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The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress recently acquired the â€˜Alan Lomax Collectionâ€™ archiving the archival work of Alan Lomax. Alan Lomax was a music producer, writer and musicologist who methodically collected recordings and ethnographic records of American music from the late 1930s until his retirement in 1996.
Predominately associated with early American folk music, Lomax also became renowned for his archiving and research into other styles of music, including blues and traditional music genres. Lomax won a National Book Critics Award for his 1993 book, the Land Where the Blues Began and is perhaps best known for his recording work with Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly.
The Library of Congress announced the acquisition in late March with a press release in which Mickey Hart, (former drummer of the Grateful Dead and now a board member of the American Folklife Center) describes the Alan Lomax collection as a â€œsonic treasure chest represents the vivid stories, history, hopes and dreams of many cultures. Through these recordings, generations will come to know what has passed before them. The Lomax Collection is a jewel in the crown.". Lomax died in 2002 at the age of eighty-seven.