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Guide to the American Folk Music Photograph Collection
Mss 229  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: American Folk Music Photograph Collection
    Dates: 1930s
    Collection number: Mss 229
    Collection Size: 0.2 linear feet (1 half-size document box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: The collection contains 54 WPA related black and white photographs of musicians, singers, their homes and environs, from California and parts of the South, including Arkansas and North Carolina.
    Physical location: Del Sur.
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    None.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    American Folk Music Photograph Collection. Mss 229. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase, 2004.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains 54 WPA related black and white photographs of musicians, singers, their homes and environs, from California and parts of the South, including Arkansas and North Carolina. Some are stamped “California Folk Music Recorded by the Music Dept. of the Univ. of California, in Cooperation with the Archives of American Folk Song of the Library of Congress under Works Progress Administration.”
    Included are images connected with field recording projects, one with microphone visible. Southern subjects include old ballad singers and their homes, a man and his mules, small shots of a dowser, and a guitar player recording songs in the parlor. The California photos include a number of immigrant Eastern European musicians playing a variety of instruments.
    Identified photographers include James L. Hall, Sidney Roberts and Dick Weston.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Folk music--United States.