Collection Items

  • Collection
    California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell This online presentation, California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties, comprises 35 hours of folk music recorded in 12 languages representing numerous ethnic groups and 185 musicians. It includes sound recordings, still photographs of the performers, drawings of folk instruments, and written documentation from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in northern California in the 1930s. This New...
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - American Folklife Center - Library of Congress. National Digital Library Program
    • Date: 1997

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Gusle, facing front, flowerpot on right, photograph Photograph caption: Gusle owned and played by P. Zaca from Croatia. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Peter Boro performing Croatian music on the gusle and misnice on May 7 and December 20, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Mateo, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Zaca, P.
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Viola d'arame, full view, photograph Photograph caption: Viola d'arame from the Azores, owned and played by Alberto Mendes. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Alberto Mendes, Manuel Lemos, and Mr. Franks performing Portuguese songs and music from the Azores on February 6 and March 3, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Richmond, California on January 19, 1939.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Mendes, Alberto
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Thodur Einarsson and John Olafson, group portrait, photograph Photograph caption: At the rear of Thodur Einarsson's home, San Francisco. Thodur Einarsson is on the left, John Olafson on the right. Both men are Icelanders. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Thodur Einarsson performing Icelandic hymns on November 11, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Francisco, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Thodur Einarsson, portrait, photograph Photograph caption: "A portrait of his father -- the 'Viking' with the beard -- is in Stefansson's book 'Iceland'." Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Thodur Einarsson performing Icelandic hymns on November 11, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Francisco, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Bogue Ford, portrait, photograph Bogue Ford is from Wisconsin. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Warde, Pat, and Bogue Ford performing Anglo-American songs on September 3, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Boomtown [Central Valley], Shasta County, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Boomtown [Central Valley], California, home of the three Ford brothers while at work on the Shasta Dam, photograph Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Warde, Pat, and Bogue Ford performing Anglo-American songs on September 3, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Boomtown [Central Valley], Shasta County, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Ozzie Waters with divining-rod, full-length portrait, photograph Photograph caption: "Ozzie 'switches' (witches) wells." Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Sam "Mike" Blackburn performing Anglo-American songs on January 28 and May 31, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Concord, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Gusle, rear view, flowerpot on right, photograph Photograph caption: Gusle owned and played by P. Zaca from Croatia. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Peter Boro performing Croatian music on the gusle and misnice on May 7 and December 20, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Mateo, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Zaca, P.
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Mr. Franks playing an English guitar, Manuel Lemos and Alberto Mendes playing violas d'arame, group portrait, photograph Left to right: Mr. Franks, Manuel Lemos and Alberto Mendes. Photograph caption: Manuel Lemos' viola d'arame has a fan-shaped tuning mechanism; Alberto Mendes' viola d'arame has guitar-type tuning pegs. All three instruments were made by Alberto Mendes. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Alberto Mendes, Manuel Lemos, and Mr. Franks performing Portuguese songs and music from the Azores on February 6...
