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GUEST,Bruce O. 21 Mar 01 - 11:33 PM
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GUEST,Bruce O. 24 Mar 01 - 12:57 PM
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Subject: BS: WPA folk song collections
From: GUEST,Bruce O.
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 11:33 PM

Look at all those unpublished folk song collections out there by using Google to search for 'WPA folk song collections'. How could we make a grand index of the contents?


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Subject: RE: BS: WPA folk song collections
From: GUEST,Bruce O.
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 11:41 PM

Don't jump the gun until we find out if the Library of Congress American Folklife Center has alredy compiled a listing.


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Subject: RE: BS: WPA folk song collections
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 11:47 PM

There are some listed online at the Library of Congress site complete with sound files and listing of what is available, but obviously what is online is by no means complete.

Does anyone know if the LOC has a copy of all of the collections made? Are these things we could find in local libraries, Bruce? This is fascinating and I would gladly help out in anyway I am able.

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: WPA folk song collections
From: GUEST,Bruce O.
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 12:12 AM

I'll have to find Joe Hickerson, the man to ask. I don't have a good contact at the Library of Congress Folklife Archive anymore. Maybe Jennifer Cutting? I saw Joe's new email address just a week or two ago, but neglected to copy it down. I can get it tomorrow (whoops, 12:12, that's today already).


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Subject: RE: BS: WPA folk song collections
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 12:22 AM

LOL, you could always ask Kath Westra, since she used to be married to him:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: WPA folk song collections
From: GUEST,Bruce O.
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 01:34 AM

I know, and also know that they still talk to each other (I've seen it, not very long ago). But home (not where I am now) I have Stephen Wade's email address (I know him slightly, and he's been to my place), and he is in fairly regular contact with Joe. I know several others that I think would know his email address, also, and can get to them tomorrow by email if Stephen Wade isn't home (and he's often away giving concerts, at a confrence, or researching).


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Subject: RE: BS: WPA folk song collections
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 01:46 AM

That's great, Bruce. Keep us posted, please, and let me know if I can help in anyway.


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Subject: RE: BS: WPA folk song collections
From: GUEST,Bruce O.
Date: 22 Mar 01 - 12:41 PM

Things didn't go as planned (S. Wade's new email I don't have yet), but request for info has been sent to Joe Hickerson.


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Subject: RE: WPA folk song collections
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Mar 01 - 05:19 AM

You have piqued my curiosity, Bruce. I made a clickable link out of your suggested Google search - Click here. It does turn up an amazing list. Looks like we have work to do.
Wow!
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: WPA folk song collections
From: GUEST,Bruce O.
Date: 24 Mar 01 - 12:57 PM

Joe Hickerson said to spread the word, so here it is. Headers and personal message +, deleted.

From: Bruce Olson Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2001 12:42 PM Subject: WPA collections

> Joe, > > Found out there are lots of 'WPA folk song collections' (search > for on Google). Did Library of Congess Folklore Archive try to > index any contents of these, and if so who do I contact there to > find out what they have? > [Reply from Joe Hickerson, Sat., Mar. 24]

One of the many finding aids published by the LC Folk Archive is a 2-page sheet entitled _Folklore and Related Activities of the WPA in the Collections of the Archive of Folk Culture_. Another one is 7 pages and is entitled _Folklore and the W.P.A.: A Preliminary Bibliography_. These are free and available in person from the Folklife Reading Room (you'be been there), or by mail.

For further info on LC/FOLK collections and publications you can go to the Archive webpage at www.loc.gov/folklife/archive.html.


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Subject: RE: WPA folk song collections
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 04:13 PM

With recent talk of a new WPA, I wondered about the Federal Writers' Project and the WPA folk song collecting, and how much of that material is available online.

As far as I can tell, the WPA Folk Song Collections are still not readily available online.

Some of the state-by-state WPA Guides are available for sale - but as far as I know, they are not online. I know some of the guides discuss music - do they include transcriptions of songs?

Anybody know of ways to access these WPA collections online or at reasonable cost?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: WPA folk song collections
From: KathWestra
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 04:27 PM

I'll be at the Folklife Center next week for a Robert Burns symposium, and will ask the staff to weigh in on this--and will report back here. Agree that it's a timely question!


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Subject: RE: WPA folk song collections
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 04:34 PM

Kathy, I've always found the Library of Congress a little daunting. I was working every time I visited, and I never had time to figure out how to get in to look and listen. If you can come up with some instructions on how we can make use of the Library of Congress, that would help a lot. I'm wondering if it might be nice to spend several days there in conjunction with my annual Getaway trip some year.

So far, this is what I found:

Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections has a number of online recordings.

Lots of recordings at Wisconsin Folksong Collection, 1937-1946

You'll find other sound recordings, including a limited number of WPA recordings, at the American Memory Collection of the Library of Congress. Seems like there should be more available, though.

I suppose it's nice that some of the Federal Writers' Project state books are still in print, but it seems to me that since this was something the people paid for, it ought to be available online, for free.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: WPA folk song collections
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 11:08 PM

SChiiitt Joe!!! Thanks for the update!!!



I was just about ready to bust lose with a bounty of family-lore-booty with lyrics and tunes to the DT ... some with audio 40 years ago....some with lyrics 80 years ago. All.... No-Where on the net....one (written story only) attributed to an unpublished E.A. Poe composition   ... (none with video .)



However, if Obamma and his new Governmental Mamma...are gonna go cracking open a new keg of WPA Writer's Project money....I will continue to hold off dispersing the seed...and wait for the "forth coming great manna from heaven" to line my pockets with gold."



Sincerely,

Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: WPA folk song collections
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Nov 10 - 10:07 PM

Time for an update on this. Anybody have new sources of online recordings or information?
I bought the WPA book for Wisconsin (my home state), and I have to say it didn't have much usable information about folk music.

-Joe-


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