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Bread and Puppet Theater 1

Collection Creator:
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (Series 6)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1988-1989
Scope and Contents note:
File consists of correspondence with Jeff Farber, Bread and Puppet film project proposal, correspondence with Elka Schumann attached to Bayley Hazen singers material and cassette tape, State of Vermont certificate of exemption, phone memo.
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_06_001_040
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Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings / Series 6: Meetings and Organizations / 6.1: General Meetings and Organizations
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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Bread and Puppet Theater 2

Collection Creator:
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (Series 6)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977
Scope and Contents note:
File consists of correspondence with Juanita Kyle, "The Fantasy World of Peter Schumann: The Bread and Puppet Theater" by Madeleine M. Kunin, statement by Peter Schumann, memorandum from John Fesperman.
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_06_001_041
See more items in:
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings / Series 6: Meetings and Organizations / 6.1: General Meetings and Organizations
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-rinz-ref2848

Bread and Puppet Theater 3

Collection Creator:
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Container:
Box 1 (Series 6)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1990
Scope and Contents note:
File consists of correspondence, proposed USSR tour fact sheet, short history of Bread and Puppet Theater, news clippings, newspaper, and other materials related to travel in USSR in Cyrillic.
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_06_001_042
See more items in:
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings
Ralph Rinzler papers and audio recordings / Series 6: Meetings and Organizations / 6.1: General Meetings and Organizations
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-rinz-ref2850

Diana Davies photographs

Photographer:
Davies, Diana, 1938-  Search this
Gahr, David  Search this
Performer:
Bread and Puppet Theater  Search this
Everly Brothers  Search this
New Lost City Ramblers  Search this
Pentangle (Musical group)  Search this
The Pennywhistlers (Musical group)  Search this
The Young Tradition (Musical group)  Search this
Andersen, Eric  Search this
Bikel, Theodore  Search this
Brand, Oscar  Search this
Cameron, John A.  Search this
Chandler, Len  Search this
Collier, Jimmy  Search this
Collins, Judy, 1939-  Search this
Fuller, Jesse  Search this
Gerrard, Alice, 1934-  Search this
Guthrie, Arlo  Search this
Hartford, John  Search this
Hjorth, Ole  Search this
Joplin, Janis  Search this
Kennedy, Norman, 1934-  Search this
Kershaw, Doug  Search this
Killen, Louis  Search this
Kirkpatrick, Frederick Douglass  Search this
Koerner, John  Search this
McGhee, Brownie, 1915-1996  Search this
Mitchell, Joni  Search this
Monroe, Bill, 1911-1996  Search this
Ochs, Phil  Search this
Perkins, Carl  Search this
Proffitt, Frank, Jr., 1946-2005  Search this
Rachell, Yank  Search this
Raim, Ethel  Search this
Ramsey, Frederic, 1915-1995  Search this
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Sainte-Marie, Buffy  Search this
Seeger, Mike, 1933-2009  Search this
Stabi, Björn  Search this
Sykes, Roosevelt, 1906-1983  Search this
Taylor, James  Search this
Traum, Artie  Search this
Traum, Happy  Search this
Waters, Muddy, 1915-1983  Search this
Watson, Doc  Search this
Watson, Merle  Search this
White, Elaine, (Vocalist)  Search this
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Names:
Newport Folk Festival  Search this
Philadelphia Folk Festival  Search this
Asch, Moses  Search this
Chandler, Nancy  Search this
Dunson, Josh, 1941-  Search this
King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006  Search this
Silber, Irwin, 1925-2010  Search this
Young, Izzy, 1928-  Search this
Musician:
Bosco, John  Search this
Extent:
3.83 Cubic feet (8 binders containing contact sheets, slides, and prints; 7 boxes (8.5"x10.75"x2.5") of 35 mm negatives; 2 binders of 35 mm and 120 format negatives; and 1 box of 11 oversize prints.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Contact sheets
Slides (photographs)
Black-and-white negatives
Photographic prints
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Saint Simons Island (Ga. : Island)
Date:
1963-2009
Summary:
The Diana Davies photographs consist of images taken by Diana Davies at various stages of her career. Locations include the Festival of American Folklife, the Newport Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Poor People's Campaign, various peace and protest marches and outdoor performances, New York City, and the Georgia Sea Islands. The collection includes contact sheets, negatives, photographic prints, and slides. Original photographs, negatives, and color slides taken by Diana Davies. Materials date from 1963-2009. Bulk dates: Newport Folk Festival, 1963-1969, 1987, 1992; Philadelphia Folk Festival, 1967-1968, 1987.
Scope and Contents:
The Diana Davies photographs, 1963-2009, consist of black and white negatives, contact sheets and prints, as well as color slides and negatives. The bulk of materials depict major festivals and protest movements (including the Poor People's March of 1968) documented by Diana Davies (located in Series 1: Newport Folk Festival, Series 2: Philadelphia Folk Festival, Series 6: Festival of American Folklife, and Series 11: Social Justice). Also well-represented are non-festival performances (in locations such as clubs, concert halls, and homes), recording sessions, and other music-related images, mainly of notable figures in the American folk music revival (located in Series 3: Broadside Magazine, Series 4: Sing Out! Magazine Concerts, Series 5: Miscellaneous Concerts and People, Series 7: Recording Sessions, Series 8: Instruction Book Shots, and Series 9: Jazz, Blues, and Salsa Musicians). Series 10: Georgia Sea Islands consists of photographs depicting the culture, environment, and daily life of these coastal islands in 1966. Series 12: New York City Scenes contains photographs taken on the street depicting everyday life in NYC in the 1960s and 1970s. The collection also contains related papers in Series 13: Miscellaneous Papers and Correspondence.
Arrangement note:
Each item in the Diana Davies Photographs has been assigned an accession number, and like materials have been put together such as the Newport Folk Festival photographs, in a chronological sequence as much as possible. Materials in the three more recent donation batches (1998, 2004, and 2006) were numbered and integrated into the collection. In some series, the accession numbers are in numerical order, and in others, the numbers are random because like items with different number sequences were pulled together in a series for subject coherence. The best way to find occurrences of a particular subject is to use the ctrl+F function. Please consult the archivists if you have any questions about the collection contents.

