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|Size||324 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 47,962 items)|
|Abstract||The collection of Norm Cohen (1936-), folklorist, author, and former executive secretary of the John Edwards Memorial Foundation, contains an extensive library of books and serials about country, folk, bluegrass, and blues music; commercial recordings on compact disc and 78 rpm and 45 rpm discs; and research files and project files for his work on early country and folk music, especially the railroad in American song and "ethnic music." Research files contain field notes, discographies and bibliographies, newspaper clippings, reprints of articles, tape logs of interviews with old time musicians, record catalogs, programs for folklore conferences and music festivals, noncommercial audio recordings, photographs, and correspondence with publishers and with folklorists including Willie Smyth and Archie Green. Other materials include drafts of Cohen's writings and documents related to the John Edwards Memorial Foundation, particularly the organization's record reissues and its journal, JEMF Quarterly. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.|
|Creator||Cohen, Norm, 1936-|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.|
Norm Cohen (1936-) originally of New York, N.Y., is a physical chemist, folklorist and author. He worked for the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, Calif., for several decades beginning in 1963. Considered a leading authority on early country music and the railroad in American folk music, Cohen is the author of Long Steel Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong; Folk Music: A Regional Exploration; and Ethnic and Border Music: A Regional Exploration. He served as the executive secretary of the John Edwards Memorial Foundation (JEMF) and between 1965 and 1988 as the editor of the JEMF Quarterly.Back to Top
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