Collection Items

  • Audio Recording
    The Drunkard's child
    Oh mama dear, come here
    Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "The occasional barks serve to immortalize a lady named Toots, a fine police dog who made the trip down the Yukon as a young dog--two thousand miles in an open boat. She is occasionally loaned to me as camp guardian on field trips. She became a familiar figure in Columbia, Groveland, and Big Oak Flat and...
    • Contributor: McCready, John A. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Ferrell, J. W.
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    The Little brown bulls Robert Walker, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Crandon, Wisconsin in June, 1937. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Robert Walker performing an Anglo-American song for the Special Skills Division of the Resettlement Administration in June, 1937, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Crandon, Wisconsin.
    • Contributor: Walker, Robert W. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1937
  • 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
    Milwaukee fire Dust jacket notes: "From words supplied by his Uncle Robert Walker." Dust jacket notes: Song begins on AFS 4198 B1 and completed on AFS 4198 B2 Warde Ford, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Central Valley, California on December 26, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Warde Ford performing Anglo-American songs on December 25, 26, and 27, 1938...
    • Contributor: Ford, Ward H. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    James Bird
    James Bird
    Dust jacket notes: The second of two last verses on 4202 A1 is "defective." The "corrected" version is on AFS 4202 A2. Song depicts story of James Bird who distinguished himself for bravery on Lake Erie when Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry won a decisive battle against the British during the War of 1812. Bird was wounded, left the fleet for a time, and later...
    • Contributor: Ford, Ward H. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Foreman Monroe
    Young Monroe
    Dust jacket notes: AFS 4207 A2 includes all of the song, except for the last verse, which is on AFS 4207 A3. Pat Ford, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Central Valley, California on December 27, 1938. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Pat Ford performing Anglo-American songs on December 25 and 27, 1938, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell...
    • Contributor: Ford, Pat - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    O blessud vertu sumarsol = O blessed summer sun Dust jacket notes inscribed by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "Tune composed by Ingi Larusson for the 'first day of summer' festival -- widely known in Iceland. First line defective." Sigridur Benonys, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Francisco, California on May 25, 1938. In Icelandic. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Sigridur Benonys performing Icelandic songs on May 25,...
    • Contributor: Benonys, Sigridur - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Little brown jug
    Ha, ha, ha, you and me | My wife and I live all alone
    Incomplete recording of song on AFS 3348 A2, continued on AFS 3348 A3. Minstrel show song. Song is verson of "Little brown jug," composed by Eastman. John McCready, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell at the Arizona Bar in Groveland, California on August 2, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting John McCready performing Anglo-American songs on July 31, August...
    • Contributor: McCready, John A. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Eastburn
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Minha mai minha amada (fado) = O my mother, my beloved Dust jacket notes: Song is incomplete on AFS 3871 A2 and is repeated in its entirety on AFS 3871 B1. Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: A fado in minor known to all Portuguese in California. Alice Lemos Avila, vocals and English guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on February 6, 1939. In Portuguese. Forms part of a group...
    • Contributor: Avila, Alice Lemos - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    La noche de Reyes = The Night of the Kings (Jan. 6) Dust jacket notes: Song begins on AFS 3844 B2, and is concluded on AFS 3844 B3. Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "This is not a Christmas song. A father is asked by his little son where his mother is. He says he had found her in her lover's arms and killed her -- on the night of January 6th." Maria Garcia,...
    • Contributor: Garcia, Maria - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Minha mai = My mother
    Oh minha mai
    Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "Tests -- A composition by Mrs. Avila for Mother's Day." Alice Lemos Avila, vocals; Frank Cunha, mandolin; Joachim Flores, guitar. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on April 12, 1939. In Portuguese. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Alice Lemos Avila and friends performing Portuguese songs and music from December 31,...
    • Contributor: Avila, Alice Lemos - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Cunha, Frank - Flores, Joaquim
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Dr. Ridge's food Dust jacket notes: Sung and recited by John Stone. He sang occasionally in medicine shows. Medicine show ad and song. John Stone, unaccompanied vocals and narration. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Columbia, Tuolumne County, California on August 5, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting John Stone performing Anglo-American music on August 5 and 6, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson...
