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    ... Date: Tue, 06 Jul 1999 22:02:07 -0400 From: H-Appalachia Editor Richard Straw Reply-To: H-Net Discussion List on Appalachian History and
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      Date: Tue, 06 Jul 1999 22:02:07 -0400
      From: H-Appalachia Editor Richard Straw <rstraw@...>
      Reply-To: H-Net Discussion List on Appalachian History and Studies
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      To: H-APPALACHIA@...
      Subject: Lomax Collection

      From the Editor: I thought many of you would be interested in this cross
      posting from another list.

      From: John Edward Philips <philips@mail.h-net.msu.edu>
      Subject: ANN: Lomax Recording Coll. at LOC American Memory WWW site
      To: H-USA@...

      The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip Collection
      is now available online through the Library of Congress American Memory Web
      site at the following URL: <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/lohtml/lohome.html>
      The presentation of this online collection is made possible by the generous
      support of The Texaco Foundation.

      This multiformat ethnographic field collection includes 686 sound
      recordings, as well as photographic prints, fieldnotes, dust jackets,
      and other manuscripts documenting folksingers and folksongs discovered on
      the Lomax's three-month, 6,502-mile trip through eight Southern states:
      Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and
      Georgia.

      Beginning in Port Aransas, Texas, on March 31, 1939, and ending at the
      Library of Congress on June 14, 1939, John Avery Lomax, Honorary
      Consultant and Curator of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the
      Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center), and his wife, Ruby
      Terrill Lomax, recorded approximately 25 hours of music from more than
      300 performers. The recordings represent a broad spectrum of musical styles,
      including ballads, blues, children's songs, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes,
      field hollers, lullabies, play-party songs, religious dramas,
      spirituals, and work songs. Over 100 songs are sung in Spanish.

      A special presentation on the collection provides a state-by-state
      snapshot of the Lomaxes' expedition, highlighting the diverse musical
      styles of each region, the variety of documentation archived by the
      collectors, and many of their experiences on this field expedition
      through the rural South in the 1930s.

      Patrons wishing to use this collection can search for items in many
      ways, including by city, state, and county where the recording took place,
      performer name, song title, musical genre, and recording venue. Also
      included in the collection is an extensive bibliography and discography
      for those interested in doing further research on the folk music
      documented in this collection.

      Other folklife-related online collections, selected publications of the
      American Folklife Center, and information about products and services
      are available from the Center's homepage:
      <http://lcweb.loc.gov/folklife>

      American Memory is a project of the National Digital Library Program of
      the Library of Congress, which, in collaboration with other
      institutions, is bringing important American historical materials to citizens
      everywhere. Through American Memory, fifty-nine multimedia collections
      of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, motion pictures, and
      text are now available online, free to the public for educational
      purposes. This collection is the fifth American Folklife Center
      contribution to the American Memory Web site. All American Memory
      collections can be accessed through <http://www.memory.loc.gov>

      Please send any questions regarding this or other American Memory
      Collections to ndlpcoll@...
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