Mississippi Pathways into the Alan Lomax Collections

A recommended listening list by Scott Barretta


Selection of material recorded by Alan Lomax of the Library of Congress and a team led by John Work III of Fisk University in Coahoma County in 1941-1942.

At the International Conference on the Blues in 2017, Delta State University and the Association for Cultural Equity, which operates the Alan Lomax Archive, announced a partnership to promote and “repatriate” to this area nearly 600 recordings. These include blues, spirituals, gospel, work songs, children’s game songs, oral histories and performances by string bands and fife-and-drum bands. Selections from the collection are available for listening at lomaxdeltastate.com.