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date: 22 November 2019

Lomax familylocked

  • Darius L. Theime
  • , revised by Paula Morgan
  •  and Ronald D. Cohen


Family of folklorists and performers. John Avery Lomax (b Meridian, MS, 23 Sept 1867; d Greenville, MS, 26 Jan 1948) grew up in rural Texas, graduated from the state university in Austin, and married Bess Brown in 1904. They had four children: John, Shirley, Alan (b Austin, TX, 31 Jan 1915; d Tarpon Springs, FL, 19 July 2002), and Bess (b Austin, TX, 21 Jan 1921; d Portland, OR, 27 Nov 2009).

After a few years teaching at Texas A&M, John Avery Lomax entered Harvard University, where he began the formal study of the cowboy songs he had collected in Texas. He graduated with an MA in 1907. He returned to the University of Texas as an administrator in 1910 and published Cowboy Songs, his seminal book that demonstrated the value of vernacular ballads, that same year. In 1917 Lomax entered the business world, but soon returned to the University of Texas. He remained there until ...

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