The SFC’s D.K. Wilgus Collection is now available, containing the correspondence, writings, research, and teaching materials of D.K. Wilgus (1918-1989), longtime professor of English and Anglo-American Folksong at UCLA. Dr. Wilgus was one of the first scholars to engage in the serious study of “hillbilly music” and was an original member of the John Edwards Memorial Foundation board of directors.
The D.K. Wilgus Collection contains a vast amount of ballad material, including sheet music, songbooks, hymnals, subject files, and over 1,000 items related to ballads about the sinking of the Titanic. The collection also includes Wilgus’ field recordings of ballad singers and musicians in Ireland, recordings of Anglo-American ballad singer Sara Cleveland and steel-guitar player Jimmie Tarlton, and interviews with Ernest Tubb and Ernest V. Stoneman.
Also of interest are thousands of items related to folk music festivals in the United States and Europe, including numerous photographs of the 1964 and 1965 UCLA folk festivals.