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Collection Number: 20379

Collection Title: Gene Bluestein Collection, 1955-2002

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Size 145 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Gene Bluestein was an English professor, musician, folklorist, and social activist. Influenced by the folk music revival, he taught himself to play banjo, performed as a musician, and provided educational programs on folklore and folk music in his classroom, on the stage, and on television. For most of his career, he taught English at California State University, Fresno, where he started and facilitated the Folk Artist in Residence Program. In 1974, while on sabbatical in France, he formed a folk music band with his four children called the Bluestein Family, which performed for over 20 years. The collection consists primarily of materials relating to the folklore and performing career of Gene Bluestein. Included are field recordings made by Bluestein, Bluestein's educational programs on folk music, recordings of performances by Bluestein and the Bluestein Family, and recordings of other performers. The field recordings are mostly from Bluestein's doctoral research on Appalachian folk music and narrative and feature Cal Owens, Billy Edd Wheeler, Anna Barnett, Buell Kazee, and Fiddlin' Bill Jones, as well as Moses Asch, the founder of Folkways Records. The educational programs on American folk music include lectures, performances, interviews, and television programs. Recordings of the Bluestein Family include solo recordings by family members and in other groups. There are also recordings of a number of other folk musicians in performance, including Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, featuring Tommy Jarrell, Blanton Owen, Mike Seeger, Dennis McGee, Sady Courville, and Marc Savoy, and participants in the Folk Artist in Residence Program that Bluestein started at California State University, Fresno, including the Balfa Brothers, Bessie Jones, Kenny Hall, Richard Hagopian, Lydia Mendoza, and Jean Ritchie. Other items include recordings of Pete Seeger in concert, 1956 and 1957, and a 1969 benefit concert for playwright and social activist Marvin X (also known as Marvin Jackmon and El Muhajir) by the Fresno Folksong and Poetry Quartet (Gene Bluestein, Philip Levine, Robert Mezey, and Peter Everwine).
Creator Bluestein, Gene, 1928- .
Language English.
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[Identification of item], in the Gene Bluestein Collection #20379, Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Ellie Bluestein in June 2003 (Acc. 99523) and from Evo Bluestein in June 2003 (Acc. 99553), July 2003 (Acc. 99569), and August 2003 (Acc. 99593).
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Gene Bluestein was an English professor, musician, folklorist, and social activist. He was born 1 May 1928 to Masha and Jack Bluestein, recent immigrants from Bessarabia (now Moldova), at that time part of Romania. He received his B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Brooklyn College in 1950, his M.A. in English Literature from the University of Minnesota in 1952, and his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1960. With his wife, Ellie, he had four children, Joel, Evo, Jemmy, and Frayda.

Bluestein was introduced to folk music while at college. After seeing Pete Seeger perform, he taught himself to play the banjo and later played the guitar, steel drum, dulcimer, and other instruments. As part of his doctoral work, Bluestein collected folk music in Kentucky and rediscovered Buell Kazee, a legendary banjo player and recording artist of the 1930s. His Kazee recordings were later released on Folkways Records. Bluestein recorded two solo albums in the 1950s, Songs of the North Star State (an album of Minnesota songs) and Songs of the Holidays (an album of Jewish songs). In 1959, he taught at Michigan State University and formed the Bamboushay Steel Band with several West Indian students. From the outset of his teaching career, Bluestein integrated folk music and folklore into his literature classes.

In 1963, Bluestein joined the English faculty at Fresno State College (now California State University, Fresno). In the 1960s and 1970s, the English Department was a political hotbed. Bluestein and his colleagues supported the students during times of controversy over academic control, freedom of speech, and antiwar and civil rights protests. Bluestein assisted in establishing a Black Studies program, helping to bring playwright and social activist Marvin X (also known as Marvin Jackmon and El Muhajir) to campus to teach. He also participated in a benefit concert for Marvin X when he was fired along with many other instructors in an attempt to re-assert political control over the campus radicals. Bluestein helped found the Fresno Folklore Society and was instrumental in starting and facilitating a semester-long Folk Artist in Residence Program at California State University, Fresno. With the assistance of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the program brought in artists such as Jean Ritchie, Mike Seeger, Kenny Hall, Dewey Balfa, Bessie Jones, Lydia Mendoza, and Richard Hagopian to teach classes in their specialties and perform in the local schools.