Contact sheets, slides, and prints arranged in 8 binders; negatives and oversize prints are stored separately.

Arranged in 14 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Newport Folk Festival

Series 2: Philadelphia Folk Festival

Series 3: Broadside Magazine

Series 4: -- Sing Out! -- Magazine Concerts

Series 5: Miscellaneous Concerts and People

Series 6: Festival of American Folklife

Series 7: Recording Sessions

Series 8: Instruction Book Shots

Series 9: Jazz, Blues, and Salsa Musicians

Series 10: Georgia Sea Islands

Series 11: Social Justice

Series 12: New York City Scenes

Series 13: Miscellaneous Papers and Correspondence

Series 14: Oversize Materials
Biographical/Historical note:
Diana Davies is a well-known photographer of folk performers and festivals. Davies photographed the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in its earlier years. Born in 1938, Davies grew up in Maine, the Catskills, New York City, and Boston. Her grandparents were local union organizers and Debs socialists; one grandfather was a gandy dancer with the railroad, and her grandmother was a textile worker in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. Davies finds that her family background was later expressed in her own activist efforts.

Davies left high school at 16, and worked sweeping out coffeehouses, which gave her the opportunity to listen to music while she worked. She became interested in theater and music. In Greenwich Village, she began doing some sound technician work, and then got interested in photography. She taught herself how to develop and print photographs in a darkroom, and began photographing in theaters, shooting from behind the scenes. Her theater photos are at Smith College in Northampton, where she presently lives. In the early 1960s, she began working with the editors of Broadside Magazine, Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen. She developed an interest in human rights work, which grew from her contact with Sis and Gordon, and also her own family background. She also worked as a photographer in a wide range of settings, including night clubs, weddings, and doing portrait photography. This led her to work for major national and international media including the New York Times, covering such events as the war in Biafra, and traveling to Mexico, Cuba, and Portugal on assignment.

