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Pete Seeger's Advice to Smithsonian Folkways [Interview Video]

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Conversations and talks
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2011-05-25T15:17:34.000Z
YouTube Category:
Music  Search this
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
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smithsonianfolkways
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolkways
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_xUQmQlXGV7Q

Pete Seeger Discusses Political Songs [Interview Video]

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Conversations and talks
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2010-04-22T16:10:16.000Z
YouTube Category:
Music  Search this
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
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smithsonianfolkways
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolkways
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_FwBb058by5Y

Bess Lomax Hawes [Interview Video]

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2009-12-01T20:13:28.000Z
YouTube Category:
Music  Search this
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
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smithsonianfolkways
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolkways
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_b8Zj4cc8k1o

Record Labels- Union Records Almanac Singers

Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents note:
File consists of record label images.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 5: Early Label Materials / General
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref14907

Woody Guthrie Papers

Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1.75 Linear feet (Four legal-sized, acid free Hollinger document boxes (approximately 1.75 linear feet) and miscellaneous flat files.)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1927-1985
Scope and Contents:
Original song lyric manuscripts, music, artwork, correspondence, and other writings by Woody Guthrie; news clippings, articles, correspondence, and business records related to Woody Guthrie. Bulk dates: Guthrie song text, writings, and drawings, 1940-1948; correspondence by and to Woody Guthrie, 1944-1951; correspondence regarding Woody Guthrie, 1956-1977

The series contains typescript and song lyric manuscripts, drawings, pen and ink sketches, and correspondence by Woody Guthrie. Song lyrics are often written on with corrections or have anecdotal notes typed or handwritten on them. Drawings and sketches are in pencil, pen, brush and ink, crayon, pastel, and watercolor. Correspondence is mostly between business associates, family, and friends. Clippings are related to Guthrie himself, his colleagues, or subjects he wrote about, such as the Great Depression, and the Sacco and Vanzetti trials.
Biographical/Historical note:
Woodrow (Woody) Wilson Guthrie (1912-1967) was one of the most important folk composers in American history. Born in Okemah, Oklahoma, Guthrie's name is associated with the common people and those displaced by the Great Dust Storms of the 1930's. He was a prolific songwriter, and his song "This Land is Your Land" is considered by many to be his best known.

During the height of his short recording career, Guthrie recorded with many of the most renowned folk singers and players in the New York area. A one time member of the Almanac Singers with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Bess Hawes and others, Woody also frequently performed with Lead Belly, Burl Ives, Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

Guthrie's earliest recordings were done for RCA and came out as a set entitled Dust Bowl Ballads, later reissued by Folkways. It was Guthrie's association with Moses Asch of Folkways Records which yielded the bulk of Guthrie's recorded legacy. Guthrie was given a stipend by Asch to come by the studio when he felt like recording. A one day session in March 1944 yielded 75 recorded songs alone. His songs were recorded on glass discs that now reside in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Much of this material was released by Asch on various Asch, Disc, and Folkways recordings, including his classic children's material.

Although known for his music, Guthrie was also a visual artist. Among the materials that came with the Moses and Frances Asch Collection are watercolors and pen and ink drawings. He also was an author of note; his most famous work being the autobiographically-based novel Bound for Glory. Historians have begun to consider Guthrie an important literary figure of the 20th century. The Woody Guthrie Papers - including typed song lyrics, correspondence, drawings, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous items - were left with Moses Asch, and came to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections as part of the Asch Collection. Guthrie died of Huntington's Chorea in 1967 after a long hospitalization.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Series 4
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref9452

FH 5285 The Original Talking Union with the Almanac Singers and other Union Songs with Pete Seeger and Chorus

Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Container:
Box 21, Folder 35
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955-2009
Scope and Contents note:
Record labels, cover reproductions, correspondence, production notes, label copy
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, File Asch_02_021_035
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 2: Folkways Production / 2.1: Production Files
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref6126

FH 5285 The Original Talking Union with the Almanac Singers and other Union Songs with Pete Seeger and Chorus

Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Container:
Box 21, Folder 36
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955-1988
Scope and Contents note:
Liner notes (final), financial material, misc. material
Record cover rehoused to OS04-14
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, File Asch_02_021_036
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 2: Folkways Production / 2.1: Production Files
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref6128

Almanac Singers

Collection Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Container:
Reel 5154, Frame 328-332
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1941
Collection Restrictions:
The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rockwell Kent papers
Rockwell Kent papers / Series 1: Alphabetical Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-kentrock-ref98

Lomax, Alan - Collected texts 3

Collection Creator:
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (Series 7)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents note:
File consists of song lyrics from Folk Song U.S.A, Best Loved American Folk Songs, Sod-Buster Ballads by the Almanac Singers.
Collection Restrictions:
Large portions of this collection are digitized, and while these materials are being prepared for public access through this finding aid, researchers can request digital copies by contacting the Rinzler Archives at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.RINZ, File RINZ_07_001_009
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Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings / Series 7: Notable Figures / 7.1: Lomax Family
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-rinz-ref3837

Tenor Guitar, used by Nick Reynolds of The Kingston Trio

Referenced:
Kingston Trio  Search this
User:
Reynolds, Nick  Search this
Maker:
C. F. Martin and Company  Search this
Physical Description:
spruce (overall material)
mahogany (overall material)
ebony (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 91 cm x 34.5 cm x 9 cm; 35 13/16 in x 13 19/32 in x 3 17/32 in
Object Name:
guitar
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Nazareth
Date made:
1948
Credit Line:
Gift of Leslie and Nick Reynolds
ID Number:
1998.0355.01
Serial number:
104342
Model number:
0-18T
Accession number:
1998.0355
Catalog number:
1998.0355.01
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Guitars
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-9cd1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_609415
Online Media:

Struggle and Protest (Program #24)

Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Podcast
MIME Type:
audio/x-mpeg
Uploaded:
Tuesday, 09 Nov 2010 19:01:00 GMT
Topic:
Cultural property  Search this
See more episodes:
Sounds to Grow On
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:podcasts_65225b7bec624f9cda51bff770c063fb

Sing Along Country Style

Recording artist:
Almanac Singers, The  Search this
Manufacturer:
Warner Bros.  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:
2000.3053.0024
Catalog number:
2000.3053.0024
Label number:
1330
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-cafa-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1023010

RIAA Gold Record for The Kingston Trio

Referenced:
Kingston Trio  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 15/16 in x 21 in x 15 in; 2.38125 cm x 53.34 cm x 38.1 cm
Object Name:
plaque
Date made:
1960
Credit Line:
Gift of Leslie and Nick Reynolds
ID Number:
1998.0355.03
Accession number:
1998.0355
Catalog number:
1998.0355.03
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-7293-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_609417
Online Media:

Dear Mr. President; Belt Line Girl

Recording artist:
Almanac Singers  Search this
Maker:
Keynote Recordings  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
ID Number:
1996.0320.10547
Collector/donor number:
18618
Maker number:
305
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.10547
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-8e07-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1280203

Song for Bridges; Babe O' Mine

Recording artist:
Almanac Singers  Search this
Maker:
Keynote Recordings  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
ID Number:
1996.0320.10548
Collector/donor number:
12443
Maker number:
K 304
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.10548
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-8e08-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1280204

Special Events

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Introduction:
The 2007 Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert was a tribute to Bess Lomax Hawes (1921-2009). Bess enjoyed many professional lives, and much could be written about each of them. As a college professor, she was a model to many. As a performer, with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and the renowned Almanac Singers, she influenced legions. As a mentor, she contributed to hundreds of careers. Her careful work at the Smithsonian shapes our practice to this day. Her films are still sought by scholars. And, of course, her labors at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the recognition of traditional artists will affect generations to come.

