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The sound recordings were collected by a field researcher employed by the U.S. Government under the auspices of the WPA from 1938 to 1940. Transcriptions of the sound recordings were prepared by U.S. Government employees. Generally speaking, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States. Note, however, that the persons interviewed or whose words were transcribed were not employees of the U.S. Government. Privacy and publicity rights may apply. While the Library is not aware of any copyright in the materials in this collection, users should be aware of possible rights particularly in the underlying works in the sound recordings.
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Credit Line: Library of Congress, American Folklife Center, WPA Sidney Robertson Cowell Collection.
The dust jackets of the sound recordings as prepared during the original field work, read:
California Folk Music Recorded by The Music Department of the University of California in Cooperation with the Archives of American Folk Song [currently the American Folklife Center] of the Library of Congress Under Works Progress Administration Official Project Number 665-08-3-30, Unit A25