Goose Island Ramblers Documentation Project Collection, 1990-1991

Collection Summary

Title: Goose Island Ramblers Documentation Project Collection
Dates: 1990-1991

  • Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Wisconsin Folk Museum
Unique Identifier: CSUMC0010-CG

Contents: Wisconsin Historical Society Archives: 6 folders, 19 sound recordings, 37 photographs; UW-Madison Folklore Program: 14 audiocassettes

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

This project is one of numerous documentary efforts to capture the essence of the Goose Island Ramblers, an old-time "Norwegian hillbilly" band that was active in the greater Madison, Wisconsin, area, including Dane and Iowa counties, from 1963 through 1975 and again from 1990 to 1999. Folklorist James P. Leary interviewed band members Bruce Bollerud, George Gilbertsen, and K. Wendell Whitford, and with Phil Martin newly recorded songs, and produced a commercial recording, Midwest Ramblin'. Materials available from this project include original sound recordings, photographs, news clippings, published ephemera, and manuscripts from the band members.

Language: Manuscripts and sound recordings are in English.

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