In 1975, Bess came to the Festival to be the research coordinator for Regional America's California program. At that time, she was a professor of anthropology at San Fernando Valley State, now California State University-Northridge. She left her academic position in 1976 to become deputy director for presentation during the gargantuan 1976 Bicentennial Festival, which showcased the best of American and world traditional cultures for three solid months.

In 1977, NEA chairman Nancy Hanks hired Bess to oversee a fledgling folk arts-funding category, which was embedded in other agency funding programs. By February of 1978, Bess had established the stand-alone Folk Arts Program, which had a dedicated budget. Her work over the next few years helped build a network of folk arts specialists around the country; develop folk arts-master apprentice programs in a number of states; and fund individual projects, such as festivals, tours, exhibitions, media documentation, and fieldwork. The National Endowment for the Arts named one of its most prestigious awards for her, and in 1992 she received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award our nation bestows on artists and those who nurture them.

Barry Bergey and Madeleine Remez were Curatorial Advisors and Hannah Smith was Coordinator. Barry Bergey and Daniel Sheehy were Presenters.
Participants:
Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert

Michael Doucet, 1951-, fiddle, Lafayette, Louisiana

Mitchell Reed, Lafayette, Louisiana

David Doucet, guitar, New Orleans, Louisiana

Liz Carroll, fiddle, Mundelein, Illinois

John Doyle, Asheville, North Carolina

Nancy Sweezy
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Where a listening copy or viewing copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a processing fee. Older papers are housed at a remote location and may require a minimum of three weeks' advance notice and payment of a retrieval fee. Certain formats such as multi-track audio recordings and EIAJ-1 videoreels (1/2 inch) may not be accessible. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.2007, Series 5
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-2007-ref41

Lee Hays papers

Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Names:
Almanac Singers  Search this
Baby Sitters (Musical group)  Search this
United States. Congress  Search this
Weavers (Musical group)  Search this
Gilbert, Ronnie  Search this
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967  Search this
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Houston, Cisco  Search this
Lampell, Millard, 1919-1997  Search this
Leventhal, Harold  Search this
Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014  Search this
Extent:
6.95 Cubic feet (Papers)
0.9 Cubic feet (Audiorecordings)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sheet music
Notes
Photographic prints
Business records
Audiotapes
Correspondence
Scripts (documents)
Date:
1923-1981
Summary:
The Lee Hays papers measures 7.85 cubic feet and dates from 1923 to 1981. The collection includes original writings, correspondence, and miscellaneous projects by Lee Hays; business records, interviews and features related to Lee Hays, including photographs; clippings saved by Lee Hays; and audiorecordings made by Lee Hays.
Scope and Contents:
The Lee Hays papers, which date from 1923-1981, contain personal and business correspondence; typescripts of Lee Hays' fiction, non-fiction, scripts and poetry; miscellaneous project and idea materials; business documents; and audiorecordings made by Lee Hays. The collection measures 7.85 cubic feet.
Arrangement:
The Lee Hays papers, are divided into seven series: 1) Correspondence, 2) Business, 3) Projects and Writings, 4) Collected Texts, 5) Interviews, 6) Features on Lee Hays and 7) Audio Recordings.

The Correspondence Series is divided into two subseries: 1) Personal, and 2) Business. The Projects and Writings series is divided into six subseries: 1) Songs, 2) Non-Fiction, 3) Fiction, 4) Musical Productions, 5) Radio Scripts, and 6) Cisco Houston Project.

When possible, folders are arranged within series and subseries in alphabetical order by file title, and within folders in chronological order with undated items at the top.
Biographical / Historical:
Lee Hays (1914-1981) was an influential American singer, songwriter, author, and activist. His legacy, both literary and musical, emphasizes the dynamic relationship between traditional culture and contemporary events and issues. As is clear from his essay "The Folk Song Bridge", Hays conceived of "folk music" as a living, breathing "process". Born in Arkansas in 1914 to a Methodist preacher, Hays' first experiences with music revolved around the church. His political awakening came later, when he returned to Arkansas from Ohio in 1934. Under the wing of mentors such as Claude Williams and Zilphia Horton (maiden name: Zilphia Johnson), Hays began to fight for the cause of sharecroppers and union workers. His musical ability and passion for social justice came together as he used music to represent the voice of labor, replacing the religious motifs of traditional and gospel songs with pro-union themes.

