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The Weavers performing. Photo by Robert C. Malone.

The Weavers performing.

Photo by Robert C. Malone.

Robert C. Malone Photographs

During the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Robert C. Malone moved between Chicago and New York photographing folk singers such as the Weavers, Cisco Houston, Mahalia Jackson, Odetta and Frank Hamilton. Through contact with a scholar working working with the Lee Hays papers, Robert C. Malone heard about the RRFAC and wrote to offer his photos to the collections.

The Robert C. Malone photographs document the performances of prominent folk singers. The collection dates from 1957 to circa 1961. Photographic materials include 16 rolls of negatives, contact sheets made from the negatives, and 14 prints. The collection also includes a small amount of correspondence, including two letters from Lee Hays to Malone.

A detailed SOVA finding aid with associated digitized materials is available here.


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