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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

MISSOURI COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: David Spener and Eric Schmidt
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: January 2016


For additional information about Archive of Folk Culture collections, contact the Folklife Reading Room. To request copies, see our webpages regarding audio materials and photographic materials. Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information. All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.

John Hammond and Alan Lomax Recordings of Blues and Jazz Musicians (AFC 1939/008)
Eleven 12-inch discs of twenty-four songs and stories played, sung, and spoken by Albert Ammons, James P. Johnson, Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis, and Sa(u)nders (Sonny Terry) Terrell. Includes interviews of the musicians conducted by Alan Lomax. Recorded by Alan Lomax, December 24, 1938, in New York City, through the courtesy of John Hammond. [from old notes: Recordings of jazz musicians who performed at Carnegie Hall (Dec. 22, 1939?)] (AFS 2490; 2496) [catalog record]

1939/008: AFS 2490B1-4; 2496B1-2: Two discs containing 7 blues songs, sung by James P. Johnson of Kansas City, Missouri, accompanying himself of the piano. Recorded in New York City by Alan Lomax, December 24, 1938.

Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection (AFC 1939/016)
One hundred sixty-five 12-inch discs of instrumentals and songs recorded for the Special Skills Division, Resettlement Administration, in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Charles Seeger, Margaret Valiant, and others, 1936-37. The collection includes 3 1/2 inches of transcripts, correspondence, graphic images, and a program book from the 1937 National Folk Festival. (includes AFS 3155-3313) [catalog record]

AFC 1939/016: AFS 3195-3198: Four discs containing 22 labor-organizing and political songs. Recorded in St. Louis, Missouri, December 9-10, 1936.

AFC 1939/016: AFS 3199-3224: Twenty-six discs containing 98 songs, instrumentals, and oral histories. Recorded in Springfield, Missouri, December 1936 and January 1937.

AFC 1939/016: AFS 3237-3239: Three discs containing 9 labor-organizing and political songs, sung by John Handcox of Columbia. Recorded March 9, 1937.

AFC 1939/016: AFS 3263B1-3267B3: Five discs containing 17 songs performed by Mrs. Cinderella Kinnaird of Willow Springs, Missouri. Recorded at the National Folk Festival in Chicago, Illinois, May 29, 1937.

W.P.A. California Folk Music Project Collection, 1938-1940 (AFC 1940/001)
Two hundred thirty-nine discs and numerous photographs, drawings, transcriptions, correspondence, and manuscripts documenting 17 ethnic groups recorded in northern California folk music by Sidney Robertson Cowell for the Northern California Work Projects Administration (WPA). The project was sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, and co-sponsored by Library's Archive of American Folk Song. (includes AFS 3346A1-A2) [catalog record]

AFC 1940/001: AFS 3346A1: One disc containing "Root, Hog, or Die" sung and performed with guitar by R. R. Denoon. Recorded in Springfield, Missouri, by Sidney Robertson, December, 1936.

AFC 1940/001: AFS 3346A2: One disc containing "The Stone That Goes Rolling Will Gather No Moss" sung by Ben Rice. Recorded in Springfield, Missouri, by Sidney Robertson, December, 1936.

Vance Randolph Collection (AFC 1941/001)
The Vance Randolph Collection documents aspects of Ozark life in the early 1940s. Randolph made field recordings of folksongs and collected stories of life in the Ozarks. The collection includes 213 graphic images and 190 discs containing songs, instrumentals, and tales from the Ozark Mountain region, recorded by Vance Randolph, 1941-1942. In addition to the material obtained in the field, Randolph accumulated an extensive number of newspaper clippings on a wide variety of subjects relating to the Ozarks, including local legends, history, language, and sporting activities. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 1941/001: AFS 5236A-5281B2: Forty-six discs containing 170 songs and instrumentals from the towns of Galena, Crane, Walnut Shade, Cabool, and Day, Missouri. Recorded October 1941.

AFC 1941/001: AFS 5293B1; 5294A3-5296A1: Four discs containing 10 songs and fiddle tunes performed by Lillian Short and Rufe Scott of Galena, Missouri. Recorded October 1941.

AFC 1941/001: AFS 5296A2-5303B3: Eight discs containing 35 songs sung by Mrs. May Kennedy McCord of Springfield, Missouri. Recorded October 21, 1941.

