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Thread #29288   Message #4004461
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
13-Aug-19 - 01:33 PM
Thread Name: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
The contents of my home office were rapidly packed into boxes in June (2019) when I needed to do major repair construction on a couple of rooms. The result is that as I put everything back I'm trying to be more orderly about where I place the various parts of my father's collection. There are boxes of books, of cassette tapes he recorded at many live events in the Pacific Northwest and in Vancouver, B.C., and boxes of notebooks, files, LPs, and even reel-to-reel tapes.

I retired a year ago and am to the point where I can tackle this job. Those of you who knew John Dwyer know he was a retired community college reference-librarian-pack-rat so the books are various and obscure. In the past I have used his books and notes to look up the words to songs for people, and now I may be in a better position for that, though the biggest task ahead is to build an Access database to catalog the contents of the cassette tapes.

When I get started I'll probably start a new thread for keeping people apprised of the progress or to ask questions they might have. This is a head's-up that I'm finally tackling the job.

Of less importance to me right now, but possibly of interest to Mudcat members, are all of the obscure cassette tapes he bought or was given by other people. I'll make a list of what they are, but as I work will decide how many layers of this onion I have to peel to end up with a good representation of his work in collecting and performing folk music in the Pacific Northwest. I'll have to determine if he learned songs from those cassettes or merely kept a robust collection. I suspect he had his own lending library going - there are quite a few things that say "Return to John Dwyer" on them. Old habits die hard.

Maggie