Davies' folk photographs represent about one-quarter of her body of work; her other major photographic work includes the Civil Rights Movement, the Peace Movement, and theater. Davies began photographing at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964, which she covered for a number of years. She knew Ralph Rinzler, and found him a vibrant, alive person excited by all aspects of culture. He introduced her to Bessie Jones from the Georgia Sea Islands, and in 1966 she made a photographic journey to the islands. Her work from this trip is included in the collection. Davies has also been a musician. She became involved with the punk rock movement of the 1970s, and felt that there was a connection between the hard-hitting songs from the punk world and the songs being published in Broadside Magazine. In 1975, she became part of a folk/punk women's band in Boston, and later moved to Western Massachusetts. In addition to being a photographer and musician, Davies is also a writer. She wrote a play entitled "The Witch Papers" in 1980, which was produced in Boston and other locations. The play was a vehicle for her human rights activism, comparing the technology of inquisition with labor sweatshops. In 1998, her play "The War Machine" was produced in Amherst, Mass. She lives in Northampton, and enjoys and participates in street performance, which she describes as the "most essentially communicative stuff you can come up with."
General note:
All contact sheets from the collection are digitized and accessible through this finding aid. Series-level slideshows accessible through this finding aid represent a small sampling from the collection.
Provenance:
The Smithsonian Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections acquired portions of the Diana Davies Photograph Collection in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Ms. Davies photographed for the Festival of American Folklife. More materials came to the Archives circa 1989 or 1990. Archivist Stephanie Smith visited her in 1998 and 2004, and brought back additional materials which Ms. Davies wanted to donate to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. These two more recent donations of additional photographs (contact sheets, prints, and slides) consisted of documentation of the Newport Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Poor People's March on Washington, the Civil Rights Movement, the Georgia Sea Islands, and miscellaneous personalities of the American folk revival. In a letter dated 12 March 2002, Ms. Davies gave full discretion to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to grant permission for both internal and external use of her photographs, with the provison that her work be credited in any use.
Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

Permission for the duplication or publication of items in the Diana Davies Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Please contact the archives staff for further information.
Topic:
Peace movements  Search this
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963  Search this
Civil rights -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Contact sheets
Slides (photographs)
Black-and-white negatives
Photographic prints
Citation:
Diana Davies photographs, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.DAVIE
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Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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Online Media:

Newport Folk Festival: Contra dancing and the Bread and Puppet Theater

Collection Photographer:
Davies, Diana, 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Folder (1 sheet: photographic negatives, black and white, 35 mm)
1 Contact sheet (black and white)
Type:
Archival materials
Contact sheets
Date:
1967
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.

Permission for the duplication or publication of items in the Diana Davies Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Please contact the archives staff for further information.
Collection Citation:
Diana Davies photographs, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.DAVIE, File FP-DAVI-BWNE-0205
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Diana Davies photographs
Diana Davies photographs / Series 1: Newport Folk Festival
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-davie-ref219

Newport Folk Festival: Bread and Puppet Theater, Taj Mahal, and Doc Watson

Collection Photographer:
Davies, Diana, 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Folder (1 sheet: photographic negatives, black and white, 35 mm)
1 Contact sheet (black and white)
Type:
Archival materials
Contact sheets
Date:
1968
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.

Permission for the duplication or publication of items in the Diana Davies Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Please contact the archives staff for further information.
Collection Citation:
Diana Davies photographs, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.DAVIE, File FP-DAVI-BWNE-0214
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Diana Davies photographs
Diana Davies photographs / Series 1: Newport Folk Festival
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-davie-ref260

Newport Folk Festival: Bread and Puppet Theater, Henry Crowdog and others, Joan Baez, and the Charles River Valley Boys

Collection Photographer:
Davies, Diana, 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Folder (1 sheet: photographic negatives, black and white, 35 mm)
1 Contact sheet (black and white)
Type:
Archival materials
Contact sheets
Date:
1968
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.

Permission for the duplication or publication of items in the Diana Davies Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Please contact the archives staff for further information.
Collection Citation:
Diana Davies photographs, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.DAVIE, File FP-DAVI-BWNE-0215
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Diana Davies photographs
Diana Davies photographs / Series 1: Newport Folk Festival
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-davie-ref261

Newport Folk Festival: Roger Sprung and string band, Bread and Puppet Theater, and Fred Kirkpatrick

Collection Photographer:
Davies, Diana, 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Folder (1 sheet: photographic negatives, black and white, 35 mm)
1 Contact sheet (black and white)
Type:
Archival materials
Contact sheets
Date:
1968
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.

Permission for the duplication or publication of items in the Diana Davies Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Please contact the archives staff for further information.
Collection Citation:
Diana Davies photographs, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.DAVIE, File FP-DAVI-BWNE-0224
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Diana Davies photographs
Diana Davies photographs / Series 1: Newport Folk Festival
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-davie-ref271

Newport Folk Festival: Michael Cooney, Izzy Young, Bread and Puppet Theater, group sing, Anne Mayo

Collection Photographer:
Davies, Diana, 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Folder (1 sheet: photographic negatives, black and white, 35 mm)
1 Contact sheet (black and white)
Type:
Archival materials
Contact sheets
Date:
1969
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.

