Guide to the Barre Toelken sound recording collection,
1958-1979

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Toelken, Barre
Title: Barre Toelken sound recording collection
Dates: 1958-1979 ( inclusive )
Quantity: .5 linear feet (17 cassette tapes and 4 reel-to-reel tapes)
Collection Number: USU_FOLK COLL 35b
Summary: Fieldwork cassette and reel-to-reel tape recordings made by Barre Toelken from 1958-1979, with the bulk consisting of folksongs and instrumental folk music.
Repository: Utah State University. Merrill-Cazier Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Fife Folklore Archives

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Barre Toelken (director of Utah State University's Folklore Program, 1985-2002) conducted fieldwork throughout his active folklore career from 1954 to the present. Much of that fieldwork was documented through images: slides and photographs.

Content Description

Fieldwork cassette and reel-to-reel tape recordings made by Barre Toelken from 1958-1979, with the bulk consisting of folksongs and instrumental folk music.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research. To access the collection a patron must have the following information: collection number, series number, sub-series number, if applicable, box number and folder number (or image number).

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Barre Toelken sound recording collection must be obtained from the Curator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Barre Toelken sound recording collection, 1958-1979. (FOLK COLL 35b). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection organized by format: Cassette Tapes and Reel-to-Reel Tapes.

Acquisition Information :  

In the fall 2005, the materials in this collection were donated by Professor Barre Toelken to the Fife Folklore Archives .

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Randy Williams, May 2005. Finding aid created by Randy Williams, May 2006; updated by Randy Williams, March 2012.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Cassette Tapes
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 No. 1: The Irish Tradition (Three-piece band) recorded live by Barre Toelken at an Irish bar in Washington DC tape 1)
Dec 1975.
1 No. 2: The Irish Tradition (three-piece band) recorded live by Barre Toelken at an Irish bar in Washington DC (tape 2)
Dec. 1975.
1 No. 3: The Irish Tradition (three-piece band) recorded live by Barre Toelken at an Irish bar in Washington DC (tape 3)
Dec. 1975.
1 No. 4: Field recording by Barre Toelken: "Music Party at Bernie Rasmussen's," Polson, MT (tape 1)
Part of American Folklife Center fieldwork survey of Montana.
22 July 1979.
1 No. 5: Field recording by Barre Toelken: "Music Party at Bernie Rasmussen's," Polson, MT (tape 2)
Part of American Folklife Center fieldwork survey of Montana.
22 July 1979.
1 No. 6: Field recording by Barre Toelken: Kevin Shannon, Irish Traditional Singer, Butte, MT (tape 1)
Part of American Folklife Center fieldwork survey of Montana.
July 1979.
1 No. 7: Field recording by Barre Toelken: Kevin Shannon, Irish Traditional Singer, Butte, MT (tape 2)
Part of American Folklife Center fieldwork survey of Montana.
July 1979.
1 No. 8: Field recording by Barre Toelken: Kevin Shannon, Irish Traditional Singer, Butte, MT (tape 3)
Part of American Folklife Center fieldwork survey of Montana.
July 1979.
1 No. 9: Field recording by Barre Toelken: Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan, Irish Catholic Priest in Butte, MT (tape 1)
Regarding the folklore of Irish immigrants in Butte and surrounding areas. Part of American Folklife Center fieldwork survey of Montana.
July 1979.
1 No. 10: Field recording by Barre Toelken: Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan, Irish Catholic Priest in Butte, MT (tape 2)
Regarding the folklore of Irish immigrants in Butte and surrounding areas. Part of American Folklife Center fieldwork survey of Montana.
July 1979
1 No. 11: Field recording by Barre Toelken: Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan, Irish Catholic Priest in Butte, MT (tape 3)
Regarding the folklore of Irish immigrants in Butte and surrounding areas. Part of American Folklife Center fieldwork survey of Montana.
July 1979.
1 No. 12: Field recording by Barre Toelken: Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan, Irish Catholic Priest in Butte, MT (tape 4)
Regarding the folklore of Irish immigrants in Butte and surrounding areas. Part of American Folklife Center fieldwork survey of Montana.
July 1979.
1 No. 13: Field recording by Barre Toelken: Hutterite of Turner, MT, singing (tape 1)
Part of American Folklife Center fieldwork survey of Montana.
July 1979.
1 No. 14: Field recording by Barre Toelken: Hutterite of Turner, MT, singing (tape 2)
Part of American Folklife Center fieldwork survey of Montana.
July 1979.
1 No. 15: Field recording by one of Barre Toelken's student: Pine Grove, Alabama Revival (tape 1)
Given to Barre Toelken.
August 1973.
1 No. 16: Field recording by one of Barre Toelken's student: Pine Grove, Alabama Revival (tape 2)
Given to Barre Toelken.
August 1973.
1 No. 17: Field recording by Roger Abrahams: "Deep Down in the Jungle" (texts) in book by same name
Given to Barre Toelken.
undated.

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Reel-to-Reel Tapes
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
2 No. 1: Blaine Stubblefield, folk songs (eastern and western), mostly from his father's collection
Given to Barre Toelken by the Weiser, Idaho, Chamber of Commerce. [Item has been duplicated to CD]
late 1960s.
2 No. 2: Old-Time Fiddlers Contest
Given to Barre Toelken by the Weiser, Idaho, Chamber of Commerce. [Item has been duplicated to CD]
late 1960s.
2 No. 3: Barre Toelken Field Collections of folk songs
Also includes some of Jean Ritchie's Fieldwork in Scotland and Ireland and Joannie O'Bryant in the Ozark Mountains in the U.S.A.
1958-1960.
2 No. 4: British Music Hall Songs
Given to Barre Toelken by Van Porter. (Duplicated from record).
1960.

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Subjects

    • Subject Terms :
    • Folk music.
    • Folk songs.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Field recordings.

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