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Tom Wisner papers

Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Names:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Extent:
887 Videocassettes (MiniDV)
51 Sound tape reels (5 inch.)
2 Sound tape reels (7 inch.)
114 Videocassettes (VHS)
1 Video recording (1 large video reel)
Parts of several boxes of paper records
67 Electronic discs (CD)
624 Sound cassettes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videocassettes (minidv)
Sound tape reels
Videocassettes (vhs)
Video recordings
Electronic discs (cd)
Sound cassettes
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Compact discs
Personal papers
Correspondence
Audiocassettes
Notes
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- Environmental conditions
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- Social life and customs
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- history
Date:
1968-2008
Summary:
This collection, which dates from 1968-2008, documents the professional activities of environmental activist and folk singer Tom Wisner. The collection includes original writings, correspondence, audio recordings, video recordings, interviews, and material relating to the production of Wisner's music and his musical performances.
A Collection of papers and recordings: original writings, correspondence, music production, projects and performances related to environmental advocacy and education of the Chesapeake Watershed; audio and visual recordings of Tom Wisner's professional music production, performances by Wisner and friends, interviews and documentation of the life and culture of the Chesapeake Watershed from 1968-2008.
Scope and Contents:
The collection is divided into 6 series by format type and use of format: Documents, Cassette tape Recordings, Visual Recordings, Audio Recordings on CD, Radio Broadcasts on CD, Audio Recordings on Reels. Within these series are various documents and recording formats both audio and visual that include materials related to Tom Wisner's professional music production, Wisner's personal commercial music collection, documentation of the culture and natural life endemic to the Chesapeake Watershed, recordings of Chesapeake Watermen, environmental programs and performances, Tom Wisner's artwork exhibition, recordings of artists he performed with as well as Tom Wisner's radio broadcasts on WRYR 97.5 F.M. These materials are in the form of both typescript and handwritten papers, casette tapes, VHS, compact discs, Mini DVC cams, 3 to 7 inch reels.

For specific information about the materials in each series, please refer to the series description.
Arrangement:
Organized in six series: (1) Documents; (2) Cassette tape recordings; (3) Visual recordings; (4) Audio recordings on compact disc; (5) Radio broadcasts on compact disc; (6) Audio recordings on reels.
Biographical / Historical:
Tom Wisner (1930-2010) was an environmentalist, folk singer and educator popularly known as the "Bard of the Chesapeake" from his life-long work in documenting and preserving the culture and botanical life of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. An Air Force veteran, Wisner earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Hartwick College in New York with the help of the G.I. Bill. After working as a naturalist in Sequoia National Park in California, Wisner taught high school science in southern Maryland during the mid-1960s before taking a job as an educator at the University of Maryland's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons. It was here that Wisner began to integrate art and music into his educational programs. He would go on to record several albums, all of which focused on his love for and knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay. Wisner also recorded the oral history of southern Maryland, including interviews with fishermen and traditional music of the region. In 2000, he helped found the Center for the Chesapeake Story, or Chestory, in Solomons, which is dedicated to preserving the history of the region and the bay through the arts. Wisner was recognized with numerous awards for his work on behalf of the Chesapeake region, including the World Folk Music Association's John Denver Award in 2002, the Outstanding Marine Educator of the Year Award in 1989, and the Parent's Choice Award in 1984 for his album We've Got to Come Full Circle. In 1986, National Geographic aired a television special entitled Chesapeake Born, which featured Wisner's music. Tom Wisner died of cancer on April 2, 2010.
Shared Stewardship of Collections:
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage acknowledges and respects the right of artists, performers, Folklife Festival participants, community-based scholars, and knowledge-keepers to collaboratively steward representations of themselves and their intangible cultural heritage in media produced, curated, and distributed by the Center. Making this collection accessible to the public is an ongoing process grounded in the Center's commitment to connecting living people and cultures to the materials this collection represents. To view the Center's full shared stewardship policy, which defines our protocols for addressing collections-related inquiries and concerns, please visit https://folklife.si.edu/archives#shared-stewardship.
Separated Materials:
Items given to the Calvert Marine Museum:

133 Daniels Family (Capn Art Daniels and his wife Del and his father Art D. Sr) 3/13/1972 (cassette tape)

507 Watts Story and Dram Tree-O with sinking Morpy, roll 4-5 4/8/1983 (cassette tape)

520 J.R. Morphy-Dramtreeo 6/20/1984 (cassette tape)

589 Singing at Lore Oyster House 9/24/1984 preparation tapes and out takes Group, (cassete tape)

021 interviews for the documentary, The Restoration of the Little Jennie nd (vhs)

