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James P. Leary
University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
Folksongs of the Other America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946

Partial support is sought to complete a multi-CD/book package documenting significant recordings made from 1937-1946 for the Library of Congress with performers from more than 25 indigenous and immigrant groups in the Upper Midwest. In summer 2009 and during a sabbatical for the 2009-2010 academic year (drawing on expense funds from a UW-Madison Kellett Research grant) I will complete key tasks already begun: 1) locating (if still unknown) and contacting descendants for permission to include performances; 2) acquiring additional biographical information and photographs; 3) in a few instances where knowledge is lacking, conducting field research on the legacy of performers from the 1930s and 1940s; 4) providing descendants with copies of their ancestors' field recordings; 5) supplying translators with copies of relevant recordings; 6) working with a sound technician to create "master" CDs; 7) writing and editing the accompanying book putting the recordings in context.

Project fields:
Folklore and Folklife

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2009 – 7/31/2009