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Title
Library of Congress and Fisk University Mississippi Delta collection,
Other Title
Fisk University Mississippi Delta collection
Library of Congress / Fisk University Mississippi Delta collection
Coahoma County, Mississippi, field project, 1941-1942
Summary
The collection consists of a portion of the materials generated by a joint field project in Coahoma County, Mississippi, 1941-1942, conducted by the Archive of American Folk Song, Library of Congress and Fisk University. Field recordings were made of secular and religious music, sermons, testimonies, church services, children's games, singing games, jokes, folktales, interviews, toasts, hollers, blues, and dance music in African American communities in Mississippi. Some audio recordings were made by Alan Lomax and John W. Work at Work's home in Nashville, Tennessee; and a few were recorded by Lomax in Arkansas. The collection includes recording logs, reports, and correspondence related to the project by Alan Lomax, Charles S. Johnson, John W. Work, a memo from Lewis W. Jones, and other correspondence. Manuscripts include a transcript of an interview with S. L. Mangham, who talks about W. C. Handy. Also included are negative photostats of song transcriptions by John W. Work (1943), including many songs that were recorded during this project.
Contributor Names
Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002, interviewer.
Work, John W. (John Wesley), 1901-1967, interviewer.
Jones, Lewis Wade, 1910-1979, interviewer.
Sturz, Elizabeth Lyttleton, interviewer.
Johnson, Charles Spurgeon, 1893-1956, interviewer.
Johnson, George, interviewee.
Edwards, Honeyboy, performer, interviewee.
House, Son, performer.
Muddy Waters, 1915-1983, performer.
Hemphill, Sid, 1876-1963, performer.
Mangham, S. L., interviewee.
Archive of American Folk Song, collector.
Fisk University, collector.
Subject Headings
-  Lomax, Alan,--1915-2002--Correspondence
-  Botkin, Benjamin Albert,--1901-1975--Correspondence
-  House, Son--Correspondence
-  Johnson, Charles Spurgeon,--1893-1956--Correspondence
-  Jones, Lewis Wade,--1910-1979--Correspondence
-  Work, John W.--(John Wesley),--1901-1967--Correspondence
-  Muddy Waters,--1915-1983--Correspondence
-  Schmidt, Harold C.--Correspondence
-  Spivacke, Harold,--1904-1977--Correspondence
-  Jones, Thomas Elsa--Correspondence
-  African Americans--Mississippi--Delta (Region)--Music
-  African Americans--Mississippi--Delta (Region)--Religion
-  African Americans--Mississippi--Delta (Region)--Folklore
-  Folk music--Mississippi--Delta (Region)
-  Blues (Music)--1941-1950
-  Blues (Music)--Mississippi--Coahoma County
-  Gospel music--Mississippi--Coahoma County
-  African American children's games--Mississippi
-  Spirituals (Songs)--Mississippi
-  Ballads, English--Mississippi
-  Folk songs, English--Mississippi
-  Work songs--Mississippi
-  Railroads--Songs and music
-  Singing games--Mississippi--Coahoma County
-  Tales--Mississippi--Coahoma County
-  Hymns, English--Mississippi
-  Games--Mississippi--Coahoma County
-  African American children--Mississippi--Coahoma County--Social life and customs
-  Toasts (African American folk poetry)--Mississippi
-  African Americans--Mississippi--Delta (Region)--Social life and customs
-  Coahoma County (Miss.)--Social life and customs
-  Coahoma County (Miss.)--Religious life and customs
-  Delta (Miss. : Region)--Social life and customs
-  Field recordings--Mississippi
-  Field recordings--Tennessee
-  Field recordings--Arkansas
Genre
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Correspondence
Sermons
Prayers
Hymns
Field hollers
Toasts (narrative poetry)
Dr. Watts hymn singing
Sound recordings
Field recordings
Scores
Music transcriptions
Negative prints
Notes
-  Organized by format into the following series: I. Manuscripts; II. Sound Recordings.