    • Contributor: Stone, John E. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Uncle Rat
    Sing san kitty, won't you kimeo?
    Dust jacket notes: "Sung by Charles Fulton, accompanied by himself on piano. Break in recording. [Song begins on AFS 4216 A1 and is continued on AFS 4216 A2] The verse about the cat is Mr. Fulton's own idea." Humorous song about a drunken rat. Charles Fulton, vocals and piano. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on August 15, 1939. Forms part of...
    • Contributor: Fulton, Charles - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    The last fierce charge
    It was just before the last fierce charge | Twas just before the last fierce charge
    Civil War song. Dust jacket notes: AFS 4214 A2 is incomplete; song completed on AFS 4214 B1. Warde Ford, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Central Valley, California on September 4, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Warde Ford performing Anglo-American songs on December 25, 26, and 27, 1939, and September 4, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell...
    • Contributor: Ford, Ward H. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Alderman of the ward Yellow song check-list notes: Song begun on AFS 4209 A2; completed on AFS 4209 A3. Warde Ford, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Central Valley, California on September 3, 1939. 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,...
    • Contributor: Ford, Ward H. - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Chi mi tir sa robh mi nam bhalach = Song of the Isle of Harris Dust jacket notes: "Sailor's song of regret for his home on Harris [one of the Hebrides Islands in Scotland]." Yellow song check-list notes: AFS 3858 A2 includes three verses of the song with the chorus omitted; AFS 3858 A3 completes the song with chorus. Donald MacInnes, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on February 15, 1939. In Scots Gaelic. Forms...
    • Contributor: Macinnes, Donald - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Petur par sat i sal = Peter in the high seat of the hall Dust jacket notes inscribed by Sidney Robertson Cowell: From the Passiusalmar of Hallgrimur Petursson. Lydian mode. Verses 1-10 are on AFS 4267 A1, verses 11-20 are on AFS 4267 B1, and verses 20-20 are on AFS 4268 B1. Thodur Einarson, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Francisco, California on November 11, 1939. In Icelandic. Forms part of a group of field...
    • Contributor: Einarson, Thodur - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    A teid thu leum a ribhinn mhaseach = Will you come to the Isle of Lewis Yellow song check-list notes: Song begins on AFS 4284 A2 and is completed on AFS 4284 A3. John Cunningham, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Berkeley, California on June 20, 1940. In Scots Gaelic. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting John Cunningham performing Gaelic songs from the Hebrides, Scotland, on June 20, 1940, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in...
    • Contributor: Cunningham, John - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1940
  • Audio Recording
    Two old ladies in Winnipeg had a fight Dust jacket notes: Composed and sung by Sigurd Bardarson. Song begun on AFS 4281 A1 and continued on AFS 4281 A2. "Text (verses) in progress, not yet completed by the author!" Sigurd Bardarson, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Carmel, California on April 29, 1940. In Icelandic. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Sigurd Bardarson performing Icelandic songs on...
    • Contributor: Bardarson, Sigurd - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1940
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    California [textual transcription].
    Then ho, boys ho! | When formed our band, we are all well manned
    Textual transcription of song.
    • Date: 1938
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Casey Jones [textual transcription with notes].
    Come all you rounders, if you wan'to hear
    Textual song transcription with some notes. In English.
    • Contributor: Coffin, Byron H.
    • Date: 1939

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  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Bingen on the Rhine [textual transcription].
    A soldier of the legion lay dying in Algiers
    Textual song transcription. World War I song. In English.
    • Contributor: Rice, Ben
    • Date: 1936
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Blue Julietta [textual transcription].
    Oh, an Indian girl, bright Alfarata
    Fragment of textual song transcription. In English.
    • Contributor: Day, William T.
    • Date: 1939
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    The Boston burglar [textual transcription].
    I was born in Boston city
    Textual song transcription. In English.
    • Contributor: Rice, Ben
    • Date: 1936
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Buffalo, buffalo [textual transcription].
    Miss McKinley hollered, she screamed and she squalled
    Textual song transcription. In English.
    • Contributor: Ford, Warde H.
    • Date: 1938