WPA Recordings

The following represents a sample of WPA Recordings from the Folklife Collection.
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1. Beat the Straws - Mac Criswell, Lee Pancratz, Dixon Hook, Broward Barrs and Frank Noegal, Thelma Boltin recordings (AFS13992-14020-LWO5712) (Download)

Reproductions of Florida-related recordings from the Library of Congress
(S 1576, reel T86-227)


2. Buffalo Song - Richard and Robert Osceola, Naha Tiger, John Josh, Barfield Johns and Billy Bowlegs (AFS3893B2) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Mayport and Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-253)


3. Catfish Song - John Josh and Richard Osceola (AFS3893A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Mayport and Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-253)


4. Cuba Land Is A Happy Land - John Henry Epps, Nathaniel Wellman, Jess Ellman, Charley Rutledge (AFS7092A5) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Sebring (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-255)


5. The Death Tango - Nick Mandalon (AFS3541B4) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Eatonville (1935 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-234)


6. Don't Talk About It - Roscoe McLean and a Group of Negro Convicts (AFS695B1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-240)


7. Drinking of the Wine - John Henry Epps, Nathaniel Wellman, Jess Ellman, Charley Rutledge (AFS7092B1) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Sebring (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-255)


8. Dry Bones - Henrietta Marshall and Mixed Group (AFS351A) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Eatonville (1935 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-234)


9. The Florida Boys - John K. Feaster (AFS959B2) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Alachua County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-219)


10. Fromajardis - Stela Burke (AFS3545A2) (Download)

WPA field recordings at Jacksonville, Tarpon Springs, St. Augustine, and Slavia (1939-1940 recording expedition: Alton Morris)
(S 1576, reel T86-225)


11. High Puppies - G.G. Albritton, Cleo Wynn O'Berry and Johnny Bill Shoemaker (AFS3901B2) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Sebring (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-255)


12. Hot Boiling Sun - Emanuel Duke (AFS686A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-238)


13. Hug 'em in Sebring - Cleo Wynn O'Berry and Johnny Bill Shoemaker (AFS3902A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Sebring (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S1576, reel T86-255)


14. Hurricane - James Brown, Jr. with Banjo by Walter Van Bass and Guitar by Ned Hugh Bass (AFS3898A) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Kenansville and Glades County (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-254)


15. It Ain't Going to Rain No More - Sung by Group of Little Black Girls (AFS349B1) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Eatonville (1935 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-234)


16. Jesus is Making Up My Dying Bed - Rev. J.B. Bryant and Group (AFS687B1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-238)


17. John Henry - Bill McLaughlin, Introduction by Alton C. Morris (AFS9915B1) (Download)

Reproductions of Florida-related recordings from the Library of Congress
(S 1576, reel T86-227)


18. Leather Breeches - Russell Wise on Fiddle (AFS3312A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at Cherry Lake (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-223)


19. Little Liza Jane - Sung by Group of Little Black Girls (AFS349B2) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Eatonville (1935 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-234)


20. Maroulli - Chas. M. Brown, Louis Peronis on Fiddle, Harris Perris on Cymbal, George Kafezio on Mandola (AFS3540B1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at Tarpon Springs and Slavia (1939-1940 recording expedition: Alton Morris)
(S 1576, reel T86-224)


21. The More You Scratch - Theodore (Tea Roll) Rolle with Trombone and Guitar (AFS3384B1) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Riviera and Key West (January 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-246)


22. Muley on the Mountain - Sung by a Local Singer, Booker T. Sapps, and Roger Matthews (AFS372B2) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Belle Glade (1935 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-236)


23. The Night Owlers - Mary Graneskis, M. Nicholas and Nick Theos (AFS3542A2) T86-224 (Download)

WPA field recordings at Tarpon Springs and Slavia (1939-1940 recording expedition: Alton Morris)
(S 1576, reel T86-224)


24. Pay Me My Money Down - John Henry Epps, Nathaniel Wellman, Jess Ellman, Charley Rutledge (AFS7092A2) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Sebring (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-255)


25. Po Laz'us - Roscoe McLean and a Group of Negro Convicts (AFS695A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-240)


26. Soultana - Evee Anastassiou (AFS3883A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Masaryktown (1939-1940 recording expedition: Alton Morris)
(S 1576, reel T86-252)


27. Sponger Money - Theodore Rolle (AFS3388B1) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Key West (January 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-247)


28. Standing on That Rock - Black Women Prisoners (AFS699A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-240)


29. Stewball - Roscoe McLean and a Group of Negro Convicts (AFS695A2) (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-240)


30. Syrtos Politicos (Constantinopoliticos) - George Kaletizis, Louis Peronis and Charylaos Perris, Cymbal (AFS3885B1) (Download)

WPA field recordings of a dedication ceremony in Tarpon Springs (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-252)


31. Tell Me What Kind of Man Jesus Is - Elder Sykes Jones and Mixed Group (AFS350A) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Eatonville (1935 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-234)


32. Track Lining Song - Extra Gang Number Four, Southern Railway, Thelma Boltin Recordings (AFS13992-14020-LWO5712) (Download)

Reproductions of Florida-related recordings from the Library of Congress
(S 1576, reel T86-227)


33. Traveling Shoes - Amelia Pursley and Group of Black Women Prisoners (AFS701A2) (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-240)


34. Well, It Ain't No Way to Hide - Roscoe McLean - AFS682B (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-238)


35. The West Palm Beach Storm - Viola Jenkins (AFS977A) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Alachua County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-220)


36. Yati, Yati - Chas. M. Brown, Louis Peronis on Fiddle, Harris Perris on Cymbal, George Kafezio on Mandola (AFS3540A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at Tarpon Springs and Slavia (1939-1940 recording expedition: Alton Morris)
(S 1576, reel T86-224)


37. Yonder Sits a Humble Creature - Mrs. Matilda Keene (AFS979B2) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Alachua County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-220)