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

Billy Howell interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

296310
Date
1993-05-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Howell answers audience questions about the railroad memorabilia he has on display, including his telegraph machine. He discusses his father's career on the Apalachicola Northern Railroad, and his experiences working on and riding the railroads in his youth. He also explains w...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-9c

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

Allen Jones interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239382
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. Jones, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., discusses his work on the railroads.
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-19

Elder Brown interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239383
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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.
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-20

Railroad depot in Fernandina

235899
Date
1980-07-22
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two color slides.
Type
Still Image
Item ID
S80-528 - S80-529

Postcard of the Orange Blossom Special

236931
Date
1930
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two prints, four slides, and negatives. All are of one postcard of the train, the Orange Blossom Special; later immortalized in a popular song written by Irving Rouse.
Type
Still Image

Charlie Vinson interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239384
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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 fo...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-21

Mother and child by the B. and O. Railroad's first passenger train

107752
Date
1961
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA0828A

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

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

Mother and child standing by 1875 Baldwin steam engine

107753
Date
1961
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA0828B

Mother and child standing by Northern Pacific's first engine

107755
Date
1961
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA0829B

The Gandy Dancers at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival

236922
Date
1993-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One proof sheet with eight black and white images (plus negatives). 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 movin...
Type
Still Image

Billy Howell interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239381
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. Howell gives a brief family background. He explains the turpentine business, homesteading, and other industries in North Florida. He gives some background on attending school in Port St. Joe, Fla. and working for the St. Joe Paper Company for f...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-18

John Mealing interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239385
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-22, Mealing, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., talks about the Gospel Southernaires, a quartet he founded. On C93-23, Mealing explains the importance of religion and hard work in his life. Tape cuts off abruptly. ...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-22
Item ID
C93-23

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

239386
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-27
Item ID
C93-26

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

239387
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. 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. Wright explains the strength needed to work on railroads. Mealing leads "Good Evening Ev...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-25

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

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

First Engine to cross Continent - Promontory Point, Utah - Pulled Leland Stanford Train.

107754
Date
1961
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA0829A

Allen Jones interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

296309
Date
1993-05-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Jones, a member of the Gandy Dancers, answers questions from audience members about railway work, equipment, and making iron. The interview represents the second portion of tape C93-9.
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-9b

Wood-burning steam locomotive #22 in shop for new flues - Jerome, Florida

107761
Date
19--
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA0832A

Florida Yesterday: Folklore & Superstition (master tape)

238815
Date
1977-02-15
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video cassette. (3/4" tape, 56 minutes) Frog Smith sitting in Mercer's Country Store telling stories of his family and childhood for store patrons. For more footage, see V86-30 and V86-29.
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V86-26

Joe Kirkwood performing at the 1990 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage)

237279
Date
1990-05-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Dinella served as the emcee.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T90-104

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