Leonard Finseth Collection, 1942-1979

Scope and Content Note

The music in this collection is a mix of concerts, personal recordings, and recordings of fiddlers who influenced Finseth. Most of the photographs highlight the musical venues and performances, while other photographs, personal correspondence, and articles shed light on Finseth's life, both as a performer and a farmer. The “War Clouds" typescript offers a glimpse into Finseth's personal experiences in World War II.

The Finseth photographs and paper documents are organized in six folders. The Finseth recordings are organized by format type. Tape cassettes are stored in 2 cases and are found in Box 1 along with paper material. Box 2 contains the reel-to-reel tapes. The recordings list in the collection inventory below is based on notes made by Robert Andresen.