Sidney Robertson Cowell

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Wed March 21, 2007

Iowan sings for Library of Congress

Credit Sidney Robertson Cowell / American Folklife Center

His name is George Vinton Graham and while he is no "American Idol," his singing is considered an important example of Anglo-American folk music. The Graham recordings were made by ethnographer Sidney Robertson Cowell in 1938 and are found at the Library of Congress (American Memory).

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon February 12, 2007

The Ortonville Story

A hammered dulcimer
Credit Ozark Folk Center


A seventy year old recording of dulcimer music leads to the story of an Iowa ghost town and an uncommon musical instrument. The Thomas Mann recordingsĀ are courtesy of the American Folklife Center, Sidney Robertson Cowell Collection, Library of Congress. Sounds from July, 1937, in Ortonville, Iowa.

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