I have the longterm loan of an old songbook from the WLS Radio (Chicago) Barn Dance program, 1935.. It's far too fragile to play out of. I have discussed its preservation with two Mudcatters, but it looks like a big project for one or two, and if more people participate it could have some nice applications.
Obvious approaches are scanning, hanging up on a website.... posting lyrics & chords here... someone mentioned recording...
100 WLS Barn Dance Favorites.
(C) 1935, M.M. Cole Pub Co., Chicago. "From the music library of WLS, The Prairie Farmer Station, Chicago." Compiled by John Lair, WLS Music Dept.
Approx. 100 songs with artist photos and line art. (Pioneer songs, southern songs, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, sacred songs, mountain songs, home songs.)
Foreword, black & white souvenir photo (inside back cover).
Also included, article by George C. Biggar, WLS promiotional director, WLS: When the Cowbells Ring Out on Saturday Night (It's National Barn Dance Time)." 96 pages.
See also related thread, "Help: Cowboy Songbook Preservation Project."
People, what are your ideas? Post them here.
Do you want to volunteer to join the project team? E-mail me.
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