Wisconsin Swiss Traditional Music Project Collection, 1986-1991

Collection Summary

Title: Wisconsin Swiss Traditional Music Project Collection
Dates: 1986-1991

  • Wisconsin Folklife Center
Unique Identifier: CSUMC0005-CG

Contents: Mills Music Library Wisconsin Music Archives: 1 folder; Wisconsin Historical Society Archives: 12 folders; UW-Madison Folklore Program: 3 folders, 250 black-and-white negatives, 8 contact sheets; James P. Leary: 4 folders, 6 audiocassettes, 1 computer diskette

Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
432 East Campus Mall, Room 332
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Web site: http://csumc.wisc.edu

Archival Locations:
UW-Madison Libraries, Mills Music (Map)
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)
UW-Madison Folklore Program (Map)

The Wisconsin Swiss Traditional Music Project identified, documented, and recorded a broad sampling of Wisconsin Swiss traditional music, mostly in Green and Dane counties, during 1987-1988. Managed by Project Director Phil Martin, the resulting audiocassette release, Swissconsin: My Homeland, features contemporary and historical studio recordings and portrays primarily the highly proficient, public-oriented performance style often heard in community-produced concerts, recordings, and festivals. The publication Yodeling in Dairyland: A History of Swiss Music in Wisconsin also emerged from the survey in 1991. The collection includes folklorist James P. Leary's interview sound recordings with five Swiss-American musicians, notes from interviews with three more, and selected research materials; Lewis Koch's photography; and Wisconsin Folk Museum project and production files.

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

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-csumc-csumc0005cg
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