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The American Folklife Center Announces New Crowdsourcing Project

Thursday, September 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

By the People: On the Road with Alan Lomax is a new campaign by the American Folklife Center that focuses on generating transcripts of Alan Lomax’s fieldwork notebooks and related manuscript materials. The American Folklife Center encourages individuals to participate in this project that involves the transcribing of 10,000 pages.

From the Library of Congress:

“Discover rich folk traditions by transcribing the notebooks and letters of folklorist Alan Lomax, his family, fellow musicians, colleagues, and collaborators. These documents serve as the bedrock of our understanding of 20th-century American and Caribbean folk music.

Alan Lomax was the most famous American folklorist of the 20th century. From 1936 to 1966 he recorded thousands of tradition-bearers in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. His detailed field notebooks document encounters with artists such as Muddy Waters, and Lomax's extensive travels, as well as the toll these took on his personal life. Lomax, his family, friends, and colleagues transcribed many of the performances and interviews undertaken during his years of folklore fieldwork, including his stint as a Library of Congress employee. His collaborators include his wife, father, Pete Seeger, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.”

To become involved in this project, visit By the People on the Library of Congress’ web site. 

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