Manuscripts/Mixed Material July 24, 1941, letter from John Work to Alan Lomax
July 24, 1941
Mr. Alan Lomax
Division of Music
The Library of Congress
Washington, D. C.
My dear Mr. Lomax:
You must forgive my delay in writing you concerning the recording project which you and I discussed with Dr. Johnson on your last visit to Nashville. I can assure you that my failure to write earlier was not due to either lack of energy or interest, but was due to the fact that Dr. Johnson and President Jones have been off the campus, and I have been loaded down with summer school duties. These were so heavy that I had little or no time to give to the project. I am interested in the project a plenty, you can rest assured.
Again, with both Dr. Johnson and Dr. Jones unavailable for conference, there was not much opportunity for me to make plans that meant anything. As I understand your proposal, it stipulated Dr. Johnson's selecting an area, (or areas), previously studied by him for the recording to be done. Finding the funds with which this was to be done, was left to the two of them.
I am very ready and anxious to begin the project whenever the “go ahead” signal is given. I would like to record at the Baptist camp meeting in Ripley, Tennessee in August. But of course, Ripley may not be the area selected by Dr. Johnson.
What do you suggest?
In an earlier letter you mentioned sending my records to the Library of Congress. It is necessary as you can see that before I part with recordings which I have selected with the greatest care, that I have a written statement from you to the effect that you will guarantee personally that I get duplicates, and also that in your files I will be listed as the collector of them. I am sure you will not mind doing this. I will feel safer.
Very sincerely yours,
John W. Work