. Jessie Buchanan, and others on vocals, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and beating straws. Recorded in Brandon and Magee, Mississippi, May-June 1939. (3 hours and 27 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 201B-203, 205B-206)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 3067-3075; 3078-3081A: Thirteen discs containing religious songs, game songs, blues, hollers, track-lining songs, steamboat-loading songs, children’s songs, and a minstrel song performed by Samuel Brooks, John Floyd, Emmet Jackson, Sarah Ann Reed, and others, as well as a number of unidentified singers in groups, including a group from the Southern Christian Institute in Edwards, Mississippi. Recorded in Edwards and Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 1939. (2 hours and 12 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 203-204)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 3081B1-3090: Ten discs containing blues, levee camp songs, cotton-chopping songs, hollers, and other songs, performed by John Henry Jackson, Norman Smith, Mattie May Thomas, Beatrice Tisdall, Alexander Williams, and a number of unidentified female prisoners in groups. Recorded at the state penitentiary, Parchman, Mississippi, May-June 1939. (1 hour and 34 minutes; preservation tape LWO reel 204-205)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 3091-3100: Ten discs containing tie-shuffling chants, blues, sounding calls, children’s songs, game songs, and others performed by Ed Jones, Sam Hazel, Joe Shores, and groups of children; many songs include comment by performer. Recorded in Greenville, Mississippi, June, 1939. (1 hour and 38 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 205)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 3105-3112: Eight discs containing religious music, game songs, railroad songs, play-party songs, ballads, and other music, performed by Mrs. Louise Edwards and members of the New Era Baptist choir, Laura Hatcher, Dr. C.L. Watkins, a school group from Vancleave, and others. Recorded in Gautier and Vancleave, Mississippi, June 1939. (1 hour and 16 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 206)
AFC 1939/005: AFS 3113-3118: Seven discs containing eighteen songs by Thaddeus C. Willingham singing and accompanying himself on banjo, including "Sally Goodin," "Liza Jane," "Old Dan Tucker," "Cripple Creek," and "Cross-eyed Gopher," among others. Recorded in Gulfport, Mississippi, June 1939. (56 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 206B-207)
John and Ruby Lomax 1940 Southern States Recordings Collection (AFC 1940/003)
One hundred forty-six 12-inch discs of a sermon and songs recorded in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia by Bess Brown, John A., and Ruby T. Lomax, September-November 1940. The collection includes 1 1/2 linear inches of correspondence and song transcriptions. [catalog record]
AFC 1940/003: AFS 4001-4007; 4008A2-B2; 4012A1-3; 4013A1-2: Ten discs containing various songs and a prayer, including spirituals sung by Alice (Judge) Richardson and others and blues with guitar by Lucious Curtis and Willie Ford. Recorded in Natchez, Mississippi, October 1940. (1 hour and 19 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 269-270)
AFC 1940/003: AFS 4008B3; 4012B1-6; 4013B-4017B2; 4018A1-2: Eight discs containing a monolog and various songs, including spirituals, children's songs, and rhythm chants, performed by a group of black school children, a group from Roger Williams' plantation, and John A. Lomax. Recorded in Drew, Mississippi, October 1940. (1 hour and 8 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 269B-270)
AFC 1940/003: AFS 4009-4011: Three discs containing songs and monologues of plantation life by Jean Grant, John Grant, and Irene Williams, including "Old Grampus is Dead," spirituals, the story of an Indian Raid, a Chickasaw Indian song, and others. Recorded in Rome, Mississippi, October 1940. (24 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 269B-270)
The Library of Congress / Fisk University Mississippi Delta Collection (AFC 1941/002)
This collection consists of audio recordings, manuscript materials and moving images which are the products of a 2-year field study conducted by the Library of Congress and Fisk University during the summers of 1941-42. Field research was done in Coahoma County, Mississippi, and contains examples of secular and religious music, sermons, children's games, jokes, folktales, interviews, and dances. Among the manuscript materials are song lists, correspondence, disc jackets, and research notes. Recordings include blues songs, field hollers, ballads, game songs, gospels and spirituals as well as spoken materials such as interviews, sermons, speeches, jokes, lying contests, and folktales. The Mississippi records were made in connection with the socio-musical survey undertaken by the Library of Congress and Fisk University. The Virginia records were made for the purpose of public pressings, and contain the songs of the Ward Family, Mrs. Gladden, and the Ball Family. [catalog entry] [finding aid]
AFC 1941/002: AFS 4757-4761; 4766-4767; 4772; 4774-4779: Fourteen discs containing sermons, prayers, and religious songs, testimonials, and an interview with a black man about Jefferson Davis, by a variety of performers including Reverend Ribbins with congregation, a black quartet, and the Congregation of the Church of God in Christ at Moorhead Plantation, near Lula, Mississippi. Recorded in Mississippi by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax with Lewis Jones, 1942. (4 hours and 32 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 328B-332)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 4769-4770: Two discs containing an interview and blues by McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters). Recorded in Stovall, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax and John Work, 1941. (30 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 330)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 4780-4782A: Three discs containing blues by Willie Brown and Son House with Fiddlin' Joe Martin and Leroy Williams, including "Government Fleet Blues," "Walking Boss," "Shetland Pony Blues," "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor," and