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HIST 2020: Survey of US History, 1877-Present: Music

Digital Collections

The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip
(Library of Congress)
This ethnographic field collection that includes nearly 700 sound recordings, as well as fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts. These recordings represent a broad spectrum of traditional musical styles, including ballads, blues, children's songs, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, field hollers, lullabies, play-party songs, religious dramas, spirituals, and work songs.

Jazz: Digital Collections and Documentaries

Trade Periodicals

The Blues

The Blues Photograph Collection (University of Mississippi)

Tennessee Connections

Ryman Auditorium Collection (TSLA)

Tennessee State Parks Folklife Project, 1979-1984 (TSLA)

Charles K. Wolfe Audio Collection (Center for Popular Music) includes descriptions of oral histories and interviews with many pioneering country and gospel musicians, singers, songwriters, producers, and publishers. This site includes sample audio clips of Wolfe's interviews with Roy Acuff, Dick Burnett, Lester Smallwood, and Kasper "Stranger" Malone.

My Homeland Tennessee: A Research Guide to Songs About Tennessee (Center for Popular Music)