Zilphia Horton folk music collection, 1935-1956.


Zilphia Horton folk music collection, 1935-1956.

Correspondence, folksongs, labor union songbooks, picket line song sheets, musical tapes, notes, and some published material dealing with folk music accumulated by Mrs. Horton during her career as director of music at Highland Folk School, the leading training center for southern labor and civil rights leaders from 1932 to 1961. Most of the songs collected by Mrs. Horton were songs of social protest, covering topics such as unionism, racial intolerance, world peace, and politics. Also included are a number of rounds, square dance calls, and poems adaptable to music. Included with most songs is historical information about the song itself, the event about which the song was written, or about the composer. The bulk of the correspondence is between Mrs. Horton and folksingers, union leaders, and others interested in songs of social protest. Most of the remaining incoming correspondence consists of expressions of condolence to Myles Horton on the death of his wife. Some incoming correspondence is addressed to Guy Carawan, a folksinger and teacher at Highlander, and Waldemar Hille, music editor of People's songs and lecturer at Highlander. Other prominent correspondents include Pete Seeger, George T. Guernsey, Woody Guthrie, Jessie O'Connor, and Walter H. Westman.

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SNAC Resource ID: 7222621

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