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Dorothy Horstman Oral History Field and Radio Show Recordings

Creator:
Horstman, Dorothy, 1930-1999  Search this
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Horstman, Madi  Search this
Horstman, Fritzi  Search this
Mare, Frank  Search this
Lynn, Loretta  Search this
Snow, Hank  Search this
Rodgers, Jimmie  Search this
Williams, Hank (Harold), 1934-  Search this
Tubb, Ernest  Search this
Acuff, Roy  Search this
Extent:
11 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Audiocassettes
Recordings
Oral history
Interviews
Date:
1959-1999.
Summary:
Tape recordings containing oral history and radio show recordings of country and western music, collected and produced by Dorothy Horstman.,Recordings include such musicians as Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Hank Snow, and Roy Acuff.
Scope and Contents note:
The Dorothy Horstman Oral History Field and Radio Show recording consist of 351 cassette audio tapes and 164 reel-to-reel audio tapes documenting her field research and radio shows dedicated to the creative process associated with the composers of Country and Western songs. Also included in her collection are 82 reel-to-reel audio tapes complied by Mrs. Horstman and her colleague Mr. Frank Mare. Mr. Mare is a microbiologist from New Jersey, currently residing in Covington, GA. In his free time he is an avid collector of Country and Western recording of the 1920s and 1930s, a music critic, a writer of liner notes, and an information guide to the Country and Western music genre.

The collection is organized into three series. Series 1 comprises the 351 cassette audio tape recordings of the oral history interviews that Mrs. Horstman conducted in the field. They contain the social history of the music, the creative process behind song writing for each artist or theme, and often include biographies and backgrounds of the individuals she interviewed. Series 2 contains 164 reel-to-reel audio tapes of Mrs. Horstman's WNYC radio shows. They trace the history and influence of the music, often using primary material from her interviews that no longer exist in other forms. The shows are devoted to individual artist, composers, or themes, and often include her own commentary and insight. Shows 113-127 are based on the chapters of Mrs. Horstman's book, Sing Your Heart Out Country Boy. Shows in this series without a playlist could not be listened to because of preservation reasons and therefore are unavailable for use. Series 3 comprises the 82 reel-to-reel audio tapes compiled by Frank Mare and Mrs. Horstman. They consist of tape recordings of songs that are in Mr. Mare's personal collection. They were made at the request of Mrs. Horstman as part of her research of the music and her personal
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into 3 series.

Series 1: Oral history and field recordings, 1961-1999

Series 2: Radio show recordings, 1972-1977

Series 3: Frank Mare and miscellaneous recordings, 1959-1976
Biographical/Historical note:
Songwriter and Journalist Dorothy Horstman (1930-1999), began her love affair with Country and Western music early in life. She was born in Georgia, adopted and raised in Louisiana. She attended the University of Texas at Austin in the 1950s and became a registered nurse. In 1959 she married James Horstman and would later make her home in New York City, taking her love for Country and Western music with her. It is here that her interest in the creative process of song writing moved from a personal interest to one that would include a more public persona. Although never academically trained, Mrs. Horstman spent four decades between 1954-1999, conducting countless interviews with some of the most important artist and performers in Country and Western music. Following the example of Sigmund Spaeth, Dorothy left no door closed in her search for the facts and origin to a particular song. In the mid-1970s, she put her research to work in her own weekly WYNC radio show. Many will remember her signature opening of "Hello Country Fans. . ."

In 1975 Mrs. Horstman published her first book titled, Sing Your Heart Out, Country Boy, in it she continued to work with the concept she originated known as song annotation or the process of learning the origin and inspiration of a song and its connection to the people.

Prior to her death in September 1999, Dorothy had just completed work on her second book titled, America's Best Loved Country Songs. It is being posthumously published.

Dorothy Horstman once wrote that "Country music is as American as mom's apple pie. . . (covering such values as) God, country, home, mother, good and evil, right and wrong." Spanning four decades the Dorothy Horstman Oral History Field and Radio Show recording collection portrays the astonishing range of this genre. Contained within it are such country legends as Jimmie Rodgers who, is not only known as the "Father of Country Music," but who also helped move country music from its hillbilly roots of instrumentals to its modern day vocal sound and style. Ernest Tubb, who throughout his fifty year career in the business helped some of country music's greats, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Pasty Cline, Charlie Walker, and Hank Snow get their start. Roy Acuff once named the "King of Country Music" by baseball great Dizzy Dean, who along with Fred Rose formed Acuff-Rose Publications, Nashville's first country music publishing company. And the Carter Family, also known as the "first family of country music," who blended tradition songs and lyrics with their own musical and vocal techniques to help put country music on the map during the 1930s.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Madi and Fritz Horstman, 2000.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access to user copies of tapes, on site by appointment.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions. Fritzi and Madi Horstman retain all rights to these recordings. Contact the Archives Center for more information.
Topic:
Country musicians  Search this
Country music  Search this
Radio programs, Musical  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes -- 1950-2000
Audiocassettes
Recordings
Oral history
Interviews -- 1950-2000
Citation:
Dorothy Horstman Oral History Field and Radio Show Recordings, 1959-1999, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0723
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0723