AFC 1941/001: AFS 5326A2-5337B2: Twelve discs containing 48 songs and instrumentals performed by various performers from Galena, Joplin, Springfield, and Bradleyville, Missouri. Recorded November 1941.

AFC 1941/001: 1941/001: AFS 5386B4: One disc containing a song fragment sung by Vance Randolph. Recorded in Galena, Missouri, January 10, 1942.

AFC 1941/001: AFS 5387-5388: Two discs containing 9 songs sung by Vance Randolph. Recorded in Galena, Missouri, January 18, 1942.

AFC 1941/001: AFS 5393B1-2; 5394A1; 5395B2: Three discs containing 4 songs from southwest Missouri sung by Vance Randolph. Recorded in Galena, Missouri, February 2, 1942.

AFC 1941/001: AFS 5397B2: One disc containing "Oh, There Was an Old Soldier," collected in Pineville, Missouri, in 1923 by Vance Randolph. Performed and recorded by Vance Randolph in Galena, Missouri, February 2, 1942.

AFC 1941/001: AFS 5421-5425B3: Four discs containing 27 fiddle tunes performed by Delbert McGrath of Day, and three songs sung by Lillian Short of Galena. Recorded April 23 and June 17, 1942.

AFC 1941/001: AFS 6897-6904: Eight discs containing songs and instrumentals from the Ozark Mountain region. Recorded by Vance Randolph.

AFC 1941/001: AFS 6901B1-6904B3: Four discs containing 20 fiddle tunes performed by Billy Bilyeu (pronounced "Blue") of Walnut Shade. Recorded on February 1, 1943.

"Dear Mr. President" Collection (AFC 1942/003)
Four 16-inch, 48 12-inch, and 3 8-inch discs of recorded reactions to war-time conditions in the United States. Recorded for the Office of Emergency Management Radio Section program "Dear Mr. President." The collection includes one linear inch of correspondence, logs, and transcripts. Recorded in various locations throughout the United States by Robert E. Barton Allen, Harry Behn, Fletcher Collins, Duncan Emrich, John Henry Faulk, Helen Hartness Flanders, Charles Johnson, Lewis Jones, Marguerite Olney, Vance Randolph, William N. Robson, Robert Sonkin, and Charles Todd, January-February, 1942. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFC 1942/003: AFS 6423-6425; 6429: Four discs containing interviews entitled "Dear Mr. President." Recorded in Galena, Missouri, in 1942 by Vance Randolph for the Radio Research Project.

Martha L. Smith Autobiography Recordings (AFC 1944/014)
Four 16-inch discs of an interview with 92-year old Martha L. Smith, originally of of Benton County, Missouri. Smith is the author of a book about Missouri life entitled Going to God's Country. The collection includes a log, a newspaper article, and notes about the interview. Recorded at the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C., by B.A. Botkin and Arthur Semmig, March 17, 1944. (AFS 7093-7096) [catalog record]

Betty Bush Winger Manuscript Collection (AFC 1946/001)
Songs, religious plays and tracts, stories, folksongs, correspondence with Duncan Emrich. [R.W. Gordon finding aid says the following about this collection: Two collections of ca. 125 songs obtained from Betty Bush Winger, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, including black songs from Winger's home in the Ozark region of Missouri. Manuscript II corresponds with ca. 25 recordings made by R.W. Gordon at Point Pleasant, 1931-32.]

National Folk Festival, 1938 (AFC 1950/017)
One 12-inch and 39 16-inch discs of instrumentals, radio programs, and songs. The collection includes 3/4 linear inch of song lists, newspaper articles, and programs. Sarah Gertrude Knott makes some introductions. Recorded primarily at the National Folk Festival in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Recording Company, May 6-8, 1938. [catalog reocrd]

AFC 1950/017: AFS 9847B3-9848A2: Two discs containing a medley of songs and dances performed by a Mexican choir from Our Lady of Guadeloupe Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Recorded at the National Folk Festival in Washington, D.C., May 26, 1938.