In 1974, while on sabbatical in France, Bluestein formed a folk music band with his four children, Joel, Evo, Jemmy, and Frayda. Known as Les Bluesteins, the family first performed together in public in Paris. After returning to the United States, they continued to perform as the Bluestein Family. They recorded six albums together and toured Japan, China, Israel, Finland, and the United States. Even after the children had grown and mostly moved away, they continued to perform together at annual reunion concerts in California

Gene Bluestein retired from California State University, Fresno, in 1992. He was professor emeritus until his death at 74 on 21 August 2002.

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The collection consists primarily of materials relating to the folklore and performing career of Gene Bluestein, musician, folklorist, and social activist, and professor of English at California State University, Fresno. Included are field recordings made by Bluestein, educational programs on folk music by Bluestein, recordings of performances by Bluestein and the Bluestein Family, and recordings of other performers. The field recordings are mostly from Bluestein's doctoral research on Appalachian folk music and narrative and feature Cal Owens, Billy Edd Wheeler, Anna Barnett, Buell Kazee, and Fiddlin' Bill Jones, as well as Moses Asch, the founder of Folkways Records. The educational programs on American folk music include lectures, performances, interviews, and television programs. Recordings of the Bluestein Family include solo recordings by family members and in other groups. There are also recordings of a number of other folk musicians in performance, including Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, featuring Tommy Jarrell, Blanton Owen, Mike Seeger, Dennis McGee, Sady Courville, and Marc Savoy, and participants in the Folk Artist in Residence Program that Bluestein started at California State University, Fresno, including the Balfa Brothers, Bessie Jones, Kenny Hall, Richard Hagopian, Lydia Mendoza, and Jean Ritchie. Other items include recordings of Pete Seeger in concert, 1956 and 1957, and a 1969 benefit concert for playwright and social activist Marvin X (also known as Marvin Jackmon and El Muhajir) by the Fresno Folksong and Poetry Quartet (Gene Bluestein, Philip Levine, Robert Mezey, and Peter Everwine).

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated.

26 items.

Field recordings conducted by Gene Bluestein. Though many of the tapes are undated, they appear to primarily be from Bluestein's doctoral research on Appalachian folk music and narrative, which took place in the 1950s. The field recordings are primarily of Kentucky  musicians, storytellers, and preachers. Cal Owens, Billy Edd Wheeler, Anna Barnett, Buell Kazee, and Fiddlin' Bill Jones are featured. In addition, there are recordings of folk music in Minnesota, including Slovenian music, Native American music, blues, and gospel. There are also several interviews from the 1970s with Moses Asch, founder of Folkways Records. All field recordings were recorded on open reel tapes. Note that original field tapes titles have, for the most part, been retained.

FT-11450: Appalachian mixed [church] service in Middlesboro (whooping preacher). #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11451: Ony Aminer, Ky. Field Trip. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11452: Moses Asch interview, 13 June 1970. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11453: Moses Asch interview, 25 June 1970, Tape 1 of 2. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11454: Moses Asch interview, 25 June 1970, Tape 2 of 2. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11455: Mrs. Anna Barnett, Berea, Ky., age 62, 25 October 1955. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11456: Anna Barnett. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11457: Jack Tale. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11458: Fiddlin' Bill Jones, Frakes, Ky., 18 July 1957. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11459: Fiddlin' Bill Jones, BK Records Interview. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11460: Buell Kazee, Lexington, Ky., July 1957. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11461: Buell Kazee, Lexington, Ky., July 1957. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11462: Jack Tale, Cal and Gibson. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11463: The World of Cal Owens. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11464: Cal Owens, 23 July 1957. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11465: C. H. Owens, July 1957. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11466: Cal [Owens], John Smith, and Gibson, 19 July 1957. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11467: Native American, Brown Oak Grove, Red Bay, Minn. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11468: Red Lake (M). #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11469: Red Lake III, Chalie. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11470: Chalie, side one/Budapest-Debussy, Ravel, side two. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11471: Slovanian [Slovenian], Eveleth Kuntara. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11472: Stony Fork Train, GB Field Research. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11473: Thelma, Blues/Gospel, Minn. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11474: Billy Edd Wheeler and Rev. C. H. Owens, 25 October 1955. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

FT-11475: Billy Edd Wheeler, Berea, KY, 25 October 1955/Cal Owens, 1955-1957. #20379, Series: "1. Field Recordings, 1955-1957 and undated."

