Southern Folklife Collection song folios, circa 1882-1983.


Southern Folklife Collection song folios, circa 1882-1983.

Song folios from the United States, Canada, Australia, and England, circa 1882-1983. Some folios were published by radio stations, including WSM in Nashville, Tenn., and WWVA in Wheeling, W. Va. Musical genres and song styles represented include calypso, comedy songs, country songs, cowboy songs, gospel songs, Hawaiian songs, hobo songs, hymns, Irish reels, labor songs, Latin-American songs, minstrel songs, Mormon songs, novelty songs, parodies, popular songs, spirituals, songs of the Industrial Workers of the World, traditional songs, union songs, vaudeville, western songs, and World War II songs. Significant persons and groups are listed below.

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Al Bernard, author. From the guide to the The world's best complete minstrel folio, 1936, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.) ...

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WWVA (Radio station : Wheeling, W. Va.) (corporateBody)

Atcher, Bob (person)

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Carlisle, Cliff, 1904-1983 (person)

Country music performer and pioneer dobro player. Born March 6, 1904. Died April 2, 1983. Full name: Clifford Raymond Carlisle. Career active from the late 1920s-early 1950s. Radio and stage performer, songwriter, and recording artist. Performed both solo and with his brother Bill as a member of the Carlisle Brothers. From the description of Oral history interview with Cliff Carlisle; 1974 July 11; interview conducted by Douglas B. Green. 1974 July 11. (Country Music Foundation, Libr...

Williams, Bert, 1874-1922 (person)

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Carter, Maybelle, 1909-1978 (person)

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