Collection Items

  • Audio Recording
    Varsuviana Dust jacket notes: AFS 3368 A1 is the same as AFS 3368 A2, but the second one is a better recording. Aaron Morgan, harmonica. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Columbia, Tuolumne County, California on July 17, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Aaron Morgan performing Anglo-American music on July 17 and 18, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in...
    • Contributor: Morgan, Aaron - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    O, love, they say, is a very funny thing Dust jacket notes: AFS 3364 A1 is incomplete; last part of song on AFS 3364 A2. Leon Ponce, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Columbia, Tuolumne County, California on July 18, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Leon Ponce performing Anglo-American music on July 17, 18, and 31, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Columbia, Tuolumne County,...
    • Contributor: Ponce, Leon - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Coming round the mountain Yellow song check-list notes: AFS 4226 A1 and A2 are tests; AFS 4226 A3 is the best recording. Mrs. Ben Scott, violin; Myrtle B. Wilkinson, tenor banjo. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Turlock, California on October 31, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Mrs. Ben Scott and Myrtle B. Wilkinson performing Anglo-American music on the fiddle and tenor banjo...
    • Contributor: Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Gould, Hattie Scott - Wilkinson, Myrtle
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Comments by Mrs. Ben Scott about playing the fiddle Mrs. Ben Scott speaks about herself. Comments beginning on AFS 4227 A3 are about Mrs. Scott learning to play the fiddle. They are concluded on AFS 4227 B1 where she speaks about performing in fiddle contests.
    • Contributor: Gould, Hattie Scott - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Simon Slick Dust jacket notes: "Learned in Utah from her father." Dust jacket notes: Song sung twice. AFS 4215 A3 had "Too much noise in the bar. "AFS 4215 A4 is a "better recording than A3, but she sang better the first time." Flora Earnson, vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell at the Golden Gate Cafe in Central Valley, California on September 4, 1939. Forms part...
    • Contributor: Earnson, Flora - 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
    Beast of Derbyshire Contains sexual innuendo and scatological humor. Dust jacket notes: AFS 4216 B1 includes only the first verse. Song continued on AFS 4216 B2. Variant of the "Darby Ram" or "Derby Ram." Charles Fulton, vocals and piano. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on August 15, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Charles Fulton performing Anglo-American songs on August...
    • Contributor: Fulton, Charles - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Barbara Allen
    Barbara Allen
    Dust jacket notes: Incomplete version of Barbara Allen on AFS 3343 A1. Additional verses on AFS 3342 A2. Virginia Meade, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Hollywood, California on June 3, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Virginia Mead performing Anglo-American ballads on June 3, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Hollywood, California.
    • Contributor: Meade, Virginia - 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
    Thug mi n'oichde rir (?) sa bhath = Last night I spent on the boat Dust jacket notes: Song begun on AFs 3858 A4; completed on AFSs 3858 B1. Donald MacInnes, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Oakland, California on February 15, 1939. In Scots Gaelic. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Donald MacInnes performing Gaelic songs from the Hebrides, Scotland, on February 15 and June 15, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in...
    • 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
    Upp, upp min sal = Up, up, my soul Dust jacket notes inscribed by Sidney Robertson Cowell: From the Passiusalmar of Hallgrimur Petursson. Verses 1-2 are on AFS 4268 A1, verses 3-4 are on AFS 4268 A2, and verses 5-7 are on AFS 4268 A3. 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 materials documenting...
    • Contributor: Einarson, Thodur - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Schenectady Yellow song check-list notes: "A shaped-note hymn from the Sacred Harp." Stanford University Choir, vocals; Raymond Kendall, director. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Palo Alto, California in 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting the Stanford University Choir performing shape note hymns in 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Palo Alto, California.
    • Contributor: Stanford University Choir - Cowell, Sidney Robertson
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Square dance calling accompanying "Chicken reel" Walter Harp, square dance calling; Charles Cook, fiddle; Charles Powell, guitar; Bennie Lindsay, guitar; and Junior Lindsay, harmonica. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell at the HiWay Cafe in Brentwood, California on March 10, 1939. Forms part of a group of field materials documenting Walter Harp calling for square dancing, with accompaniment on the fiddle, guitar, and harmonica on March 10, 1939, collected by Sidney...
    • Contributor: Harp, Walter - Cook, Charles - Cowell, Sidney Robertson - Lindsay, Bennie - Lindsay, Junior - Powell, Charles
    • Date: 1939
  • Audio Recording
    Eg seer deg ut for gluggjin = I knew you by your shadow AFS 3853 B2 begins with the first verse of the song and followed by the completion of the song on AFS 3853 B3. Dust jacket notes inscribed by Sidney Robertson Cowell: "This is old Norwegian speech, not modern." Alf Nilsson, unaccompanied vocals. Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Carmel, California on February 18, 1939. In Norwegian. Forms part of a group of field materials...
    • Contributor: Nilssen, Alf - 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
    'S gann gu dirich mi chavidh = I can hardly climb the mountain Yellow song check-list notes: Song begins on AFS 4285 A1 and is completed on AFS 4285 A2. 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
    Verses Dust jacket notes inscribed by Sidney Robertson Cowell: Composed verses. "These are not rimur, Mr. B[ardarson] says." 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 April 28-29, 1940, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Carmel, California.
    • Contributor: Bardarson, Sigurd - 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
    Mathy Grove [textual transcriptions].
    Mathie Groves | Mathy Groves | Lie still, lie still, you little Mathy Grove
    Four textual song transcriptions. In English.
    • Contributor: Asmussen, Ella - Graham, George Vinton
    • Date: 1938

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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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  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    A garland of old fashioned roses [textual transcription].
    A garland of old fashioned roses, Sweetheart, I bring to you
    Fragment of textual song transcription. In English.
    • Contributor: Coffin, Ada Pearl
    • Date: 1939
  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Love's impossibility [textual transcription].
    As I was a-walking in yonder green field
    Textual transcription of song.
    • Date: 1938