Archivist and music historian Alan Lomax worked for what American cultural organization?
Library of Congress
Alan Lomax (January 31, 1915 – July 19, 2002) spent almost 70 years as a folklorist and ethnographer, collecting, archiving, and analyzing folksongs and music in America.
His career began in 1933, when his father, John Lomax, was asked to be the new head of the Archive of American Folk Song, which had been established at the Library of Congress in 1928.
In this role, the elder Lomax took charge of a large repository of manuscripts and cylinders. Soon after taking over, John enlisted his son Alan’s aid in expanding that collection through disk recordings.
After several years of collecting, Alan became the Archive’s “Assistant in Charge” in 1937, and he continued to make field trips and create recordings for the Library of Congress until 1942.