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15 items.

Throughout his career, Gene Bluestein combined his roles as educator and performer in a number of educational programs, which included lectures, performances by Bluestein and/or guest performers, and interviews of guest performers. Two serial programs were recorded by University television stations: The American Folksong aired on University of Minnesota Television in 1958 and Folk Sources in American Culture was taped at California State University, Fresno, in 1986. All of the programs are on American folk music.

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1 item.

While an instructor of English at the University of Minnesota, Gene Bluestein recorded a series of 13 television programs called The American Folksong with University of Minnesota Television. The series aired Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on KTCH-TV, channel 2, from 8 January to 2 April 1958. The collection includes only the study guide for the program written by Gene Bluestein.

Folder 1

Study Guide for The American Folksong. #20379, Subseries: "2.1. The American Folksong Television Series, 1958." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. On American Folk Poetry and Music Lecture, 1979.

1 item.

A video recording of a 45-minute lecture and demonstration by Gene Bluestein and his son, Evo Bluestein, from Jan Loring's class on 21 November 1979.

VT-20379/1: "On American Folk Poetry and Music," 1/2-inch CV. #20379, Subseries: "2.2. On American Folk Poetry and Music Lecture, 1979." Folder 1

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10 items.

Folk Sources in American Culture is a series of programs hosted by Gene Bluestein and taped at California State University, Fresno, in April 1986. The programs feature the Bluestein Family singing Black spiritual music, Richard Hagopian and folk music of Armenia, Lydia Mendoza and Mexican American folk music, Evo Bluestein on the history and significance of the fiddle in folk music, Nona Beamer and Hawaiian folk music, Jean Ritchie with folk songs in America, and Kenny Hall and his influence on traditional folk music. When the program was recorded, Jean Ritchie was a Resident Folk Artist at California State University, Fresno. The programs were recorded on Beta video. Some of the programs appear to be duplicates of differnt combinations of programs.

VT-20379/2: (#0750) Bluestein Family, Parts 1 and 2. #20379, Subseries: "2.3. Folk Sources in American Culture Television Series, 1986." Folder 1

VT-20379/3: (#0751) Richard Hagopian, Parts 1 and 2. #20379, Subseries: "2.3. Folk Sources in American Culture Television Series, 1986." Folder 1

VT-20379/4: (#0750/0751) Bluestein Family, Parts 1 and 2; Richard Hagopian, Parts 1 and 2. #20379, Subseries: "2.3. Folk Sources in American Culture Television Series, 1986." Folder 1

VT-20379/5: (#0752) Lydia Mendoza, Parts 1 and 2. #20379, Subseries: "2.3. Folk Sources in American Culture Television Series, 1986." Folder 1

VT-20379/6: (#0753) Evo and Gene Bluestein, Parts 1 and 2. #20379, Subseries: "2.3. Folk Sources in American Culture Television Series, 1986." Folder 1

VT-20379/7: (#0754) Nona Beamer, Parts 1 and 2. #20379, Subseries: "2.3. Folk Sources in American Culture Television Series, 1986." Folder 1

VT-20379/8: (#0752/0753/0754) Lydia Mendoza, Parts 1 and 2; Evo and Gene Bluestein, Parts 1 and 2; Nona Beamer, Parts 1 and 2. #20379, Subseries: "2.3. Folk Sources in American Culture Television Series, 1986." Folder 1

VT-20379/9: (#0755) Jean Ritchie, Parts 1 and 2. #20379, Subseries: "2.3. Folk Sources in American Culture Television Series, 1986." Folder 1

VT-20379/10: (#0756) Kenny Hall, Parts 1 and 2. #20379, Subseries: "2.3. Folk Sources in American Culture Television Series, 1986." Folder 1

VT-20379/11: (#0755/0756) Jean Ritchie, Parts 1 and 2; Kenny Hall, Parts 1 and 2. #20379, Subseries: "2.3. Folk Sources in American Culture Television Series, 1986." Folder 1

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1 item.

