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Collector Records business records

Musician:
Penn, Larry  Search this
McGee, Bobbie  Search this
Magpie  Search this
Killen, Louis  Search this
Creator:
Collector Records  Search this
Glazer, Joe, 1918-2006  Search this
Extent:
34.28 Cubic feet (3 record boxes of business records; 8 record boxes, including 374 non-master audio reels (10", 7", 5", 4" and 2" reels); 160 10" reels in open stacks; 4 record boxes, including 853 audio cassettes; 1 record box, including 36 video cassettes; and 491 long play records, 45s and compact discs.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Digital audio tapes
Vhs (videotape format)
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Date:
circa 1937-2004
bulk 1960-1990
Summary:
This collection documents the activities of Joe Glazer's record label Collector Records. Materials include the label's original commercial recordings, paper records related to day-to-day business operations and production, field recordings made by Joe Glazer, and Glazer's personal music collection.
Scope and Contents:
The Collector Records business records, measuring 34.28 cubic feet, date from 1937-2004 and contain materials relating to founder Joe Glazer's work with the label, as well as his work as a participant in the labor movement.

The records include papers documenting the promotion, production, and business operations of Collector Records; original audiorecordings used for Collector Records masters; audiorecordings made in the field by Joe Glazer; video recordings of performances by and interviews with Joe Glazer, including performances at labor union events; audiorecordings of interviews with Joe Glazer; Collector Records recordings and releases; and Glazer's personal commercial music collection.
Arrangement:
Records are arranged in 7 series:

Series 1: Promotional, Performance, and Record Planning Materials, 1971-2004

Series 2: Financial and Administrative Records, 1966-2003

Series 3: Open-reel Audiorecordings, 1937-1990

Series 4: Cassette Audiorecordings, 1949-2002

Series 5: Video Recordings, 1984-2004

Series 6: Digital Audio Tape (DAT) Audiorecordings, 1982-1994

Series 7: Published Audiorecordings
Biographical / Historical:
Since the Industrial Revolution, working people have been organizing and campaigning for better treatment from their employers. The labor movement and its unions struggle for fair wages, safe working conditions, and many other benefits. Music is an important tool in the labor movement to motivate workers and help build solidarity. Labor songs detail political issues, glorify martyrs and heroes in the movement, and, most of all, inspire and uplift workers. Joe Glazer (1918-2006), often called "Labor's Troubadour," spent a lifetime as one of America's noted historians of labor song. His booming baritone and exuberant guitar have performed for millions of workers, strikers, and students. He was the author of several significant labor songs, notably "The Mill Was Made of Marble," which is a commentary on the need for cleaner, safer mill conditions for textile workers. In addition to his performing, he was employed by the United Rubber Workers, the Textile Workers Union of America, and the United States Information Agency over the course of his career.

Glazer founded Collector Records in 1970 to distribute his own recordings of labor songs and those of younger and newer performers he had met through his work—many of them through the Labor Heritage Foundation, which he founded in 1978, and its yearly Great Labor Arts Exchange. Some artists, such as Bobbie McGee, went on to become well-known folk singers, but many Collector artists remained at their jobs. Eddie Starr (1956-2003) was a third-generation Illinois steelworker who declined a life on the road as a rock musician, and took a factory job at home to support his family. Kenny Winfree was a textile worker when Glazer heard his bluegrass-style labor songs. He continues to work, now at an aircraft plant in Texas, where he is an active member of UAW Local 848.

Collector Records paints a clear picture of workers' struggles. Songs depict everyday hazards and ailments encountered on the job, allowing workers to express their situation and make audiences aware of their plight. "Cotton Mill Colic" is a classic folk song written in 1926 by David McCarn, a textile mill worker in North Carolina that describes the harsh conditions and low pay of mill-working life. The steelworker in "Corrido Minero" sings about the ever-present danger of working in a mine with outdated equipment. Newer workplace issues are expressed in labor songs as well. The worker in John O'Connor's song suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome, one of the most frequent of modern workplace afflictions, occurring among those who perform a great deal of computer data entry and causing extreme pain in the hands and arms.

Collector Records Business Records is a historic collection presenting music to inspire and motivate working people. The Glazer family donated the label's recordings, along with Glazer's original song and narrative recordings, business records, and personal commercial music collection to the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in 2006.
Provenance:
The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections acquired the Collector Records business records in 2006 through a donation by the Glazer family.
Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322 for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in the Collector Records business records. Please consult the archivists for additional information about the materials and their use.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for information.
Topic:
Protest songs  Search this
Political ballads and songs  Search this
Labor movement -- Songs and music  Search this
Labor unions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Digital audio tapes
VHS (videotape format)
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes -- Open reel
Citation:
Collector Records business records, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.COLL
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Collector Records business records
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-cfch-coll
Online Media:

Postulat 22: Songs from the New Polish Labor Movement [sound recording}

Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Poles  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Poland
Date:
1980
Topic:
World music  Search this
Working class  Search this
Labor unions--Songs and music  Search this
Labor unions  Search this
Labor  Search this
Solidarity (Polish labor organization)  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-LP-0904
Safran 7819
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_315002

We Ain't Gonna Give it Back: Songs of the Labor Movement [sound recording}

Performer:
O'Connor, John 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Topical songs  Search this
Working class  Search this
Labor unions--Songs and music  Search this
Folksong revival  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. rrr
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_357447

The songs and stories of Aunt Molly Jackson [sound recording] / stories told by Aunt Molly Jackson ; songs sung by John Greenway

