University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries
Georgia Folklore Collection


1955-1983 audio and video recordings

The Georgia Folklore Collection consists primarily of field recordings made by Art Rosenbaum and was created when he donated these tapes to the University of Georgia Libraries Media Archives in 1987. However, the Georgia Folklore Collection is currently an open collection and also contains associated collections of sound and video recordings from around Georgia, including those made between 1955 and 1983 by volunteers from the Georgia Folklore Society. The over one thousand hours of music, interviews, and storytelling include one-of-a-kind recordings of the Tanners, the Rev. Howard Finster, the McIntosh County Shouters, Doodle Thrower and the Golden River Grass, Neal Pattman, Joe Rakestraw, Jake Staggers, the Eller brothers, Doc and Lucy Barnes, Nathaniel and Fleeta Mitchell, R.A. Miller, W. Guy Bruce, Precious Bryant and many more.


The collection consists of over 700 audiocassettes, 140 VHS tapes, 90 ¾’’ video tapes, 1200 reels of audio tape and 40 1’’ reels of video tape from the Down Home Blues Festival from 1984.

A large number of the recordings were done by Wendy Mann, Karen Lane, Worth Long, George Mitchell, Art Rosenbaum, Charles Cobb, Judy McWillie and Randy Camp. Other contributors include Oscar Huff, Fred Huff, Scott Eckelaert, Reg Smith, Hank Davis, Rob Hatch, Neil Rosenbaum, Rodney Estrela, Robert Henneburger, Steve Flood, David Evans, Fred Hay, Chet Briggs, Phillip, Thompson, Michael Amburgey, Tamara Nimkoff, Dave Salzburg, Carrol McKinney, Michael Catalano, Bill Troiani, David Evans, Jim Wheeler and Ken Rollins.

In 2013, funding from the Digital Public Library of America enabled the digitization and cataloging of a portion of the Georgia Folklore Collection. These can be found on the DPLA website, and a full list of the recordings in the collection can be found below.