Anne and Frank Warner Collection (AFC 1950/002)
One hundred five discs, 17 7-inch tapes, and 2 5-inch tapes of instrumentals, interviews, readings, songs, and stories recorded in the Bahamas, Massachusetts, the Middle West, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia, by Anne and Frank M. Warner, 1940-66. The collection includes 3/16 linear inch of concordances, correspondence, fieldnotes, and lists. Includes materials from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, recorded in 1941. (AFS 10,055-10,057;15,385-15,400;15,261-15,384; 15,564-15,565;17,769) [catalog record] [finding aid]

University of Arkansas Recording Project, 1949-1950 (AFC 1951/011)
Six 10-inch double-track tapes containing songs (some accompanied), fiddle tunes, and conversations. Recorded in Arkansas and Missouri by Merlin Mitchell of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, February-July, 1950. [catalog record]

AFC 1951/011: AFS 10,076B11-19: One tape containing 9 songs performed by R.E. Mitchell Murrell, M.P. Mitchell, and Joe Burkhardt of Eldon, Missouri. Recorded March 15, 1950.

University of Arkansas recording project, 1950-1951 (AFC 1954/004)
Twenty-three 10-inch tapes of songs (some accompanied), fiddle tunes, and conversations. The collection includes a list. Recorded in Arkansas and Missouri by Irene Carlisle of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, 1951-52. [catalog record]

AFC 1954/004: AFS 10,806B1-2: One 10-inch tape which includes a fragment of a Civil War song about a game of euchre, and the account of a baby found on Wilson's Creek Battlefield; told and sung by Mrs. J.T. Davidson of Elkins. Recorded on July 20, 1950.

AFC 1954/004: AFS 10,808A-10,809B; 10,810B: Three tapes containing 42 songs and instrumentals performed by various persons in Golden City, Reed Springs, Galena, Lampia, and Springfield, Missouri. Recorded in July and September 1950.

AFC 1954/004: AFS 10,813B: One tape containing 10 songs sung by Opal Donahue of Galena, Missouri. Recorded on December 10, 1950.

AFC 1954/004: AFS 10,814A: One tape containing 13 examples of songs, fiddle tunes, and square dancing in Reeds Springs, Galena, and Crane, Missouri. Recorded December 10-11, 1950.

Sherman Lee Pompey recordings from the Ozarks (AFC 1961/005)
Ten 10-inch tapes containing Missouri Ozark songs, lore, and hymns. Includes Anglo-American ballads, Sacred Harp and other shape-note singing, tales, and songs by May Kennedy McCord, fiddle tunes, and recordings from the Sheperd of the Hills Folk Festival in Notch, Missouri, May 22, 1960, and the National Folk Festival in St. Louis, Missouri, 1953. Recorded by Sherman Lee Pompey. [catalog record]

University of Arkansas recording project, 1951-1959 (AFC 1962/002)
Twenty-four 10-inch tapes of songs (some accompanied), fiddle tunes, and conversations. Recorded in Arkansas and Missouri by Irene Carlisle, Mary C. Parler, and others from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, 1951-59. [catalog record]

AFC 1962/002: AFS 11,897A18-20: One tape containing 3 songs by Ruby Rubow of Seligman, Missouri. Recorded on November 20, 1954.

AFC 1962/002: AFS 11,899B19-20: One tape containing 2 songs performed by Walter Vaughan of Springfield, Missouri. Recorded on April 6, 1958.

AFC 1962/002: AFS 11,902B: One which includes 15 songs sung by Mr. J.W. Breazeal of Springfield, Missouri, with an account of his personal history; and 3 songs sung by Emma Jean Bushong and Verda Faye Hamilton of Gainesville, Missouri. Recorded on April 27 and 29, 1958.

AFC 1962/002: AFS 11,903A10-19; B4-6, 8-11: One tape containing 17 songs performed by various persons from Springfield, Gainesville, Walnut Shade, and Forsyth, Missouri. Recorded June-July 1958.

AFC 1962/002: AFS 11,904A16-22: One tape containing 7 songs and poems performed by T.R. Hammond of Osceola, Missouri. Recorded on September 17, 1958.

AFC 1962/002: AFS 11,904B4-7, 9-19: One tape containing 15 songs performed by May Kennedy McCord of Springfield, Missouri; Olive Coberly of Hickory County, Missouri; and Rev. Harold E. Hunter of El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Recorded September-October 1958.

AFC 1962/002: AFS 11,905A9-16, 21-23: One tape containing 11 songs performed by C.W. Ingenthorn of Walnut Shade, Missouri, and Olive Coberly of Hickory County, Missouri. Recorded on November 19, 1958, and May 12, 1959, respectively.

