A Guide to the Hally Wood Oral History, 1985
Born in Washington, D. C., Harriet Elizabeth "Hally" Wood (1922-1989) was the daughter of a U.S. Army doctor, who retired in San Antonio, Texas. While studying music at the University of Texas at Austin, she met John and Alan Lomax, and in 1940, she married John Henry Faulk, with whom she had one daughter. Following the end of World War II, Wood moved to New York City to work with such folk musicians as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, and Pete Seeger. After divorcing Faulk in 1947, she married Spanish Civil War veteran Lou Gordon. Returning to Austin in 1953, Wood divorced Gordon and earned her bachelor’s degree while transcribing field recordings for the Lomaxes. She once again moved to New York City, performing with the Skifflers and other musicians. Upon moving to Puerto Rico in the late 1950s, Wood married Robert Clarence McCleod Stevenson, professor at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras.
Eder, Bruce. "Hally Wood." Allmusic.com. Accessed May 2, 2011. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/hally-wood-p286632/biography.
Recorded in Round Top, Texas, on April 12, 1985, the Hally Wood Oral History comprises one audiocassette with an interview of Wood about her life and career as a folk musician as well as her work with Alan and John Lomax. The tape also includes musical recordings of Wood, Stan Alexander, and another unidentified musician.
This collection is open for research use.
Hally Wood Oral History, 1985, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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