camp hollers. Recorded in Lake Cormorant, Mississippi, 1941. (34 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 332; LWO 16775 reel 2)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6604A8-B; 6637B2-6642A4: Six discs containing songs, announcements, prayer, recitation, shouts, interviews, and sermons from Silent Grove Baptist Church, Clarksdale, Mississippi, including songs by choirs, quartets, soloists, and accompaniment by piano or guitar. Recorded by Alan Lomax, July 1942. (1 hour and 33 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 414B-415, 419B-420)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6606B2-6608B1: Three discs containing blues sung by Son House with guitar, including "Special Rider Blues," "County Farm Blues," and "Low Down, Dirty Dog Blues." Recorded in Robinsonville, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax, July 17, 1942. (47 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 415; LWO 15,761 reel 1)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6608B2-6612B3; 6614-6615: Seven discs containing interviews, religious songs, blues, toasts, and tales by Turner Junior Johnson (songs include harmonica accompaniment) and David (Honeyboy) Edwards (songs include guitar). Recorded in Coahoma County, Clarksdale, and the Delta Tourist Camp, Mississippi, 1942. (1 hour and 46 minutes; LWO 15761 reels 1-2; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 415B)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6612B4-6613A5; 6642B3-6645B2: Six discs containing religious songs, monologues, interviews, children's songs, and blues. Performers include the Friendly Five Harmony Singers, Florence Stamp and group, Annie Williams, and others. Recorded in Friars Point, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax , July 20 and 26, 1942. (1 hour and 24 minutes; LWO 15761 reel 2; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 415B, 420)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6616-6620: Five discs containing prayers, sermons, announcements, and songs (including a long meter hymn) by J.H. Haley, H.T. James, L.M. McNeal, Rev. H.F. Richardson, J.W. Terrell, J.H. Whiting, and congregation. Recorded in Coahoma County, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax, 1942. (2 hours and 12 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 416-417)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6621A5-6628A3: Eight discs containing religious songs, dialogue on funeral customs, and a funeral sermon by E.M. Martin, interview, and religious and disaster songs by Charles Haffer, Jr., and stories and jokes (some bawdy) by Ulisses “Buck Asa” Jefferson and M.C. Orr. Recorded at Nelson's Funeral Home, Clarksdale, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax, 1942. (2 hours and 43 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 417-418)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6628A6-6629: Two discs containing blues and cornfield hollers by the Son Simms Four: McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters), guitar and vocals, Percy Thomas, guitar, Son Simms, violin and guitar, and Louis Ford, mandolin; some songs include Charles Berry, guitar and vocals. Recorded in Stovall, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax, July 24, 1942. (27 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 418B)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6630-6633A4; 6647B-6654: Twelve discs containing songs, toasts, railroad hollers, ballads, interviews, and tales by Houston Bacon, Elias Boykin, O.C. King, Will Starks, and Asa Ware, many recorded at Hobson Plantation in Clarksdale, some with guitar; includes bawdy songs, material about attitudes of whites towards African Americans, and an interview about ghosts, among a variety of other material. Recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax 1942. (3 hours; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 419, 421-422)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6633A5-6637B1: Five discs containing songs, prayers, sermons, talks, and testimony by Reverend McGhee, the congregation of the Church of God in Christ, and others; includes materials from a Holiness service; some songs include guitar and piano accompaniment. Recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax , 1942. (1 hour and 14 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 419)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6646A2-6647A3: Two discs containing levee camp hollers and bawdy toasts by a variety of performers, including Lewis (Billy) Bell and William Henderson. Recorded in Shemod, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax, August 4, 1942. (35 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 421)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6655-6657: Three discs containing children’s songs, play-party songs, and games, performed by children and teachers, including Mrs. E.M. Davis and Mrs. Ruby Harris, among others. Recorded in Coahoma, Mississippi, and at the Coahoma County Training School in Clarksdale, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax August 1942. (1 hour and 23 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 422B)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6658-6661: Four discs containing religious songs and piano (accompaniment and solo), by the choir of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Mr. and Mrs. Davis, and other unidentified singer(s). Recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax, 1942. (34 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 423)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6662-6667: Six discs containing blues, interview, and ragtime by Thomas (Jaybird) Jones on piano; religious, children’s, and other songs by four girls and other unidentified performers; and blues with guitar by McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters) and Charles Berry. Recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax, 1942. (1 hour and 11 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 423-424)
