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Almeda Riddle Letters

Manuscript Collection 1521

About Almeda Riddle

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.

About the Collection

Correspondence 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.

Processed by Rachel Reynolds, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in September 2003.

Contents of the Collection (1 folder)

Folder 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, 31, 1977.

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.

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