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[Detail] Wayne Perry playing fiddle, Crowley, Louisiana.


Collection Overview

Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip is a multi-format ethnographic field collection that contains sound recordings, field notes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts. The collection documents the Lomaxes' three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern United States. The materials include 25 hours of folk music from more than 300 performers that feature ballads, blues, children's songs, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, field hollers, lullabies, play-party songs, religious dramas, spirituals, and work songs. Photographic prints from the Lomaxes' other Southern states expeditions illustrate the collection.

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Historical Eras

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  • The Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
  • The Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
  • The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

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To find items in this collection, search by Keyword or browse by Photo Subject Index, Subject Index, Audio Title Index, Contributor Index, and Locations Index. To locate song lyrics and documents do a full-text search and, having selected a document, scroll down to find the highlighted search term, or use the Best Match function to find the pertinent reference.

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