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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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Dorothy Horstman Oral History Field and Radio Show Recordings
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.
See more items in:
Dorothy Horstman Oral History Field and Radio Show Recordings
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

Photographic History Collection: Henry Horenstein

Maker:
Horenstein, Henry  Search this
Object Name:
Henry Horenstein Collection
Date made:
1971 - 1983
ID Number:
COLL.PHOTOS.000036
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Work and Industry: Photographic History
Cultures & Communities
Music & Musical Instruments
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-692e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1342044

Spanish Fire Ball; Between Fire and Water

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1953
ID Number:
2015.3005.863
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.863
Maker number:
20-5296
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-41fd-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764378

Engineer's Child, The; Ben Dewberry's Final Run

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1951
ID Number:
2015.3005.864
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.864
Maker number:
20-4096
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-41fe-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764379

For Now and Always; A Message From the Tradewinds

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1953
ID Number:
2015.3005.865
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.865
Maker number:
20-5380
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-41ff-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764380

Gold Rush Is Over, The; Why Do You Punish Me (For Loving You)

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1952
ID Number:
2015.3005.866
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.866
Maker number:
20-4522
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-4201-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764381

I Don't Hurt Anymore; My Arabian Baby

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1954
ID Number:
2015.3005.867
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.867
Maker number:
20-5698
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-06ed-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764382

I Just Telephone Upstairs; My Mother

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1952
ID Number:
2015.3005.868
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.868
Maker number:
20-4632
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-4202-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764383

Marriage Vow; The Star Spangled Waltz

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1949
ID Number:
2015.3005.869
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.869
Maker number:
21-0062
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-4204-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764384

Married By the Bible, Divorced By the Law; Lady's Man

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1952
ID Number:
2015.3005.870
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.870
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-4205-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764385

My Mother; My Sweet Texas Blue Bonnet Queen

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1948
ID Number:
2015.3005.871
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.871
Maker number:
20-2835
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-4206-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764386

One More Ride; The Mystery Of Number Five

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1951
ID Number:
2015.3005.872
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.872
Maker number:
20-4097
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-4199-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764387

Unwanted Sign Upon Your Heart; Your Locket Is My Broken Heart

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1951
ID Number:
2015.3005.873
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.873
Maker number:
21-0498
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-419a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764388

Wreck Of the Old 97, The; Hobo Bill's Last Ride

Recording artist:
Snow, Hank  Search this
Maker:
RCA Victor  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Camden
Date made:
1951
ID Number:
2015.3005.874
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.874
Maker number:
20-4095
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-419b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1764389

Country Song Roundup No. 46

Depicted (sitter):
Presley, Elvis  Search this
Snow, Hank  Search this
Flatt, Lester  Search this
Scruggs, Earl  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 1/2 in; 29.21 cm x 21.59 cm
Object Name:
magazine
Place made:
United States: Connecticut, Derby
Associated Place:
United States: Georgia, Maysville
Subject:
Country (music)  Search this
ID Number:
2014.3013.003
Nonaccession number:
2014.3013
Catalog number:
2014.3013.003
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-1bb4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1462638

Country Song Roundup No. 40

Depicted (sitter):
Snow, Hank  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 1/2 in; 29.21 cm x 21.59 cm
Object Name:
magazine
Place made:
United States: Connecticut, Derby
Associated Place:
United States: Georgia, Maysville
Date made:
1955
Subject:
Country (music)  Search this
ID Number:
2014.3013.008
Nonaccession number:
2014.3013
Catalog number:
2014.3013.008
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-1c48-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1462643

Country Song Roundup No. 39

Depicted (sitter):
Snow, Hank  Search this
Pearl, Minnie  Search this
Hamblen, Stuart  Search this
Homer and Jethro  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 1/2 in; 29.21 cm x 21.59 cm
Object Name:
magazine
Place made:
United States: Connecticut, Derby
Associated Place:
United States: Georgia, Maysville
Subject:
Country (music)  Search this
ID Number:
2014.3013.009
Nonaccession number:
2014.3013
Catalog number:
2014.3013.009
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-1c49-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1462644

Country Song Roundup No. 35

Depicted (sitter):
Taylor, Joe  Search this
Snow, Hank  Search this
Sands, Tommy  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 1/2 in; 29.21 cm x 21.59 cm
Object Name:
magazine
Place made:
United States: Connecticut, Derby
Associated Place:
United States: Georgia, Maysville
Date made:
1954
Subject:
Country (music)  Search this
ID Number:
2014.3013.013
Nonaccession number:
2014.3013
Catalog number:
2014.3013.013
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-1c4d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1462651

Country Song Roundup No. 25

Depicted (sitter):
Snow, Hank  Search this
Rodgers, Jimmie  Search this
Maker:
American Folk Publications, Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 11 3/4 in x 8 3/4 in; 29.845 cm x 22.225 cm
Object Name:
magazine
Place made:
United States: Connecticut, Derby
Associated Place:
United States: Georgia, Maysville
Subject:
Country (music)  Search this
ID Number:
2014.3013.021
Nonaccession number:
2014.3013
Catalog number:
2014.3013.021
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-1cdd-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1462663

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