The American Folklife Center’s
Archive of Folk Culture
of Folk Culture, founded at the Library in 1928 as a repository for
American folk music, houses multi-format, ethnographic collections that
are diverse and international, including over one million photographs,
manuscripts, audio recordings, and moving images. A
guide to Wisconsin recordings shows the Library's folk music holdings
recorded in Wisconsin.
Folk Songs from Wisconsin
is a compilation
CD of music recorded in the 1940s by Helene Stratman-Thomas, who recorded
extensively in Wisconsin.
To learn more about the collecting
work of Sidney Robertson Cowell, check out the The
WPA California Folk Music Project created by the Library of Congress.
It is a multi-format ethnographic field collection that includes sound
recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a
variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities
in Northern California.
Mills Music Library’s Wisconsin Music Archives
Stratman-Thomas Collection of Wisconsin folk music recordings is a
centerpiece of the Wisconsin Music Archives, a special collection housed
in the Mills Music Library of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With
holdings from the 1850s to the present, the Archives contains more than
35,000 items representing all Wisconsin musical traditions. The folk and
ethnic music collections range from ethnic recordings to manuscript collections.
The library also has copies of all Library of Congress recordings made
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
In 1956, Smithsonian
Folkways Recordings issued Wolf River Songs, a compilation
of lumberjack tunes recorded and annotated by Sidney Robertson Cowell.
The recording prominently features Warde Ford and Robert Walker. Today,
the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national
museum of the United States, can provide a CD version of that recording.
Center for the Study of Upper
for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, located at the University
of Wisconsin–Madison, is committed to the languages and cultural
traditions of this region’s diverse peoples. The Center fosters
research and the preservation of archival collections, while producing
educational and outreach programs for a broad public audience. CSUMC also
assist community groups, classrooms, and independent scholars with projects
involving Upper Midwestern cultures. It is involved in reissuing traditional
recordings made in the Upper Midwest.
Leary, James. The Wisconsin
Patchwork: A Companion to the Radio Programs Based on the Field Recordings
of Helene Stratman-Thomas. Madison, Wis.: Department of Continuing
Education in the Arts, 1987.
Peters, Harry B. Folk Songs
out of Wisconsin. Madison, Wis.: State Historical Society of Wisconsin,