Bess Lomax Hawes is the daughter of famed
folklorist John A. Lomax. Ms. Hawes had an active musical career as a singer,
instrumentalist and songwriter. Her career as an educator began in 1954 when she became
an instructor in guitar, banjo and folk music in the extension division at the
University of California, Los Angeles. In 1963, she joined the Anthropology Department
at San Fernando Valley State College. The material contained in this collection consists
of folkloric data collected between 1958 and 1977 by students enrolled in Anthropology
309: American Folk Music, Anthropology 311: Introduction to Folklore, and various
senior seminars at San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University,
Bess Lomax Hawes was born in Austin, Texas in 1921 to Bess Bauman-Brown Lomax and John
A. Lomax, famed folklorist and author of Cowboy Songs, American
Ballads and Folksongs, Adventures of a Ballad
Hunter, and director of the Archive of American Folksong at the Library of
Congress. She is also the sister of folklorist Alan Lomax, author of Mr. Jelly Roll, Folksongs of North America, Folk Song Style and
Culture, and editor of the Columbia World Library of
Folk Music and the Global Jukebox.
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