Charles M. Bogert audio recordings, 1953-1965

Summary
Collection ID:
CFCH.BOGE
Creators:
Bogert, Charles M. (Charles Mitchill), 1908-1992
Dates:
1952-1965
Languages:
English
English
;
Spanish
;
Central Tarahumara
(Ralámuli raicha);
Purepecha
(P'urhe, P'urhépecha)[this designation is based on geographical references, not linguistic references.];
Sinhala
(Siṃhāla)
Physical Description:
79 sound tape reels
1.6 cubic feet
Repository:
Five boxes containing sixty-four 5 inch and fifteen 7 inch open reel tapes recorded primarily by American herpetologist Charles M. Bogert from 1953-1965. This collection has two parts: the first focusing mainly on traditional music and liturgical music from several regions in Mexico: Oaxaca, Jalisco, Nayarit. Also included is music recorded in the Southwestern United States. The second portion of the collection contains amphibian, bird, and insect calls and choruses, mostly from these same regions in Mexico, the Southwestern, Western, and Southern United States, and Sri Lanka.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection is divided into 2 series. Series 1 contains forty-three 5 inch and twelve 7 inch open reel tapes of musical performances by groups and individuals Bogert recorded throughout Mexico, South America, and the southwestern United States between 1952 and 1965. Series 2 contains twenty-one 5 inch and 3 7 inch open reel tapes of field recordings made by Bogert in natural settings in Mexico, Southwestern United States, and Sri Lanka. Sounds include amphibian choruses, mating calls and warnings, bird calls, and insect communication.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Tapes are arranged into two series. Series 1: Musical Performances, 1953-1965, and Series 2: Field Recordings of Amphibians, Birds, and Insects, 1954-1964. Within each series, tapes are arranged by size, followed by chronological order, with undated tapes placed at the end of each sequence.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Charles Mitchill Bogert (June 4, 1908–April 10, 1992) was an American herpetologist, researcher, and curator of herpetology for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and a notable early ethnomusicologist. Bogert was a major figure in twentieth century herpetology, as a researcher and as administrator at the American Museum of Natural History for 25 years, as well as a folksong collector. Bogert traveled widely--including to Sri Lanka, Central America, the Southwestern United States, Florida, and the Bahamas--in search of experimental settings and samples of indigenous frog species. He would also use these travels to record the local folk music, usually performed by informal groups and in church celebrations.
He felt especially at home in Mexico, where in addition to conducting faunal surveys he made recordings of traditional music that were later commercially released on Folkways Records. In 1955, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for a year's research; a portion of his results are in the collection.
In 1960, he became a lecturer at the University of Colorado, and began an extensive study of the Oaxaca region of Mexico. In 1966, he was given an honorary LLD from UCLA. In 1978, he became a consultant at the Los Alamos National Environmental Research Park for a year. Afterwards, he continued to travel and conduct further studies, until his death in 1992 in his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Folkways Records Releases
1954
FX 6122, Sounds of the American Southwest
1958
FX 6166 (SFW45060), Sounds of North American Frogs
FW 8867, Tarascan and Other Music of Mexico: Songs and Dances of the Mexican Plateau
1960
FW 8870, Mariachi Aguilas de Chapala

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Steve Lorenz, August 2012.
Author
Steve Lorenz

Using the Collection
Tapes are in original boxes.
Conditions Governing Access
Access by request only. Where a listening copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a digitization fee. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Preferred Citation
Charles M. Bogert audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archive and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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insect sounds Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
bird calls Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
600 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, D.C.
rinzlerarchives@si.edu
https://www.folklife.si.edu/archive/