University of Arkansas recording project, 1954-1960 (AFC 1964/009)
Eighteen 10-inch tapes of songs (some accompanied), fiddle tunes, and conversations. Recorded in Arkansas and Missouri by Mary C. Parler and others from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, 1951-61. [catalog record]

AFC 1964/009: AFS 12,046B17, 20-22; 12,047A1-5, 7, 10-14, 16-27; B1-4: Two tapes which include 31 songs and instrumentals performed by Olive Coberly of Hickory County, Missouri; Mr. and Mrs. George Ripley of Milford, Missouri; Harry Bennett of Wheatland, Missouri; and Herbert Philbrick of Crocker, Missouri; Mr. Philbrick is also interviewed. Recorded September-December 1959.

AFC 1964/009: AFS 12,048A2-4, 9-14, 18, 20-21, 25: One tape containing 13 songs performed by Olive Coberly of Hickory County, Missouri; Walter Vaughan of Springfield, Missouri; and Mrs. Cobain of Elkton, Missouri. [note: partially dubbed from the Max Hunter collection.] Recorded on July 29, 1959.

University of Arkansas Recordings, 1960-1965 (AFC 1968/007)
Twenty-two 10-inch reels of songs (some accompanied), fiddle tunes, and conversations. Recorded in Arkansas and Missouri by Mary C. Parler and others from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, 1960-64. [catalog record]

AFC 1968/007: AFS 13,126A: One tape containing 29 songs, anecdotes, tales, and banjo tunes from the towns of Neosho and Goodman, Missouri. Recorded in January 1965 by Doug Dunham.

AFC 1968/007: AFS 13,140B12-13; 13,141A8-9: Two tapes containing four songs performed by Rita Smith and Marilyn McNabb of Seligman, Missouri; Leslie Sharpe of St. Louis, Missouri; and Mary Frances Weaver of Crane, Missouri. Recorded on October 26, 1963, and January 11, 1964, by Mary Shand.

Folk Legacy Records Duplication Project (AFC 1970/040)
Thirteen 10-inch tapes of folksongs performed by various folksingers. Recorded in Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, New Brunswick, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Vermont by Lee B. Haggerty, Charles "Sandy" Paton, and others for Folk-Legacy Records, Inc., 1958-69. [catalog record]

AFC 1970/040: AFS 14,209B2-14,210B1: Two tapes containing 26 songs performed by Max Hunter of Springfield, Missouri. Recorded by Sandy Paton, November 1962.

University of Arkansas Recordings of Folksongs from Arkansas and Missouri (AFC 1970/050)
One 10-inch tape of songs from Arkansas and Missouri. Recorded by Mary C. Parler and others from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. [catalog record]

AFC 1970/050: AFS 14,253A5-7, 10-12, 16-22: One tape containing folk music from Arkansas and Missouri, including 10 songs performed by W. H. Shelley of Cabool, Missouri; Ethel Hunter of Springfield, Missouri; Mrs. Ed Newton of Gainesville, Missouri; and Mrs. "Iva" Haslett of West Plains, Missouri. Recorded by Mary C. Parler for the University of Arkansas, May-June 1958.

Max Hunter duplication project, part 1 (AFC 1970/061)
One 10-inch tape of folksongs from the Ozarks performed by Loman Cansler, Wise Jones, Al Lindstedt, Allie Long Parker, Frank Pool, David Pricket, and Goldie Schoot. Recorded in Parkville, Missouri; and Clifty, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, and Mondell, Arkansas, by Max Hunter, 1957-58. Recordings include Hunter's comments and reflections on his collecting experiences. [catalog record]

AFC 1970/061: AFS 14,302B1-2: One tape containing folksongs of the Ozarks sung by Max Hunter of Springfield, Missouri, including two collected from Loman Cansler of Parkville, Missouri. Recorded on October 18, 1957.

Max Hunter duplication project, part 2 (AFC 1971/037)
One 10-inch tape of folk songs from the Ozarks performed by Fred High, Max Hunter, Virgil Lance, Mrs. George (Bessie) Owens, Allie Long Parker, Frank Pool, Aunt Fannie Pricket, Goldie Schott, Ed Stilley, Walter Vaughn, and Clyde "Slim" Wilson. Recorded in Batesville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, High, Hogscald Hollow, Mondell, and Arkansas; and Springfield, Missouri, by Max Hunter, 1958. (4 hours; LWO 6313) [catalog record]

AFC 1971/037: AFS 14,427A17, 22-24, 34-35: One tape containing songs of the Ozarks, including 6 songs sung by Max Hunter, Clyde "Slim" Wilson, and Walter Vaughan. Recorded in Springfield, Missouri.

