Discarded library song books

The library where I work is gutting its book collection and discarding tons of valuable old books. I’ve been sneaking back to the storage area where the discards are taken and snapping up all kinds of stuff of interest to me.

Subject: Discarded library song books

From: Sally Burnell
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2012 00:01:04 -0400
To: “ballad-l@iulist.indiana.edu”
The library where I work is gutting its book collection and discarding tons of valuable old books. I’ve been sneaking back to the storage area where the discards are taken and snapping up all kinds of stuff of interest to me, including old song books that will be valuable source material for learning new – old – songs. Among the finds I made are the following titles:

Folk Songs in South Carolina by Charles W. Joyner, University of SC Press, 1971
Southern War Songs, collected and arranged by W.L. Fagan, M.T. Richardson Company, 1892
Folk Songs of the South, collected under the auspices of the West Virginia Folk-Lore Society and edited by John Harrington Cox, Folklore Associates, Inc., 1963
Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands by Lydia Parrish, Folklore Associates, Inc., 1965
The library’s loss is my gain. And those are just the first batch of what I have brought home so far. There are more under my desk at work in a stack that I need to bag up and bring home.
Some of the songs in these books have only lyrics and no melodies but I assume that maybe I might be able to find some field recordings at the Library of Congress web site.
Cool finds! Can’t believe what my library is getting rid of, but the seem to think that hard copy books are on their way out, to be replaced with e-books. Trouble is, books like these have not been digitized, so hard copies are still valued and treasured by researchers like me who still remember how to do good old fashioned book research.
But anymore, the lion’s share of our patrons only come through the door to use computers for e-auction sites, pornography or watching YouTube videos. Sadly, nobody reads anymore, so our books are soon to be a thing of the past.
My guess is that most of the old valuable books will get snapped up by book dealers and eBay dealers. So keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks. What I don’t have space to drag home will probably start appearing online in various places.
But if the ever pitch our copy of Cecil Sharp……dibs! Mine! I want a copy of that book in the worst way!

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