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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
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
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

Back Creek Crab

Performer:
Crab Alley (Musical group)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Place:
Annapolis (Md.)
Maryland
United States
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Crab Alley
General:
This cassette is housed in the Tom Wisner collection

3375
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. rr.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for information.
Topic:
Maritime  Search this
Sea songs  Search this
Maritime  Search this
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.WISN, Item Crab Alley
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 2: Cassette Tape Recordings
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk54ca2d148-7726-49f1-a5b3-cfd16591f4fa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1

Programs

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 1: Documents / 991: Wisner Collection
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5ea621fca-3087-4ac2-989a-83143b28b52e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref100

TW 032 Outdoors Maryland #1410, Includes "Chesapeake Past Chesapeake Future" 10/27/2002

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk55200a2bb-ff64-4c9c-ab1b-6d3a7185d986
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1000

TW 033 St. Mary's This Morning, Dick Myers, Tom Wisner fall 1998

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5a13897d0-e041-4fe6-aa38-376ec48af422
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1001

TW 034 Come Full Circle master nd

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5d225d2ca-af46-47e8-a3a3-885c7b8e7136
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1002

TW 035 Outdoors Maryland #807, Includes "Spring to Katadhin" (App. Trail), "In the Green Obscurity" (Chesp. Bay SAV), "Catch of the Day" (Deep Creek Lake Fishing) 2/25/1999

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk58ebbabd4-bcf8-4f8a-84fb-db1ffc237960
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1003

TW 036 Tom Wisner, Mary Sue Ross-Arlington Echo "Touching the Living Chesapeake Bay" a field trip 10/1989

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk50bb36db0-fd6d-4675-829a-750e857cd91e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1004

TW 037 Tom and Mary Sue at Hollywood School nd

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5b4f669f7-ec65-4e63-9d43-4b4f14b71bfc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1005

TW 038 A Circle of Waters in a A Circle of Winds, Hollywood School 7/1997

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5bda0ee77-5107-43ef-a9bb-7d5943f9ef74
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1006

TW 039 A Circle of Waters in a Circle of Winds, Story of Nekonah-Hanoken (original) 1997

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk51506f624-1f64-43e3-bb20-edacfd3f7c7f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1007

TW 040 A Circle of Waters in a Circle of Winds, (copy) 1997

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5c8b5e5e1-d417-469f-881b-bd9419a58776
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1008

TW 041 Tom Wisner-Intro to lit fall 1998

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk505467413-0deb-46c2-80a2-736a7ccbd6ce
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1009

Interview Notes

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 1: Documents / 991: Wisner Collection
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk567330a43-baa9-4487-bb21-74e544f11072
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref101

TW 042 Come Full Circle performance 5/1/2000

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk575aa0a0b-4f41-4107-b7f5-b089618c9ef1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1010

TW 043 Come Full Circle 5/1/2000

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5fe69af0a-c553-44c1-bc1f-8b9f8a77b6ff
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1011

TW 044 Calverton School, performance and Art Work for MPTV nd

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5334e2258-89a6-4834-b424-ed7d98ae22fd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1012

TW 045 Wind's Will and Water's Way, Tom Wisner and Tom Horton PT2 nd

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk576f01a6a-01cc-4d25-abe4-be2567b81cec
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1013

TW 046 Wind's Will and Water's Way, Tom Wisner and Tom Horton PT1 nd

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk56bc10ec9-5216-4ce3-955d-e1a9bb83b3cb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1014

TW 047 Watershop mapping the Chesapeake with Tom Wisner, a workshop for teacers 8/21/1995

Collection Creator:
Wisner, Tom, 1930-2010  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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 archives staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Tom Wisner collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklikfe Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Tom Wisner papers
Tom Wisner papers / Series 3: Visual Recordings / 996
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk55e500834-72c3-485d-b1bc-4582ce9568b2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-wisn-ref1015

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