AFC 1941/002: AFS 6668-6673: Six discs containing religious songs, children’s songs, fiddle tunes, and others, by a variety of performers including Alec Askew, Etherene Harris, Sid Hemphill and his band, Mrs. Johnson, Mary Lee Johnson, Mrs. Roxie Threadgill, and Anne Williams; instrumentation includes fiddle, guitar, banjo; four- and ten-hole quills (some with bass and drum accompaniment); and vocals. Recorded in Lula and Dundee, Mississippi, by Alan Lomax, 1942. (1 hour and 52 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 424)
John Work Recordings of Southern Black Music (AFC 1943/003)
Thirteen 12-inch discs of songs, hymns, and instrumentals recorded in Mississippi and Tennessee by John Work, 1942. Includes fiddle and banjo music, harmonica music, hymns, and blues. Also includes "Dry bones in the valley," a church service and sermon by Reverend J. R. Stratton at Fair Field Baptist Church in [Nashville?] Tennessee. [catalog record]
AFC 1943/003: AFS 6684: One disc containing five songs sung and played on the harmonica by Jesse James Jefferson (Preacher Thomas): "I'm Worried This Mornin' Blues," "She's a Big, Sturdy Woman," "Raise no More Cotton," "The Sun Will Never go Down," and "Walk Around." Recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi, by John Work February 1942. (15 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 426)
Lewis Jones Recordings from Coahoma County, Mississippi (AFC 1943/007)
Seven 12-inch discs of folksongs, hollers, blues, gospel, poems, speeches about victory gardens, and religious music performed by Asa Ware, Tommie (Jaybird) Jones, Mississippi Gospel Singers, Maryland Davis Upchurch, Ollie Upchurch, Charlie Palms, and undentified people at the Jonestown School. Recorded in Coahoma County, Clarksdale, and Jonestown, Mississippi, by Lewis Jones, spring 1941. [catalog record]
AFC 1943/007: AFS 6734-6735B2; 6738B1-3: Three discs containing interviews, songs, stories, poems, and a toast by Asa Ware, Jaybird Jones, and Charlie Palms, including blues, hollers, and religious songs. Recorded in Coahoma County, Mississippi, including some material at King and Anderson Plantation. (preservation tape LWO 3493 reels 54B-55)
AFC 1943/007: AFS 6736-6737A2: Two discs containing four songs, "Swing Down, Chariot, Let me Ride," "You Pray On," "Every Day with Jesus," and "I want you to Know I Love you," performed by the Mississippi Gospel Singers and by Maryland Davis Upchurch with Ollie Upchurch. Recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi. (preservation tape LWO 3493 reel 54B)
AFC 1943/007: AFS 6739-6740A2: Two discs containing two speeches on victory gardens and three songs, "Rock my Soul in the Bosom of Abraham," "There's no Hiding Place Down Here," and "I'll be Waiting up There." Recorded in Jonestown, Mississippi, including some material from Jonestown School. (preservation tape LWO 3493 reel 55)
Frances Densmore collection of Choctaw cylinder recordings (AFC 1948/077)
Fifty-four wax cylinders (including two duplicates) recorded by Frances Densmore in Pearl River, Bogue Chitto, and Philadelphia, Mississippi, in Janaury 1933, under a grant from the National Research Council. The singers she recorded were Sidney Wesley, Robert Henry, Gus Willis, Lysander Tubby, and Olman Comby. In 1943, she published transcriptions and analyses in "Choctaw Music," Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 136. The cylinders were transferred from the National Archives in 1948. (1 hour and 12 minutes; RWA 3412-3413) [catalog record]
National Folk Festival, 1938 (AFC 1950/017)
One 12-inch and thirty-nine 16-inch discs of instrumentals, radio programs, and songs. Recorded primarily at the National Folk Festival in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Recording Company, May 6-8, 1938. The collection includes 3/4 linear inch of song lists, newspaper articles, and programs. Sarah Gertrude Knott makes some introductions. [catalog record]
AFC 1950/017: AFS 9844B1-3; 9849B1-4: Two discs containing 7 songs performed by the Piney Woods School Choir (Piney Woods, Mississippi) with soloist, Bruce McFarland. Recorded at the National Folk Festival, Washington, D.C., May 1938. (24 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 266B, 267B)
American Indian Recordings (AFS 10,515-10,744)
Two hundred thirty 16-inch discs mostly of North American Indian songs originally recorded on cylinders in various locations primarily by Frances Densmore, 1907-36, for the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution.
AFS 10,735-10,736: Two discs containing 35 Choctaw songs, including dance songs, game songs, hunting songs, and a war song, and one speech sung and spoken by Sidney Wesley and Gus Willis. Recorded near Philadelphia, Mississippi, by Frances Densmore, January 1933. (35 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 312-351)
AFS 10,739-10,740: Two discs containing 15 Choctaw songs, including mostly dance songs and hunting songs, sung by Robert Henry, Lysander Tubby, and Gus Willis. Recorded in and around Philadelphia, Mississippi, by Frances Densmore, January 1933. (18 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 312-351)
Mississippi John Hurt Recordings Collection (AFC 1964/003)
Three 10-inch tapes of songs performed by Mississippi John Hurt (of Avalon, Mississippi) with guitar. Interviews conducted by Joseph C. Hickerson and Richard Spottswood. Recorded at the Library of Congress in the Coolidge Auditorium, Robert Carneal and John Howell, July 15 and 23, 1963. (AFS 12,027-12,029) (6 hours, 15 minutes) [catalog record]
Harry Oster collection of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Iowa recordings (AFC 1967/003)
Twenty-two 7-inch tapes of dances, festivals, instrumentals, religious services, songs, and stories recorded in Iowa, Louisiana, and Mississippi by Harry Oster, March 11, 1957-November 12, 1966. The collection includes 12 pages of lists. Includes Negro and Negro-French folksongs from Louisiana, Negro folksongs and religious services from Mississippi, folk tales told by Son House, and hammered dulcimer tunes, folksongs, and German festival music from Iowa. [catalog record]
AFC 1967/003: AFS 12,584: One tape containing songs and monologues by Richard Jolla, born 1878. Recorded near Woodville, Mississippi, June 24, 1963.
AFC 1967/003: AFS 12,585-12,286: Two tapes containing folk tales told by Son House of Lyon, Mississippi. Recorded in Iowa City, Iowa, April 24, 1965.
