Alan Lomax Center at Hunter College

Alan Lomax at his New York archive, New York, 1986. Photo by Peter Figlestahler.
Right here in NY City, over at the Hunter College Fine Arts Campus, is Alan Lomax’s Association for Cultural Equity.

Yup, the very Alan Lomax (1915—2002) who recorded all that priceless music that reflects so much of our old-time, bluegrass and blues heritage. The Association was founded by him “to explore and preserve the world’s expressive traditions with humanistic commitment and scientific engagement.”

The man’s scope was global, and the site reflects that; it’s both huge and deep. You can spend hours over there, and it’s definitely worth a poke around. It was ACE who organized, and in 2004 donated Alan Lomax’s original recordings and papers to the Library of Congress.

The Research Center links to photos, music collections, videos, teaching resources, catalogs, discussions and more. At right is one gem I found there, Tommy Jarrell playing Poor Ellen Smith in 1983.

Also of interest: Nathan Salsburg, archivist and producer for the Alan Lomax Archive has a weekly show, Root Hog or Die on EastVillageRadio.com. New shows are every Friday 10am—12pm ET. Here’s a link to his Root Hog or Die’s show archives.