University of Arkansas Duplication Project (AFC 1971/047)
One 10-inch tape of folk music from Arkansas and Missouri. Recorded ca. 1959. The collection includes a 2-page log. Recordings copied from the Arkansas Folklore Archives. (1 hour; LWO 6573)

AFC 1971/047: AFS 14,601A30-36: One tape containing folk music from Arkansas and Missouri, including 7 songs sung by Palmer Hill of Springfield, Missouri. Recorded for the University of Arkansas by Mary C. Parler, January 2, 1959.

Max Hunter duplication project, part 3 (AFC 1971/053)
Three 10-inch tapes containing folk music of the Ozarks by Allie Long Parker, L.M. "Shorty" Burks, Gladys Everly, Milton Battle, J.W. Breazeal, Emma Jean Bushong, Verda Faye Hamilton, Ed Stilley, Aunt Fannie Pricket, Lucy "Pat" Edstrom, W.H. Shelley, Dodie Horn, Lula & T.M. Davis, Judy Fowler, Ethel Hunter, Lucy Quigley, Mrs. Ed Newton, Iva Haslett, Fred High, Ina & Doug Harvey, Oliva Hauser, Doney Hammontree, Wise Jones, Bobbie Barnes, John Pennington, Joan O'Bryant, Molly Babcock, Otis Byrd, Fred Smith, Dorie Viene, Dorothy Williford, Tressie Rose, Harrison Burnett, D.J. Ingenthron, Goldi Schott, and Max Hunter. Comprises original reels 3, 4, 5 of Max Hunter Collection. Recorded in Missouri and Arkansas by Max Hunter, mostly 1958. Includes 60 songs recorded in Springfield, Rolla, Forsyth, Gainesville, and West Plains, Missouri, April-July 1958. (6 hours; LWO 6699) [catalog record]

Chris Delaney / Fiddle Music (AFC 1973/026)
Eleven 10-inch tapes primarily of tunes played on fiddle. Includes Cajun music, copies of old hillbilly 78s, and 22 fiddle tunes played by T.C. Fuller of Mena, Arkansas. Recorded in Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and West Virginia by Chris Delaney, 1973. (22 hours; LWO 7632) [catalog record]

AFC 1973/026: AFS 16,987A19-16,988A15; 16,988B-16,989A: Three tapes containing 114 tunes performed on fiddle, banjo, and guitar by various persons from the towns of Ludlow, Harrisburg, Columbia, and Filmore, Missouri.

Mr. and Mrs. Adolf E. Schroeder Collection of Fiddle Tunes (AFC 1974/016)
Two 10-inch tapes containing fiddle tunes played by R.P. Christeson of Auxvasse and Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Boone of Mexico, Missouri, accompanied by piano, guitar, and bass guitar. Recorded at a reception honoring the publication of Christeson's book, The Old Time Fiddler's Repertory (University of Missouri Press). Recorded in Columbia, Missouri, by R.P. Christeson, January 18, 1974. (AFS 17,027-17,028)

National Folk Festival, 1952 (AFC 1975/021)
One 10-inch tape of excerpts from the 18th Annual National Folk Festival. Recorded in St. Louis, Missouri by the Voice of America, May 15-17 (19?), 1952. (AFS 17,507) [catalog record]

National Folk Festival, 1954 (AFC 1975/022)
Two 10-inch tapes containing excerpts from the 20th National Folk Festival, including dances, instrumentals, and songs from Anglo, Cuban, German, Hungarian, Jewish, Mexican, Native, and Filipino American traditions. The National Folk Festival sponsored by St. Louis Globe-Democrat. The collection includes notes about performers and songs. Recorded in St. Louis, Missouri, by the Voice of America, April 7-10, 1954. [catalog record]

AFC 1975/022: AFS 17,508A6-7: One tape containing two songs performed by May Kennedy McCord of Springfield, Missouri.

AFC 1975/022: AFS 17,508A11: One tape containing a square dance with clogging performed by the Ozark Ramblers and the Dixie Square Dance Team of Dixon, Missouri.

AFC 1975/022: AFS 17,508A12: One tape containing three jig dances performed by "Ozark Jim" Von Gremp and his son of Camdenton, Missouri.