American Broadcasting Company / Scott Dunbar Recording (AFC 1966/002)
Two film reels and one 7-inch tape of Mississippi blues singer-guitarist, Scott Dunbar. Recorded by Frederic J. Ramsey, Jr. Gift of American Broadcasting Company, for which the tape was used in the program "Anatomy of Pop: The Music Explosion," February 15, 1966. (AFS 13,051)
Lani Herrmann and Cal Herrmann collection of folk music concert recordings (AFC 1970/033)
Four 10-inch tapes featuring Big Bill Broonzy (of Scott, Mississippi), Sonny Terry, and Pete Seeger. Recorded during folk music concerts at Circle Pines Camp, near Cloverdale, Michigan, (December 13, 1956) and Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois (July 6, 1957). (AFS 14,172-14,175) [catalog record]
William Ferris Recording Project, 1970 (AFC 1971/012)
Seven 10-inch tapes of Negro Sacred Harp convention recorded by William Ferris at Bellefontaine, Mississippi, September 12-13, 1970; and prose narratives and superstitions recorded by James Washington and Willie Ernest Wooten, Jackson, Mississippi, November, 1970. (AFS 14,468-14,474) [catalog record]
David Evans Duplication Project (AFC 1971/019)
Twenty-five 10-inch tapes of Negro folk music from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Georgia, recorded by David Evans, Summer 1970. Performers include: Napoleon Strickland, Othar Turner, Bernice Turner, R.L. Boyd, Arthur Williams, Jimmy Buford, Reid Jones, J.W. Jones, James Jones, Ephram Carter, Floyd Bussey, Roosevelt Holts, Eli Owens, Calvin Davis, Esau Weary, Herb Quinn, Bill Webb, Arzo Youngblood, Boogie Bill Webb, Robert Rucker, Harrison "Strut" Smith, Charlie Taylor, Willis Taylor, Matt Willis, Floyd Patterson, , Jack Owens, Benjamin "Bud" Spires, Ada Mae Turner, Ranie Burnette, Willie Burnette, James Evans, George Avant, Harry Smith, Compton Jones, Dolly Mae Danne Locations: Senatobia, Crystal Springs, and Bentonia, Mississippi; Talbotton and Waverly Hall, Georgia; Bogalusa, Clifton, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Includes fife and drum music, one-string music, blues, etc. (AFS 14,488-14,512) [catalog record]
Bengt Olsson Collection of Arab, Lapp, Gypsy, and Blues Music (AFC 1971/021)
Music of Saudi Arabia, Lapland, Gypsy music in Europe, and Negro blues. Music from Arabia (on Swedish radio); music from Jojkard (Lapland), also on Swedish radio. Music as performed at a gypsy celebration in late May in memory of Black Sarah (live at St.-Maries-de-la-Mer); also Manitas de Plata and family recording for Swedish TV. Flamenco from Malaga. Guitar Nubbit (Boston, Massachusetts); Rosa Lee Hill (daughter of Sid Hemphill); Furry Lewis, Charlie Burse, Will Shade, Sleepy John Estes, Abe McNeil -- George Mitchell and Roger Brown recordings in Memphis 1962-63; Joe Callicott (Nesbit, Mississippi); Jim Bunkley (Geniver, Georgia). [catalog record]
AFC 1971/021: AFS 14,514B: One tape containing four songs sung by Rosa Lee Hill, the daughter of Sid Hemphill. Recorded in Mississippi by George Mitchell, ca. 1968.
AFC 1971/021: AFS 14,515: One tape containing blues tunes by Abe McNeil and Joe Callicott of Nesbitt, Mississippi. Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, by George Mitchell and Robert Brown, 1962 and 1963.
James Madison Carpenter Collection (AFC 1972/001)
Collection of manuscript materials, sound recordings, and graphic materials documenting primarily British and American folk music, dance, and British ritual drama. The bulk of the material was collected between 1928-35 by Carpenter during fieldwork in England and Scotland; other material was collected in the U.S. between 1937-41 by Carpenter and his Duke University students. Included are 1000 ballad texts and 850 songs from Britain and America; 200 children's singing games, riddles, and nursery rhymes, 300 British folk plays, miscellaneous folktales, African American spirituals, Cornish carols, etc., and approximately 500 related photographic images and 40 drawings. [catalog record] [finding aid]
AFC 1972/001: AFS 19,900-19,921: Twenty-two 10-inch tapes, copied from 179 cylinders, containing spirituals and blues from Wheeler, Mississippi (recorded in 1929), and ballads and fiddle tunes from northeast Mississippi (date unknown), interspersed with material from North Carolina, Scotland, and England. Recorded by James Madison Carpenter.
AFC 1972/001: SR421: Four 7-inch tapes containing an interview with James Madison Carpenter about his life and collecting experiences in England and Scotland. Recorded in Booneville, Mississippi, by Alan Jabbour, May 27, 1972. (AFS 14,762-14,765)
William Ferris Duplication Project, 1971 (AFC 1972/016)
Three 10-inch tapes of black folk music recorded at concerts, including blues by James Thomas and a Festival of Mississippi Black Music. Recorded at Jackson State College, Jackson, Mississippi, by William R. Ferris, Jr., 1971. (AFS 14,734-14,736) [catalog record]
A Discography of Mississippi Negro Vocal Blues, Gospel, and Folk Music by Doxie Kent Williford (AFC 1972/028)
MLS Thesis: University of Mississippi, August 1968. 89 pages. [catalog record]
William Ferris Duplication Project (AFC 1972/034)
Eight 10-inch tapes of black folk music and lore. Recorded in the vicinity of Vicksburg, Mississippi, by William R. Ferris, Jr., during the 1960s. [catalog record]
William Ferris collection of Mississippi recordings (AFC 1973/005)
Thirty 10-inch tapes of Negro folk music and folklore from Mississippi, recorded by William R. Ferris, Jr., mostly 1967-1968 (one tape dated 1962) Includes blues, gospel, church services, interviews, and other material. (AFS 15,425-15,454) [catalog record]
Skip James Duplication Project (AFC 1973/022)
Two 10-inch tapes of interviews with Skip James of Bentonia, Mississippi, conducted by Bob Fass, Rob and Jane Hunter, and Bill Barth, on WBAI-FM, New York, ca. 1966. (AFS 15,659-15,660)
Richard K. Spottswood Collection of Fred McDowell Recordings (AFC 1975/034)
Five 10-inch tapes of blues and sacred music by Fred McDowell accompanied by his friends and family. Recorded at the McDowell home in Como, Mississippi, and at James Shorter's home in Senatobia, Mississippi, by Richard Spottswood April 16-18, 1962. The collection includes a song list. (AFS 17,594-17,598) [catalog record]
A study of blues singer Eugene Powell by Simon J. Bronner (AFC 1976/007)
Thirteen 7-inch tapes, 8 folders of manuscripts, 67 color slides, and 27 black-and-white prints of blues singer, Eugene Powell, of Greenville, Mississippi. This field project was conducted by Simon Bronner in 1976, with funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. [catalog record]
Mississippi Road performed by J. B. Lenoir (AFC 1976/040)
One 7-inch tape of J. B. Lenoir, originally from Monticello, Mississippi, playing and singing "Mississippi Road" with guitar. Dubbed from a CBS Germany master tape recorded in Chicago, Illinois, May 5, 1965. [catalog record]
Center for Southern Folklore Collection of Chapman Family Recordings (AFC 1977/023)
Fifteen 10-inch tapes of religious observances, songs, and beliefs of one black family, the Chapmans, of Centerville, Mississippi. Recorded by Bill Ferris and Judy Peiser of the Center for Southern Folklore between 1972 and 1975. Includes recordings of house meetings, church services, children's songs and rhymes, gospel and spiritual singing, bible reading, sermons, testifying, healing and so forth. (AFS 19,085-19,099) [catalog record]
Jeff Todd Titon Duplication Project (AFC 1977/032)
Three 10-inch tapes of Anglo-American Baptist religious services recorded in Bucksport, Maine, and African American Baptist services recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota; songs sung with piano by blues musician Lazy Boy Lucas recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and an interview with blues musician Son House of Rochester, New York, recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Jeff Todd Titon, 1968-75. (AFS 19,154-19,156) [catalog record]
AFC 1977/032: AFS 19,155: One 10-inch tape of Son House (originially of Lyon, Mississippi) speaking of his life and music. Recorded May 1971.
