Preliminary Guide to the Spinden-Rhodes Indian Music Recordings Collection [reproductions]
MS.1994.35

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Rhodes, Willard, 1901-1992
Creator
Spinden, Herbert J., 1879-1967
Title
Spinden-Rhodes Indian Music Recordings Collection [reproductions]
ID
MS.1994.35
Date [inclusive]
circa 1909-1956
Extent
0.5 Linear feet 1 box (6 reels).
Location Note
(MASC staff use) 2-2-16-2.
Language
English
Languages
Materials are in English and Nez Perce.

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Biographical

Herbert J. Spinden (1879-1967) was a scholar of Anthropology and Ancient American Art. Spinden received his B.A. (1906), M.A. (1908), and Ph.D. (1909) in Anthropology at Harvard University. During his time at Harvard, Spinden conducted research and published on the Nez Perce Indians, although his primary interest was ancient civilizations of Mexico and Central America. Among other appointments, Spinden worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, served as curator of the Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology for the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, curator of Anthropology at the Buffalo Museum of Arts and Sciences, and then curator of Ethnology at the Brooklyn Institute. While at the Brooklyn Institute (today the Brooklyn Museum), Spinden focused on collecting pre-Colombian Mexican, and South American indigenous art.

Willard Rhodes (1901-1992) was an Ethnomusicologist at Columbia University. Rhodes received his B.A. in Music from Wittenberg University, and M.A. from Columbia University in 1929, where he later returned to and served as a professor. Between 1940 and 1952, with the support of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Library of Congress, Rhodes recorded music from fifty American Indian groups in the West, including the Nez Perce, the Shoshone/Bannock, and the Navajo. This research can be found at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

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Collection Descritption

This collection contains music recordings reproduced on reel-to-reel audiotapes from original recordings on wax cylinders and audio discs owned by the Peabody Museum. The originals were created or collected by Herbert Spinden (1879-1967) and Willard Rhodes (1901-1992). A majority of the music was originally recorded between 1909 and 1956, and the reproductions in this collection were produced by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress between 1965 and 1990.

Most of the recordings in this collection can be found in The Nez Perce Music Archive.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Received by Washington State University Libraries from Loran Olsen, WSU Music Department, in 1990 (MS.1994.35).

Existence and Location of Copies note

Most of the recordings in this collection can be found in The Nez Perce Music Archive.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Jim Morris Estate Indian Music Recordings Collection, circa 1965-1979 (MS.1994.33)

Sam Morris Nez Perce Music Recordings Collection, circa 1897-1912 (MS.1994.34)

Nez Perce Music Collection Fieldwork Materials, 1988-1995 (Cage 636)

Loran Olsen Papers, 1960-1993 (Cage 658)

Loran Olsen Papers, circa 1958-2009 (MSSM.054. Multiple accessions: MS.2010.29, MS.2011.16, MS.2011.18, MS.2015.05)

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Indians of North America -- Northwest, Pacific -- Music
  • Indians of North America -- Northwest, Pacific -- Songs and music
  • Nez Percé Indians -- Music.

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