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Title Songquest : the journals of Great Lakes folklorist Ivan H. Walton / edited by Joe Grimm ; introduction by Laurie Kay Sommers.
Publication Info. Detroit Wayne State University Press 2018

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Note The publication of this volume in a freely accessible digital format has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation through their Humanities Open Book Program.
54 black and white illustrations
Joe Grimm is editor of Windjammers: Songs of the Great Lakes Sailors and of Michigan Voices: Our Staté⁰₉s History in the Words of the People Who Lived It.
Summary Ivan H. Walton was a pioneering folklorist who collected the songs and stories of aging sailors living along the shores of the Great Lakes in the 1930s. His collection is unique in the annals of Great Lakes folklore. It began as a search for songs but broadened into a collection of weather signs, shipboard beliefs, greenhorn tales, and stories of the intense rivalry between sailors and the steamboat men who replaced them. Edited by Joe Grimm, Songquest: The Journals of Great Lakes Folklorist Ivan H. Walton is a selection from the daily journals Walton wrote during his travels as a folklore collector. It is clear that Walton, a professor of English at the University of Michigan, both admired the sailors of the Great Lakes for what they had done during their working years and worried about them as they entered the twilight of their lives. Walton went beyond the songs he set out to find and captured the pitch and roll of the Great Lakes alive with white-winged schooners. His writings provide a clear picture of the colorful individuals he met and interviewed́⁰₄captains, cabin boys, tugmen, chandlers, boardinghouse owners, dredgers, and light keepers. Walton also documented the methods he used and recorded his personal thoughts about his nomadic life and the events going on around him during the 1930s, including the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt́⁰₉s election, and the end of Prohibition.
Subject Walton, Ivan.
Sea songs -- Great Lakes -- History and criticism.
Folk music -- Great Lakes -- History and criticism.
Added Author Walton, Ivan author
Grimm, Joe editor
Added Title Wayne State University Libraries Digital Collections
Related To Reproduction of (manifestation): Songquest :the journals of Great Lakes folklorist Ivan H. Walton. Detroit :Wayne State University Press, c2005. 081433234X (OCoLC)56614383
ISBN 0814344607
9780814344606
OCLC # 1014125129
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