Collection Items

  • Audio Recording
    Karacsanyi enek = Christmas song Translation of first line: "When Mother Mary put her child to sleep." Mary Gaidos, Julia Reha, Elizabeth Jelenfy, Mary Drasky, Rosa Nimerfroh, Mr. Jelenfy, and Mr. Nimerfroh, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on December 31, 1939. In Hungarian. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Mary Gaidos performing Hungarian songs with friends at a New Year's Eve...
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Drasky, Mary - Gaidos, Mary - Jelenfy, Elizabeth - Jelenfy - Nimerfroh, Rosa - Nimerfroh - Reha, Julia
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Mrs. Fogarty's Christmas cake Dust jacket notes inscribed by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "Dick Weston, mentioned in the last verse, is a young man of 18 in whose shop the recording was being done." Leon Ponce, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Columbia, Tuolumne County, California on July 17, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Leon Ponce performing Anglo-American music on July 17,...
    • Contributor: Ponce, Leon - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Noite de Natal = Christmas night Alice Lemos Avila, vocals and English guitar; Elzira Silva, vocals; Antonio Medeiros, vocals and triangle; Albert Avila, vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on March 8, 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, 1838 through April 12, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell...
    • Contributor: Avila, Albert - Avila, Alice Lemos - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Medeiros, Antonio - Silva, Elzira
    • Date: 1939
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Noite de Natal = Christmas night [textual and melodic transcriptions].
    On Christmas night | Pela noite de Natal
    Textual Portuguese and melodic transcriptions of song, with English translation by Alice Lemos Avila. In Portuguese and English.
    • Contributor: Avila, Alice Lemos
    • Date: 1938

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  • Audio Recording
    Comments on recordings made at Shasta Dam during the 1938 Christmas holidays Sidney Robertson Cowell comments on the recordings made by Warde and Pat Ford and Frenchy Oriet in December 1938. Sidney Robertson Cowell, narration. 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 in Boomtown [Central...
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Ford, Pat
    • Date: 1938
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Ao menino Jesus [textual and melodic transcriptions].
    Gloria in excelsio deo | Era meninas a porfia
    Textual Portuguese transcription and cipher notation of song.
    • Date: 1938
  • Audio Recording
    Venid pastores = Come, shepherds Dust jacket notes: Christmas song. Aurora Calderon, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on April 10, 1939. In Spanish. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Aurora Calderon performing unaccompanied Spanish songs from Puerto Rico on April 10, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California.
    • Contributor: Calderon, Aurora - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    La estrella del Oriente = Star of the East Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "An Aguinaldo or Christmas carol. Dance section alternating with narrative, slower section." Cruz Losada, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on April 10, 1939. In Spanish. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Cruz Losada performing unaccompanied Puerto Rican songs in Spanish on April 10, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson...
    • Contributor: Lozada, Cruz - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Pastorak orven deznek = The Shepherds are rejoicing
    Pastorak orvendeznek
    Yellow song check-list notes: For Christmas. Mary Gaidos, Julia Reha, Elizabeth Jelenfy, Mary Drasky, Rosa Nimerfroh, Mr. Jelenfy, and Mr. Nimerfroh, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on December 31, 1939. In Hungarian. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Mary Gaidos performing Hungarian songs with friends at a New Year's Eve party on December 31, 1939, collected...
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Drasky, Mary - Gaidos, Mary - Jelenfy, Elizabeth - Jelenfy - Nimerfroh, Rosa - Nimerfroh - Reha, Julia
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Si me dan pasteles an aguinaldo = If you give me pasteles . . . Dust jacket notes: AFS 3866 A3 repeats AFS 3866 A2. Inscribed on dust jacket by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "Aguinaldo, a Christmas song from Viequies, P.R. [Vieques Island, Puerto Rico]." Letter from performer dated November 27, 1995: "Pasteles are made of green bananas and other vegetables and stewed pork. They are then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed." Aurora Calderon, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney...
    • Contributor: Calderon, Aurora - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Vinde reis, pastores = Come kings, shepherds Dust jacket notes: This song comes from the island of Faial in the Azores. Mary Silveira, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on August 15, 1939. In Portuguese. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Louise Franco, Clifford Franco, and Mary Silveira performing Portuguese songs on August 15, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California.
    • Contributor: Silveira, Mary - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Santos reis = Wise men [textual and melodic transcriptions].
    Sao chegados os tres Reis | The three kings have arrived
    Textual Portuguese and melodic transcriptions of song, with English translation by Alice Lemos Avila. In Portuguese and English.
    • Contributor: Avila, Alice Lemos
    • Date: 1938