A lecture with musical performance by Gene Bluestein on the music of the American frontier, recorded on open reel audio tape.

FT-11478: "Frontier Music." #20379, Subseries: "2.5. Frontier Music Lecture." Folder 1

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58 items.

From his early days of teaching, Gene Bluestein combined singing and playing the banjo with his lectures. At home, he often played and sang with his four children, Joel, Evo, Jemmy, and Frayda. It was not until 1974, however, when the family was living in France during Bluestein's sabbatical there, that he formed a folk music band with his children. They first performed together in public in Paris and quickly became known as Les Bluesteins. They later recorded six albums together as the Bluestein Family and toured Japan, China, Israel, Finland, and the United States. Even after the children had grown and several had moved from the area, they continued to perform together at an Annual Reunion Concert (sometimes referred to as an Annual Farewell Reunion Concert) in California. This series encompasses performances by the Bluestein Family in concert; on commercially produced albums, CDs, and video; and at recording sessions. It also includes performances and recordings by members of the family individually, in smaller combinations, or in other groups. Occasionally the recordings include other performers, most notably Jean Ritchie.

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25 items.

The open reel recordings include the earliest recordings of the Bluestein Family and of individual family members. Of particular note is a recording of Gene Bluestein at Alview School in 1967 and one of a Les Bluesteins concert in France in the 1970s. The Bluestein Family Annual Reunion Concerts are represented with recordings from 1980, 1984, 1985, and 1986. There are several tapes of the Bluestein Family recording for a record, including an undated recording of California's a Garden of Eden, which is marked as "an early attempt at recording an LP," as well as appearances by the Bluestein Family and family members on radio station KVPR.

FT-11479: Gene Bluestein, Alview School, Madera Co., 26 January 1967. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11480: Les Bluesteins, Farewell concert, August 1970s #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11481: Gene in concert, October 1972. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11482: Gene, Joel, Evo, Jemmy Bluestein, November 1974. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11483: Bluestein Family (Gene, Evo, Jemmy, Frayda), Wild Blue Yonder, 22 August 1975, Tape 1 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11484: Bluestein Family concert, Wild Blue Yonder, 22 August 1975, Tape 2 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11485: Bluestein Family on KPFA, Berkeley, Calif., November 1975. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11486: Gene and Evo Bluestein, Brooklyn College, 1978, Tape 1 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11487: Gene and Evo Bluestein, Brooklyn College, 1978, Tape 2 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11488: Gene, Evo, Jemmy Bluestein, KVPR Radio, November 1978. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11489: Bluestein Family, 4th Farewell Reunion, 2 January 1980. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11490: Bluestein Family, Farewell Reunion, November 1984, Tape 1 of 3. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11491: Bluestein Family, Farewell Reunion, November 1984, Tape 2 of 3. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11492: Bluestein Family, Farewell Reunion, November 1984, Tape 3 of 3. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11493: Bluestein Family, concert, Fresno Metropolitan Museum, 2 June 1985. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11494: Bluestein Family, 9th Annual Farewell Reunion Concert, 8 May 1986. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11495: Bluestein Family, California's a Garden of Eden, Tape 1 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11496: Bluestein Family, California's a Garden of Eden, Tape 2 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11497: Bluestein Family, KVPR (record). #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11498: Bluestein Family, recording session. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11499: Gene Bluestein singing with children. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11500: Bluestein Family. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11501: Bluestein Family for a record #1. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11502: Bluestein Family for a record #2. #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11503: Gene Bluestein with Ed Stanford's Kids (dub of Sholem Aleichem on side 2). #20379, Subseries: "3.1. Open Reel Tapes, 1967-1986 and undated." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated.

19 items.

