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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.
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 by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 for additional information.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for 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

Urban dreams, rural commonwealth : the rise of plantation society in the Chesapeake / Paul Musselwhite

Author:
Musselwhite, Paul  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 341 pages ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md and Va)
Virginia
Chesapeake
Date:
2019
Topic:
Urbanization  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1114343

Provisioning early American towns the Chesapeake : a multidisciplinary case study final performance report Lorena S. Walsh, Ann Smart Martin, Joanne Bowen ; with contributions by Jennifer A. Jones, Gregory J. Brown ; graphics by Heather Harvey

Author:
Walsh, Lorena Seebach 1944-  Search this
Bowen, Joanne  Search this
Martin, Ann Smart 1960-  Search this
Contributor:
Brown, Gregory J.,  Search this
Jones, Jennifer A.,  Search this
Illustrator:
Harvey, Heather  Search this
Publisher:
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation  Search this
Other:
National Endowment for the Humanities  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 392 pages illustrations, maps 28 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
United States
Chesapeake Bay Region
Date:
1997
Topic:
Cost and standard of living--History  Search this
Food consumption--History  Search this
Food supply--History  Search this
Cost and standard of living  Search this
Economic history  Search this
Food consumption  Search this
Food supply  Search this
Economic conditions  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1014688

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 science

Author:
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory  Search this
Physical description:
18 v. ill., maps. 26 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1960
197u
Topic:
Natural resources--Periodicals  Search this
Natural history--Periodicals  Search this
Marine biology--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
QH92 .C52
QH92.C52
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_63913

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

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 waters : pollution, public health, and public opinion, 1607-1972 / by John Capper, Garrett Power, and Frank R. Shivers, Jr

Author:
Capper, John 1937-  Search this
Power, Garrett  Search this
Shivers, Frank R. 1924-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries. Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries Collection. DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 201 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1983
C1983
Topic:
Water--Pollution--Health aspects--History  Search this
Marine pollution--Health aspects--History  Search this
Water--Pollution--Environmental aspects--History  Search this
Marine pollution--Environmental aspects--History  Search this
Water--Pollution--Public opinion--History  Search this
Marine pollution--Public opinion--History  Search this
Environmental policy--History  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
RA592.C45C36 1983X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_191865

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

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

The Chesapeake Bay of yore : mainly about the rowing and sailing craft / by Frederick Tilp ; foreword by Louis L. Goldstein

Author:
Tilp, Frederick  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries. Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries Collection. DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 148 p. : ill. ; 22 X 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1982
C1982
Topic:
Boats and boating--History  Search this
History  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_512618

Chesapeake waters : four centuries of controversy, concern, and legislation / by Steven G. Davison ... [et al.]

Author:
Davison, Steven G (Steven Gebauer)  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries. Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries Collection. DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 272 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1997
Topic:
Water--Pollution--Health aspects--History  Search this
Marine pollution--Health aspects--History  Search this
Water--Pollution--Environmental aspects--History  Search this
Marine pollution--Environmental aspects--History  Search this
Water--Pollution--Public opinion--History  Search this
Marine pollution--Public opinion--History  Search this
Environmental policy--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_563854

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

Terror on the Chesapeake : the War of 1812 on the bay / by Christopher T. George

Author:
George, Christopher T  Search this
Subject:
Cockburn, George Sir 1772-1853  Search this
Great Britain Royal Navy History  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 213 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
2000
C2000
19th century
War of 1812
Topic:
History  Search this
Naval operations  Search this
Campaigns  Search this
History, Naval  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_800294

Waterfowling on the Chesapeake, 1819-1936 / C. John Sullivan

Author:
Sullivan, C. John  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 195 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
2003
Topic:
Waterfowl shooting--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_801301

John Smith's Chesapeake voyages, 1607-1609 / Helen C. Rountree, Wayne E. Clark, and Kent Mountford ; contributing authors, Michael B. Barber ... [et al.]

Author:
Rountree, Helen C. 1944-  Search this
Clark, Wayne E  Search this
Mountford, Kent 1938-  Search this
Barber, Michael B  Search this
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network  Search this
United States National Park Service  Search this
Virginia Department of Historic Resources  Search this
Maryland Historical Trust  Search this
Subject:
Smith, John 1580-1631 Travel  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 402 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Great Britain
America
Date:
2007
17th century
Topic:
History  Search this
Explorers  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Discovery and exploration  Search this
British  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_822631

Oceans apart : Africanist perspectives on diaspora archaeology

Author:
DeCorse, Christopher R  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa, West
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1999
Topic:
Archaeology and history  Search this
Slave trade  Search this
Colonoware  Search this
Clay tobacco pipes  Search this
African American archaeology  Search this
Call number:
E185.89.A58 I15 1999X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_751207

Food and the negotiation of African American identities in Annapolis, Maryland and the Chesapeake / by Mark Steven Warner

Author:
Warner, Mark S  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 333, [23] leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
Maryland
Annapolis
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Annapolis (Md.)
Date:
1998
Topic:
African Americans--Antiquities  Search this
African Americans--Food  Search this
African Americans--Social conditions  Search this
African Americans--Economic conditions  Search this
Ethnoarchaeology  Search this
African American consumers--History  Search this
Consumption (Economics)  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
F189.A69 N3 1998a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_603424

Discovering the Chesapeake : the history of an ecosystem / edited by Philip D. Curtin, Grace S. Brush, and George W. Fisher

Author:
Curtin, Philip D  Search this
Brush, Grace Somers  Search this
Fisher, George Wescott 1937-  Search this
Physical description:
xxiii, 385 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Human ecology  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Nature--Effect of human beings on  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_614950

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