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January 16, 2018

Jacob Evanson: Song Catcher

In the late 1930s, when Jacob A. Evanson joined the staff of the Pittsburgh Board of Education as special supervisor of vocal instruction, folklorists and musicologists were scouring America in search of old songs before they disappeared. The recording expeditions of father-and-son duo John and Alan Lomax, conducted under the banner of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress, inspired folklorists across the country to join in the effort to collect and preserve America’s folk traditions.

August 2, 2017

Putting Faces to Names: Exploring Italian American Identity with Photo IDs

The Joseph D’Andrea Papers and Photographs contains many visually striking documents, including marriage licenses, ornate military documents, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings.

June 21, 2017

Becoming American: The Rajcan Story

Many immigrants have a familiar story to tell about their experiences—a new land and language, unrelenting hard work, becoming Americans while keeping native traditions, and often tragedy. The Rajcan family embodied all of these and more.