WNYC Show #7 Honky Tonk

Collection Creator:
Horstman, Dorothy, 1930-1999  Search this
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Horstman, Madi  Search this
Horstman, Fritzi  Search this
Mare, Frank  Search this
Lynn, Loretta  Search this
Snow, Hank  Search this
Rodgers, Jimmie  Search this
Williams, Hank (Harold), 1934-  Search this
Tubb, Ernest  Search this
Acuff, Roy  Search this
Extent:
1 sound tape (1/4" tape, seven-inch reel, rec. at 7.5 ips, 26 minutes 20 seconds)
Container:
Box 17
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound tapes
Date:
created: undated aired: 8/22/1972
Scope and Contents:
Charlie Pride, "Streets of Baltimore" Webb Pierce, comments on drinking songs Kitty Wells, "Hey Joe" Ray Price, "City Lights" George Jones, "Take Me" Hank Thompson, "Blackboard of My Heart" Buck Owens, "Act Naturally" Dave Dudley, "Truck Driving Son of a Gun"
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research and access to user copies of tapes, on site by appointment.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions. Fritzi and Madi Horstman retain all rights to these recordings. Contact the Archives Center for more information.
Collection Citation:
Dorothy Horstman Oral History Field and Radio Show Recordings, 1959-1999, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Dorothy Horstman Oral History Field and Radio Show Recordings / Series 3: WNYC Radio Shows Original Recordings
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0723-ref1186

Country Song Roundup, March 1961

Depicted (sitter):
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Copas, Cowboy  Search this
Helms, Bobby  Search this
Maker:
American Folk Publications, Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 11 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in; 29.21 cm x 20.955 cm
Object Name:
magazine
Place made:
United States: Connecticut, Derby
Date made:
1961
Subject:
Country (music)  Search this
ID Number:
2013.0237.01
Accession number:
2013.0237
Catalog number:
2013.0237.01
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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EDAN-URL:
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Online Media:

Patsy Cline's Costume

User:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Maker:
Hensley, Hilda  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric (overall material)
rhinestones (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 22 1/2 in x 19 in; 57.15 cm x 48.26 cm
Object Name:
shirt
Place made:
United States: Virginia, Winchester
Date made:
ca 1958
Related Publication:
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures
ID Number:
2004.0008.01
Accession number:
2004.0008
Catalog number:
2004.0008.01
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National Treasures exhibit
Clothing & Accessories
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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Online Media:

Patsy Cline's Costume

User:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Maker:
Hilda Hensley  Search this
Physical Description:
facric (overall material)
rhinestones (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 39 in x 11 1/2 in; 99.06 cm x 29.21 cm
overall: 39 1/4 in x 12 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 99.695 cm x 31.75 cm x 1.905 cm
Object Name:
pants
Place made:
United States: Virginia, Winchester
Date made:
ca 1958
ID Number:
2004.0008.02
Accession number:
2004.0008
Catalog number:
2004.0008.02
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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EDAN-URL:
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Online Media:

Foolin' 'Round; That's My Desire

Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.2467
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Label number:
25707
Catalog number:
2000.3053.2467
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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Heartaches; Why Can't He Be You

Composer:
Cochran, Hank  Search this
Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.2470
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Label number:
31429
Catalog number:
2000.3053.2470
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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EDAN-URL:
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I Love You So Much It Hurts; Seven Lonely Days

Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.2471
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Label number:
25686
Catalog number:
2000.3053.2471
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-d439-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1025458

Leavin' On Your Mind; Tra Le La Le La Triangle

Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.2472
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Label number:
31455
Catalog number:
2000.3053.2472
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-d43a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1025459

Lonely Street; You Were Only Folling (While I Was Falling In Love)

Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.2473
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Label number:
25699
Catalog number:
2000.3053.2473
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-d43b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1025460

Poor Man's Roses (Or a Rich Man's Gold), A; Walkin' After Midnight

Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.2474
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Label number:
9-30221
Catalog number:
2000.3053.2474
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-d43c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1025461

San Antonio Rose; South Of the Border (Down Mexico Way)

Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.2475
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Label number:
25673
Catalog number:
2000.3053.2475
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-d43d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1025462

So Wrong; You're Stronger Than Me

Composer:
Perkins, Carl  Search this
Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.2476
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Label number:
31406
Catalog number:
2000.3053.2476
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-d43e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1025463

Patsy Cline Story, The

Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 in; x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.0285
Label number:
DXB 176
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Catalog number:
2000.3053.0285
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-c517-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1023271

Sentimentally Yours

Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 in; x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.0286
Label number:
DL 4282
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Catalog number:
2000.3053.0286
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-c518-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1023272

That's How a Heartache Begins

Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 in; x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.0287
Label number:
DL 4586
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Catalog number:
2000.3053.0287
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-c519-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1023273

Lovin' In Vain; I Fall To Pieces

Artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
Robert B. Campbell in memory of Dorothy and William Campbell
ID Number:
1996.3034.01601
Accession number:
1996.3034
Label number:
31205
Catalog number:
1996.3034.01601
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-911f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1011089

Walkin' After Midnight; Poor Man's Roses (Or a Rich Man's Gold), A

Artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
Robert B. Campbell in memory of Dorothy and William Campbell
ID Number:
1996.3034.01598
Label number:
9-30221
Catalog number:
1996.3034.01598
Accession number:
1996.3034
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-ada7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1011186

Then You'll Know; I Don't Wanta

Artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Manufacturer:
Decca  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
Robert B. Campbell in memory of Dorothy and William Campbell
ID Number:
1996.3034.01599
Label number:
9-30504
Catalog number:
1996.3034.01599
Accession number:
1996.3034
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-ae9e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1011195

I Can't Forget; I Don't Wanta

Recording artist:
Cline, Patsy  Search this
Object Name:
sound recording
Credit Line:
Robert B. Campbell in memory of Dorothy and William Campbell
ID Number:
1996.3034.01600
Nonaccession number:
1996.3034
Catalog number:
1996.3034.01600
Maker number:
20005
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1013046

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