The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #81820   Message #3316291
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
02-Mar-12 - 05:11 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Roll, Alabama Roll
Subject: RE: Origins: Roll, Alabama Roll
Hold on to your gorges, gentlemen.

The Harris Collection is described on BU's website as follows:

"The Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays is composed of approximately 250,000 volumes of American and Canadian poetry, plays, and vocal music dating from 1609 to the present day. It is perhaps the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind in any research library. The works of most well-known (and many thousands of little-known) American and Canadian poets and playwrights, from the 18th century to the present day, are held comprehensively. There are significant holdings of early American literature, hymnals, songsters, little magazines, contemporary fine printing, extensive collections on Walt Whitman and Edgar Allan Poe, women's writings, gay and lesbian literature, modern first editions, Yiddish-American literature, and French-Canadian literature. The Collection is fully cataloged, with records available in Josiah, the Library's online catalog.. Includes periodicals, broadsides, recordings, films, electronic resources, manuscripts, prints and photographs."

No mention of shanty manuscripts or recordings. Except:

"Songs of the Civil War [electronic resource]...N[ew] Y[ork]
C[ity] : Folkways Records, [1960]."

Sung by Hermes Nye.

Unfortunately typical. Or am I being "too cynical"?