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D. K. Wilgus Collection online

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Subject: Folklore: D. K. Wilgus Collection online
From: Goose Gander
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 04:03 PM

The D. K. Wilgus Collection is now available online, couldn't find 'Well Below the Valley'(?)


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Subject: RE: D. K. Wilgus Collection online
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 18 Oct 09 - 01:51 PM

The Collection is such a large one that the 2178 items currently available for online listening is just a small fraction of it; I can't find any of the Irish field recordings there, but since the collection is searchable by title only it is easy to miss things. I expect that more recordings will be added online in time, so we may as well just enjoy the riches already on show while we wait for more to arrive.
This kind of thing is one of the glories of the internet; otherwise inaccessible collections are being made freely available so that we can all enjoy the treasures preserved in libraries and museums.
Well done to UCLA Ethnomusiclogy Department, and I look forward to seeing many other institutions following their example.
Matthew Edwards


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Subject: RE: D. K. Wilgus Collection online
From: RangerSteve
Date: 18 Oct 09 - 02:07 PM

Thanks for posting this. This could take months to listen to.


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Subject: RE: D. K. Wilgus Collection online
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 18 Oct 09 - 06:23 PM

So far, I've accessed it by sampling two stories--both Jewish jokes, and the recordings both have the property of cutting off just before the punch line! Very annoying!

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: D. K. Wilgus collection available online
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 12:24 PM

Part of the D K Wilgus collection of ballads and folksongs is now available for online listening.

D K Wilgus and Wayland D Hand established Folklore studies at UCLA, and together founded the Folklore and Mythology Program in 1965. Wilgus was a folksong and ballad scholar, indefatigable fieldworker, and renowned authority on Anglo-American folksong, 'race' records, and 'hillbilly' music.

He directed five folk music festivals at UCLA. He was Chair of the Folklore Program for 17 years. Many of the field recordings of American and Irish folk music in this collection are his or those of David Evans, one of his students (a noted authority on blues). This collection was originally part of the Folklore and Mythology Department, but in Fall 2002 was acquired by the Ethnomusicology Archive.

Digitization of the field recordings was made possible by a generous grant from the Grammy Foundation. And we are currently working on a new two-year Grammy grant to finish digitizing the entire collection. To listen to recordings from the collection:
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Subject: RE: D. K. Wilgus collection available online
From: Art Thieme
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 03:16 PM

He gave a talk at the first University of Chicago Folk Festival -- 1961. I recall that his positions reflected an openness on his part to including certain revival aspects of folklore collection that surprised me at the time. Don't get me wrong, he was no Archie Green. But his talk did lead me to look for his book titled something like Anglo-American Scholarship Since... (whenever).

(I thought it lacked a good plot ;-)

Thanks for that link!

Art Thieme


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