Alan Lomax (right) with musician Wade Ward during the Southern Journey recordings, 1959-1960. Shirley Collins/Courtesy of Alan Lomax Archive hide caption

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The Record

Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online

More than 17,000 sound recordings made by the famed folklorist are now available, for free.

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In 1959, Alan Lomax traveled through the American South to record the stories of folk musicians. Shirley Collins/Library of Congress hide caption

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