Robert Garfias recordings: Mance Lipscomb/guitar, 1968-02-05

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Robert Garfias recordings: Mance Lipscomb/guitar
8 items  :  5 film reels (16mm, color, sound); 2 sound reels (15 ips, full-track, 7"); 1 DVD
Collection Number
Country blues performance by American blues singer and guitarist Mance Lipscomb, recorded at the University of Washington, School of Music on 1968-02-05. Part of the broader group of films recorded by Robert Garfias.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Access to original materials is restricted. Viewing copies of materials exist.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Country blues: Mance Lipscomb/guitar and vocals.

Recorded by Robert Garfias, Dan Grinstead, and Byong Won Lee with Nagra III, Arriflex 16mm (filmed in color)


68-15.1 (S17) - S414: Troubling Mind; Cap'n Cap'n, What Time Will It Be?; Night Time Is the Right Time; Alabama Jubilee;

68-15.2 (S18) - S415: Motherless Children; Run, Sinner, Run; Titanic; Red River.

Preservation and viewing copies of the films were produced in 2022 via a National Film Preservation Foundation Basic Preservation grant.

Access copies of films can be viewed either through the viewing DVD contained in this collection or via the 'Archival Jukebox' viewing station in the Libraries.

For additional information of film originals, prints, etc., see 1996 film inventory.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Audio tapesReturn to Top

2 audiotapes
Description Dates
1 audiotape (original) : Audio Reel; Tracks: 4
1 audiotape (original) : Audio Reel; Tracks: 4

FilmsReturn to Top

5 films
Description Dates
1 film reel, 16mm, color : Camera original
1 film reel, 16mm, color : Camera original
Mance Lipscomb Color Sound Answer Print
1 film reel, 16mm, color
Mance Lipscomb Film Out Color Negative
1 film reel, 16mm, color negative
Mance Lipscomb Negative Optical Track
1 film reel, 16mm

DVD Access copyReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African Americans--North America--Regional and Ethnic Cultures
  • Blues (Music)
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Guitar
  • Vocal
  • country blues--blues

Geographical Names

  • North America
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • United States

Form or Genre Terms

  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Lipscomb, Mance, 1895-1976 (performer)
    Corporate Names
    • Music Building (Seattle, Wash.) (event place)