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Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941

This outstanding new addition to the US Library of Congress American Memory Collection is an online presentation of a contemporary ethnographic field collection that documented the lives of Dust Bowl migrants living in Farm Security Administration (FSA) camps in California in 1940-41. The highlight of the site is a very large collection of audio titles (334 in all), available in both RealAudio and .wav formats. Users can browse a list of over 100 song titles that includes links to each song's full text and recordings made in an FSA camp. Other audio titles include interviews, recordings of camp meetings, and more songs (without text). Users can also browse the audio collection with the performer/interviewee index or they can use an internal search engine. Additional features at this site include a collection of 23 photos, a sampling of dust jackets from recording discs, a bibliography, and print material from the collection including a scrapbook, newspaper clippings, camp newsletters, radio scripts, and correspondence between the ethnographers and LOC officials.
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Alternate Title
American Memory: Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941
Date Issued
1998
Data Type
Required Software
Language
Scout Publication
Date of Scout Publication
1998-01-09
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