Manuscripts/Mixed Material May 8, 1942, letter from Alan Lomax to John Work
May 8, 1942
Doctor John Work
Dear Doctor Work:
I have taken up the matter of reimbursement for your expenses on the Fort Valley trip with my chief and he suggests that the only way in which you can be paid is for you to sell us a couple of recordings. Doctor Bond told me that you made a couple in Fort Valley and if this is not correct, purchase three disks from your dealer, fill them with national folk songs and forward them to us with a bill which totals the cost of the disks plus the $11.08 due on the Fort Valley expedition. Lump the whole sum in the following fashion:
Charge for recording 3 disks
This is a complicated procedure, but it is the only way we have been able to figure out that we can pay you for your services.
The collection of records for South America is being delayed because of a few out-standing clearance problems. Among them is the clearance of the Sacred Heart recordings. Will you be willing to sign a clearance for them yourself? Sample attached. If not, please send me in the enclosed air-mail envelope the address of the person who can clear the records. This is a most urgent matter and I shall appreciate an immediate response.
I also have to know what progress you have made in your own work in Nashville. This project should be completed by June 1st, or at the latest June 15th, so that we can make provisions for the work next year. Let me hear from you at once. The records should not be used for the Mississippi trip, by the way, since other provisions have been made for that.
With cordial best wishes, I am
Sincerely your friend,
Assistant in charge of the Archive of American Folksong