Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Book and Media Notes

Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Book and Media Notes

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Readers of the Quarterly will shout hallelujah now that the Ozark Folksong Collection has been digitized and placed online by Special Collections at the University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville (go to digitalcollections.uark.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/OzarkFolkSong). This digital version of the nation's largest and most complete collection of traditional music and associated materials from Arkansas and the Ozarks contains approximately 4000 transcriptions and over 4500 audio recordings, chiefly compiled by Mary Celestia Parler between 1949 and 1965. Parler, who taught both Chaucer and American folklore at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, was famous for sending her students out to collect songs, stories, jokes, and proverbs from family, friends, and neighbors, and she traveled far and wide to record them herself. The collection includes hymns (including some sung in Cherokee), ballads of English and Scottish origins, topical songs such as "The Brinkley Storm," music from the African-American and assorted immigrant traditions, and from play parties and square dances, fiddle tunes, and regional versions of early commercial recordings. A keyword search will retrieve titles from the following fields: title, alternative title(s), common titles, the first line of the song and chorus, performer(s), city, county, and state of recording, collectors and transcribers of the song, genre, instrumentation, and subjects (using Library of Congress and the American Folklore Society's Ethnographic Thesaurus designations) as well as geographic and personal name subjects. …

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