John Garst Duplication Project collection (AFC 1977/024)
Twenty-two 10-inch tapes of ballads and songs; instrumental pieces on banjo, fiddle, and guitar; and spiritual, gospel, shape-note, and unison hymn singing. Performers include Doc Watson, Frank Proffitt, the Sea Island Singers, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, and Ernest Hodges, from North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama. Recorded by John Garst, T. Walsh, William H. Koon, R. A. Stewart, and various media studios. (AFS 19,100-19,121) [catalog record]
Scott Odell collection (AFC 1978/032)
Seven 10-inch tapes of Appalachian string band music performed by Kyle Creed, Ernest Hodges, Tommy Jarrell, Sidney Myers and others. Recorded in Vermont, southwest Virginia, and at the Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. by Scott Odell of the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Musical Instruments, 1966-1970. The collection includes 57 pages of logs, lyric transcriptions, notes, and photocopies of photographs. [catalog record]
AFC 1978/032: AFS 19,339: One 10-inch tape containing an interview with Ed Young, a fife maker from Como, Mississippi. Recorded by Scott Odell (of the Smithsonian Institution, Division of Musical Instruments) during the Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C., July 7, 1968.
Ed Morris Duplication Project (AFC 1979/021)
Twelve 10-inch tapes of performances by and interviews with African American and folk revival musicians including Wilbert "Big Chief" Ellis, Ed Green, John Jackson, Skip James, George Jazz, Buddy Boy Jenkins, Raun MacKinnon, Bill McCulloh, Randy Mason, Frank Mizell, Flora Molton, and Ed Morris. Recorded in Virginia and Washington, D.C., by Ed Morris, Charles Perdue, and others, 1963-1965. The collection includes twenty-two pages of logs and notes. [Note: the logs are incomplete, therefore there may be additional related material contained in the collection.] [catalog record]
AFC 1979/021: AFS 19,343; 19,347-19,348; 19,350: Four 10-inch tapes of blues and interviews with Skip James of Bentonia, Mississippi. Recorded by Ed Morris and Charles L. Perdue Jr., ca. 1964-1965.
78 Unreleased Commercial Dubs for Folk Music in America Series (AFS 19,609-19,623)
Dubs of unreleased commercial Columbia 78 rpm pressings, including blues, country, and Cajun music. Performers include Bo Carter, Breaux Freres, Jack Ranger, and Mississippi Sheiks.
AFS 19,618-19,620: Three 10-inch tapes containing three songs by the Mississippi Sheiks, duplicated from dubs of unreleased commercial Columbia 78 rpm pressings. Accessioned September 1979.
Peter B. Lowry Trix Records collection (AFC 1980/025)
One hundred thirteen 10-inch field and studio tapes recorded by Peter Lowry (with help in 1969 of Bruce Bastin) in connection with the LP publications of Trix Records of Rosendale, New York, in Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia in 1969-1979. [catalog record]
AFC 1980/025: AFS 20,060A4-20,061A2; 20,064A3-20,065A3; 20,066A4-20,067A3; 20,077A3-20,078A2; 20,085A5-20,086A3: Ten 10-inch tapes of David (Honeyboy) Edwards and James Davis of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Recorded May 25, 1974-March 11, 1979.
Archive of Folk Song: a 50th anniversary celebration (AFC 1978/030)
Songs, ballads, and banjo music by Dee and Delta Hicks of Tinchtown, Tennessee; two 10-inch tapes of blues and bottleneck guitar by David "Honeyboy" Edwards of Chicago, Illinois (originally of Shaw, Mississippi); and fiddling by Benny Thomasson of Arlington, Texas. Also includes an introduction by Alan Jabbour, Director of the American Folklife Center, and remarks by Burl Ives and Joseph C. Hickerson, Head of the Archive of Folk Song. Recorded at Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, November 16, 1978. [catalog record]
Imitations of Mother by Ann W. Pittman (AFC 1986/056)
Four tapes of singer and composer Ann W. Pittman performing religious and secular songs, and relating family history, tales, and poems learned as a child in Mississippi. Interviewed by members of the Missouri Friends of the Folk Arts, St. Louis, Missouri, 1978. Original tapes held by the Western Historical Manuscript Collection at the University of Missouri, Columbia. [catalog record]
Center for Southern Folklore Collection of Ray Lum Interviews (AFC 1980/006)
One hundred eighty-four 5-inch and and 38 7-inch tapes of oral history interviews with and tales told by Ray Lum, a retired mule skinner, livestock trader, and auctioneer from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Recorded by Bill Ferris and Judy Peiser, ca. early 1970s.
