Interesting...especially given our current discussion of archives and
>> archiving! I wonder how they arrived at "46 linear feet"...I presume it
>> took 46 feet of shelf space.
That's corrrect, we measured it by the size of the storage boxes the
materials have been rehoused in.
>> I've never measured the space (most of my
>> discographic works are not actuallly "shelved" in a library sense of
>> that term...)?
>> Also noted that a large part of their holdings are "typed lists of..."
>> and I wonder if these were typed by their staff...or typed by collectors
>> whose "estates" they managed to obtain. Note that there exist a large
>> number of individually-copied discographic lists or other informational
>> works which are best described as "privately published"...which means
>> "a few copies were mimeographed or otherwise copied, and made available
>> to a limited number of interested collectors, often "promoted" only via
>> "word of mouth!" I have a very few of these, and suspect that many more
The discographical work was done by members of and donors to the John
Edwards Memorial Foundation.The JEMF was incorporated in 1962 as a
non-profit organization to promote the study and dissemination of
knowledge about American vernacular music of the 1920s-1940s.
For more info on the JEMF:
Director, Southern Folklife Collection