Cassette recordings of the Bluestein Family as well as of individual family members in performance. Evo and Jemmy Bluestein, in particular, performed as professional musicians outside of the family group. They performed together on Strange Affair (1988), a recording produced for commercial sale, and in concert at Alta Sierra in 1995. Evo Bluestein also made a few individual recordings as well, including one of an autoharp concert in the Mosenberg, Germany, Music Fest in 1993. The Bluestein Family Annual Reunion Concerts (sometimes referred to as Annual Farewell Reunion Concerts) are represented in recordings of the 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990 performances. The 1984 Reunion Concert is particularly noteworthy for the inclusion of Jean Ritchie. The Bluestein Family tour of China is represented in a recording of a concert at the University of Changsha, Hunan, in 1989.

FS-6954: Bluestein Family, 6th Annual Reunion, 16 January 1981, Tape 1 of 3. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6955: Bluestein Family, 6th Annual Reunion, 16 January 1981, Tape 2 of 3. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6956: Bluestein Family, 6th Annual Reunion, 16 January 1981, Tape 3 of 3. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6957: Bluestein Family, 7th Annual Farewell Reunion, January 1983. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6958: Bluestein Family, Unitarian Church Concert, Fresno, Calif., 7 April 1984. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6959: Bluestein Family, 8th Annual Farewell Reunion Concert with Jean Ritchie, 20 November 1984. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6960: Bluestein Family, 8th Annual Farewell Reunion Concert with Jean Ritchie, 20 November 1984. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6961: Bluestein Family, Berkeley Jewish Community Center, 1985. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6962: Bluestein Family, 9th Annual Farewell Reunion Concert, Wesley Church, 8 May 1986. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6963: Bluestein Family, 11th Annual Farewell Reunion Concert, Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley, Calif., 8 May 1988. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6964: Evo and Jemmy Bluestein, Strange Affair, 1988. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6965: Bluestein Family, concert in China, University of Changsha, Hunan, 26 April 1989, Tape 1 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6966: Bluestein Family, concert in China, University of Changsha, Hunan, April 1989, Tape 2 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6967: Bluestein Family, 13th Annual Reunion Concert, Wesley U. Methodist Church, 24 March 1990, Tape 1 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6968: Bluestein Family, 13th Annual Reunion Concert, 24 March 1990, Tape 2 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6969: Bluestein Family (Gene, Evo, Jemmy), Music 74 Series, California State University, Fresno, Music Department performance, 4 May 1991, Tape 1 of 2 [tape 2 not deposited]. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6970: Evo Bluestein, Autoharp Concert, Mosenberg, Germany Music Fest, 1993. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6971: E[vo] and J[emmy] Bluestein, concert, Alta Sierra, September 1995. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6972: Evo Bluestein's Lalaedit, Tape #II [tape I not deposited]. #20379, Subseries: "3.3. Cassettes, 1981-1995 and undated." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.4. CDs, 1988-2002 and undated.

6 items.

All of the CD recordings were commercially produced for sale. Recordings include the Bluestein Family as well as family members by themselves or in other groups. Evo and Jemmy Bluestein, in particular, performed as professional musicians outside of the family group. Evo Bluestein is represented in an individual recording, Evoharp, which was a re-release of an earlier album called Evo's Autoharp, and in the groups Lyquid Amber (with Hannsjoerg Scheid, Nino Moschella, and Kevin Hill) and Bad Boys Zydeco. Jemmy Bluestein was also a member of Bad Boys Zydeco, along with Mike Baloian, Sean Alderette, and Ben Leon. The Bluestein Family CDs consist of two recordings for children and a retrospective sampler of their earlier albums.

CD-4145: Bluestein Family, Good Mornin' Blues: Folk Songs for Children, Doghill, 1988. #20379, Subseries: "3.4. CDs, 1988-2002 and undated." Folder 1

CD-4146: Bluestein Family, A Horse Named Bill and Other Children's Folksongs, Doghill, 1988. #20379, Subseries: "3.4. CDs, 1988-2002 and undated." Folder 1

CD-4147: Evo Bluestein, Evoharp, Doghill, 2000. #20379, Subseries: "3.4. CDs, 1988-2002 and undated." Folder 1

CD-4148: Lyquid Amber, Drops of Rain, Datura Moon Records, 2002. #20379, Subseries: "3.4. CDs, 1988-2002 and undated." Folder 1

CD-4149: Bad Boys Zydeco, Step in the Right Direction, Owl Baby. #20379, Subseries: "3.4. CDs, 1988-2002 and undated." Folder 1

CD-4150: Bluestein Family, Shut Up and Sing! A Bluestein Family Sampler, Greenhays Recordings. #20379, Subseries: "3.4. CDs, 1988-2002 and undated." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.5. Videos, 1977-1997.