Ross R. Barnett recording (AFC 1984/044)
One 5-inch tape of former Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett sings "Turnip Greens," just after having made his annual speech at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Recorded by an owner of a radio station in Philadelphia, Mississippi, date unknown. (AFS 22,180) [catalog record]
Alan Jabbour / University of Mississippi Concert-Lecture Collection (AFC 1985/012)
One audiocassette of a concert Lecture (with fiddle) by Alan Jabbour, on April 22, 1985, for the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi, Oxford.
Center for Applied Linguistics collection (AFC 1986/022)
Fifty-nine 10-inch tapes of speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches recorded at various locations in North America by various collectors, and compiled by the Center for Applied Linguistics for a project entitled "A Survey and Collection of American English Dialect Recordings." The collection includes fourteen linear inches of documentation, including an introduction and preface, a list of contents, content summaries, and transcripts. Collectors and interviewees vary, representing approximately 43 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Canada, and Puerto Rico. [catalog record] [online presentation]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,299B5: One tape containing a reciting of "The Song of The Chattahoochee" (by Sidney Lanier) by a woman from Mississippi. Recorded on an unknown date. Collected by Jack Phelan. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,302A1: One tape containing a conversation with an 86-year old black female from Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, discussing a strange purple chapel near her house, her religous work, and farming. Recorded in 1983. Collected by Natalie Maynor. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,302A2: One tape containing a conversation with an 888-year old black female from Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, discussing her personal history, changes in Starkville, Mississippi, and race relations. Recorded in 1983. Collected by Natalie Maynor. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,332A1: One tape containing a conversation with 11 and 12-year old females from Meadville, Mississippi, discussing ghost stories, school clubs and the exclusion of blacks from most, and an Elvis Presley film. Recorded in 1972. Collected by Walt Wolfram. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,332A2: One tape containing a conversation with a 40-year old black female from Meadville, Mississippi, discussing life on the farm, picking tobacco, raising children, family life, prayer, and schools in rural Mississippi. Recorded in 1972. Collected by Walt Wolfram. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,332A3: One tape containing a conversation with a 52-year old black male from Meadville, Mississippi, discussing farming, cotton raising, the end of the small cotton farm, loggin, and the injustices of farming for black farmers in the South. Recorded in 1972. Collected by Walt Wolfram. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,332A4: One tape containing a conversation with a 92-year old black female of Meadville, Mississippi, discussing breaking her back, sickness, old times, and her family. Recorded in 1972. Collected by Walt Wolfram. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,332B1: One tape containing a conversation with a 10 and 13-year old white females from Meadville, Mississippi, discussing games, injuries, summer vacation, their families, and ghost story. Recorded in 1972. Collected by Walt Wolfram. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,332B2: One tape containing a conversation with two white females from Meadville, Mississippi, discussing a motorcycle accident, dress code at school, and what young people do for fun in town. Recorded in 1972. Collected by Walt Wolfram. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,332B3: One tape containing a conversation with a 21-year old white male from Mississippi discussing childhood games, hunting, teaching, and politics. Recorded in 1972. Collected by Walt Wolfram. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,332B4: One tape containing a conversation with 52, 58, and 60-year old white males from Mississippi discussing local life, college in the 1930s, and hunting. Recorded in 1972. Collected by Walt Wolfram. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,336B6: One tape containing a personal monolog by an 83-year old female from Woodland, Mississippi. Recorded in 1975. Collected by Joseph Mele. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,336B7: One tape containing a peronal monolog by a 57-year old male from Pearl, Mississippi. Recorded in 1975. Collected by Joseph Mele. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,336B8: One tape containing a peronal monolog by a 59-year old white female from Canton, Mississippi. Recorded in 1975. Collected by Joseph Mele. [audio]
Peter V. Kuykendall / Folk Video Dubs Collection (AFC 1986/029)
Misc. dubs from 2-inch video tapes, mostly NBC and PBS broadcasts (some from Rainbow Quest) from the 1960s. Selections include performances by Pete Seeger, The Stanley Bros., Jimmie Rodgers, Uncle Dave Macon, and Mississippi John Hurt.
Pat Monaco Collection (AFC 1991/024)
Collection of 56 black and white photographs, 64 pages of oral history typescript, 18 fliers, six programs, 19 clippings, 4 newspapers, 1 newsletter, and 1 magazine detailing the blues scenes of Chicago, Illinois; Indianola, Mississippi; Leland, Mississippi; and Oakland, California.
See you in hell, blind boy : work in progress (Jack Owens segment) / George Pratt (AFC 1995/029)
The video includes a February 2, 1995, interview by George Pratt with Mississippi bluesman Jack Owens for use in defining the fictional character of Blind Boy in a book in progress by Budlong and Pratt to be entitled See You in Hell, Blind Boy. [catalog record]
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
Lands' End in cooperation with Good Housekeeping magazine sponsored quilt contests in 1992, 1994, and 1996. The collection consists of visual images, entry blanks, and essays written by entrants, as well as Lands End administrative files and correspondence pertinent to the promotion of the contest. Approximately 13,100 entries for the three contests came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Numerous types and styles of needlework, quilting, patchwork, applique and embroidery are represented among the visual images. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]
Richard K. Spottswood / Four Blues Singers Welfare Case Files & Interviews Collection (AFC 1998/024)
Five documents relating to four prominent blues singers: Rev. Gary Davis (77 pages), Blind Boy Fuller (20 pages), Mississippi John Hurt (89 pages), and Skip James (171 pages). Two are copies of welfare case file documents (of Blind Boy Fuller and Rev. Gary Davis), two are transcripts of interviews with Mississippi John Hurt, and one, having the format of a draft for a book, is possibly derived from interviews with Skip James.
