On Saturday, October 3, 1942, Hand visited the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, to record a couple of folk songs.3 He had been corresponding with Harold Spivacke, Chief of the Division of Music at the Library, since the springtime. Apparently, Hand had a version of a folk song (I do not know which, though some of the in-studio conversation points to “The Iron Merrimac”4) that interested Spivacke sufficiently to prompt an invitation. …
Hand was happy to oblige, and plans were made for a recording session in May. …. The result of Hand’s afternoon of recording at the Library was a pair of 16-inch lacquer-on-aluminum disks, each containing about 12 minutes of transcribed sound.
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Ross continues to reinvent and redefine legal scholarship. What a brilliant way to do it.
Here was my clip of the video from a few months ago: