Preserving "Woody's Children": Documenting Decades of American Folk Music

Material Description

The Robert Sherman Collection (finding aid: is an ongoing gift of Sherman, beginning in August 2006. Covering the period from 1932 to 2016, the bulk of the materials date from 1960 to 2008. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including scripts, recordings, writings, correspondence, playbills, clippings, photographs, and awards related to Sherman's work as a broadcaster, author, and educator. Among the most significant holdings include recordings of his broadcasts, and his written correspondence with folk musician Pete Seeger (as well as major figures in classical music). While the papers in the collection are fully processed, the recordings are merely sorted into series by program. Recordings are briefly described at the item level with metadata derived from the container (featured artist, date, part in a series, special occasions, etc.). Many of the recordings have the show's script tucked into the container, and other scripts are found within Sherman's papers (see Subseries 1.1: Radio Shows, 1960-2009, 9.25 linear feet). For each broadcast, Sherman either interviews guests active in folk music of the Woody Guthrie tradition, provides commentary of existing commercial recordings, or hosts live broadcasted events celebrating folk music, anniversaries of the program, or another complementary event. As a public research university and Land Grant institution, this collection is open for public use. The finding aid is available through UMD's ArchivesUM database, and was also indexed by ArchiveGrid.

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University of Maryland, College Park


Ms. Robin Pike
University of Maryland

Mr. Vincent Novara
University of Maryland


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