Manuscript Collection 1521
Almeda Riddle (1898-1986) of Lone Pine, Arkansas, was one of the most
recognized Arkansas folk musicians, having received a National Heritage
fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She recorded several
albums of traditional ballads for major record labels including Vanguard
Records and performed at numerous festivals including the Newport Folk
Festival. She was discovered by John Quincy Wolf, Arkansas folklorist,
and brought to the attention of Alan Lomax, Mary Celestia Parler-Randolph,
and numerous other traditional ballad collectors and performers such
as Mike Seeger and Joan Baez.
between Almeda Riddle, Arkansas folk musician and Robert Cochran,
professor of English, University of Arkansas was donated by
Dr. Robert Cochran on August 25, 2003.
Dr. Robert Cochran, professor of English and director of the
Center for Arkansas and Regional Studies, collected this correspondence
regarding arrangements for Almeda Riddle to visit the University
of Arkansas and perform for his folklore class.
by Rachel Reynolds, Special Collections, University of Arkansas
Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in September 2003.
of the Collection (1
Item 1. Letter from Robert Cochran to Almeda Riddle. December 20, 1976.
Item 2. Letter from Almeda Riddle to Bob, wife, and Shannon. October,
Item 3. Letter from Almeda Riddle to Mr. Cochran. [n.d.]
Item 4. Letter from Almeda Riddle to Mr. Cochran. [n.d.]
Item 5. Envelope addressed to Robert B. Cochran from Almeda Riddle.
November 24, 1976.