Research Grant Recipients (ARSC Grants Committee)
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Grants Program is designed to encourage and support scholarship and publication by individuals in the field of sound recordings or audio preservation.
Jonathan Henderson, Duke University
A grant of $1000 for travel to Paris, France to study recordings of Mande music at the National Audiovisual Institute, for his dissertation on globalization in the music industry and its influence on traditional music practices.
Sheryl Kaskowitz, Independent Scholar
A grant of $1000 for travel to the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center to consult the field recordings made by Margaret Valiant, for a book-length study. Valiant was one of the “government song women” who collected songs for the Music Unit of the Resettlement Administration during the New Deal.
Austin McCabe Juhnke, Ohio State University
A grant of $500 toward travel to Mennonite archives in Indiana and Kansas to study cultural diversity in recordings of Mennonite music performances, for a book-length study of multicultural change within the denomination.
Bill McClung, Independent Discographer
A grant of $500 for travel to Paris, Texas, to compile information on the Swing Record Manufacturing Company. Swing was one of the first record pressing companies in Texas and a primary manufacturer of “party records.” The projected outcome for the project includes publication of an article and a reissue package.
Daniel Margolies, Virginia Wesleyan University
A grant of $600 for travel to archives in Texas to research the recorded and sonic legacies of bands that performed in immigrant dance halls and how they relate to the immigrant experience in Texas.
Alison Martin, Indiana University
A grant of $600 for travel to Washington DC to compile a discography of go-go music, a funk-derived genre of popular music specific to the African-American population in Washington DC. This project, which involves oral history and work with collectors, is part of her dissertation exploring the intersection of gentrification, race and music.
Brian Oberlander, Northwestern University
A grant of $900 for travel within Morocco to compile a discography of Judeo-Moroccan recordings of al-ala music, in order to document the multi-layered ethnic contributions to Andalusian classical music.
Elodie Roy, University of Glasgow, Scotland
A grant of $900 for travel to several record company archives in the UK. Roy is writing a monograph on the technical, social and cultural history of shellac in the recording industry.
Terri Brinegar, University of Florida
A grant of $750 to Terri Brinegar, University of Florida, for travel to Philadelphia to interview the remaining family member of Rev. A. W. Nix, and to inspect archives at his church, for a study of his commercially-recorded sermons.
Red Kelly, Independent Discographer
A grant of $750 to independent discographer Red Kelly, for travel to interview session musicians for his ongoing web biodiscography of guitarist Reggie Young.
Jocelyn Moon, University of Washington
A grant of $750 to Jocelyn Moon, University of Washington, for travel to the International Library of African Music in Grahamstown, South Africa, where she will compile a discography of field recordings of matepe mbira music of Zimbabwe and Mozambique recorded by Hugh and Andrew Tracey, with a view to repatriation through the ILAM website and her own blog.
Steve Smolian, Independent Researcher
A grant of $750 to independent researcher Steve Smolian for travel to consult the papers of Eldridge R. Johnson at the University of Wyoming, as a part of his ongoing project on change in the recording industry.
Ian Eagleson, ethnomusicologist and independent scholar
A grant of $1000 to Ian Eagleson, ethnomusicologist and independent scholar, for travel to study the recording industry in Kenya:
Filip Sir, Moravian Library in Prague, Czech Republic
A grant of $1000 to Filip Sir, librarian and sound specialist at the Moravian Library in Prague, Czech Republic, for travel to US repositories to collect information on recordings made for Czech immigrants to the United States:
Matt Swiatlowski, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
A grant of $1000 to Matt Swiatlowski, doctoral student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:
Craig Eley, Wisconsin Public Radio
A grant of $1000 to fund archival research at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Cornell University, the archives at the American Museum of Natural History, and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution, for a book project, tentatively titled Field Noise: Sound, Nature, and Technology in the Twentieth Century:
Brian Lefresne, University of Guelph
A grant of $325 for airfare to Chicago to consult Sun Ra recordings at the Creative Audio Archive:
Byrd McDaniel, Brown University
A grant of $875 for travel to the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University to conduct research on sound recordings related to musical pantomime in the early 20th Century in the United States:
Amanda Minks, University of Oklahoma
A grant of $800 for travel to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to conduct research for her book project, Hearing Heritage: Music, Statecraft, and International Organizations in the Americas: In the 1940s, the Library of Congress collaborated with international organizations such as the Inter-American Indian Institute and the Pan-American Union to increase collections of music recordings from Latin American countries, often in tandem with politically motivated cultural diplomacy. This built on earlier efforts to expand what counted as American music and to preserve it through collections of recordings that symbolized regional, national, or universal culture. Minks will review collections of recordings and documents in the Archive of Folk Culture and the Music Division of the Library of Congress to advance her inquiries into the use of music, technology, and sound in the networks and negotiations of national and international cultural policy.