3 items.

Bluestein Family videos include two programs recorded at California State University, Fresno, and a commercially produced recording of one of the Annual Reunion Concerts. The two U-Matic tapes recorded at California State University, Fresno, by the university television station in 1977 and 1978 were presumably for television play. The Bluestein Family Reunion Concert recorded in 1997 is particularly noteworthy as it was a tribute concert for Gene Bluestein and the first time he was unable to perform with his children, Joel, Jemmy, Evo, and Frayda. Jean Ritchie joined the Bluestein Family as a special guest for this concert.

VT-20379/12: Bluestein Family Music, Program A, 8 p.m. Magazine, CSUF-ITV, September 1977. #20379, Subseries: "3.5. Videos, 1977-1997." Folder 1

VT-20379/13: Bluestein Family Music, Program B, CSUF-ITV, December 1978. #20379, Subseries: "3.5. Videos, 1977-1997." Folder 1

VT-20379/14: The Bluestein Family Reunion Concert, Doghill Productions, 1997. #20379, Subseries: "3.5. Videos, 1977-1997." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Recordings of Other Performers/Concerts, 1956-1982 and undated.

46 items.

Gene Bluestein recorded a number of other folk musicians in performance.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.1. Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, 1975-1976 and undated.

9 items.

Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival performed in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Fresno, Calif., during 1975 and 1976 and possibly on a few other occasions. Tommy Jarrell, Blanton Owen, Mike Seeger, Dennis McGee, Sady Courville, Marc Savoy, Martin, Bogan, and Armstrong, the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, John Jackson, Lily Mae Ledford, and the Balfa Brothers gave workshops and performed during these festivals that were recorded on open reel tape.

FT-11504: Mike Seeger Troupe (Tommy Jarrell, Blanton Owen, Mike Seeger, Dennis McGee, Sady Courville, Marc Savoy), California State University, Fresno, May 1975 #20379, Subseries: "4.1. Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, 1975-1976 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11505: Workshop (Tommy Jarrell, Sady Courville, Marc Savoy, Martin, Bogan and Armstrong), California State University, Fresno, 1975. #20379, Subseries: "4.1. Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, 1975-1976 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11506: Seeger Troupe (Tommy Jarrell), Fresno, 1975. #20379, Subseries: "4.1. Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, 1975-1976 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11507: Seeger Troupe (Tommy Jarrell, Blanton Owen), Santa Barbara, 1975. #20379, Subseries: "4.1. Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, 1975-1976 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11508: Seeger Troupe (Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, John Jackson, Lily Mae Ledford, Balfa Brothers), California State University, Fresno, 1976. #20379, Subseries: "4.1. Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, 1975-1976 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11509: Seeger Folk Fest (Martin, Bogan and Armstrong), University of California, Santa Barbara. #20379, Subseries: "4.1. Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, 1975-1976 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11510: Seeger Troupe (John Jackson, Mike Seeger). #20379, Subseries: "4.1. Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, 1975-1976 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11511: Seeger Troupe (Martin, Bogan and Armstrong). #20379, Subseries: "4.1. Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, 1975-1976 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11512: Seeger Troupe (Martin, Bogan and Armstrong, Tommy Jarrell, Blanton Owen, Sady Courville, Marc Savoy, Dennis McGee). #20379, Subseries: "4.1. Mike Seeger's Traveling Folk Festival, 1975-1976 and undated." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated.

25 items.

While teaching English at California State University, Fresno, Gene Bluestein started and oversaw the Folk Artist in Residence Program. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the program brought in a variety of well-known folk artists to perform, teach courses in their specialties, and visit local schools. The recordings in this series feature the Balfa Brothers, Bessie Jones, Kenny Hall, Richard Hagopian, Lydia Mendoza, and Jean Ritchie. Of particular interest is a Maestro-Apprentice final concert with Kenny Hall and Terry Barrett and an interview with Kenny Hall. Other artists joining in on some of the recordings include the Bluestein Family, Jemmy and Frayda Bluestein with Jean Ritchie, and Aly Bain and Cathal McConnell with Kenny Hall. With the exception of one open reel, all the recordings are on cassette.

