Migrant Border Ballads Project Records, 1979
In 1979, Carla J. Hagen and four other researchers and photographers (Dan Dickey, María Flores, Félix Peña, and Scott Van Osdol) worked on a project funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and administered through the Southwest Center for Policy Studies in Austin, Texas. They collected 60 songs from migrant workers in the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas, and photographed musicians, informants, and the environment in which migrants live and work.
Documents the music and experiences of migrant agricultural workers in the Texas border region. A 403-page manuscript (titled La compusimos pizcando: Texas migrant ballads) describes the lives and music of Mexican and Mexican American migrant workers and includes an appendix with Spanish language song lyrics and English translations; 7 cassette tapes contain interviews with informants including musical performances; 81 black-and-white photographs by Dan Dickey, María Flores, and Scott Van Osdol show musicians, researchers, and the working and living conditions of migrant workers.
Organized into three series: 1. Manuscript. 2. Audio tapes. 3. Photographs. Photographs arranged numerically according to photographer. Numerical lists of photographs and tape log available.
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Cite as: Migrant Border Ballads Project Records, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.
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