The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip Collection is
now available online through the Library of Congress American Memory Web
site at the following URL:
or just....

The presentation is made possible by the generous support of The Texaco

This multiformat ethnographic field collection includes 686 sound
recordings, as well as photographic prints, fieldnotes, dust jackets, and
other manuscripts documenting folksingers and folksongs during a
three-month, 6,502-mile trip through eight Southern states: Texas,
Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and

Beginning in Port Aransas, Texas, on March 31, 1939, and ending at the
Library of Congress on June 14, 1939, John Avery Lomax, Honorary Consultant
and Curator of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk
Culture, American Folklife Center), and his wife, Ruby Terrill Lomax,
recorded approximately 25 hours of music from more than 300 performers. The
recordings represent a broad spectrum of musical styles, including ballads,
blues, children's songs, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, field hollers,
lullabies, play-party songs, religious dramas, spirituals, and work songs.
Over 100 of these songs are sung in Spanish.

A special presentation on the collection provides a state-by-state snapshot
of the Lomaxes' expedition, highlighting the diverse musical styles of each
region and the variety of documentation archived by the

Other folklife-related online collections, selected publications of the
American Folklife Center, and information about products and services are
available from the Center's homepage:

American Memory is a project of the National Digital Library Program of the
Library of Congress, which, in collaboration with other institutions, is
bringing important American historical materials to citizens everywhere.
Through American Memory, fifty-nine multimedia collections of digitized
documents, photographs, recorded sound, motion pictures, and text are now
available online, free to the public for educational purposes.  This
collection is the fifth American Folklife Center contribution to the
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