Permission for the duplication or publication of items in the Diana Davies Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Please contact the archives staff for further information.
Collection Citation:
Diana Davies photographs, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.DAVIE, File FP-DAVI-BWNE-0229
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Diana Davies photographs
Diana Davies photographs / Series 1: Newport Folk Festival
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-davie-ref351

Newport Folk Festival: Bread and Puppet Theater, the Young Tradition

Collection Photographer:
Davies, Diana, 1938-  Search this
Extent:
1 Folder (1 sheet: photographic negatives, black and white, 35 mm)
1 Contact sheet (black and white)
Type:
Archival materials
Contact sheets
Date:
1969
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.

Permission for the duplication or publication of items in the Diana Davies Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Please contact the archives staff for further information.
Collection Citation:
Diana Davies photographs, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.DAVIE, File FP-DAVI-BWNE-0230
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Diana Davies photographs
Diana Davies photographs / Series 1: Newport Folk Festival
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-davie-ref352

J. Scott Odell folk music collection

Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Collector:
Odell, Scott, 1935-  Search this
Names:
Bread and Puppet Theater  Search this
Festival of American Folklife  Search this
Smithsonian Folklife Festival  Search this
Porter, Burt, 1937-  Search this
Extent:
18 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Field notes
Audiotapes
Posters
Reports
Correspondence
Photographs
Place:
Appalachian Region
North Carolina
Virginia
Vermont
Date:
1964-1977
Summary:
The J. Scott Odell folk music collection (1945-2016, inclusive) contains AV recordings, photographs, correspondence, writings, and other materials relating to Odell's career at the Smithsonian as a musical instrument conservator and researcher of American music traditions. The collection largely consists of materials relating to Odell's research trips (often combined with personal visits) throughout the Eastern United States. Research strengths of the collection include the history of the Appalachian dulcimer and banjo, the Smithsonian Folkways project "Black Banjo Songsters," musician and poet Burt Porter, and the Bread and Puppet Theater.
Scope/Contents note:
The J. Scott Odell Folk Music Collection, which includes materials dating from 1945-2016, documents the research, professional work, and personal relations of J. Scott Odell (b. 1935). Odell worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (NMAH) as a musical instrument conservator and traveled throughout the Eastern United States documenting a variety of musical instruments and traditions. The collection reflects his research trips and other travels; the development of exhibits and performance of music and dance at the Smithsonian; and the relationships Odell developed with the musicians, craftspeople, informants, and other people he worked with throughout his career.

Research strengths of this collection include notes, photographs, and recordings from Odell's fieldwork; extensive documentation of Odell's work on the Smithsonian Folkways project Black Banjo Songsters, in collaboration with folklorist Cecelia Conway; and materials pertaining to the Bread and Puppet Theater (based in Glover, Vermont). Significant places documented include southwest Virginia (Galax), nearby North Carolina (Shelton-Laurel), the surrounding tri-state area, and Vermont (Glover). Significant individuals represented in the collection include Odell, Burt Porter, Ralph Rinzler, and other well-known musicians. The most prominent instrument information in the collection relates to the banjo and the Appalachian dulcimer, although the American fiddle tradition and other instruments are also represented. Materials include photographs (negatives and prints), field notes, trip reports, correspondence, slides, writings, and AV materials. This collection may also be of interest to researchers of AV history and evolution. The wide variety of formats found in the collection maps the development of popular recording media. The collection includes open-reel tapes, Hi-8 tapes, DATs, mini-DV tapes, Betacam and Betacam SP tapes, VHS and SVHS tapes, cassettes, optical discs, mini-discs, and Zip discs.

This collection was initially established in 2008, when it was transferred from Archives Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (NMAH) to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives & Collections (RRFAC), Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH). (NMAH Archives Center had received the collection from the Division of Musical History.) Since 2008, the collection has been significantly expanded, more than doubling in size between 2008 and 2016. (These additional materials can be found in Series 8, Accruals.) With these deposits, the scope of the collection expanded beyond Odell's Appalachian dulcimer research and instrument conservator duties to include his banjo research, travels, relationships with musicians (particularly Burt Porter), and involvement with the Bread and Puppet Theater.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged in eight series as follows: (1) Correspondence, 1963-1978; (2) Folk Instruments Research; (3) Collected Publications and Ephemera; (4) Collecting Trips; (5) Publications; (6) Sound Recordings; (7) Oversize Materials; and (8) Accruals. Within each series and subseries, folders are arranged thematically, alphabetically, and/or chronologically.

