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Field Work in the Western Region (Nigeria): Webster Wire Recorder Used by Lorenzo Dow Turner for Recording Session

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Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Turner, Lorenzo Dow
Physical description:
1 photographic negative : b&w; 35mm
Nigeria, Western Region
Nigeria, Western
Title is provided by ACMA Archives staff based on researcher's notes.
Information from "Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner. Connecting Communities through Language, August 9, 2010-July 24, 2011, Anacostia Community Museum," reads, "Webster Wire Recorder, ca. 1950. In Africa Turner was able to use the newest recording equipment available at the time, the Webster Wire Recorder, a great improvement from the original equipment used for his early Gullah recordings. This recorder used wire spools as its recording medium. Later on the recordings were transferred to acetate discs that could be played on a record player."
Additional information from Alcione M. Amos reads, "In 1951, Lorenzo Dow Turner was able to achieve his dream of visiting Africa after he received a Fulbright award. His visit to West Africa was a major adventure of interacting with the local people, presenting lectures, and again recording songs, folktales, and proverbs. Turner was initially located at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he lectured to appreciative audiences on topics such as Africans in the New World and the English language in America. Soon after his arrival he was extending his reach and traveling all over the country. During these excursions he often played the recordings he had made in Brazil with Yoruba speakers. His audiences in Africa were fascinated. He was further connecting the worlds of the African Diaspora through language." [Lorenzo Dow Turner: Connecting Communities through Language. Alcione M. Amos. The Black Scholar: Volume 41, No.1, Journal of Black Studies and Research (Spring 2011), pp. 4-15. Published by: the Black World Foundation and Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, Colorado]
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Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams
Sound recordings
Local number:
ACMA LDT-N-R45-1463
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Sub-series 5.4.1: Research: Africa
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Series 5: Photographs ca 1890-1974
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers 1895-1972
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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