Film, Video Sidney Robertson Cowell & the WPA California Folk Music Project, 1938-1940

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Title
Sidney Robertson Cowell & the WPA California Folk Music Project, 1938-1940
Summary
Catherine Hiebert Kerst discusses how, as a young woman of 35, Sidney Robertson proposed, organized and directed a California Work Projects Administration project designed to survey musical traditions from a wide range of English-speaking and immigrant communities in Northern California. Her efforts generated the WPA California Folk Music Project (1938-1940), a remarkable multi-format ethnographic field collection (with recordings, photographs, sketches and drawings of the musical instruments, and field notes) that captured a unique cross-section of the music that people of many backgrounds were performing at the time.
Event Date
May 09, 2017
Notes
-  Catherine Hiebert Kerst recently retired from the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress, where she served as a folklife specialist.
Related Resources
Music & Performing Arts at the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/
American Folklife Center: https://www.loc.gov/folklife/
Running Time
1 hours, 2 minutes, 10 seconds
Language
English
Online Format
video
online text
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