Josh Garrett-Davis, Princeton University
A grant of $900 for travel to Bloomington, Indiana and Oklahoma City to carry out research for his doctoral dissertation "Resounding: American Indians and Audio Technology, 1890-1969." He will consult various collections of ethnographic recordings in the Archive of Traditional Music at Indiana University, and travel to the Western History Collections of Oklahoma University to research a radio program from 1941, Indians for Indians, preserved on sixteen-inch transcription discs.
Jeff McMillan, American Bach Soloists, San Francisco
A grant of $600 for travel to the Metropolitan Opera archives to research performers who recorded for Edison, for McMillan's project "Discovering Edison's Grand Opera series, 1905-1907." The project will show how newfound discographical details enhance understanding of Edison's first Grand Opera series and how Edison and the recordings themselves contributed to the growth of recorded opera in America.
Daniel Margolies, Virginia Wesleyan College
A grant of $500 for travel to the Arhoolie Archives at UCLA to conduct research on Texas conjunto recordings and the record companies that made them, for a projected history and discography. Margolies will also travel to San Antonio, Texas, a center of production for conjunto recordings, to consult the files of extant record companies. The project will result in a discography as well as socio-historical analysis.
Evelyn Osborne, Memorial University of Newfoundland
A grant of $1000 for travel to New York University to study the recordings of the McNulty Family and their influence on Newfoundland traditional music. The traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador is often characterized as historically and culturally Irish. Yet it is recordings which have been the primary catalyst in this assumption. In the mid-20th century Irish-American vaudevillians, the McNulty Family, were regularly broadcast on Newfoundland radio for thirty years by J. M. Devine and the Big 6 clothing store. My research has revealed that Devine’s stock list of McNulty recording played a significant role in the development of an Irish-Newfoundland musical identity. In 2010 and 2011, I was able to examine the newly deposited McNulty Family Papers at the Archives of Irish America (AIA) at New York University. With the aid of ARSC, I look forward to returning to the AIA to study the recorded collection and further understand the relationship between the McNultys’ recorded repertoire and the development of an Irish-Newfoundland musical aesthetic and identity.
Parker Fishel, University of Texas School of Information
A grant of $700 to support travel to Massachusetts and Connecticut to pursue his project “Georgia Griot: A Bio-Discography of Marion Brown.” Marion Brown was an alto-saxophonist who emerged in the mid-1960s as part of the larger creative ferment of “free jazz” in New York City. From beginnings as a sideman to John Coltrane and Archie Shepp, Brown quickly emerged as a leader in his own right, recording a series of important albums in the 1970s. Grant funding from ARSC will fund travel to investigate an under-documented period in the late 1970s and 1980s when Brown was participating in the local musical communities of Northampton, Massachusetts and Hartford, to interview Brown’s collaborators, friends, and colleagues, and perhaps to uncover new unissued recordings; follow up on leads regarding small pressing releases made for local distribution; and clarify information pertaining to Sweet Earth Records, the label Brown founded and ran out of Northampton.
Christa Anne Bentley, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
A grant of $300 to support travel to conduct research in the archives of A&M Records at UCLA, for a dissertation on the role of the recording industry in the singer-songwriter movement, centering on women singer-songwriters and analyzing the singer-songwriter movement within gendered discourse of the music industry and the broader cultural implications of second-wave feminism. The archives of A&M Records include business papers, correspondence, and sound recordings valuable for understanding how the singer-songwriter movement crystallized as a style from the perspective of the music industry.
Meghan Forsyth, Memorial University of Newfoundland
A grant of $1000 to assist in funding travel and lodging to Moncton, New Brunswick and the Magdalen Islands to study important sources, including recordings of musicians of older generations and historical information and to interview culture-bearers. Local recording artists and engineers, and arts administrators for her project on the impact of sound recordings on Acadian music traditions of les Iles-de-la-Madeleine.