Local Legacies Collection (AFC 2000/001)
Four hundred and five linear feet (approximately 90,000 manuscript pages, 475 sound recordings, 13,270 graphic materials, 335 electronic media, and 75 artifacts) of documentation of local festivals, fairs, parades, and other community-based events from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and trusts. The Local Legacies Collection was donated through the efforts of individuals, organizations, and institutions asked to participate by members of Congress. This project was part of the Library of Congress Bicentennial celebration in the year 2000. [catalog record] [online presentation] [Mississippi Local Legacies]
Alan Lomax collection (AFC 2004/004)
Eight hundred forty-five linear feet (appx. 150 linear feet manuscripts; 10,000 sound recordings; 5500 graphic images; 5000 moving images) of material created and collected by Alan Lomax and others in their work documenting song, music, dance, and body movement from many cultures. Includes field recordings and photographs Lomax made in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, England, France, Georgia, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, the United States, and Wales, 1930s-2004. [catalog record]
AFC 2004/004: T784-787: Four tapes containing songs, announcements, prayers, scripture lessons, and sermons by the pastors, choirs and congregation of Rose Hill and St. Peter’s Baptist Churches, including Reverends Butler and J.H. Haley and Brother Alec Stamps. Recorded by Alan Lomax in Greenville, Mississippi, Feb. 7, 1948.
AFC 2004/004: T794-804: Eleven tapes containing hollers, work songs, blues, interviews, and dialogue by Clarence Alexander, T.B. Barnes, Curry Childress, C.B. Cook, Dobie Red (see AFS 663-743 above), George Johnson, Henry Wallace, Percy Wilson, and other black prisoners performing alone and in groups, often with axe or hoe accompaniment, some with harmonica or guitar. Recorded by Alan Lomax at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, Parchman, Mississippi, 1947 and on Feb. 9, 1948.
AFC 2004/004: T862; 895-896: Three tapes containing spirituals, old-time Black string band tunes, children's game songs, and interviews by Sidney Hemphill Carter, Sid Hemphill, the young Hemphill girls, and Lucious Smith. Recorded by Alan Lomax in Senatobia, Mississippi, September, 1959.
AFC 2004/004: T882-890; 919-920: Eleven tapes containing work songs, hollers, and guitar blues performed by Floyd Batts, Harold Blackman, John Dudley, Johnny Lee Moore, Ervin Webb, Ernest Woodson, and other black prisoners. Recorded by Alan Lomax at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, Parchman and Lambert, Mississippi, September-October 1959.
AFC 2004/004: T890-891: Two tapes containing spirituals sung by members of the Free Springs Methodist Church, including Viola James, Ida Miller, and Arthalia Walker. Recorded by Alan Lomax in Harmonsville, Mississippi, September 1959.
AFC 2004/004: T892-895; 898-900: Seven tapes containing fife and drum tunes and interviews by Ed Young and group; blues, rags, and religious pieces by Fred McDowell (including some with second guitar, backing vocals, and comb accompaniment); string band pieces by Miles Pratcher and Bob Pratcher; game songs by young Pratcher cousins; and "Faro," played and sung by Rosalie Hill. Recorded by Alan Lomax in Como, Mississippi, September 1959.
AFC 2004/004: T896-897: Two tapes containing spirituals sung by the congregation of the Independence Church, including Anderson Burton, Louis Green, Brother Lee, H.C. Lee, and Mary Lee. Recorded by Alan Lomax in Tyro, Mississippi, September 1959.
AFC 2004/004: T901: One tape containing gospel performances by two visiting groups, the Morning Echoes (from Detroit) and the Williams Singers (from St. Louis). Recorded by Alan Lomax at St. Peter’s Church, Tate County, Mississippi, September 1959.
AFC 2004/004: AFC MV1586-MV1697; MV 2367; MV 2370-2377: One hundred twenty one ¾” U-Matic video reels containing footage of interviews, church services, music, prison songs, a railroad gang, a picnic, a dance, and others, filmed as part of the American Patchowork project; informants include R.L. Burnside, Sam Chatmon, Jack Owens, Lonnie Pitchford, Eugene Powell, and Bud Spires. Filmed primarily in Canton, Bentonia, Lexington, and Greenville, Mississippi, August and September 1978.
AFC 2004/004: AFC MV 1885: One 3/4-inch U-Matic video reel containing footage of fife and drum performers, a Mississippi church, Bud Spires, and other material, filmed as part of the American Patchwork project, November 1989.
AFC 2004/004: Manuscript materials: One linear foot including of materials including 26 folders containing diaries, field notes, correspondence, manuscripts, surveys, transcripts, clippings, sheet music, and indexes to recordings pertaining to the 1941-42 Coahoma County field work undertaken with Fisk University (see also AFC 1941/002).
AFC 2004/004: 01.01.0145-01.01.0417: Two hundred seventy-three images of musicians, prisoners, and informants, including the Young brothers, Fred McDowell, Mrs. McDowell, Rosalie Hill, Sidney Hemphill, Sid Hemphill, Lucius Smith, the Pratcher brothers, Jessie Pratcher, Alan Lomax, and others. Made by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins, September-October 1959.