Series 1-7 reflect the order of the original transfer from the Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Series 8 (Accruals) encompasses several deposits made by Scott Odell of additional materials between 2011 and 2017. Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives staff, in collaboration with Odell, imposed order upon Series 8.

Researchers should note that, when performing research in Series 8 (Accruals), they might need to consult multiple boxes, even when working within a single subseries where the intellectual arrangement in the finding aid does not always align with the physical arrangement of the materials. This separation between the intellectual and physical arrangement is due in part to the order in which RRFAC received each deposit, the format of the materials (i.e., papers vs. photographs vs. AV items), and earlier digitization efforts.
Biographical/Historical note:
Jay Scott Odell (b. 1935) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Adalberta Lavoie Odell and Jay Geddes Odell. The family moved frequently throughout his childhood, resulting in Odell having lived at fourteen different addresses and attending seven different schools by the time he graduated high school in 1953. When the family settled in Mamaroneck, New York, in 1950, Odell met poet Peter Kane Dufault, and musician and poet Burt Porter, two figures who would go on to strongly influence his personal and professional development. It was on the advice of Dufault, for example, that Odell apprenticed with harpsichord-maker William Dowd after college.

Odell attended Middlebury College where he met his future wife, Dorothy "Dottie" Hiebert. After graduating in 1957, Hiebert moved to France and Odell took a position on the boat of Dutch writer Jan DeHartog before joining Hiebert to travel Europe. By 1959, they had returned to the United States (Boston, Massachusetts) and married. It was at this point in their lives that they became active in the peace movement and the early Folk Revival. Odell's relationship with Burt Porter continued, and he developed contacts with other musicians including Peter and Polly Gott, Tom "Tom Banjo" Azarian, Mike Seeger, and Tracy Schwartz. The Odells also became involved with the Bread and Puppet Theater group, founded by Peter and Elka Schumann, which established its primary location in Glover, Vermont, near Porter's property.

Odell is particularly notable for his work in musical instrument conservation at the Smithsonian Institution and his involvement in the development of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. In 1963, following his harpsichord apprenticeship with William Dowd, Odell was hired by the Smithsonian as a musical instrument conservator. Under Cynthia Hoover and C. Malcolm Watkins, he established a restoration workshop for musical instruments at the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. Over the course of his career, Odell served not only as a conservator but also as head of a technical laboratory and, eventually, as the first director of conservation at the National Museum of American History.

Odell was a key figure in the shifting philosophy of the musical instrument department regarding its collections and acquisition practices. With Hoover, Odell helped establish and facilitate a concert series with the mission of "[taking] the instruments out of their cases and [letting] them sing" – a major innovation in museum programming. Odell's commitment to bringing music history and traditions to life manifested in the expansion of the Smithsonian concert series, his relationship with Ralph Rinzler, and his early involvement with the Festival of American Folklife, now the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Although his professional training was in working with historical keyboard instruments, Odell's lifelong interest in traditional and regional music had a significant impact on his career. Between 1964 and 1977, when Odell was head of the laboratory at the Smithsonian Institution's Division of Musical Instruments, he undertook a series of collecting trips throughout the Eastern United States to expand the Division's collection of traditional American instruments.

In 1964, Odell and Porter attended the Annual Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention. Following this initial trip, Hoover and Watkins supported Odell's efforts to, in addition to acquiring objects for the collection, research and record the cultural contexts of those instruments. Over the course of these trips, Odell built personal relationships with many of the musicians and craftspeople with whom he worked, including the Melton-Russell family, Tommy Jarrell, and Fred Cockerham.

Odell retired in 1993, but continued contract work at the Smithsonian. Working for the National Museum of American History, he assisted with the care and description of the Museum's banjo collection, as well as the acquisition of the Grimes and Jeffries dulcimer collection. He has also maintained associations with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. In 1998, Odell co-produced a record through Smithsonian Folkways with folklorist Cecelia Conway titled "Black Banjo Songsters," which focused on the African American banjo tradition and featured many of the artists with whom Odell had built relationships.
Related Materials note:
Materials relating to Odell's career at the Smithsonian can also be found in the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA), particularly in the records of the NMAH Musical History Division.

