Curated History: Ruby & John Avery Lomax
Ruby Terrill Lomax and John Avery Lomax produced folklife documentary work that comes up a lot when I am researching East Texas History. Along with her husband John Avery Lomax, Texas folklorist Ruby Terrill Lomax traveled the state and other Southern regions for the 1939 Southern States Recording Trip. The Lomax’s multi-genre journey documented Southern folk musicians and their communities through sound recordings, photographs and other ephemera, and spends valuable time in communities of Color and documenting the creative contributions of incarcerated people. The collection’s primary home is in The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
Here are a few items of interest from the collection:
The project’s recordings can be found here: Lomax Iconic Song List, Library of Congress
The Library of Congress also has the 300+ page Field Notes manuscript from this trip, which you can download for easier reading.
My weekly Curated History feature shares a selection of interesting research finds, photos and other ephemera. My main focus is on Texas history, but historic finds from other places might show up from time to time!