James "Super Chikan" Johnson Concert and Interview Collection (AFC 2006/028)
Homegrown 2006 Concert, May 23, 2006. James Johnson of Clarksdale, Mississippi, performed Delta blues in concert with special guest Richard Crisman "Daddy Rich." Johnson is also an instrument maker and performed on several of the hand painted guitars he calls "Chikantars." The collection includes a video recording of the concert; a video recording of an interview with Johnson conducted by Larry Morrisey, Heritage Program Director, Mississippi Arts Commission; and a program flyer autographed by "Super Chikan" Johnson and "Daddy Rich." [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]
Donald R. Hill and David Mangurian collection (AFC 2007/018)
Collection of field recordings of interviews, concerts, and other documentation of blues and folk musicians in Baltimore, Maryland; Clarksdale, Mississippi; Chicago, Illinois; Delaney, Arkansas; Los Angeles, California; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York; St. Louis, Missouri, and in northern Georgia recorded by Donald R. Hill and David Mangurian between 1958-1961. [catalog record]
We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi, Lecture by Tracy Sugarman (AFC 2009/008)
Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series. May 5, 2009, 12:00-1:00 pm Mumford Room, Library of Congress. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]
Tracy Sugarman oral history interview / conducted by Josephus Nelson (AFC 2009/041)
Tracy Sugarman was interviewed about his involvement in the civil rights movement when, as an illustrator and journalist, he traveled to the Mississippi Delta and participated in voter registration for African Americans during Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964. [catalog record]
Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues, Lecture by William R. Ferris (AFC 2010/005)
Video recording and photographs of a lecture delivered by William R. Ferris in the Mary Pickford Theater, Library of Congress, on February 17, 2010, as part of the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Bill Ferris presented selections from interviews that he recorded beginning in the 1960s with African American women and men in communities in Mississippi near the Natchez Trace and Mississippi Delta. Interviewees include storytellers, shape-note singers, prisoners at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, and blues musicians, including B.B. King. Ferris illustrated the talk with his photographs taken of performers, community members, churches and church events, children, and other subjects, plus brief excerpts from the audio recordings featured in his book, Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 2009). Photographs of the lecture and book signing event by Megan Halsband. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]
Ben Payton and the Thundering Harps concert collection, 2011 May 25 (AFC 2011/024)
Digital sound recordings, video recordings, and photographs documenting a concert performed by Ben Payton and the Thundering Harps in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on May 25, 2011 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Concert of traditional Mississippi Delta-style blues music and compositions by Ben Wiley Payton. Photographs by John Barton. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]
Ben Payton Interview Conducted by Mary Margaret Miller (AFC 2011/025)
Two CD-R copies of an interview with Ben Payton conducted by Mary Margaret Miller on April 18, 2011 at Ben Payton's home in Jackson, Mississippi. Includes interview transcript, 18 p.
Tom Hoskins collection (AFC 2011/026)
Collection of field recordings, studio recordings, and dubs and production masters of performances by blues guitarist Mississippi John Hurt, from the time of Hurt's initial meeting with Tom Hoskins, at Hurt's home in Avalon, Mississippi in March 1963 through various sessions and events in 1964. The collection resulted from Tom Hoskins' relationship with Mississippi John Hurt over the next few years and includes Hoskins' interviews and photographs of John Hurt and his home; includes original letters from John Hurt and Jessie Hurt, with Hoskins' collection of various published articles about Mississippi John Hurt. A selection from the March 1963 field recordings was issued in 2011 as the album Discovery: The Rebirth of John Hurt, March 3, 1963. Spring Fed Records. [catalog record]
The persistence of "Dr. Watts" : in the core culture African American churches in the Memphis area / by Brent Virgil Buhler (AFC 2011/040)
M.A Thesis in Music, University of Memphis (161 p.) on Dr. Watts hymn singing, a style which includes lining out the first lines of the hymns. Includes a CD-R of 19 selections from Buhler's field recordings of hymns, which were recorded at African American Missionary Baptist churches in the Memphis, Tennessee area, including Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Horn Lake, Mississippi, from 2009-2011; with some recordings from other sources. Most hymns are performed a cappella, a few sung with organ or piano accompaniment. [catalog record]
Michael Ford collection of documentary materials for the film, Homeplace, 1971-1975 (AFC 2013/004)
Collection of materials generated during recording and production for Michael Ford's film "Homeplace" (1975) (16 mm, color, 27 minutes), 1971-1975. The film examines the lives of four people in Mississippi and their activities: a storekeeper, Hal Waldrip, of Waldrip's general store, Chulahoma; a molasses maker, A. G. Newsome with Columbus "Doc" James, near Laws Hill; a blacksmith, Marion Randolph Hall, from Oxford; and a farmer and musician, Othar Turner, near Como, who speak of their work and the vanishing lifestyle they lead in rural Mississippi, recorded in 1972. Also includes performances by Napoleon Strickland, musician, dobro, harmonica, and fife player; and by Sam Langhorn. [catalog record]
Wayne Anderson Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 collection (AFC 2014/004)
Collection consists of letters, newspaper articles and photographs documenting Wayne Anderson's participation in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project in 1964. Anderson joined other activists in the Council of Federated Organizations to register African American voters in West Point and Columbus, Mississippi. [catalog record]
Mississippi freedom summer, 1964: memory, legacy and the way forward, roundtable discussion (AFC 2014/016)
Roundtable Discussion & Film Screening: Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964: Memory, Legacy & The Way Forward. Film: The Streets of Greenwood (1964); Roundtable Discussion: Robert Moses (The Algebra Project), Charlie Cobb (Author, educator), Dorie Ladner (Activist, educator), Joyce Ann Ladner (Author, activist); Wesley Hogan (Duke University), moderator. Culminating Address: We The People: Constitutional People & Personal Responsibility for the Message of the Preamble? Robert Moses (The Algebra Project). The Civil Rights History Project online collection was launched at this event. [catalog record]
Homeplace Mississippi: a Cultural Journey, discussion with Michael Ford (AFC 2014/025)
During the early 1970s, filmmaker Michael Ford lived in and documented traditional music, farming practices, blacksmithing, molasses-making, and other aspects of community life in La Fayette, Marshall, Tate, and Panola Counties, Mississippi. Portions of his material were published in his documentary film Homeplace (1975) and his collection is housed in the American Folklife Center's archives. To discuss his experiences in the 1970s as well as talk about his ongoing work documenting life and culture in contemporary Mississippi, Mr. Ford joins American Folklife Center archivist Todd Harvey for a program highlighting his work. Michael Ford was a featured presenter in the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture series on June 5, 2014, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. [catalog record]