054 Soft Shell Crab Industry: Handy with background by the Wiz 1986 (vhs)

085 Skipjack Docking story, Dredgin, Left Side of Nowhere,Sus Down, nd (vhs)

095 Outdoors Maryland #1602, Includes: "Majestic Adaptation", "Secret Live of the Gunpowder", "Chesapeake Bard" 2/10/2004 (vhs)

111 H371 Gene Logan-oysters, Paul Simons, Watt with two good stories at Morans, spring 1987 (vhs)

27 "Bay Folk Series, Part Two of Pepper Langley 1980" Chestory Archival Recordings 1972 (CD)
Provenance:
Gift from the Estate of Tom Wisner, 2010.

The Smithsonian Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections acquired the "Tom Wisner Collection" in 2010 as a donation from Tom Wisner upon his death in 2010. The donation included materials produced by Tom Wisner, both professionally and solely documentary recordings as well as materials of interest to him that were found in his possession. The Archives is a collection of papers, audio and visual recordings that includes items relating to Wisner's songs, non-fiction, fiction, miscellaneous projects, correspondence and business, projects related to Chestory and the Chesapeake Watershed, live performances, interviews with associate performing artists, Wisner's art exhibition, documentation of the natural animal and botanical life of the Chesapeake Watershed and radio broadcasts.
Restrictions:
Access to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is by appointment only. Visit our website for more information on scheduling a visit or making a digitization request. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies.
Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Environmental education -- United States  Search this
Folk music -- United States  Search this
Environmentalists -- United States  Search this
Folk musicians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Compact discs
Personal papers
Correspondence
Audiocassettes
Notes
Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.WISN
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Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk529b6ac7d-fc10-4407-aad0-11228e9dbff2
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-cfch-wisn

Consequences of contact : an analysis of the health of native populations in the Chesapeake Bay / by Sally Margaret Graver

Author:
Graver, Sally Margaret 1978-  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 126 leaves : ill
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
2004
Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Topic:
Indians of North America--First contact with other peoples  Search this
Health and hygiene  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
E78.M3 G73 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_734610

A history of the Chesapeake Bay chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1965-1967 [prepared and written by H. Chandlee Forman]

Author:
Forman, Henry Chandlee 1904-1991  Search this
Subject:
American Institute of Architects Chesapeake Bay Chapter History  Search this
Physical description:
42 pages 22 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Chesapeake, Région de la baie de (Mar. et Virg.)
United States
Chesapeake Bay Region
Date:
1973
Topic:
Architects--Societies, etc  Search this
Architectes--Associations  Search this
Call number:
NA11 .F67 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1157522

War in the Chesapeake : the British campaigns to control the Bay, 1813-14 / Charles Patrick Neimeyer

Author:
Neimeyer, Charles Patrick 1954-  Search this
Physical description:
x, 244 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Military history
Place:
United States
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Maryland
Virginia
Date:
2015
War of 1812
19th century
Topic:
History  Search this
Campaigns  Search this
History, Military  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1052352

Money over mastery, family over freedom : slavery in the antebellum upper South / Calvin Schermerhorn

Author:
Schermerhorn, Calvin 1975-  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 286 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Southern States
Date:
2011
19th century
Topic:
Slavery--History  Search this
Slavery--Economic aspects--History  Search this
Slaves--Family relationships--History  Search this
Slave trade--History  Search this
African American families--History  Search this
Plantation life--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1048637

The Chesapeake house : architectural investigation by Colonial Williamsburg / edited by Cary Carson and Carl R. Lounsbury

Editor:
Carson, Cary  Search this
Lounsbury, Carl  Search this
Sponsoring body:
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 471 pages : illustrations ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
2013
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Architecture, Colonial  Search this
Vernacular architecture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1060209

Living and dying on the 17th century Patuxent frontier / Julia A. King and Douglas H. Ubelaker, editors

Editor:
King, Julia A. 1956-  Search this
Ubelaker, Douglas H.  Search this
Sponsoring body:
Maryland Historical Trust  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (ix, 183, 1 pages) : illustrations, maps
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Maryland
Calvert County
Patuxent Point Site
Patuxent Point Site (Md.)
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Calvert County (Md.)
Date:
1996
17th century
Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
To 1775
Topic:
Land settlement--History  Search this
Cemeteries  Search this
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Human remains (Archaeology)  Search this
History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
F187.C15 L58 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1053221

