2 reel-to-reel audio tapes. (TTA-0200A/B)
December 10, 1988
These selections, having been recorded by Maggie Holtzberg in 1988,
were assembled by folklorist Joey Brackner (Alabama State Council on the
Arts) for a documentary film and loaned to the Center for preservation
copy in June of 1995.
"Gandy dancers" were the men who worked on maintaining and straightening
the railroad lines. The men appointed to keep the rhythm of the gang by
singing and chanting were the callers.
Scope and Content:
The recordings (totalling approx. 1 hour) from a performance at the
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, Alabama consist of talking and
chanting by a retired railroad track section crew.
The audiovisual materials are filed first by format, then by tape number
in the audiovisual archives.