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Blues guitarist Emmett Murray playing in Pahokee

Blues guitarist Emmett Murray playing in Pahokee

Date
1980-04-08
Description
One audio cassette. Murray's "Mobile Blues" was featured on the FFP-produced recording "Drop on Down in Florida," a double LP that featured traditional African American music in the state. For another recording with Murray, see reels T83-62 through T83-64, in S 1576.
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Blues musician Buck Thompson playing on his porch

Blues musician Buck Thompson playing on his porch

Date
1985-02-14
Description
Two reel to reel tapes. Sound recording of fifty-year old blues guitarist Buck Thompson playing tunes that he learned from the radio on his front porch. A former railroad worker, he played the juke circuit in the 1950s. Because of the recording location, sounds of traffic and pedestrians can be heard. Images of the performance can be found in S 1577, v. 27, slides 1467-1495. In winter 1985, the Bureau contracted with two folklorists to conduct a folk arts survey of the St. Johns River basin in northeastern Florida. The St. Johns River is the largest and most used river in Florida, supporting much river commerce as well as a modest amount of commercial fishing. Folklorists Mary Anne McDonald and Kathleen Figgen conducted the survey from January through March 1985 under the direction of Folklife Coordinator Blanton Owen and Bureau Chief Ormond Loomis. Documentation compiled in the survey was used to prepare and present the St. Johns River Basin Folklife Area at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival.
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Blues pianist Alex McBride playing at his home

Blues pianist Alex McBride playing at his home

Date
1989-08-16
Description
One audio cassette. Recording of blues pianist McBride playing at his apartment. For an image of him performing, see S 1577, v. 55; for an interview with McBride see S 1618, box 4, tape 17. NOTE: According to the depositor's agreement, the music cannot be used in commercial recordings without consent of McBride. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Duval County was a joint venture between the Duval County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was started in 1984 by folklorist David Taylor with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, and in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist which included visits by local folk artists. Taylor ran it until 1986. In 1988, Gregory Hansen re-initiated it with minor changes.
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Champion Paper employees interview for the Forest Industries Project

Champion Paper employees interview for the Forest Industries Project

Date
1989-01-13
Description
One audio cassette. Interview with Champion Paper employees Wiggins, Williams, and Kennedy. They discuss the details of their occupational duties and experiences in the workplace.
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Charlie Vinson interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Charlie Vinson interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-30
Description
One cassette tape. NKwanda Jah interviews Vinson, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., who discusses his work on the railroads. Other members of the Gandy Dancers were present and can be heard in the background. Vinson gives some geneaological history before discussing his work for United States Steel beginning in 1947. He explains that most firemen on the railroads are left-handed due to the need to fire left handed. He describes working on bridge gangs across Alabama and Georgia, including a story about encountering a snake while working on one of the bridges. He discusses his life since retirement and working with the Gandy Dancers. Vinson recounts working with white workers on the bridge gangs. He explains the importance of the human element in railway work, and the role of the railroad companies in employing African Americans. He describes greasing his face with Vaseline to keep his skin from peeling.
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Church service at Martin Memorial AME Church

Church service at Martin Memorial AME Church

Date
1985-09-08
Description
One reel to reel tape. (Copied onto C86-134). The Dade Folk Arts Survey was conducted in 1986 by folklorists Tina Bucuvalas, Nancy Nusz and Laurie Sommers in order to identify folk arts and folk artists for the special folklife area at the 34th Annual Florida Folk Festival. The traditions are mainly Haitian, Jamaican, Mexican, Bahamian, Cuban and Jewish and cover a wide range of skills and art forms.
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Compilation for the American Folklore Society

Compilation for the American Folklore Society

Date
1978-10
Description
One audio cassette. Music performance for the American Folklore Society annual meeting.
Collection
Copy of Pensacola Piano, Ida Goodson

Copy of Pensacola Piano, Ida Goodson

Date
1983
Description
One audio cassette. (Duplicate on C83-127) From the leadered masters. Recorded at the Warehouse Studios, in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-30
Description
Two audio cassettes. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-26, Wright, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., gives some family and educational background. He discusses his early work on the railroads and being drafted into the military during the Korean War, as well as his choice to continue railway work in spite of his education because it was one of the highest paid jobs an African American could get at that time. Wright explains the responsibility of those with an educational background in the African American community. He describes learning railway work observing his father, a supervisor on the railroads during the 1930s. He explains how his education served as a "buffer zone" between himself and some of his white supervisors. He describes his life after retirement in 1982. He tells a story about his experience with the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr., including his inability to remain non-violent during protest. Wright details his role in advocating for higher wagers for African American railway workers during the 1960s.
On C93-27, Wright continues to discuss his role in railway worker management during the 1970s. He recounts the scarcity of black supervisors during his early days on the railroads. He closes the interview by imparting advice for young people.
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Elder Brown interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Elder Brown interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-30
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. Brown, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., discusses his work on the railroads. He gives his family background. The tape starts and stops many times.
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Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
a_s1576_04_c81-015Blues guitarist Emmett Murray playing in PahokeeSoundFieldwork
Blues (Music)
Guitar music
African Americans
Guitarists
Electric guitar
Singing
Musical tradition, African diaspora
Performing arts
String instruments
Guitarist
Blues singers
Musicians
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a_s1714_reel23Blues musician Buck Thompson playing on his porchSoundFieldwork
Research methods
Collecting
Sound recording
String instruments
Blues (Music)
African Americans
Musical tradition, African diaspora
Guitarists
Guitar
Guitar music
Music performance
Music
Guitarist
Musicians
Blues singers
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a_s1618_04_tape16Blues pianist Alex McBride playing at his homeSoundFieldwork
Music performance
Piano music
Pianos
Piano music (Blues)
African Americans
Students
Songs
Performing arts
Musicians
Singing
Pianists
Blues singers
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a_s1625_05_tape06Champion Paper employees interview for the Forest Industries ProjectSoundMillers
Interviews
Forestry
Forestry workers
Occupational folklore
Oral histories
Oral narratives
Field recordings
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a_s1576_30_c93-021Charlie Vinson interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundRailroads Employees
Dancers
Folk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Railroads
Oral narratives
Railway workers
Interviews
African Americans
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a_s1576_t86-093Church service at Martin Memorial AME ChurchSoundFieldwork
Church services
Churches
Church attendance
Protestants
African Americans
Religion
Christianity
Music performance
Performing arts
Singing
Choir singing
Preachers
Sermons
Religious music
Blues singers
Bands (Music)
Musical groups
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a_s1576_03_c79-074Compilation for the American Folklore SocietySoundAfrican Americans
Music performance
Gospel (Black)
Blues (Music)
Guitar music
Singing
Diddly bow
Musicians
Guitarist
Blues singers
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a_s1576_11_c83-126Copy of Pensacola Piano, Ida Goodson SoundSinging
Sound recordings
African Americans
Music performance
Performing arts
Piano music (Blues)
Blues singers
Blues (Music)
Gospel (Black)
Gospel songs
Gospel music
Choir singing
Choirs (music)
Religious music
Religious songs
Singers
Pianists
Musicians
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a_s1576_30_c93-026Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundRailroads Employees
Dancers
Folk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Railway workers
Oral histories
Oral narratives
Race relations
African Americans
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a_s1576_30_c93-020Elder Brown interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundRailroads Employees
Dancers
Folk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Railroads
Interviews
Railway workers
Oral narratives
African Americans
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