AFC 1975/022: AFS 17,508B4-5: One tape containing two game songs performed by the children of Antonio Consolidated School of Crystal City, Missouri.

AFC 1975/022: AFS 17,509A1-13: German dance tunes and processions performed by Fritz Thiessen and the Rhineland Wurst Jagers of Rhineland, Missouri.

AFC 1975/022: AFS 17,509A16: One tape containing "Tinikling," a Phillipines dance performed by Filipino physicians and nurses from St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

AFC 1975/022: AFS 17,509B4: One tape containing "Czardas," the national dance of Hungary, performed by the Hungarian Hall Dancers of St. Louis, Missouri.

AFC 1975/022: AFS 17,509B5: One tape containing "Levantine Wedding Festival," performed by members of the Young Men's Harikuda Association, a part of the Jewish Community Centers Association of St. Louis, Missouri.

Cathy Barton recording of Sterling Kelley (AFC 1976/027)
One 10-inch tape of Sterling Kelley playing on the leaf and bones, and describing his techniques. Recorded in Columbia, Missouri, by James Kearnes, January 1976. [catalog record]

1977 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1977/003)
Concert by the Balfa Brothers and Joe Polite from Louisiana, performing Cajun and Missouri French music at the Library of Congress on July 27, 1977. Congresswoman Lindy Boggs introduces the second half of the concert. (AFS 18,983-18,987) [catalog record] [finding aid]

Jake Hughes collection of old-time fiddle recordings (AFC 1978/035)
One 10-inch tape of 14 old-time fiddlers recorded in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and accompanied by 5-string banjo, guitar, etc. Included are nineteen fiddle tunes performed by Cleo Persinger of Columbia, Cyril Stennet of the town of Oregon, Missouri; Ed Davis of Kansas City, Missouri; Lyman Enloe of Raytown, Pete McMahon of Harrisburg, Missouri; and Henry Wells of Fayette, Missouri. Recorded by Jake Hughes, before 1965. [catalog record]

Joseph Médard Carrière Collection (AFC 1979/003)
Four 10-inch tapes copied from 87 wax cylinders containing Missouri-French traditional songs and narratives from the counties of Jefferson, Ste. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, and Washington. Loaned by the Center for Acadian and Creole Folklore at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Recorded by Professor Joseph Médard Carrière of Northwestern University, ca. 1920-1930. (AFS 20,504-20,507) [catalog record]

Ozark stories and songs with Mr. "B" (Laurence Baker) AFC 1979/025)
One audiocassette containing songs from the Ozarks with autoharp accompaniment and stories from Hayti and Poke-Oozy Holler, Missouri, performed by Laurence Baker ("Mister B"). Recorded by Old Time Music of Barrington, New Jersey, prior to March 1978. (AFS 19,360) [catalog record]

National Folk Festival, 1972, Area 1, Area 2, Area 3 (AFC 1979/093)
Thirty 10-inch tapes containing performances from the 1972 National Folk Festival. The collection includes 25 pages of logs and the program book from the festival. Recorded at Wolf Trap Farm Park in Vienna, Virginia, by the National Folk Festival Association, July 27-30, 1972. [catalog record]

AFC 1979/093: AFS 19,845A1-9; 19,849A1-8: Two tapes containing Roosevelt Sykes of St. Louis, Missouri, singing the blues and accompanying himself on the piano.

AFC 1979/093: AFS 19,849A9-11; 19,866A20-26; 19,867A1-2: Three tapes containing Henry Townsend of St. Louis, Missouri, singing the blues and accompanying himself on the piano and guitar.

Interviews with Hobart Smith and May Kennedy McCord, 1963 (AFS 19,883-19,885)
Three 10-inch tapes of oral history interviews with Hobart Smith and May Kennedy McCord, with singing and instrumental accompaniment. Recorded by George and Gerry Armstrong in 1963.

AFS 19,883: One tape containing 15 songs performed by May Kennedy McCord of Springfield, Missouri. Recorded by George Armstrong, April 22, 1963.

