Robert Andresen Collection, 1976-1994

Collection Summary

Title: Robert Andresen Collection
Dates: 1976-1994

  • Andresen, Bob
Unique Identifier: CSUMC0012-CG

Contents: Mills Music Library Wisconsin Music Archives: 229 folders, 380 photographs and postcards, 2 framed photographs, 3,143 disc recordings, 80 tape recordings

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

Robert Andresen (1937-1995), a graphic designer by trade, was a musician and self-taught folklorist from Duluth, Minnesota who throughout his lifetime amassed a large body of records, recorded interviews, radio shows, subject files, popular country song folios, photographs, and published articles related to folk music in the Upper Midwest. He also hosted Northland Hoedown, a 1980s radio show that aired on KUMD of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, WOJB in Reserve, Wisconsin; KAXE in Grand Rapids, Minnesota; and WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota. Recorded interviews and research documents related to Upper Midwestern old-time musicians, such as Walter Eriksson, Leonard Finseth, Sulo Hackman, the Plehal Brothers, and Otto Rindlisbacher, figure prominently in this collection as do fiddling music and regional contests.

Language: Manuscripts and sound recordings are in English.

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