The Benson Latin American Collection

Migrant Border Ballads Project Records, 1979



Descriptive Summary

Creator Migrant Border Ballads Project
Title Migrant Border Ballads Project Records
Dates: 1979
Abstract Audio tapes, photographs, and a manuscript of the Migrant Border Ballads Project administered through the Southwest Center for Policy Studies in Austin, Texas.
Call No. BENSON-MS MIGRANT BORDER BALLADS PROJECT
OCLC Record No. 22760155
Extent 8.5 in.
Language English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

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.


Scope and Contents Note

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.


Index Terms

The Migrant Border Ballads Project Records are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Ballads--Rio Grande Valley
Mexican Americans--Texas--Music
Migrant agricultural laborers--Texas--Songs and music
Mexican American agricultural laborers--Texas
Hagen, Carla J., 1950-
Dickey, Dan William
Flores, María G.
Peña, Félix
Van Osdol, Scott

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Migrant Border Ballads Project Records, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.


Box and Folder Inventory

 

Migrant Border Ballads Project Records, 1979

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1 Numerical lists of photographs and tape log available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room.