Jane K. Mathieu, University of Texas, at Austin
A grant of $1000 to help in funding travel and lodging to New York City and Washington, D.C. for her project: "'Over There' Over Here: performing the American Home-Front during World War I", which will contribute to her dissertation in Historical Musicology on the topic of redefining Tin Pan Alley in relation to American collective identity, 1890-1920.
A grant of $500 to assist in funding travel for the final phase of research towards a book publication, website, and addition of newly discovered audio files to the Caffé Lena Collection in the Archive of Folk Culture – Caffé Lena being the oldest continuously running folk music coffeehouse and important in the 20th-century folk revival.
A grant of $1000 to assist in funding travel, lodging, and food expenses for research on his project to catalogue, edit, and annotate several hours of unique recordings of Jola music made by J. David Sapir in West Africa between 1960 and 1970, with the eventual preparation of articles and a book and a plan to publish selected recordings in a multi-media release.
A grant of $500 to assist in funding preparation of the index for her book: Chasing Sound: Technology, Culture, and the Art of Studio Recording in America, the first history of the recording industry from the perspective of the technical and creative teams, which is under contract to Johns Hopkins University Press.
Ian R. MacMillen
A grant of $667 to assist in funding costs of travel to Zagreb, Croatia to conduct interviews and research for his project: An historical and ethnographic study of the transnational impact of Tambura music recordings from Croatia, 1989 - 2010: transition in Croatia's sound recording industry after communism and the 1990's Balkan conflicts.
A grant of $667 to assist with travel, copying, and printing costs for her project to produce a discography of Arkansas fiddle music: archival, self-produced, and commercial recordings 1920's through 2010, including individual and groups in which the fiddle is a lead instrument.
The Reverend Jerome F. Weber
A grant of $667 to help underwrite the creation of a web site that will make a relational database available in searchable form as an extension of the applicant's A Gregorian Chant Discography, published in 1990 with the help of an ARSC grant.
A grant of $500 to assist in funding travel, written transcription, and editing in continuing research on the Recorded American Folksong Revival movement through gaining information from Professor John Nazarenko about his recordings of Caffé Lena performances.
A grant of $1000 to assist in funding travel expenses for a trip to India to interview musicians and to visit sound and print archives, following up on his thesis on the subject of Hindustani music and its recorded dimension.
A grant of $1000 to assist in funding travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a trip to Berea College to study materials in the John Lair Collection and related holdings of materials on rural radio and Appalachian music and performers, in order to produce an article for publication and to form a basis to seek a research fellowship.
A grant of $1000 to assist in funding travel and lodging expenses for research into the history and impact of County and Heritage records: the old-time music of Surry County, North Carolina, the area famous for producing the "Round Peak" style and repertory.
A grant of $1000 to assist in funding travel and lodging expenses for research on her doctoral dissertation: to examine how freeform radio has fostered the construction of indie music communities in the United States, based on research on KPFA-FM, Berkeley, CA at the Pacifica Radio Archives.
A grant of $1000, to help support his trip to Israel to study the important holdings of the Kol Yisrael (Voice of Israel) broadcast service for his project to assemble and publish a comprehensive database of Sephardic recordings, in conjunction with the Jewish Music Research Centre at Hebrew University.
Robert E. Hunter
A grant of $1000, to help support travel and documentary costs for research on recorded programs at the National Archives, College Park, MD for his doctoral dissertation in History at the University of Illinois at Chicago : "Fingers on the Button: American atomic policy in mainstream film, radio, and television, 1945 - 1960."
Kevin Mungons, Director of the American Gospel Music Archive
A grant of $500, to support travel and lodging expenses from Iowa to North Carolina to perform research for a discography of the gospel singer George Beverly Shea while Mr. Shea is still alive and active enough to assist.
Dr. Risto Pekka Pannanen, Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
A grant of $500, to help with travel and lodging (Novi Sad and Belgrade) for his research project: "Recording activity, musicians, and marketing before the First World War in Bosnia, Vojvodina, and Serbia."
A grant of $1000, to assist in the study of interviews and recordings of performances of Lahka Khan Manganiar as a Manganiar caset musician and a Sindhi Sarangi player: his repertoire, musical learning processes, the intricacies of the raga and song systems, and the transmission of Manganiar musical knowledge and traditions.
A grant of $1000, to help in research for Volume 2 of the biography and discography: "Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music", including a complete study of the recordings Whiteman made for Victor 1931 - 1942.
A grant of $1000, to assist her analysis of long-playing record albums in a study of the relationship between the harpsichord's sound & image and pop music in postwar popular culture.
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