Robert Garfias film recordings: Elizabeth Cotten, 1978

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Robert Garfias film recordings: Elizabeth Cotten
9 items  :  3 film reels (16mm, color, black and white, sound, silent); OT - 3 reels (7.5 ips, 2 tr. stereo, 7"); 3 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 1:49:28; also see film log and doc file for NK1 United States/96-18.
Collection Number
Performance by American blues and folk musician, Elizabeth Cotten, recorded at Fiddler's Roundhouse, Seattle, 2/12/78.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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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

Elizabeth Cotten/vocals, banjo, guitar

Filmed in color.

"American blues" (original archive sheet note) recorded by Gary Margason with "Nagra IV-S, Ampex 407 tape, 2 omni Neumann mics, first crystal sync job with Nagra and Arriflex."

Contents: Washington Blues, Freight Train, That's Why I'm Goin' Away, Jumpin' Jack, Shake Sugaree, [instrumental], Jesse James Was a Man, Here Rattler, O Georgia Book, 'bastopol, [intermission], Spanish Fandang, When I Get Home, Walkin' to Jersusalem Just Like John, Who Will Come and Go With Me?, O Baby It Ain't a Lie, Graduation March, Honey Babe Your Papa Cares for You, Outlaw Blues, Take Me Back to Baltimore [first part missing], Gas Light Blues, Sweet Bye & Bye, Going Down the Road, New Year's Eve Song.

For video versions of films (6 of songs listed above) see - NK1 United States/96-18.2 (VHS); NK1 United States/96-18.11 (Betacam)

For description of film originals, prints, etc., See 1996 film inventory.

Oxide shed on original tapes noted and tapes baked 2/93; baked again 3/2016.

Audio tapes digitized 3/2016 (WAV, 48 khz, 24-bit) - 78-8.1.wav (40:09), 78-8.2.wav (44:29), 78-8.3.wav (24:50)

Documentation: Hand-written log (incomplete)

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

FilmsReturn to Top

3 films
Description Dates
Elizabeth Cotten orig. (S120-121?)
1 film reel, 16mm, color, sound : Camera Original
Elizabeth Cotten BW WP (S120-121 ?)
1 film reel, 16mm, B+W : Work Print
Elizabeth Cotten 1+2 Mag P S120-121
1 film reel, 16mm, sound : Magnetic Sound

1978008-0001, 1978-02-12Return to Top

1 audiotape : DAT; Tracks: 5

1978008-0002, 1978-02-12Return to Top

1 audiotape : DAT; Tracks: 12

1978008-0003, 1978-02-12Return to Top

1 audiotape : DAT; Tracks: 5

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African Americans--North America--Regional and Ethnic Cultures
  • Banjo music
  • Blues (Music)
  • Concerts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Folk music
  • Folk music, American
  • Guitar
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • Vocal

Geographical Names

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

Form or Genre Terms

  • Sound recordings
  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Cotten, Elizabeth (performer)