Performer:
Jackson, Aunt Molly  Search this
Commentator:
Greenway, John  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
Date:
1961
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Protest songs  Search this
Labor movement--Songs and music  Search this
Local number:
FW05457
Folkways 5457
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_232379
Online Media:

Festival Recordings: Occupational Theater; Songs of Labor Movement- Florence Reece; Sarah Ogan Gunning [sound recording]

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. Working Americans Program 1974 Washington, D.C  Search this
Gunning, Sarah Ogan 1910-1983  Search this
Artist:
Reece, Florence 1900-1986  Search this
Garland, Jim 1905-1978  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
Kentucky
Washington (D.C.)
Topic:
Labor  Search this
Occupational folklore  Search this
Folk songs  Search this
Appalachian Region, Southern--Songs and music  Search this
Local number:
FP-1974-7RR-0336
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records, 1967-2010 228797
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_326568

Bricklayin' Union Man [sound recording]

Performer:
Glazer, Joe  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound cassette : analog
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Maryland
United States
Topic:
Labor unions--Songs and music  Search this
Working class  Search this
Topical songs  Search this
Folksong revival  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Labor  Search this
Masonry  Search this
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. Listening only. No Duplication Allowed
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_357436

We Ain't Gonna Give it Back: Songs for the Labor Movement [sound recording]

Performer:
O'Connor, John 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound cassette : analog
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
United States
Date:
199x
Topic:
Folksong revival  Search this
Labor unions--Songs and music  Search this
Working class  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Local number:
Collector
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. Listening only. No Duplication Allowed
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_357440

We've Only Just Begun: A Century of Labor Song [sound recording]

Performer:
Glazer, Joe  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Maryland
United States
Date:
1982
Topic:
Working class  Search this
Labor unions--Songs and music  Search this
Topical songs  Search this
Folksong revival  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Labor  Search this
Local number:
Collector 1934
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. Listening only. No Duplication Allowed
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_357592

Work songs / Ted Gioia

Author:
Gioia, Ted  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 352 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Date:
2006
Topic:
Working class--History and criticism  Search this
Work songs--History and criticism  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_796060

Labor's troubadour / Joe Glazer

Author:
Glazer, Joe  Search this
Subject:
Glazer, Joe  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 299 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Songs and music
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Singers  Search this
Labor movement--History and criticism  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_693943

Songs of work and protest / by Edith Fowke and Joe Glazer ; music arrangements, Kenneth Bray

Author:
Fowke, Edith 1913-1996  Search this
Glazer, Joe  Search this
Bray, Kenneth I  Search this
Physical description:
1 score (209 p.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Date:
1973
1960
Topic:
Working class  Search this
Labor--Songs and music  Search this
Labor movement--Songs and music  Search this
Call number:
M1977.L3F8 1973X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_407874

Carry it on! : a history in song and picture of the working men and women of America / [compiled by] Pete Seeger and Bob Reiser

Author:
Seeger, Pete 1919-  Search this
Reiser, Bob  Search this
Physical description:
256 p. of music : ill., ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Scores
Place:
United States
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Working class--Songs and music  Search this
Labor--Songs and music  Search this
Labor movement--Songs and music  Search this
Political ballads and songs  Search this
Call number:
M1977.L3C33 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_408072

Beyond labor's veil : the culture of the Knights of Labor / Robert E. Weir

Author:
Weir, Robert E. 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Knights of Labor History  Search this
Knights of Labor (Canada) History  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 343 p. : ill., port. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
North America
Date:
1996
C1996
19th century
Topic:
Labor movement--History  Search this
Social conflict--History  Search this
Popular culture--History  Search this
Working class--Religious life--History  Search this
Working class writings, American--History and criticism  Search this
Working class writings, Canadian--History and criticism  Search this
Working class--Songs and music--History and criticism  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_489008

American labor songs of the nineteenth century / [selected by] Philip S. Foner

Author:
Foner, Philip Sheldon 1910-1994  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 356 p. : ill. ; 29 cm. and phonodisc (2 s. : 7 in. ; 33 1/3 rpm.)
Type:
Songs and music
Texts
Place:
United States
Date:
1975
C1975
Topic:
Working class  Search this
Labor--Songs and music  Search this
Labor movement--Songs and music  Search this
Ballads, English--Texts  Search this
Songs  Search this
Call number:
M1977.L3F74X 1975
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_349998

Songs of the people

Author:
Workers Library Publishers  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. 24 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Date:
1937
[1937]
Topic:
Communism--Songs and music  Search this
Working class  Search this
Labor--Songs and music  Search this
Labor movement--Songs and music  Search this
Call number:
M1977.L3S6X 1937
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_366338

The songs of Joe Hill / edited by Barrie Stavis and Frank Harmon

Author:
Hill, Joe 1879-1915  Search this
Stavis, Barrie  Search this
Harmon, Frank  Search this
Subject:
Hill, Joe 1879-1915  Search this
Physical description:
46 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Date:
1960
1955
C1960
Topic:
Working class  Search this
Labor--Songs and music  Search this
Labor movement--Songs and music  Search this
Call number:
M1977.L3 H646 1960
M1977.L3H646 1960
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384137

Music in the Jamaican labour movement / by Lileth Sewell

Author:
Sewell, Lileth  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Jamaica
Date:
1979
Topic:
Work songs  Search this
Protest songs  Search this
Labor movement--Songs and music  Search this
Call number:
F1861 .J277
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1050366

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