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  • Audio Recording
    Santos reis = Wise men Yellow song check-list notes: "Kind of out of tune." Yellow song check-list notes: "The ferrinho is a heavy iron triangle, associated particularly with carolling in the Azores. Mr. Medeiros borrowed one last New Year's Eve, but we were unable to record the carols then. For this recording he made himself one the night before." Alice Lemos Avila, vocals and English guitar; Elzira Silva, vocals;...
    • Contributor: Avila, Albert - Avila, Alice Lemos - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Medeiros, Antonio - Silva, Elzira
    • 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
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    River drivers' song [textual and melodic transcriptions].
    Tarriers' song | Roll you tigers roll | Wallace Waite was a walking boss
    Textual and melodic song transcriptions. In English.
    • Contributor: Ford, Pat
    • Date: 1938

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  • Article
    WPA California Ethnic, Cultural, and Language Groups Anglo Anglo-American performers in Alameda, Belvedere, Brentwood, Camino, Carmel, Central Valley, Columbia, Concord, Groveland, Hollywood, Lotus, Oakland, Pine Grove, Tuolumne County, San Jose, and Turlock singing English language songs and performing dance music, fiddle tunes, shanties, ragtime, Barbary Coast tunes, music from the Gold Rush era, immigrant songs, American popular song, and medicine and minstrel show tunes on the guitar, tenor banjo, dulcimer, harmonica,...
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Foreman Monroe [textual and melodic transcriptions with notes].
    The Jam on Gerry's rock | Young Monroe | Come all you brave young shanty boys, a tale to you I'll relate
    Three textual and two melodic song transcriptions with sixteen pages of handwritten notes inscribed by Sidney Robertson Cowell about "Foreman Monroe" and "Young Monroe." In English.
    • Contributor: Asmussen, Ella - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Ford, Pat - Ford, Warde H.
    • Date: 1938

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  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Many questions [textual and melodic transcriptions].
    Captain Wedderburn's courtship | And into bed with you I'll go | Go away from me, you vulgar youth
    Three textual and one melodic song transcriptions. In English.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Ford, Warde H.
    • Date: 1938

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  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    The Recording of Folk Music in California. An article Sidney Robertson Cowell published in "California Folklore Quarterly," vol. 1, no. 1, January 1942, pp. 7 - 23.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1942

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  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    The Recording of Folk Music in California. Notes and outline prepared by Sidney Robertson Cowell on "Folksong in California," that was never published.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1954

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  • Article
    The Ethnographic Experience: Sidney Robertson Cowell in Northern California From 1938 to 1940, while in her thirties, Sidney Robertson, ethnographer and collector of traditional American music, single-handedly organized and directed a California Work Projects Administration project designed to survey musical traditions in Northern California. The result of the project was a remarkable, and quite modern, multi-format ethnographic field collection--the WPA California Folk Music Project. Not only did the project generate a wealth of...
    • Date: 1903
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Field reports, Fieldnotes written by Sidney Robertson Cowell and submitted to the Northern California WPA Office in San Francisco during the course of the California Folk Music Project.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938

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  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Notes on miscellaneous songs recorded for the California Folk Music Project. Fieldnotes compiled by Sidney Robertson Cowell on miscellaneous songs recorded during the course of the California Folk Music Project.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1938

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  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Correspondence,
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1937

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  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Pre-project correspondence, Correspondence received or written by Sidney Robertson Cowell regarding the WPA Northern California Folk Music Project before it opened in 1938.
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1937