UW Ethnomusicology Archives video recordings: Blues Videos (from UW films), 1968-1978

Overview of the Collection

University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives video recordings: Blues Videos (from UW films)
1968-1978 (inclusive)
19 items  :  Dubs (Tapes 1-9) - 9 vcts (VHS, sp, b&w and color); Masters (Tapes 10-19) - 10 vcts (Betacam SP, b&w and color); WD - 1 DVD (96-18.1 WD); Duration: 10:00:00; also see film log, 1996 film inventory, and collections listed in 'Related Materials' section of this finding aid for original film and audio recordings.
Collection Number
Mainly recorded in the University of Washington Music Building by Robert Garfias; see additional materials and notes for details regarding each recording session.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Access to original items is restricted. Digital access files available by request.


Historical 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

Telecine copies of the Blues/American music film and audio series created by Robert Garfias in the 1960s-70s. Contains Betacam SP NTSC masters and VHS NTSC screening cassettes. (See Related Materials).

Each Betacam sp "master" has a corresponding VHS copy (except 96-18.19); in the archives the VHS copies are numbered 96-18.1 through 96-18.10; the Betacam masters are numbered 96-18.11 through 96-18.19. In addition to VHS dubs and Beta masters, the archives also has original audio tapes and film footage in various manifestations.

Logsheets for VHS dubs reference audio originals by archive nos.; archive sheets for audio originals reference films by film & field nos.; also see film inventory (arranged by film no.) for detailed information about various manifestations of each film.

Contents: 96-18.1 (VHS) Furry Lewis (N5/68-20, N5/68-22); John Lee Hooker (N5/70-15); Robert "Pete" Williams (N5/70-16)

96-18.2 (VHS) Johnny Shines (N5/70-17); Elizabeth Cotten (N5/78-8); Son House (N5/68-16, N5/69-7)

96-18.3 (VHS) Bukka White (N5/68-19 (sound runs out during third song), N5/68-21, N5/67-12 (no audio)); Sons & Daughters of Zion 9 (N5/76-4); John Jackson (N5/76-4)

96-18.4 (VHS) Mance Lipscomb (N5/68-15); Sonny Terry & Brownie Mcghee (N5/70-14)

96-18.5 (VHS) Jesse Fuller (N5/68-18)

96-18.6 (VHS) Roscoe Holcomb (NK1/72-11); Kilby Snow (NK1/70-9)

96-18.7 (VHS) Kilby Snow (sound only, no picture) (NK1/70-9)

96-18.8 (VHS) Rev. Gary Davis (N5/67-11)

96-18.9 (VHS) Rev. Gary Davis (N5/67-11)

96-18.10 (Beta) same program as 96-18.1; 96-18.11 (Beta) same program as 96-18.2; 96-18.12 (Beta) same program as 96-18.3; 96-18.13 (Beta) same program as 96-18.4; 96-18.14 (Beta) same program as 96-18.5; 96-18.15 (Beta) same program as 96-18.6; 96-18.16 (Beta) same program as 96-18.7; 96-18.17 (Beta) same program as 96-18.8; 96-18.18 (Beta) same program as 96-18.9; 96-18.19 (Beta) improved version of Mance Lipscomb portion of 96-18.13 (Beta) & 96-18.4 (VHS).

All Beta tapes digitized in 2021 - digital proxy files available by request.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Custodial History

Copies were produced for Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop by Bear Television from original 16mm film reels and original audio tapes loaned by UW Ethnomusicology Archives in 1994 - 1995; copies to UW Ethnomusicology Archives in 1995. (Stefan Grossman offered this service so that he could view our footage for possible future licensing.)

Related Materials

For original film and audio recordings see related collections (Title: Collection Number):

  • Robert Garfias film recordings: Elizabeth Cotten, 1978: 1978008
  • UW Ethnomusicology Archives recordings: Furry Lewis/Guitar, Vocals 001, 1968: 1968020
  • UW Ethnomusicology Archives recordings: Furry Lewis/Guitar, Vocals 002, 1968: 1968022
  • UW Ethnomusicology Archives recordings: John Lee Hooker/Electric Guitar, 1970-02-14: 1970015
  • Robert Garfias recordings: Robert "Pete" Williams/guitar, 1970-04-19: 1970016
  • UW Ethnomusicology Archives recordings: Johnny Shines/Guitar and Vocals, 1970-11: 1970017
  • Robert Garfias recordings: Son House/guitar, 1968-03-18: 1968016
  • UW Ethnomusicology Archives recordings: Booker White/Guitar, 1967-08-12: 1967012
  • Robert Garfias recordings: Mance Lipscomb/guitar, 1968-02-05: 1968015
  • UW Ethnomusicology Archives session recordings: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, 1970-03-20: 1970014
  • Robert Garfias recordings: Jesse Fuller/fotdella, 1968-04-15: 1968018
  • UW Ethnomusicology Archives: Roscoe Holcomb/Banjo, Guitar, 1972-04-14: 1972011
  • UW Ethnomusicology Archives recordings: Kilby Snow/Autoharp, 1970: 1970009
  • Rev. Gary Davis/Guitar, Vocals Recordings, 1967-07-08: 1967011

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African Americans--North America--Regional and Ethnic Cultures
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

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

Form or Genre Terms

  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Cotten, Elizabeth (performer)
    • Davis, Gary, 1896-1972 (performer)
    • Fuller, Jesse (performer)
    • Holcomb, Roscoe (performer)
    • Hooker, John Lee (performer)
    • House, Son, 1902-1988 (performer)
    • Jackson, John (performer)
    • Lewis, Furry, 1893-1981 (performer)
    • Lipscomb, Mance, 1895-1976 (performer)
    • McGhee, Brownie, 1915-1996 (performer)
    • Shines, Johnny (performer)
    • Snow, Kilby, 1905-1980 (performer)
    • Terry, Sonny (performer)
    • White, Booker (performer)
    • Williams, Robert Pete, 1914-1980 (performer)
    Corporate Names
    • Sons And Daughters Of Zion Nine (performer)