FS-6973: Balfa Brothers, California State University, Fresno. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6974: Balfa Brothers, California State University, Fresno. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6975: Bessie Jones. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6976: Bessie Jones in class. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6977: Bessie Jones, California State University, Fresno. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6978: Bessie Jones, Fresno. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6979: Bessie Jones V. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6980: Bessie Jones, noon concert, Fresno. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6981: Bessie Jones. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6982: Bessie Jones, Fresno. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6983: Bessie Jones, Fresno, 14 May 1977. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6984: Bessie Jones in class. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6985: Bessie Jones. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6986: Kenny Hall I, California State University, Fresno. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6987: Kenny Hall and Terry Barrett, Maestro-Apprentice Final Concert. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6988: Kenny Hall interview. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6989: Kenny Hall, Aly Bain, Cathal McConnell at Bluestein home. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6990: Lydia Mendoza, Kenny Hall, Dr. Pena at Bluestein's. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6991: Lydia Mendoza, La Pena, 1980. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6992: Jean Ritchie with Jemmy and Frayda Bluestein on "Cool of the Day," Fresno. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6993: Jean Ritchie, 1977. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6994: Jean Ritchie, Richard Hagopian, City College, 4 April 1979. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6995: Jean Ritchie and The Bluestein Family in concert, 3 May 1979. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6999: Bessie Jones II, California State University, Fresno [cassette missing]. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11513: Jean Ritchie and the Bluestein Family, Fresno, 3 May 1979. #20379, Subseries: "4.2. Folk Artist in Residence Program, 1977-1980 and undated." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated.

12 items.

Recordings of other performers. Though these recordings are presumed to have all been made by Gene Bluestein, there is not enough information to determine whether some of them might be field recordings or part of the Folk Artist Program at California State University, Fresno. Of particular note are the Pete Seeger concerts from 1956 and 1957, during the time of Bluestein's doctoral research on folk music and narrative. There are also several recordings from the California State University, Fresno, including a 1969 benefit concert by the Fresno Folksong and Poetry Quartet (Gene Bluestein, Philip Levine, Robert Mezey, and Peter Everwine) for playwright and social activist Marvin X (also known as Marvin Jackmon and El Muhajir). Though most of the recordings appear to be of live performances, some of them may be dubs of other recordings. The recordings are on open reel tapes and cassettes.

FT-11514: Pete Seeger, Carleton Concert, November 1956, and Hillel and Aviva, Songs of Canaan. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11515: Pete Seeger, Unitarian Concert, October 1957, and dub of children's album. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11516: Centennial Folk Music Concert, 22 October 1958, Tape 1 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11517: Centennial Folk Music Concert, 22 October 1958, Tape 2 of 2. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11518: Marvin X Benefit Concert, Fresno Folksong and Poetry Quartet, California State University, Fresno, 1969. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11519: Highwoods Concert Square Dance, California State University, Fresno, May 1975. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11520: Malvina and Harry Liedstrand, Folk Forum. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11521: Peter Everwine introduces Otis Pierce. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11522: Center. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11523: Robeson, Songs of Democracy, Songs of Israel. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11524: Suomi Chorus directed by Jack V. Anderson, Virginia. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FT-11525: Top 100/Piano. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6996: Jim Ringer, Mary McCaslin, WBY, 1978. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6997: Joe Holley, Frank Hicks, Paul Anastasio, Rip Van Winkle, 11 February 1982. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

FS-6998: Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin, live concert, Cafe Midi. #20379, Subseries: "4.3. Other Performers, 1956-1982 and undated." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Items Separated

Items separated include open reel tapes (FT-11450 - FT-11525), LPs (FC-14247 - FC-14251), cassettes (FS-6954 - FS-6999), CDs (CD-4145 - CD-4150), and videos (VT-20379/1 - VT-20379/14).

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