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A Brief List of Publications Pertaining to Folk Music from Virginia

Compiled by Joseph C. Hickerson
Publication Date: January 14, 1971

Abrahams, Roger D., and George Foss.
Anglo-American Folksong Style. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1968. Includes examples from Virginia.

Bronson, Bertrand Harris.
The Traditional Tunes of Child Ballads. 3 volumes published. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1959-. Includes ballads from Virginia.

Buchanan, Annabel Morris.
Folk Hymns of America. New York: J. Fischer & Bro., 1938. Includes a few hymns from Virginia.

Burrison, John A.
"Cap'n George Wheatley, Oldest Tangier-Man." Keystone Folklore Quarterly, volume 11, number 1, Spring 1966, pp. 27-42.

[no author identified]
Check-list of Recorded Songs in the English Language in the Archive of American Folk Song to July, 1940
. Washington, D.C., 1942. Out of print but available in photocopy. A title list with geographical index.

Clarke, Mary Olmsted.
"Song-Games of Negro Children in Virginia." Journal of American Folklore, volume 3, number 11, October-December 1890, pp. 288-290.

Davis, Arthur Kyle, Jr.
Folk-songs of Virginia: A Descriptive Index and Classification. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1949.

More Traditional Ballads of Virginia. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1960.

Traditional Ballads of Virginia. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1929. Reprint edition, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1969.

"'The Unquiet Grave': A New-Old Ballad from Virginia." In English Studies in Honor of James Southall Wilson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Studies, volume 4, 1951, pp. 99-110.

Davis, Arthur Kyle Jr., and Paul Clayton Worthington.
"Another New Traditional Ballad from Virginia: 'Jellon Grame' (Child, No. 90)." Southern Folklore Quarterly, volume 22, number 4, December 1958, pp. 163-172.

"A New Traditional Ballad from Virginia: 'The Whummil Bore' (Child, No. 27)." Southern Folklore Quarterly, volume 21, number 4, December 1957, pp. 187-193.

Green, Archie.
"The Carter Family's 'Coal Miner's Blues'." Southern Folklore Quarterly, volume 25, number 4, December 1961, pp. 226-237.

Isham, Caddie S.
"Games of Danville, Va." Journal of American Folklore, volume 34, number 131, January-March 1921, pp. 116-120.

Leach, MacEdward, and Horace P. Beck.
"Songs from Rappahannock County, Virginia." Journal of American Folklore, volume 63, number 249, July-September 1950, pp. 257-284.

Lomax, John A. and Alan.
Our Singing Country. New York: Macmillan, 1941.

Lumpkin, Ben Gray.
"Folksongs of the Early 1830's." Southern Folklore Quarterly, volume 33, number 2, June 1969, pp. 116-128.

Parsons, Elsie Clews.
"Tale and Song from Virginia." Journal of American Folklore, volume 34, number 131, January-March 1921, p. 125.

Rosenberg, Bruce A.
The Folksongs of Virginia: A Checklist of the WPA Holdings, Alderman Library, University of Virginia. Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1969.

Scarborough, Dorothy.
A Song Catcher in Southern Mountains. New York: Columbia University Press, 1937.

Sharp, Cecil J.
English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. 2 volumes. London: Oxford University Press, 1932. Reprint edition, 1960.

Shellans, Herbert.
Folk Songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains. New York: Oak Publications, 1968.

Smith, C. Alphonso.
"Ballads Surviving in the United States." Musical Quarterly, volume 2, number 1, January 1916, pp. 109-129.

Smith, Hobart.
"I Just Got Music in My Head'," Sing Out!, volume 14, number 6, January 1965, pp. 10-13. Virginia folk musician.

Wilkinson, Winston.
"Virginia Dance Tunes." Southern Folklore Quarterly, volume 6, number 1, March 1942, pp. 1-10.


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