Traditional fiddle music of Missouri / Charlie Walden (AFC 1984/045)
One C-60 cassette containing fiddling by Charlie Walden with Dennis Buckhannon on guitar and Emily Buckhannon on piano. Cassette copy of a master tape for a projected LP to be entitled Traditional Fiddle Music of Missouri. Recorded at the home of R. P. Christeson in Auxvasse, Missouri, by Barry Bergey of the Missouri Friends of the Folk Arts, August 2, 1981. (AFS 22,181) (RYA 2522) [catalog record]

Imitations of Mother by Ann W. Pittman (AFC 1986/056)
Four C-60 cassettes containing religious and secular songs, family history, tales, and poems (learned as a child in Mississippi) by black singer and composer Ann W. Pittman. Original tapes held by the Western Historical Manuscript Collection at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Interviewed and recorded in St. Louis, Missouri, by members of the Missouri Friends of the Folk Arts, 1978. [catalog record]

Dr. and Mrs. A. E. Schroeder Missouri Documentary Video Collection (AFC 1984/001)
Two videocassette of two documentaries entitle "Max Hunter, Ozark Song Collector" recorded November 11, 1982; and "Down in Missouri with Loman Cansler" recorded November 30, 1982. Both videos recorded by A.E. Schroeder. [catalog record]

Center for Applied Linguistics Collection (AFC 1986/022)
Fifty-nine 10-inch tapes of speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches recorded at various locations in North America by various collectors, and compiled by the Center for Applied Linguistics for a project entitled "A Survey and Collection of American English Dialect Recordings." The collection includes fourteen linear inches of documentation, including an introduction and preface, a list of contents, content summaries, and transcripts. Collectors and interviewees vary, representing approximately 43 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Canada, and Puerto Rico. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,336B9: One tape contining a personal monolog by a 73-year old male, of German ethnicity, from Kansas City, Missouri. Recorded in 1975. Collected by Joseph Mele. [audio]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,336B10: One tape containing a personal monolog by a 69-year old female of Elkton, Missouri. Recorded in 1975. Collected by Joseph Mele. [audio]

David Adler Cultural Center / "In the Tradition" Concert Series (AFC 1990/015)
Eleven videocassettes of interviews and concert footage from the "In the Tradition" concert series featuring eleven programs produced by the David Adler Cultural Center with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Libertyville Rotary Club, and the Illinois Arts Council. The performances showcase various traditions including blues, Irish, Scandinavian, and Middle Eastern songs, as well as fiddling and ballads from Missouri and Indiana. Recorded in Libertyville, Illinois at the Libertyville High School Studio Theater, 1989. The collection includes 18 pages of concert fliers and descriptions of each performer and performance. Some performers featured on separate video programs performed together in concerts.

Rosemary Killam collection of Texas and Missouri Folk Music and Song Collection, 1971-88 (AFC 1995/036)
One hundred twelve audiocassettes, 616 pages of associated hardcopy documentation, 57 3x5 cards, and 424 4x6 notecards of Texas and Missouri folk music and song, recorded 1971-1988. [catalog record]

Missouri Folklore Society / Tribute to R. P. Christeson (AFC 1996/034)
Photos are of R.P. Christeson taken from the 1950s-1980s, and showing him recording a square dance, working at his typewriter, etc. The audiocassette contains a tribute to Christeson which was presented at the 1992 annual meeting of the Missouri Folklore Society in Hermann, Missouri, on September 26, 1992. Speakers included Dolf Schroeder, Howard W. Marshall, and Gordon McCann. Also includes musical performances by the Loonig Family (German band), Tom Schroeder, Emily and Dennis Buckhannon, and Judy Domeny. The MFS Newsletter contains an obituary of R.P. Christeson.

Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
Lands' End in cooperation with Good Housekeeping magazine sponsored quilt contests in 1992, 1994, and 1996. The collection,housed in 154 boxes, consists of visual images, entry blanks, and essays written by entrants, as well as Lands End administrative files and correspondence pertinent to the promotion of the contest. Approximately 13,100 entries for the three contests came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Numerous types and styles of needlework, quilting, patchwork, applique and embroidery are represented among the visual images. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

Rosemary Killam / Lyddie F. Hubark Songbook Collection (AFC 1998/017)
Photocopy of a handwritten manuscript entitled "Songbook" by Lyddie F. Hubark of Rombauer, Missouri, containing the lyrics for 32 popular American folksongs and ballads. Written ca. 1932, it was copied in 1992 from the original belonging to Hubark's nephew, the late Charles O. Ferris, of Gutler County, Missouri. It is accompanied by a 76-page transcription of the songs prepared by Killam. An additional 2003 gift includes a second, cleaner copy of the ballad book, two print outs of transcriptions, a paper given by Killam at the 2003 International Ballad Conference, and an audiocassette of Professor Clyde Faries singing ballads from the ballad book.

