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Robert Winslow Gordon

Born: Sep 2, 1888

Death: Mar 26, 1961

Birthplace: Bangor

Nationality: United States

Robert Winslow Gordon

Date of Birth : Sep 2, 1888
Date of Death : Mar 26, 1961
Birth Place : Bangor

Robert Winslow Gordon, educated at Harvard, he joined the English faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in 1918. In 1923, Gordon was asked by Arthur Sullivant Hoffman to run the folk music column, "Old Songs Men Have Sung", in Hoffman's magazine, Adventure. Gordon accepted and used the Adventure column to collect information on traditional American music from the magazine's readers. He was the founding head of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress in 1928, later the Archive of Folk Culture, which became part of the American Folklife Center. He was a pioneer in using mechanical means to document folk musicians, originally using Edison cylinder recordings. He is known among folk singers as the originator of the infamous Gordon "Inferno" Collection of American songs, and he also collected an early version of Kumbaya. From 1943 to 1958, he was a Professor of English at George Washington University. He died March 26, 1961.

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