January 22, 2022

More Material From LC’s Alan Lomax Collection Now Accessible Online

From a Library of Congress Blog Post by Todd Harvey:

Fans of folk music fire up your browsers! The second—and largest—phase of the Lomax family papers has just gone online at this link. This set of manuscripts joins ca. 25,000 items that went online last fall.

Researchers now have access to nearly 300,000 manuscript pages that chronicle the work of one of the most important families in American folk music. Through correspondence, field work, research documents, indexes, and writings, the Lomax family papers span the entire 20th century and provide unique insight into American vernacular music. Consistent with Alan Lomax’s “cultural equity” mantra, the collections also document language, storytelling, dance, and music of nearly 800 culture groups from around the world.


Especially exciting are two groups of manuscripts: first are indexes, almost 300 folders that provide exceptional detail about Alan Lomax’s field recordings and those that his team gathered for the Cantometrics project;  second, the papers of Alan’s Performance Style projects, comprised of nearly 4000 folders created during a 30-year span beginning in the 1960s.


Learn More About What’s New, Read the Complete Blog Post

See Also:  Folk Music: Lomax Kentucky Recordings Now Available Online, Over 70 Hours Available (May 23, 2015)

Direct to Alan Lomax Collection (via Library of Congress)

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