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California Folk MusicProject # 10482-A 252108 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CaliforniaJanuary 20, 1939 FIELD REPORT

Saturday January 14th - Thursday January 19th To Monterey and Carmel to pick up contracts made there several months before the project opened. My list of prospects contained 11 names. Of these, I omitted wo of the least likely for lack of time. Of the remaining nine, two men (One Spanish Basque, one Mexican) had just left for a month's work at Treasure Island; one very important source of rare Spanish-California songs (a woman) had gone to San Francisco on a shopping tour for several days; two Spanish women who planned before to record had just lost their mother and "didn't feel to sing"; one Norwegian was in bed with the grippe; one Mexican went into the hospital the day I arrived with a fractured skull due to his having been mistaken for a strike breaker by some fishermen's union members; the Icelander who was to record old chants for me had a bad sore throat; and Mrs. Garcia, the most interesting source of material from Spain, was inarticulate temporarily because she'd just had all her teeth out. The last two recovered sufficiently to record a few songs each on Wednesday night and I will catch the Basque and the Mexican in San Francisco. But this [strikes / an?] all-time low for casualties. They expect me back in two - three weeks, however, and I have been promised some songs by cowboys up the Carmel Valley at the [Cochines?] Ranch, among other things.

The trip was not wasted but it did not result at all as I expected in terms of recordings completed.SHR/RSupervisor

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Field reports,
Contributor Names
Cowell, Sidney Robertson, 1903-1995, project director.
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-  W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection
-  W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection--Field notes
-  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.
44 p. ; 8.5 x 11 in.
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Forms part of: W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610
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Cowell, Sidney Robertson, Project Director. Field Reports. [to 1939, 1938] Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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