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Arthur M. Greenhall Collection

Arthur M. Greenhall Collection

Arthur Greenhall (1911-1998) was a zoologist known for his work with reptiles and bats, as well as his recordings of animal sounds. He also recorded events and activities in his own life. He partnered with Daniel Crowley to record calypso songs and life in Trinidad. Some of the tapes included in this collection are the master tapes for the later released Sounds of Animals (FX 6124), produced by Folkways Records.

The Arthur M. Greenhall Collection dates from circa 1930-2014. The Collection contains letters, photographs, news articles, magazines, booklets and open reel audio tapes consisting of animal sounds, candid recordings, and calypso music.

The RRFAC acquired the Arthur M. Greenhall Collection in September 2014 when Paul Greenhall donated his father’s materials to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Previously, Paul Greenhall had donated material to the National Anthropological Archives. In August 2014, the National Anthropological Archives transferred the materials from Paul Greenhall to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

A finding aid is currently being prepared and will be posted as soon as it is available. A draft is available upon request.


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