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The Great Depression: American Music in the '30s The Great Depression: American Music in the '30s is a CD of 21 songs from the Great Depression. For more information on each of the songs on this CD, visit the publisher's page, The Great Depression: Music from the era.
Songs from the Great Depression
Lyrics to several Depression-era songs.  Prepared by Professor Catherine Lavender for courses in The Department of History, The College of Staten Island of The City University of New York.
Jazz in Time- The Great Depression
Part of a website companion to the PBS documentary, Jazz: A History of America's Music.  Includes audio clips.
Voices from the Dust Bowl The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. This collection consists of audio recordings, photographs, manuscript materials, publications, and ephemera generated during two separate documentation trips supported by the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center).
California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties The WPA California Folk Music Project is a multi-format ethnographic field collection that includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in Northern California. The collection comprises 35 hours of folk music recorded in twelve languages representing numerous ethnic groups and 185 musicians.
Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip A multiformat ethnographic field collection that includes nearly 700 sound recordings, as well as fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts documenting a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern United States. Beginning in Port Aransas, Texas, on March 31, 1939, and ending at the Library of Congress on June 14, 1939, John Avery Lomax, Honorary Consultant and Curator of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center), and his wife, Ruby Terrill Lomax, recorded approximately 25 hours of folk music from more than 300 performers. These recordings represent a broad spectrum of traditional musical styles, including ballads, blues, children's songs, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, field hollers, lullabies, play-party songs, religious dramas, spirituals, and work songs.
"Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 Approximately one hundred sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, and related documentation from the folk festival at Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University), Fort Valley, Georgia. The documentation was created by John Wesley Work III in 1941 and by Lewis Jones and Willis Laurence James in March, June, and July 1943. Also included are recordings made in Tennessee and Alabama (including six Sacred Harp songs) by John Work between September 1938 and 1941.
Hispano Music & Culture from the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection An online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
1920s & 1930s Popular Music Dismuke's Virtual Talking Machine currently features over 125 vintage jazz, dance band, swing and vocal recordings from the Roaring '20s through the Great Depression and the dawn of World War II available in streaming Real Audio format.
Hard Times: Music from The Great Depression The Authentic History Center has numerous songs available in streaming ASX format.