German-American Music Project Collection, 1984-1986

Collection Summary

Title: German-American Music Project Collection
Dates: 1984-1986

  • Wisconsin Folklife Center
Unique identifier: CSUMC0003-CG

Contents: Mills Music Library Wisconsin Music Archives: 2 folders, 223 sound recordings, 1,132 slides, 21 pieces of ephemera; Wisconsin Historical Society Archives: 69 folders; Wisconsin Historical Society Museum Division: 4 artifacts; UW-Madison Folklore Program: 198 color slides, 898 negatives, 20 contact sheets, 1 slide/tape program

Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
432 East Campus Mall, Room 332
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
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Archival Locations:
UW-Madison Libraries, Mills Music (Map)
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)
UW-Madison Folklore Program (Map)

The German-American Music Project documented significant aspects of German-American music and related cultural traditions in Wisconsin, mainly in Calumet, Dodge, Marathon, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, and Milwaukee counties. The research and fieldwork, conducted from 1984 to 1986, uncovered a wealth of traditional music and related information on German-American customs, including weddings and holidays. Three fieldworkers and a photographer documented 25 bands or organizations and 60 individuals. The research resulted in a two-disc commercial LP recording of traditional music, a two-hour Wisconsin Public Radio program, and a 30-minute slide/tape program. Materials include field reports, slides, sound recordings, sound recording indexes, and other documentation generated and collected during the project, and the slide/tape program.

Language: Manuscripts and sound recordings are in English and German.

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