Materials relating to the Bread and Puppet Theater can also be found in the archives of the Bread and Puppet Theater (via the Internet Archive); the University of Vermont; and the University of California, Davis.
Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the archives staff for information.
Topic:
Folk music—United States  Search this
Stringed instruments  Search this
Fiddle  Search this
Mouth bow  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Banjo  Search this
Appalachian dulcimer  Search this
Folklore  Search this
Genre/Form:
Field notes
Audiotapes
Posters
Reports
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Photographs -- 1960-1980 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Citation:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ODEL
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J. Scott Odell folk music collection
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Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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Performance at NMAH - Photos and slides

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Collection Collector:
Odell, Scott, 1935-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 54
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979
Scope and Contents:
File contains seven letter-sized photos and two sleeves with slides showing the Bread and Puppet Theater performance in front of the National Museum of American History.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
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J. Scott Odell folk music collection
J. Scott Odell folk music collection / Series 8: Accruals / 8.3: Bread and Puppet Theater
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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Performance - Photos

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Collection Collector:
Odell, Scott, 1935-  Search this
Container:
Box 14, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
File contains photographic prints and negatives of a Bread and Puppet Theater performance in Glover, Vermont; photos of the Odell family have been removed.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection
J. Scott Odell folk music collection / Series 8: Accruals / 8.3: Bread and Puppet Theater
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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Odell, Burt Porter and friends - Photos

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Collection Collector:
Odell, Scott, 1935-  Search this
Container:
Box 14, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated, 1993
Scope and Contents:
File contains photographic prints and negatives of Odell, Burt Porter, and friends, including music-making at Burt Porter's home, and for a Bread and Puppet Theater performance.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection
J. Scott Odell folk music collection / Series 8: Accruals / 8.1: Biographical Material
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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AV - Banjo, Bread and Puppet [MIR Zip 1]

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Collection Collector:
Odell, Scott, 1935-  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 36
Box 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997, 1999
Scope and Contents:
File contains a Zip Disk (Box 15) and printed thumbnails and an empty envelope (Box 11).

Label and printed log differ in content description. The log states that the content includes Bread and Puppet Theater recordings, as well as Burt Porter recordings from November 21st 1999. The Zip Disk label states that it contains Banjo jpgs. from March 20th 1997.

The Zip Disk is located loose in Box 15.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
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J. Scott Odell folk music collection
J. Scott Odell folk music collection / Series 8: Accruals / 8.5: Music Instrument Research
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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AV - Circus and Lowell contest [BPT M-DV 9]

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Collection Collector:
Odell, Scott, 1935-  Search this
Container:
Box 15
Box 10, Folder 47
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1999, 2009
Scope and Contents:
File contains one Mini-DV recording (Box 15) and a log sheet and envelope (Box 10), including thumbnails and descriptions of performances by the Bread and Puppet Theater group. The recording also includes a music contest in Lowell.

The date recorded automatically conflicts with the date noted in handwriting.

The mini-DV is located in Box 15, within container for mini-DVs.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection
J. Scott Odell folk music collection / Series 8: Accruals / 8.3: Bread and Puppet Theater
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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Publications - magazine articles

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Collection Collector:
Odell, Scott, 1935-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 56
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977, 1983
Scope and Contents:
File contains publications about the Bread and Puppet Theater group in American Craft Magazine (1983), Geo (1983), and Vermont Life (1977).
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection
J. Scott Odell folk music collection / Series 8: Accruals / 8.3: Bread and Puppet Theater
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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Our Domestic Resurrection Circus - Slides

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Collection Collector:
Odell, Scott, 1935-  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 52
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977, 1987
Scope and Contents:
File contains three sleeves with slides of an Our Domestic Resurrection Circus performance.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection
J. Scott Odell folk music collection / Series 8: Accruals / 8.3: Bread and Puppet Theater
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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Circus performance - Photos 1

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Collection Collector:
Odell, Scott, 1935-  Search this
Container:
Box 14, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1995
Scope and Contents:
File contains photographic prints and negatives of the Our Domestic Resurrection Circus performance, including pictures of Dorothy Odell, Peter Kane Dufault, other friends, and family members. The envelopes also include images of a fishing trip and unidentified objects.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection
J. Scott Odell folk music collection / Series 8: Accruals / 8.3: Bread and Puppet Theater
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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Performance and Accokeek - Photos

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Collection Collector:
Odell, Scott, 1935-  Search this
Container:
Box 14, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated, 1997
Scope and Contents:
File contains photographic prints and negatives of the Bread and Puppet Theater group performing, accompanied by photos of the Odell family home in Accokeek.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact the archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
J. Scott Odell folk music collection
J. Scott Odell folk music collection / Series 8: Accruals / 8.3: Bread and Puppet Theater
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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