The following titles from the Florida WPA Collection have not been included in this online presentation:
- AFS 3137a1 - A Storm Story
- AFS 3138b1 - Ever Been Down
- AFS 3139a1 - Tampa
- AFS 3146b2 - Nina [translation]
- AFS 3378a3 - When the Leaf Turns Red
- AFS 3379a6 - A Sweet Little Woodmouse [fragment]
- AFS 3381a3 - Papa, Mama y el Niño
- AFS 3381b2 - La Cucaracha
- AFS 3382a1 - La Cucaracha
- AFS 3386b3 - Abaco [comment]
- AFS 3387a2 - They'll Only Talk About You [comment]
- AFS 3387b2 - Crab is a Better Man Than Man [comment]
- AFS 3391a1 - [In the Still of the Night]
- AFS 3392b1 - Cabbage
- AFS 3393a1 - Just Before I Go
- AFS 3393b1 - The Little Black Cat Sitting Under the Stove
- AFS 3394a1 - I Got a Gal, She Mean Me No Good
- AFS 3524a1 - Kerosene Charlie Stays Over Night for Sixty-Five Cents
- AFS 3524a2 - Little Dick and Big Dick
- AFS 3524a3 - Kerosene Charlie Goes Fishing
- AFS 3524a4 - The Man with the Bellyache
- AFS 3528b1 - [Saints and Sinners]
- AFS 3528b4 - [From the Heart]
- AFS 3530b5 - Cantos Juajiros
- AFS 3531a1 - Birthday Party
- AFS 3531a2 - [Test of recording equipment]
- AFS 3531b1 - Birthday Party
- AFS 3532b2 - The Story of a Woman and a Preacher
- AFS 3535b2 - Italian Verse
- AFS 3536a2 - Calinga
- AFS 3536a3 - La Cucaracha
- AFS 3537a5 - Farewell Song (fragment)
- AFS 3537a6 - [Test of recording equipment]
- AFS 3537b3 - Dance Song (Polka)
- AFS 3538b1 - [Test of recording equipment]
- AFS 3545a1 - Fromajadas
- AFS 3547a3 - The Little Brook
- AFS 3888a6 - [Introduction to Play]
- AFS 3888b1 - [Untitled]
- AFS 3888b2 - [Untitled]
- AFS 3888b3 - [Untitled]
- AFS 3888b4 - [Recitation]
- AFS 3891a1 - The Johnson Girls (and The Johnson Girls [textual transcription])
- AFS 3896a2 - [Announcement about Mother Ella Lassiter]
- Chanteys [textual transcription]
Research Materials from the Florida WPA Collections
A seven-page essay about Florida folklife written by Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston, originally of Eatonville, Florida, was already a published novelist and folklorist when she took a job with the Federal Writers' Project in Florida. She wrote this essay in preparation for the visit of Herbert Halpert (director of the folk song department of the National Service Bureau, Federal Theatre Project) as part of the Southern recording expedition sponsored by the Joint Committee on Folk Arts and Library of Congress. Carita Doggett Corse, state director of the Florida Federal Writers' Project, forwarded it to B. A. Botkin, national folklore director for the Federal Writers' Project and chairman of the Joint Committee on Folk Arts of the WPA. Corse explained, "[Halpert's] trip was cut short so that only a few of these recordings were made. Zora Neale Hurston completed contacts for Negro recordings at the turpentine camp in Cross City and in Tampa before she was called to Philadelphia."
Two lists of song titles and performers, documenting two of the five recording expeditions featured in this online presentation. The first, a five-page excerpt from Herbert Halpert's Southern recording expedition log, covers the June 18-21, 1939, recording sessions in Jacksonville and Tampa (AFS 3135a1-3146b3). The second, nine pages, lists the recordings made by Stetson Kennedy and Robert Cook in Riviera and Key West, January 15-31, 1940 (AFS 3378a1-3395b2).
Transcripts of twenty-five of the songs collected by the Florida WPA fieldworkers, plus detailed logs, including transcripts of speech, for thirteen of the disks recorded by the fieldworkers. The extant song-text transcriptions were derived primarily from the recordings of Bahamian Americans and Cuban Americans made in Riviera and Key West in January 1940. Lyrics were transcribed in the original language and translated into English. The partial set of disk logs documents the recordings made in Jacksonville, Cross City, and Ybor City in August 1939 by Stetson Kennedy and Robert Cook, as well as the recordings of Greeks made at Tarpon Springs in May 1940 by John Filareton.
Images and transcriptions of sixty-five items (seventy-nine pages) of correspondence written before, during, and after the recording trips. The correspondence included in this collection comprises typed and handwritten manuscripts and telegrams. Much of the communication is between Carita Doggett Corse, state director of the Florida Federal Writers' Project, and Harold Spivacke, chief of the Music Division at the Library of Congress from 1937 to 1972, regarding the progress of the fieldwork.
Florida writings from the Federal Writers' Project (FWP)
This section includes writings about Florida history and folklife published by Federal Writers' Project workers both inside and outside the scope of their federal employment.
The FWP and the WPA
The following publications relate particularly to the cultural programs ("Federal One") of the WPA--their creation, their implementation, their achievements, and their legacy. Some of these publications place special emphasis on the WPA's work in Florida and the South.
The following publications contain biographical and/or bibliographical information about writers whose work and whose voices appear in this online presentation.