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Audio recording by S.L. Jones

 Digital Record
Identifier: A0009_10_3a_Jones; A0009_10_3b_Jones



This tape features music played by Jones and his friend Eddy Cales. Occasionally, Jones sings with the recording. The tape also features Jones speaking about his life. It is unclear if this spoken testimony was pre-recorded, played, and then re-recorded onto the Rosenak’s cassette (similar to the music) or if Jones spoke directly into his recording device. The choppiness of the audio and Jones’s repetition of stories suggest the former.

In the recordings, Jones speaks about his family life and children and his former job working for the railroad. He also talks about his artistic practice, from his beginnings taking an oil painting class to the kinds of tools he uses for his wood carving. Notably, he talks extensively about trips he took in the 1970s to the Holy Land with his second wife Madeline.

Conditions Governing Access

The Charles B. and Janice M. Rosenak Collection is owned by the American Folk Art Museum. The collection is subject to all copyright laws, and is dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship.


2 file(s) (Side A and B of the cassette are available as separate digital files) ; Length: approx. 60 minutes

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The full transcript of this recording is available upon request.

Processing Information

This recording was digitized from tape cassette through a grant from the National Recording Preservation Foundation in 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the American Folk Art Museum Archives Repository

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