Folklife Subject: Railroad Work

274019
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
The arrival of the railroad in Florida marked the beginning of a steady increase in transportation efficiency throughout the state. The labor required to build and operate the railroads, however, was often tedious and difficult. Workers plowed their way through swamps, sandhills, and other challengi...
Type
interactive resource

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106859
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA151011

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106860
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA151012

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106861
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA151013

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106866
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510626

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106867
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510628

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106869
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510634

Preparing railroad tracks for Gandy Dancers at 1993 Florida Folk Festival

236924
Date
1993-05-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Thirty color slides. Gandy dancers were railroad workers who used call-and-response work songs to keep workers moving fast in laying track. Often called lining songs.
Type
Still Image

The Gandy Dancers at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival

236930
Date
1993-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video tape (also copied onto a SONY mini Video8). Features the Gandy Dancers demonstrating work songs used when laying rail track. Also features CSX workers preparing the tracks at the festival used in the demonstration.
Type
Moving Image

The Gandy Dancers

236932
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two prints: one black and white, the other color. The dancers were: C. Wright, John Mealing, Charlie Vinson, Allen Jones, and Elder Brown. One image also features folklorist Beth Higgs. Gandy dancers were railroad workers who used call-and-response work songs to keep workers moving fast in laying t...
Type
Still Image

Folklife People: Zora Neale Hurston

274009
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Zora Neale Hurston was an African-American novelist whose rich literary work has inspired generations of readers. Despite her reputation as a writer, there exists another side to Hurston's career. In 1938 and 1939, during the Great Depression, Hurston worked as a folklorist and contributor to the Fl...
Type
interactive resource

Florida Yesterday: Untitled episode (raw footage)

238822
Date
1977-01-13
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video cassette. (3/4" tape; 47 minutes) Raw footage featuring Frog Smith sitting in a chair near a canal, discussing his family history. Displays one of his paintings, depicting the railroad in Levy County from 1911.
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V86-56

Sunday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Stage III) (Tape 5)

240531
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
D93-42

Interview with farmers Sam and Jessie Perry

239124
Date
1980-10-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel. Interview with farmers who were neighbors of Lucreaty Clark (she also talks on the recording). Topics include farming, farm animals, marriage, wood stoves, cane grinding, chores, railroad work, and mules. For images of Perry's farm, see S 1577, box 17, box 83.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T80-105

Interview with William Ralph (Buddy) Maddox

238441
Date
1984-01-17
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Side A Buddy Maddox discusses his early history; sharecropping; Turpentine camps in Clarksville and Merrysville; moving to different places; different odd jobs he did such as running a ferry, commercial fishing, road work and railroad work and turpentine; blacksmithing - especia...
Type
Sound
Item ID
C84-3

Railroad worker Tom Watson

235319
Date
1988-08
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Four color slides. Images of Tom Watson, a railroad worker for over 30 years. Watson worked for the Jacksonville terminal between 1950 and 1974. He then worked for Amtrak until 1988. Taken after he was interviewed by folklorist Hansen. For a recording of his interview, see S 1618, box 4, tapes 8-9...
Type
Still Image
Item ID
S91-185 - S91-188

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 ...
Type
Sound
Item ID
Tape 8-9

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (First demonstration)

239374
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassette recordings. NKwanda Jah serves as emcee. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Jones, Brown, Vinson and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. On cassette C93-1, Wright tells stories from h...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-2
Item ID
C93-1

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