-  In 1941 and 1942 the Library of Congress and Fisk University of Nashville, Tennessee, jointly undertook a sociological study of African American communities centered in Coahoma County, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region. The project resulted in a number of documents, sound recordings, and motion picture footage now held in several collections at the American Folklife Center with related materials at other institutions. The Coahoma County, Mississippi, field project, 1941-1942 was led by Alan Lomax, head of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress, and by Fisk University faculty members including Charles S. Johnson, John Wesley Work III and Lewis Wade Jones.
-  The Library of Congress and Fisk University Mississippi Delta collection (AFC 1941/002), Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
-  Interview with former slave George Johnson, Mound Bayou, Mississippi, September 1941 is available online in the presentation Voices from the Days of Slavery http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/collafc.af000006
-  Alan Lomax Collection (AFC 2004/004) folders with correspondence, field notes, and other manuscripts related to the Fisk University field project http://www.loc.gov/collections/alan-lomax-manuscripts/about-this-collection/
-  Correspondence and field notes related to this field project are found in John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax Papers, 1932-1942 (AFC 1933/001). During this field project, Alan Lomax shot 8 minutes, 29 seconds of color silent film in Coahoma County, Mississippi in 1942 of children's games and of David "Honeyboy" Edwards (see AFC 1990/017). Disc sleeves for some of these recordings with manuscript notes by Alan Lomax and others are located in Archive of Folk Song Audio Disc Sleeves (AFC 9999/008).
-  Additional correspondence and field notes related to this field project are found in the Alan Lomax Collection (AFC 2004/004) online, see folders afc2004004.ms070353; afc2004004.ms070309; afc2004004.ms070315 and Lomax's manuscripts for his book, The Land Where the Blues Began.
-  Finding aid is available in the Folklife Reading Room and online http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013010
-  Lomax, Alan. The Land Where the Blues Began (New York : Pantheon Books, c1993).
-  Selected materials from this collection and the Alan Lomax Collection published in: Gordon, Robert and Bruce Nemerov, eds. Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University - Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941-1942. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2005.
Medium
493 items.
1 container plus 1 oversize.
3.5 linear feet.
manuscripts 34 folders 1 box.
sound recordings 10 sound discs : analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 12 in.
sound recordings 87 sound discs : analog, 78 rpm, mono. ; 16 in.
graphic images (music, oversize) 46 negative prints : black and white ; 54 x 37 cm and smaller.
Repository
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610
Library of Congress Control Number
2002522628
Rights Advisory
Duplication of the recorded materials may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.
Access Advisory
Collection is open for research. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact
Description
The collection consists of a portion of the materials generated by a joint field project in Coahoma County, Mississippi, 1941-1942, conducted by the Archive of American Folk Song, Library of Congress and Fisk University. Field recordings were made of secular and religious music, sermons, testimonies, church services, children's games, singing games, jokes, folktales, interviews, toasts, hollers, blues, and dance music in African American communities in Mississippi. Some audio recordings were made by Alan Lomax and John W. Work at Work's home in Nashville, Tennessee; and a few were recorded by Lomax in Arkansas. The collection includes recording logs, reports, and correspondence related to the project by Alan Lomax, Charles S. Johnson, John W. Work, a memo from Lewis W. Jones, and other correspondence. Manuscripts include a transcript of an interview with S. L. Mangham, who talks about W. C. Handy. Also included are negative photostats of song transcriptions by John W. Work (1943), including many songs that were recorded during this project.
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Lomax, Alan, Interviewer, John W Work, Lewis Wade Jones, Elizabeth Lyttleton Sturz, Charles Spurgeon Johnson, George Johnson, S. L Mangham, Collector Archive Of American Folk Song, and Collector Fisk University. Library of Congress and Fisk University Mississippi Delta collection. 1941.

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Lomax, A., Work, J. W., Jones, L. W., Sturz, E. L., Johnson, C. S., Johnson, G. [...] Fisk University, C. (1941) Library of Congress and Fisk University Mississippi Delta collection.

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Lomax, Alan, Interviewer, et al. Library of Congress and Fisk University Mississippi Delta collection. 1941.