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Introduction

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pp. xi-xvi

Alan Lomax’s life spanned much of the twentieth century (1915–2002), and during most of this time he was an active folk song collector and scholar. He has been both praised and criticized. The Rounder Records Alan Lomax Collection, with at least 100 CDs, is only one example of his incredible musical output. He was not only active...

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LETTERS, 1935–1938

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pp. 3-114

In May 1933, at the tender age of eighteen already a fast learner, Alan began traveling and collecting folk songs through the South with his father, John A. Lomax; this was also the start of his connection with the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress.1 John Lomax would become Honorary Conservator of the Archive in September 1933. Alan assisted his father with the publication of their pathbreaking...

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LETTERS, 1939–1940

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pp. 115-198

In late December 1938, Alan requested permission from Harold Spivacke to move temporarily to New York City, mostly to further his studies, as he explained in a draft of this undated letter: I should like to suggest a project to you which I believe will be of interest and value to the Archive of American Folk Song in the Library of Congress. This project is one that I have thought over at considerable...

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LETTERS, 1941–1945

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pp. 199-374

his continuing interest in commercially recorded country music: Would you have the hillbilly department try and locate for me Wade Mainer and his Mountaineers and send me their present address as soon as possible. [ALC]1 He also followed up with a note to...

Notes

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pp. 375-398

Index

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pp. 399-414