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Franks - Lemos, Manuel - Mendes, Alberto
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Daph, top, bottom, perspective, and side views, mechanical drawing Drawing caption: Defs [daph] owned and played by Bedros Haroutunian. Includes dimensions of daph. Original in Music Library, University of California, Berkeley. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Bedros Haroutunian performing Armenian and Armeno-Turkish music on the kamanche and the qanun on April 22, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Handon, Joseph H. - University of California, Berkeley. Music Library
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Kamanche, top, side, end, and perspective views, mechanical drawing Drawing caption: Kemancha [kamanche]. Includes enlarged section and dimensions noted. Original in Music Library, University of California, Berkeley. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Bedros Haroutunian performing Armenian and Armeno-Turkish music on the kamanche and the qanun on April 22, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Handon, Joseph H. - University of California, Berkeley. Music Library
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Blul, side view and sections, mechanical drawing Drawing caption: Syrinx [blul]. Includes dimensions and mechanism details. Original in Music Library, University of California, Berkeley. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting T. Shatinian performing Armenian music on the blul on April 24, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Handon, Joseph H. - University of California, Berkeley. Music Library
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Kamanche, perspective, top, and side views, sketch Drawing caption: Perspective view of kamancha [[kamanche] owned by Mr. Bedros Haroutunian. Includes dimensions with mechanism and construction details. Original in Music Library, University of California, Berkeley. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Bedros Haroutunian performing Armenian and Armeno-Turkish music on the kamanche and the qanun on April 22, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Handon, Joseph H. - University of California, Berkeley. Music Library
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Qanun, top and side views, left side, sketch Drawings AFS 1940/001: D24-D25 comprise two segments of one large sketch (with section) of the qanun when placed side by side from left to right. Includes dimensions, construction details, and sketch of tuning key. No caption on this segment of sketch. Pencil sketch on brown paper. Original in Music Library, University of California, Berkeley. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Bedros...
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - University of California, Berkeley. Music Library
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Qanun, top and side views, right side, sketch Drawing caption: Kanoon [qanun]. Drawings AFS 1940/001: D24-D25 comprise two segments of one large sketch (with section) of the qanun when placed side by side from left to right. Includes dimensions, construction details, and sketchs of holding pick. Pencil sketch on brown paper. Original in Music Library, University of California, Berkeley. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Bedros Haroutunian performing Armenian...
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - University of California, Berkeley. Music Library
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Daph, top, bottom, and side views, sketch Includes dimensions and construction details. No caption on sketch. Original in Music Library, University of California, Berkeley. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Bedros Haroutunian performing Armenian and Armeno-Turkish music on the kamanche and the qanun on April 22, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Handon, Joseph H. - University of California, Berkeley. Music Library
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Ruben Baboyan, portrait, photograph Photograph caption: From Van in Armenia. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Ruben J. Baboyan performing Armenian and Armenian-Turkish songs on April 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Jack Bakalian playing dumbelek, portrait, photograph Photograph caption: Mr. Bakalian "from Armenia playing dumbeg [dumbelek] he bought in Syria." Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Jack Bakalian performing Armenian music on the dumbelek on an unspecified day, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Joe Bedrosian holding zurna, seated, facing front, three-quarter length portrait, photograph Photograph caption: With his surna [zurna]. From Turkish Armenia." Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Joe Bedrosian performing Armenian and Armeno-Turkish music on April 24, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Joe Bedrosian playing zurna, left profile, head-and-shoulders portrait, photograph Photograph caption: "Illustrating his contention that the surna is a kind of bagpipe for which his cheeks are the bag." Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Joe Bedrosian performing Armenian and Armeno-Turkish music on April 24, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Joe Bedrosian playing his zurna while being photographed by WPA photographer, photograph Half-length portrait of Joe Bedrosian, seated, on left side of photograph. Photographer on right side of photo not identified. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Joe Bedrosian performing Armenian and Armeno-Turkish music on April 24, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Zurna, close-up of mouthpiece and reeds, photograph Photograph caption: Zurna from Turkish Armenia. "Owned and played by Joseph Bedrosian. His extra reeds dangle from the mouthpiece." Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Joe Bedrosian performing Armenian and Armeno-Turkish music on April 24, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Bedrosian, Joseph - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Hartop Goshtigian playing the violin, portrait, photograph Photograph caption: "Armenian from Constantinople." Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Mary and Hartop Goshtigian performing Armenian and Armeno-Turkish songs and music on April 17, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Oud, close-up of fingerboard, photograph Photograph caption: "Owned and played by Mary Goshtigian. From Constantinople (Armenia). The pick is an eagle's feather from the Caucasus." Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Mary and Hartop Goshtigian performing Armenian and Armeno-Turkish music on April 17, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Fresno, California.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Goshtigian, Mary
    • Date: 1939