Upon moving to the North in 1940, Hays met Pete Seeger, another musician of the Folk Revival. Hays and Seeger shared the common goal of spreading political topical songs, and their collaborations with Woody Guthrie and Millard Lampell led to the creation of the Almanac Singers the same year. Later, the four band members, along with other musicians such as Burl Ives and Sis Cunningham, established the People's Songs organization and publication to create and distribute labor songs. However, interpersonal conflicts with members, including Pete Seeger, led to Hays' pressured resignation from both of these endeavors. He moved in with his mentor, Walter Lowenfels, and began to focus more on his writing. Though Hays was a prolific writer whose work spanned articles, essays, short stories, poetry, and songs, he is rarely recognized for his literary achievement. His writing often centered on the social and political themes for which he is best known—labor rights, racism, poverty and inequality—and used vernacular culture and narrative to address those problems.

Seeger and Hays eventually made amends, and in 1948 they formed The Weavers with Fred Hellerman and Ronnie Gilbert, bringing music of the Folk Revival to a national audience. However, as the Red Scare impacted the American political climate into the 1950s, the Weavers were blacklisted and ultimately had to disband. Though he was under investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and had no steady income, Hays continued to write both fiction and non-fiction during the three year blacklisting. In 1955, the Weavers finally reunited for a highly successful revival under manager Harold C. Leventhal, but as years passed, the group split up again, and Hays began to focus on other projects. It was at this time that he produced the bulk of his memoirs, began a project on Cisco Houston, and recorded folk music for children with his group The Baby Sitters. In 1980, the Weavers reunited for a concert in Carnegie Hall and Hays' last performance with them was in 1981. Hays died in 1981 as a result of diabetic cardiovascular disease.
Provenance:
The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage acquired the "Lee Hays Archives" in 1992 as a donation from Harold C. Leventhal and Doris Kaplan, who acquired the collection upon Lee Hays' death in 1981. The donation included materials produced by Lee Hays, as well as materials of interest to him that were found in his possession.
Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Topic:
Political ballads and songs -- United States  Search this
Folk music -- United States  Search this
Topical songs -- United States  Search this
Popular music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sheet music
Notes
Photographic prints
Business records
Audiotapes
Correspondence
Scripts (documents)
Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS
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Lee Hays papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-cfch-hays
Online Media:

Projects and Writings

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Extent:
168 Folders
Container:
Box 3, 4, and 5
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
This series is divided into six subseries:

3.1 Songs contains various materials— lyrics, sheet music, notes—relating to songs written by Lee Hays and songs of interest to him. The subseries is broken up into two categories: 1) Songs--By Title and 2) Songs—Supporting Materials, which contains materials such as idea lists, collected sheet music, clippings on the Babysitters and the Weavers, and materials on the Weavers reunion. Songs include "If I Had a Hammer," "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, and "Tomorrow is a Highway,as well as extensive materials on "Future isn't What it Used to Be."

3.2 Non-Fiction contains Lee Hays' non-fictional work, including articles and essays such as "The Folk Bridge" and "People's Songs", commercials, Hays' work on the Weavers and the Almanac Singers, excerpts from his memoirs, drafts for film project, reviews by Hays, and material for Hays' biography.

3.3 Fiction contains Hays' fictional work—primarily short stories and poetry, and the notes that accompany them—as well as his work as an editor and collaborator. This subseries contains both published stories and drafts, among them: "A Banquet and a Half" (in English, Spanish, and Italian as published), "On the Banks of the Ohio", the Little Sam and Opal stories, and a few fictional works from Hays' childhood. Poetry includes "How to Become a Folksinger" and "Deadbuggy."