Colonization and subsistence change on the 17th century chesapeake frontier / by Henry Michael Miller

Author:
Miller, Henry M (Henry Michael)  Search this
Physical description:
[2], xv, 500 [i.e. 524] leaves : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
History
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1984
Topic:
Colonization  Search this
Diet--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1060328

Chesapeake Bay : nature of the estuary : a field guide / by Christopher P. White ; with drawings by Karen Teramura

Author:
White, Christopher P. 1956-  Search this
Teramura, Karen  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries. Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries Collection. DSI  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 212 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1989
Topic:
Natural history--Handbooks, manuals, etc  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
QH104.5.C45W47 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_379363

Heritage matters : heritage, culture, history, and Chesapeake Bay / Erve Chambers

Author:
Chambers, Erve  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries. Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries Collection. DSI  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 52 p. : ill ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Human ecology  Search this
Nature--Effect of human beings on  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_902761

The Powhatan landscape : an archaeological history of the Algonquian Chesapeake / Martin D. Gallivan ; foreword by Victor D. Thompson

Author:
Gallivan, Martin D. 1968-  Search this
Author of foreword:
Thompson, Victor D.  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 265 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
2016
Topic:
History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Indians of North America--Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1058229

The James Adams Floating Theatre / by C. Richard Gillespie

Author:
Gillespie, C. Richard 1930-  Search this
Subject:
Adams, James Even 1873-1946  Search this
James Adams Floating Theatre History  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 288 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
North Carolina
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1991
C1991
20th century
Topic:
Showboats--History  Search this
Theater--History  Search this
Call number:
PN2293.S4G5 1991X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_434871

Historical archaeology of the Chesapeake / edited by Paul A. Shackel and Barbara J. Little

Author:
Shackel, Paul A  Search this
Little, Barbara J  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 299 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Chesapeake, Région de la baie de (Mar. et Virg.)
États-Unis
Chesapeake (baie ; région)
United States
Chesapeake Bay Region
Chesapeake (États-Unis ; baie ; région)
Date:
1994
©1994
Topic:
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Archaeology and history  Search this
Fouilles (Archéologie)  Search this
Archéologie et histoire  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Opgravingen  Search this
Fouilles archéologiques  Search this
History  Search this
Antiquités  Search this
Histoire  Search this
Archaeology  Search this
Maryland  Search this
Virginia  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_457128

Chesapeake prehistory : old traditions, new directions / Richard J. Dent, Jr

Author:
Dent, Richard J  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)..)
Date:
1995
©1995
Topic:
Antiquities  Search this
Archaeology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_483964

Chesapeake almanac : following the bay through the seasons / by John Page Williams, Jr. ; illustrations by Alice Jane Lippson

Author:
Williams, John Page 1942-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries. Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries Collection. DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 236 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Seasons  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_459774

Slavery in the Chesapeake iron industry, 1716-1865 [microform] / Ronald Loran Lewis

Author:
Lewis, Ronald L. 1940-  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 286 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Microforms
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1974
Topic:
Slavery--History  Search this
Iron industry and trade--History  Search this
Call number:
mfm 2680
mfm 2680
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_440277

Mistress of Riversdale : the plantation letters of Rosalie Stier Calvert, 1795-1821 / edited by Margaret Law Callcott

Author:
Calvert, Rosalie Stier d. 1821  Search this
Subject:
Calvert, Rosalie Stier d. 1821 Correspondence  Search this
Calvert family Correspondence  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 407 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Biography
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1991
C1991
Topic:
Women plantation owners--Correspondence  Search this
Plantation owners--Correspondence  Search this
Plantation life--History  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
CT275.C174 A1 1991
CT275.C174A1 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_408665

Chesapeake Bay in the Civil War / by Eric Mills

Author:
Mills, Eric 1959-  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 315 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Maryland
Virginia
Date:
1996
C1996
Civil War, 1861-1865
Topic:
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_492921

Sojourners in the sun : Scottish migrants in Jamaica and the Chesapeake, 1740-1800 / Alan L. Karras

Author:
Karras, Alan L  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 231 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Jamaica
Date:
1992
18th century
To 1962
Topic:
Scottish Americans--History  Search this
Scots--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_477253

The availability of lace in the Chesapeake region of colonial British America, 1607-1790 / by Joyce Marie Notermann Camacho

Author:
Camacho, Joyce Marie Notermann  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. (x, 459 leaves) ; 29 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
Maryland
Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1992
Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Topic:
Lace and lace making  Search this
International trade  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
HD9933.A2 C17 1992a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_460282

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