Recording of the Fort Ogden Ladies Group

236616
Date
1987-01-21
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. The group consisted of local needleworkers who met at the local school house. The Florida Folk Arts Survey was conducted in 1987 by folklorists Tina Bucuvalis, Steve Frangos, Merri Belland, and Barbara Seitz as preliminary research for a joint folk art between the Florida Folklife Program and the Florida Museum of History. The field researchers focused on those areas previously overlooked by FFP staff. The research focused on identifying folk artists and locating appropriate exhibit objects.
Type
Sound
Organized groups

Interview with railroader Tom Watson

235315
Date
1988-08-23
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Tom Watson, a railroad worker for over 30 years, worked for the Jacksonville terminal between 1950 and 1974. He then worked for Amtrak until 1988. In the interview, he discusses growing up in Jacksonville; the history of Florida rail lines and the railroad business; his career with Amtrak and the Jax Terminal; the various rail lines operating in Florida; labor strikes; a typical work day as a ticket taker; education at Bethune Cookman; a description of the old terminal; civil rights and rail integration; various jobs available to rail workers; the different opportunities for whites and blacks; pranks on the job; baggage sent on trains; mail on the rails; changes in the industry; mail; women employees; socializing with employees; and unions. 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, 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.
Type
Sound
Item ID
Tape 8-9
Organized groups

Interview with former Jacksonville gospel singers Willie Wright and Ted Brooks

238254
Date
1983-03-19
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. C83-53: Includes a group performances of "Standing Up for Jesus" and "It's Gonna Rain" in a practice session at the beginning of the recording. Interview with Willie Wright and Ted Brooks discussing their birthplaces and playing with the Royal Harmony Four, a renowned gospel group, which sang throughout Florida and was headquartered in Jacksonville. They also talk about how well members of the group got along and talk about some of their favorite songs, like "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and "Looka There Ain't She Pretty." They also talk about they got involved in music in their youth. C83-54: Ted Brooks talks about the groups' favorite songs, like "Little Wooden Church on the Hill" and "The Gospel Train," and singing American folk songs and singing comic songs in church (such as "The Preacher and the Bear") in church performances. He remarks that people don't sing American folk songs and comic songs in church very much anymore. In addition, he discusses singing songs about Casey Jones and John Henry and learning to read music later on in his career as a singer. William Tucker, then a member of the group Sons of Jubilee, was born in Florida in 1918, went to school in Jacksonville and retired as a warehouse manager at a supply company. He talks about his first time singing in an organized group- - in eighth grade when his teacher formed a glee club and selected him to join in. He had had experience singing in his church's choir as well. In addition, he talks about the differences between singing in a choir and singing in a quartet at the time. In addition, he sang in a barber shop quartet before joining the Sons of Jubilee. In the barbershop group, they sang "Suwannee River," "Old Black Joe," "Little Eyes I Love You," and other songs and he discusses singing nonsense words and sounds in the music, like, ""I Used to have a dear old mother, ca-lank-ca-lank-ca-lank
Type
Sound
Item ID
C83-53
Item ID
C83-54
in an organized group- - in eighth

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