Local Legacies Collection (AFC 2000/001)
Four hundred and five linear feet (approximately 90,000 manuscript pages, 475 sound recordings, 13,270 graphic materials, 335 electronic media, and 75 artifacts) of documentation of local festivals, fairs, parades, and other community-based events from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and trusts. The Local Legacies Collection was donated through the efforts of individuals, organizations, and institutions asked to participate by members of Congress. This project was part of the Library of Congress Bicentennial celebration in the year 2000. [catalog record] [online presentation] [Missouri Local Legacies]

Mac McKeever / 1994 Contra Dance Survey (AFC 2000/004)
In 1994, Mac McKeever, president of the Childgrove Country Dancers of St. Louis, Missouri, surveyed contra dance groups around the U.S. regarding their organizational structure, income and expense patterns, frequency of meeting, and so on. With McKeever's permission, Owen Kelley made a photocopy of the materials which he has donated to the Archive.

Southwest Missouri State University OzarksWatch Video Magazine Collection (AFC 2000/027)
Videos covering Ozarks culture and heritage, produced through Southwest Missouri State University's Ozarks Studies Institute. Each video in the series is approximately 30 minutes long and comprised of in-studio interviews and on-location features.

"Women of Old-Time Music: Tradition and Change in the Missouri Ozarks" by Holly Hobbs (AFC 2003/010)
One videocassette entitled "Women of Old-Time Music: Tradition and Change in the Missouri Ozarks." Filmed by Holly Hobbs. [catalog record]

Northeast Missouri Folk Symposium Collection (AFC 2006/013)
Materials from the March 25, 2006, Northeast Missouri Folk Symposium, held at Truman University in Kirksville, Missouri. The collection includes audio and video recordings of fiddling workshops, oral history sessions based on StoryCorps techniques (including one interview with a World War II veteran), and other symposium events.

The Gannon Family concert collection, 2006 November 15 (2006/034)
Collection of video recordings and program flyer for a concert of Irish music and dance performed by the Gannon Family of St. Louis, Missouri, performed in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on November 15, 2006, as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. [catalog record]

Don Hill and David Mangurian Collection of Tape Recordings (AFC 2007/018)
Original analog tapes and digitized copies of the tapes, representing over 40 hours of original field recordings made between 1958 and 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland; Clarksdale, Mississippi; Chicago, Illinois; Delaney, Arkansas; Los Angeles, California; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York; St. Louis, Missouri, and in Northern Georgia. The recordings comprise 724 songs and interviews with 20 of the musicians (including 12 blues and street singers). [catalog record]

Raymond Rice Collection of the Songs of Benjamin Franklin Rice (AFC 2008/021)
Photocopies of manuscript typed by Mabel Leora Rice in the mid-1930s, annotated by David Rice, Sr. (son of Benjamin Rice). Benjamin Rice was one of the singers recorded by Sidney Robertson in Springfield, Missouri, in 1936 (see 30 entries on AFS 3207ff). Some Ben Rice material was incorporated into the "California Gold" on-line presentation, based on Robertson's use of the material in California. Also a CD copy of early recordings by Benjamin Rice, David Rice, and Raymond Rice (grandfather, father, son).

Bruce Jackson oral history interview conducted Nancy Groce (AFC 2010/014)
Interview with folklorist and filmmaker Bruce Jackson regarding his collection and fieldwork conducted in prisons in Indiana, Missouri, and Texas; recordings at concerts and festivals including the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, 1967-1968; interviews conducted at various events including Resurrection City, 1968; and interviews with and performances by various blues artists, folk artists, and others including poets and literary figures,1961-1980s. [catalog record]

Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole concert collection (AFC 2012/021)
Video and photo documentation of the concert. Homegrown 2012 concert, June 21, 2012, Coolidge Auditorium 12:00-1:00 pm. Upper Louisiana French Creole music from Missouri. [catalog record]

Alan Lomax Centennial Showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference, 2015 February 21 (AFC 2015/020)
Video documentation of a conference session at the annual Folk Alliance International Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, on February 21, 2015 of 19 performances of contemporary versions of songs collected by Alan Lomax. Various participants included Dom Flemons and Peggy Seeger, the session was hosted by Jennifer Cutting and Stephen D. Winick. Includes edited and unedited video files.

 

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