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Mary Katherine D. K. Wilgus Collection online (6) D. K. Wilgus collection available online 14 Dec 09


Part of the D K Wilgus collection of ballads and folksongs is now available for online listening.

D K Wilgus and Wayland D Hand established Folklore studies at UCLA, and together founded the Folklore and Mythology Program in 1965. Wilgus was a folksong and ballad scholar, indefatigable fieldworker, and renowned authority on Anglo-American folksong, 'race' records, and 'hillbilly' music.

He directed five folk music festivals at UCLA. He was Chair of the Folklore Program for 17 years. Many of the field recordings of American and Irish folk music in this collection are his or those of David Evans, one of his students (a noted authority on blues). This collection was originally part of the Folklore and Mythology Department, but in Fall 2002 was acquired by the Ethnomusicology Archive.

Digitization of the field recordings was made possible by a generous grant from the Grammy Foundation. And we are currently working on a new two-year Grammy grant to finish digitizing the entire collection. To listen to recordings from the collection:
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