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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:

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
EDAN-URL:
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Online Media:

I Still Write Your Name In the Sand; Four Walls Around Me

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: Tennessee, Gallatin
Date made:
1952
ID Number:
2016.3009.164
Nonaccession number:
2016.3009
Catalog number:
2016.3009.164
Maker number:
1091
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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EDAN-URL:
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Bluegrass Fiesta; What's Gonna Happen To me

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Composer:
Tubb, Justin  Search this
Manufacturer:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
ID Number:
2000.0165.5585
Accession number:
2000.0165
Label number:
4781
Catalog number:
2000.0165.5585
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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EDAN-URL:
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The United States Army Presents Country Style, USA

Recording artist:
Young, Faron  Search this
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 16 in; x 40.64 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.29355
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.29355
Maker number:
213
214
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National Museum of American History
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The United States Army Presents Town and Country Time

Recording artist:
Dean, Jimmy  Search this
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Terry, Gordon  Search this
Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 16 in; x 40.64 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.29362
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.29362
Maker number:
39
40
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National Museum of American History
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The United States Army Presents Town and Country Time

Recording artist:
Dean, Jimmy  Search this
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Young, Faron  Search this
Terry, Gordon  Search this
Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 16 in; x 40.64 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.29365
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.29365
Maker number:
45
46
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-a299-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1425705

The United States Army Presents Town and Country Time

Recording artist:
Dean, Jimmy  Search this
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Cassell, Pete  Search this
Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 16 in; x 40.64 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.29367
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.29367
Maker number:
51
52
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-a29b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1425716

Are You Coming Back To Me; Tis Sweet To Be Remembered

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: Tennessee, Gallatin
Date made:
1951
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25406
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25406
Collector/donor number:
14406
Maker number:
1062
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-79d3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421169

Ballad Of Davy Crockett, The; Danger! Heartbreak Ahead

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: Tennessee, Gallatin
Date made:
1955
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25407
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25407
Collector/donor number:
8519
Maker number:
1240
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-79d4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421170

Ballad Of Davy Crockett, The; Danger! Heartbreak Ahead

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Quality  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
Canada
Date made:
1955
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25408
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25408
Collector/donor number:
9819
Maker number:
1360
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421171

Be Good Baby; The Meanest Blues In the World

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: Tennessee, Gallatin
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25409
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25409
Collector/donor number:
8521
Maker number:
1282
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-79d5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421172

By the Side Of the Road; Waiting For the Boys

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: Tennessee, Gallatin
Date made:
1953
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25410
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25410
Collector/donor number:
3101
Maker number:
1131
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-79d6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421173

Camptown Races; I Hear You Knocking

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Quality  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
Canada
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25411
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25411
Collector/donor number:
4463
Maker number:
1435
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-79d7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421174

Crazy Blues; Rainbow In the Valley

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: Tennessee, Gallatin
Date made:
1953
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25412
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25412
Collector/donor number:
8515
Maker number:
1168
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-79d8-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421175

Don't Blame It All On Me; I Didn't Know

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Date made:
1954
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25413
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25413
Collector/donor number:
8517
Maker number:
1230
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-79d9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421176

Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die; You're Sweeter Than Honey

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Date made:
1953
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25414
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25414
Collector/donor number:
3102
Maker number:
1158
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-79da-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421177

Dreaming Of a Little Cabin; Georgia Waltz

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Date made:
1952
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25415
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25415
Collector/donor number:
3103
Maker number:
1092
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-4783-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421178

Dreams Of Mother and Home; Reveille In Heaven

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Date made:
1954
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25416
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25416
Collector/donor number:
3099
Maker number:
1192
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-79db-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421179

Fire In My Heart; Going To See My Baby

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Date made:
1952
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25417
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25417
Collector/donor number:
448
Maker number:
1126
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-4784-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421180

Four Walls Around Me; I Still Write Your Name In the Sand

Recording artist:
Wiseman, Mac  Search this
Maker:
Dot  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Date made:
1953
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.25418
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.25418
Collector/donor number:
1437
Maker number:
1091
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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EDAN-URL:
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