3.4 Musical Productions contains scripts, lyrics and notes for various musical productions created and written or co-written by Hays, including "A Patchwork Ballad", "Corey" and "Space Cantata."

3.5 Radio Scripts contains handwritten and typed outlines and scripts from Lee Hays' radio program. Topics include the Weavers, the Baby Sitters, and folk music in general (Roland Hayes, Martha Schlamme, Songs of Poland and Russia, Tony Schwartz, etc).

3.6 Cisco Houston Project contains transcripts of interviews with Cisco Houston, correspondence with and about Cisco Houston, a discography, and miscellaneous notes. This subseries has been divided and alphabetized by four categories: 1) Correspondence, 2) Interviews, 3) Supporting Materials, and 4) Writings.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, Series 3
See more items in:
Lee Hays papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-hays-ref24

The Almanac Singers

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 52
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Undated, 1941, 1965, 1976
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

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Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, File Hays_03_03_052
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Lee Hays papers / Series 3: Projects and Writings / 3.2: Non-Fiction
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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Woody Guthrie papers

Creator:
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967  Search this
Names:
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967  Search this
Extent:
1.75 linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Business letters
Drawings
Business records
Date:
1912-1977
bulk 1940-1951
Summary:
Original song text, music, drawings, correspondence, and other writings by Woody Guthrie; news clippings, articles, correspondence, and business records related to Woody Guthrie. Date span: 1927-1985. Bulk dates: Guthrie song text, writings, and drawings, 1940-1948; correspondence by and to Woody Guthrie, 1944-1951; correspondence regarding Woody Guthrie, 1956-1977.
Arrangement note:
Arranged in boxes and map files by type of material. The major groupings are song texts, drawings, correspondence, and clippings.
Biographical/Historical note:
Woodrow (Woody) Wilson Guthrie (1912-1967) was one of the most important folk composers in American history. Born in Okemah, Oklahoma, Guthrie's name is associated with the common people and those displaced by the Great Dust Storms of the 1930's. He was a prolific songwriter, and his song "This Land is Your Land" is considered by many to be his best known. During the height of his short recording career Guthrie recorded with many of the best-known folk singers and players in the New York area. A one time member of the Almanac Singers with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Bess Hawes and others, Woody also frequently performed with Lead Belly, Burl Ives, Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Guthrie's earliest recordings were done for RCA and came out as a set entitled Dust Bowl Ballads, later reissued by Folkways.

It was Guthrie's association with Moses Asch of Folkways Records which yielded the bulk of Guthrie's recorded legacy. Guthrie was given a stipend by Asch to come by the studio when he felt like recording. A one day session in March 1944, yielded 75 recorded songs alone. His songs were recorded on glass discs which now reside in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Much of this material was released by Asch on various Asch, Disc and Folkways recordings, including his classic children's material.

Although known for his music, Guthrie was also an artist. Among the materials that came with the Folkways Records Collection are watercolors and pen and ink drawings. He also was a writer of note, his most famous work being the novel "Bound for Glory". Historians have begun to consider Guthrie an important literary figure of the 20th century. The Woody Guthrie Papers, including typed song lyrics, correspondence, drawings, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous items, were left with Moses Asch, and came to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections as part of the Moses and Frances Asch Collection. Guthrie died of Huntington's Chorea in 1967 after a long hospitalization.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Woody Guthrie Archives, Mt. Kisco, NY

Woody Guthrie manuscript collection, Washington, D.C.

This collection is part of the Moses and Frances Asch Collection.
Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Rights:
Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Rights to the materials created by Woody Guthrie are held by the Guthrie family. Further information is available from Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives, 250 West 57th Street, Suite 1218, New York, NY 10107, tel. 212-541-6230, email woodyweb@woodyguthrie.org. Please consult the archivists if you have additional questions about the Guthrie materials and their use.
Topic:
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Popular music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Vocal music  Search this
Music -- 18th century  Search this
Folk music -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints
Business letters
Drawings
Business records
Identifier:
CFCH.GUTH
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Woody Guthrie papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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