Collection Items

  • Audio Recording
    Willie Riley Dust jacket notes: AFS 3817 A1 includes the first fifteen verses; AFS 3817 B1 the last sixteen verses. George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose California on December 7, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939,...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Madam, I have come a-courting Dust jacket notes: "A Quaker song." Dust jacket notes: "Poor recording -- to be re-recorded." George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 7, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16,...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Barbara Allen
    Barbara Allen | Barb'ry Allen
    Also issued on the American Folklife Center's published recording AFS L 54, VERSIONS AND VARIANTS OF "BARBARA ALLEN." Yellow song check-list notes: AFS 3809 A1 begins with a false start in which "Mr Grahams's gravity was disturbed by the antics of the photographer" ; AFS 3809 A2 is sung through a megaphone. George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    The Bridgewater Dust jacket notes: Song begins on AFS 3809 B1 and is continued on AFS 3809 A3. Yellow song check-list notes: "Mr. Graham says he cannot play and sing at the same time, but he likes to 'pick a little,' just for something to do with his hands." George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on October...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    The Lady Del Roy
    Lady Leroy
    Dust jacket notes: AFS 3810 A2 is a recording of the 1st verse, AFS 3810 A3 continues with the 2nd and last verses. Other verses not recorded here. Dust jacket notes: Fragmentary version. This song was "also known to settlers at Sutter's Fort [in the 1850s] (according to Rocky Mountain Jim)." George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Lord Bakeman
    Young Beichan | Lord Bateman | The Turkish lady
    Dust jacket notes: On AFS 3811 A1, Lord Bakeman begins with an announcement made by George Vinton Graham, followed by his singing of the song on AFS 3811 A1, A2, and B1. George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on October 12, 1938. Dust jacket notes: "Learned from his mother as a child in Iowa." Forms...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    The Devil out of hell
    Scolding wife
    Dust jacket notes: Most of the song recorded on AFS 3813 B1; a verse is added on AFS 3813 B2. WPA Field Report notes: "This is the old English ballad, 'The scolding wife,' -- she was carted off to Hell by the Devil at her husband's request, but even the devils in Hell couldn't stand her so her husband had to take her back...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    The House carpenter
    House carpenter | Ship carpenter | Well met, my old true love
    George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on August 16, 1939 Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Lord Thomas
    Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender
    Dust jacket notes inscribed by Sidney Robertson Cowell: One verse of the song is on AFS 3374 A1; others follow on AFS 3374A2. "Several verses owe much to Mr. Graham's personal reconstruction." George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on August 16, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Young Charlotte
    Young Charlotte
    Dust jacket notes: Most of the song recorded on AFS 3375 A1--the last verse is on AFS 3375 B1. "Mr. Graham was reading from his ms. copy [from the] '18th century,' i.e., the 1800s." George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on August 16, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    George Vinton Graham's home, San Jose, California, photograph Photograph caption: "He adds a room to the side, above or below, whenever the fit takes him." Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    The Prisoner's song (with answer) George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 3, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Mathy Grove
    Mattie Groves | Lie still, lie still you little Mathy Grove.
    Dust jacket notes: Fragment. Song transcript notes written by Sidney Robertson Cowell: Graham uses the same tune for "Mathy Grove" and "Barb'ry Allen." George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 3, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Willie Taylor
    Billy Taylor | [William Taylor] | Willie Taylor's a jovial fellow
    George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 3, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    The Well water George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 7, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Young Johnny the miller
    Tib, the gray mare | Young Johnny the miller, he courted of late
    Dust jacket notes: "Defective -- to be re-recorded (dull stylus)." George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 7, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Chief bright sky Contains ethnic stereotypes. George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 7, 1938 Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Oh, they told me out in Kansas George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 7, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Hard times in Kansas George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 7, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    The Mormon-eyed preacher WPA Field Report notes: "One of a large group of songs which comment upon the ease with which the preachers seem to obtain the best of everything." George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 3, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12,...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Dear Adel, my son WPA Field Report notes: "This songs left England probably a hundred years ago as Dear Randolph my son. 'Adel' is Mr. G---'s spelling." Yellow song check-list notes: AFS 3814 B2 includes two verses, repeated, and Graham tuning his guitar. George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 3, 1938. Forms part of a group of...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    The Cumberland's crew
    Cumberland crew | Oh comrades, come listen and join in my ditty
    Civil War ballad about naval battle when the Virginia sank the Cumberland, March 8, 1862. George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 7, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16,...
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    The Hieland Mary
    Highland Mary | Ye banks and braes and trees around
    George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 7, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    The Maid of Glencoe George Vinton Graham, vocals and guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California on December 7, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Young Johnny the sailor
    Johnny the sailor | Young Johnny sailed to sea
    Includes a discussion of the "guitar-mandolin."
    • Contributor: Graham, George Vinton - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938