Collection Photo, Print, Drawing Lomax photographs depicting folk musicians, primarily in the southern United States and the Bahamas
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- Lomax photographs depicting folk musicians, primarily in the southern United States and the Bahamas
- Snapshots primarily documenting sound recording expeditions carried out by John Avery Lomax, Alan Lomax, and Ruby Terrill Lomax for the Archive of American Folk Song from 1934 to ca. 1950. Photographs depict African American, white, and Latino musicians, singers and dancers, in the southern United States (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia) and the Bahamas (Nassau, Andros Island, and Cat Island). Includes portraits of musicians posed with and without their instruments; many photos show musicians in various settings and activities--at homes, working in prison yards, working on chain gangs, performing outside and on stage at the Asheville Mountain Music Festival, North Carolina. Some photos depict daily life, including domestic activities, baptisms, and farming. Also includes some landscape and marine views, houses, and children playing singing games. Musicians depicted include, among others, Henry Truvillion, James "Iron Head" Baker, Moses "Clear Rock" Platt, Leadbelly, Crockett "Davy" Ward, Bill Hensley, Uncle Bob Ledbetter, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, who assisted the Lomaxes on expeditions to Georgia and Florida, is identified in four photographs in subdivisions 7414-C and 7414-G.
- Lomax, John A. (John Avery), 1867-1948.
- Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002, photographer
- Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill), photographer
- Archive of American Folk Song.
Created / Published
- 1934-ca. 1950.
- - African Americans--Music--1930-1950
- - African Americans--Women
- - Musicians--Southern States--1930-1950
- - Musicians--Bahamas--1930-1950
- - Folk dancers--Southern States--1930-1950
- - Music festivals--North Carolina--Asheville--1930-1950
- - Prisoners--Southern States--1930-1950
- Gelatin silver prints--1930-1950.
- Group portraits--1930-1950.
- Portrait photographs--1930-1950.
- Portrait photographs--1930-1950
- Group portraits--1930-1950
- Gelatin silver prints--1930-1950
- - Arrangement: Photographs are organized into eight subdivisions generally corresponding to each of the Lomaxes recording expeditions. Each subdivision is lettered A-H as follows: LOT 7414-A (Asheville Mountain Music Festival); LOT 7414-B (Louisiana and Alabama); LOT 7414-C (Georgia and Florida); LOT 7414-D (Virginia); LOT 7414-E (Prison camps and state farms); LOT 7414-F (Texas); LOT 7414-G (Misc. contact strips and single photos); LOT 7414-H (Bahamas). Arrangement: Items within each subdivision are numbered consecutively throughout the LOT. Item numbers are preceded by the letter N (i.e., LOT 7414-B, no. N138).
- - Photographer names do not appear on the photographs. Many images were taken by Alan Lomax and Ruby Terrill Lomax, and possibly others working with them. Photos of the Bog Trotters Band, Galax, Va., are marked: "These pictures were made by CBS photographer at the time of the A. Lomax School of the Air Broadcast in Galax".
- - Most photographs have handwritten or typed identifications or other markings on the versos.
- - In 2015, the Library digitized 48 nitrate negatives (PR 06 CN 1186) for which no prints had been found and made online catalog records. These photos and their numbering fit with the Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia photos of LOT 7414. The negatives date from Sept. to Nov. 1940 and are attributed to Ruby Lomax. Another 31 negatives that correspond to prints were also digitized and described in the catalog records for the prints.
- - LOT title devised by Library staff.
- - Digitized images of these items display with associated descriptions in the Prints & Photographs Division Online Catalog, https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html
- - Digitized images are also available through the Library of Congress Web site under the title: Southern mosaic, The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip, produced in 1999 for the National Digital Library Program, American Memory collections. This site also features associated sound recordings, field notes, and other manuscript materials.
- - Transfer; Archive of American Folk Song; 1950?
- 400 photographic prints : gelatin silver ; 8x10 in. and smaller.
Call Number/Physical Location
- LOT 7414 (F) (Use Surrogate) [P&P]
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
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Chicago citation style:
Lomax, John A, and Archive Of American Folk Song, Lomax, Alan, and Ruby T Lomax, photographer. Lomax photographs depicting folk musicians, primarily in the southern United States and the Bahamas. Bahamas Asheville Southern States North Carolina, ca. 1950. 1934. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/99405204/.
APA citation style:
Lomax, J. A. & Archive Of American Folk Song, Lomax, A. & Lomax, R. T., photographer. (ca. 1950) Lomax photographs depicting folk musicians, primarily in the southern United States and the Bahamas. Bahamas Asheville Southern States North Carolina, ca. 1950. 1934. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/99405204/.
MLA citation style:
Lomax, John A, and Archive Of American Folk Song, photographers by Lomax, Alan, and Ruby T Lomax. Lomax photographs depicting folk musicians, primarily in the southern United States and the Bahamas. 1934. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/99405204/>.