PST: Old songs and ballads, Homer Davenport, etc.; with Cora Jemerson (WPA Writers Project)

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This is an episode in our weekly series titled 'Primary Source Tuesday.' Each Tuesday we have a reading from a particularly interesting historical item. Sometimes it's a historical tidbit that wasn't quite beefy enough to make a full column out of; other times, an especially interesting old newspaper article; frequently it's a short story from one of the frontier literary magazines that thrived in Oregon at the end of the 19th century. Today it's an interview from the WPA Writers's Project, the Oregon History and Folklore project. In it, Sara B. Wrenn interviews Mrs. Cora Jamerson, a 68-year-old Portland woman, about some of the old songs and ballads. The interview happened on Dec. 2, 1938. You can find more about it, and a transcript, at https://www.loc.gov/item/wpalh001968 .

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