Free Event – “Sidney Robertson Cowell and the WPA California Folk Music Project, 1938-40”

FREE EVENT – TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017 at Noon (Whittall Pavilion)

Free Event -Sidney Robertson Cowell

“Sidney Robertson Cowell and the WPA California Folk Music Project, 1938-40”

Cathy Kerst, American Folklife Center

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(tickets available 01/04/2017, beginning at 10 AM)

As a young woman of 35, Sidney Robertson proposed, organized, and directed a California Work Projects Administration project designed to survey musical traditions from a wide range of English-speaking and immigrant communities in Northern California. The result of her efforts generated a remarkable multi-format ethnographic field collection (with recordings, photographs, sketches and drawings of the musical instruments, and field notes)—the WPA California Folk Music Project (1938-1940)–that captured a unique cross-section of the music that people of many backgrounds were performing at the time.

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