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Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

The Max Hunter Collection is an archive of almost 1600 Ozark Mountain folk songs, recorded between 1956 and 1976. A traveling salesman from Springfield, Missouri, Hunter took his reel-to-reel tape recorder into the hills and backwoods of the Ozarks, preserving the heritage of the region by recording the songs and stories of many generations of Ozark history. The site provides audio files for the songs, with text transcription, and some musical transcriptions. The site is searchable.


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Nancy Veiga
Nancy Veiga (Faculty)
12 years ago
I love this site! I'm not sure how I would use it in a classroom, but it gives a marvelous history of this music. I wish I'd known of it when I was teaching Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. While it doesn't directly connect, it beautifully illustrates the idea of music as a chronicler of the lives and times of common people.

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I found it very easy to get up and singing with it.