GOLDSTEIN, KENNETH S.
KENNETH S. GOLDSTEIN COLLECTION OF COUNTRY AND WESTERN SONG FOLIOS†††††††
900 Country and Western song folios
c.1928 Ė c.1957
This collection was compiled by and purchased from Kenneth
S. Goldstein, Professor Emeritus of Folklore and Folklife at the
Agency History/biographical sketch:
Kenneth S. Goldstein was a folklorist, professor,
scholar, record producer, festival organizer, collector, publisher, author, and
editor.† Goldstein became interested in
folk music and ballad scholarship when he was in the army in the 1940s. He
worked as a market analyst and phonograph record and book producer prior to
returning to the
Scope and content:
This collection consists of country and western song books and/or lyrics only songsters containing text lyrics, music, articles, advertisements, and photographs of various singers.† Most of the folios contain photographs and music with text.† The majority of songs within the folios are listed as cowboy songs, mountain songs or ballads, hill billy songs, western songs, old-time songs, or folk songs.† A portion of the folios are associated with a specific radio station, such as WSM, CBS, or WLS.† Most contain titles performed by a specific singer, duet, or group (Bradley Kincaid, Gene Autry, Blue Grass Roy, Jimmy Rodgers).
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The country and western song folios are housed in the Centerís Rarebook (song book) collection.† The majority are classified as secular vocal songbooks with others found in the Songster and Instrumental groups.† All items are arranged by ID number within each group.
Within the same accession number 95-051, were purchased 1400 songsters comprising the Kenneth S. Goldstein Collection of American Songsters. Also purchased from Kenneth Goldstein was the Kenneth S. Goldstein Collection of American Song Broadsides, accession number 94-017, which are in the Sheet Music collection.† All are searchable by accession number in the CPM In Magic database.† There are also other Country and Western song folios within the Centerís collection (not part of the Goldstein Collection).
Note:† This inventory was written by Lucinda Cockrell, Archivist, January 7, 2002.† The collection was accessioned in 1995, but no inventory description was completed.