Digitizing And Preservation Project
We have the great good fortune of getting a 2007 Archiving and Preservation Grant from the GRAMMY Foundation for digitizing tapes from the Lou Curtiss Sound Library. Starting with performances from the early San Diego Folk Festivals and related concerts, we hope to preserve a historically important record of American Roots Music – especially as it lived and grew in San Diego in the years of the early 1960s through the late 1970s.
This grant will help us get started by preserving 400 of the earliest tapes in the collection. But there are many hundreds more that are in urgent need of preservation. If you have an interest and ability, we have many needs that you could help with, including donations of expertise, equipment and supplies. If you would like more information about how you could help out with this project, please drop Lou a note.
We are currently working with the Library of Congress, Center for American Folklife and the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive. The recordings are mostly on 1/4 inch reel-to-reel tapes, and are the only recordings in existance of San Diego performances by the likes of:
Big Joe Williams
Boys of the Lough
Cliff Carlisle & Wilbur Ball
Dave Page & The Samsa Gael Caeli Band
Ed Lowe & Tom Sauber
Kirk McGee & Blyth Poteet
Lily Mae Ledford
Ray & Ina Patterson
Reverend Gary Davis
The Balfa Brothers
U. Utah Phillips
Other performers that are represented in the collection include Bob Stewart, Cousin Emmy, The Sweets Mill Mountain Boys, Johnny Bond, Vern & Ray, Olabelle Reed, Nimrod Workman, George Tucker, Kyle Creed, The Golden Eagles (New Orleans Indians), The Wright Brothers Gospel Quartet, The Como Mississippi Fife & Drum Band, Model T Slim, Santiago Jimenez, Los Madrugadores, The England Bros., Bill Staines, The Hoosier Hot Shots, Blind Joe Hill, Thomas Shaw, Ervin “Big Daddy” Rucker, Pop Wagner, Jim Ringer, Otis Pierce, Silly Wizard, Dave Surman, Stan Hugill, Louis Killen, Texas Lil, Byron Berline, D.L. Menard, Martin, Bogen & Armstrong, John Jackson, Bonnie Jefferson, Fro Brigham, Robert Jeffery, Bob Bovee & Gail Heil, Sister Helen Sanders.