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West Virginia University's contribution to the foundation of modern folk music scholarship is widely recognized. Due to the pioneering achievements of its faculty, the University became an important center of folksong scholarship in the 1920s and 30s. John Harrington Cox's Folk-Songs of the South' served as both precedent and pattern for the myriad of subsequent publications upon which folksong study is based.Various works by Josiah Combs, who taught at the University for but a few years, and Louis Watson Chappell, who remained throughout his career, are equally notable if less obviously influential. The University's subsequent contributions to the field, however, are less well-known but of comparable significance. Indeed, the materials presented in this guide offer ample proof that interest in the subject did not come to a halt with the publication of Cox's Traditional Ballads Mainly from West Virginia and Folksongs Mainly from West Virginia in 1939. More recent research has gone for the most part unpublished and unknown despite its value to folklore scholarship. Fortunately, the fruits of much of this work have found their way into the West Virginia and Regional History Collection where they have been preserved and made available for research.
West Virginia University Press
Morgantown, West Virginia
folk music, West Virginia, Appalachia
Appalachian Studies | Music | United States History
Cuthbert, John A., "West Virginia Folk Music: A Descriptive Guide to Field Recordings in the West Virginia and Regional History Collection" (1982). Bibliographies and Research Guides. 2.