Gellert, Lawrence

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From the description of Papers, 1927-1978. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 708580886

Very little information on Lawrence Gellert is available. He was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 14 September 1898, came to the United States when he was seven, and grew up in New York City. For health reasons, he moved to Tryon, N.C., probably in the late 1920s or early 1930s.

From 1933 to 1937, Gellert traveled through North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, collecting folksongs of black Americans. He compiled and published two anthologies of these songs in the 1950s, including Negro Songs of Protest, which was re-released on Rounder Records in the late 1980s.

Gellert, along with his brother Hugo, was a frequent contributor to the magazine Masses (later New Masses ) from 1930 to 1947, writing mainly about traditional black American music.

Lawrence Gellert died in 1979.

From the guide to the Lawrence Gellert Scrapbook, 1930s, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Gellert, Lawrence, 1898-1979. Lawrence Gellert papers, [ca.1932-1979]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Gellert, Lawrence, 1898-1979. Papers, 1927-1978. Indiana University
creatorOf Lawrence Gellert Scrapbook, 1930s University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Hugo Gellert papers, 1916-1986 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Joint Army and Navy Committee on Welfare and Recreation, Sub-Committee on Music Papers, 1941-1946 Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Federal Writers' Project (N.Y.). Federal Writers' Project Negro Group papers, 1927-1940. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Gellert, Lawrence, 1898-1979. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1938-1939. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Gellert, Lawrence, 1898-1979. B'linda / [arr. by] Lawrence Gellert. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Gellert, Lawrence, 1898-1979,. Lawrence Gellert scrapbook, 1930s. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Ames, Russell, 1912- person
associatedWith Baxandall, Lee. person
associatedWith Federal Writers' Project (N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gellert, Hugo person
associatedWith Greenway, John. person
associatedWith Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. person
associatedWith Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. person
associatedWith Jessye, Eva, 1895- person
associatedWith Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938. person
associatedWith Lawson, John Howard, 1894-1977. person
associatedWith Seeger, Charles, 1886-1979. person
associatedWith Stekert, Ellen Jane, 1935- person
associatedWith Thompson, Malvina, 1893-1953. person
correspondedWith United States. Joint Army and Navy Committee on Welfare and Recreation. Sub-Committee on Music corporateBody
associatedWith Wigglesworth, Frank, 1918- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Southern States
Protest songs
Irish Americans--Folklore
African Americans
African Americans--Songs and music
African Americans--Folklore


Birth 1898

Death 1979



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