Ludwig K. Rubinsky Collection of Record Albums

Ludwig K. Rubinsky Collection of Record Albums

Below is the finding aid that contextualizes and inventories this special collection at the Woody Guthrie Center Archives. Interested researchers must fill out an application prior to scheduling an appointment with the archivist.

Collection Processed by:


Jorge Arévalo Mateus, PhD

Collection Guide Prepared by:

 Original finding aid was prepared by Jorge’ Arevalo Mateus, PhD; updated by Alaena Robbins, August, 2008 ; updated by Kate L. Blalack, July 2014.

Date Range:



1 linear foot (2 boxes)


Ludwig K. Rubinsky’s daughter, Melissa.

Scope and Content:

The Ludwig K. Rubinsky Collection consists of 16 10″ 78 RMP record albums.This Collection highlights original Guthrie recordings, including a copy of “Documentary #1: Struggle” upon with Guthrie collaborated with Sonny Terry. In additon, this collection includes other collaborative works, such as “Midnight Special” (Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, and Leadbelly), and rare albums, including an original 1942 edition of Alan Lomax’s “Smoky Mountain Ballads.” Guthrie owned copies of many of the albums found in the Ludwig K Rubinsky Collection. Personal annotations and observations regarding the artists and tracks can be found among the copies in Guthrie’s Personal Record Collection.


Materials Entirely in English

Access restrictions:

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use restrictions:

All materials are subject to copyright.


Material is arranged in order of provenance.

Related Materials:

Woody Guthrie’s Personal Record Collection

Woody Guthrie Center’s Collection Guides

The Woody Guthrie Papers – Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Woody Guthrie Manuscript Collection, 1935-1950

Container Lists:

Box 1 Acc# 2009-28.1 Josh White, Ballads And Blues  Decca Records I Gave My Love A Cherry The Lass With The Delicate Air Evil Hearted Man Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out Frankie And Johnny John Henry Sometime Strange Fruit
Box 1 Acc# 2009-28.02 Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, and Cisco Houston Midnight Special Disc Midnight Special Ham And Eggs Grey Goose Yallow Girl Alabama Bound Stew Bally
Box 1 Acc # 2009-28.03 Woody Guthrie and Sonny Terry Documentary #1: Struggle Asch Records Buffalo Skinners Pretty Boy Floyd 1913 Massacre Ludlow Massacre Union Burying Ground Lost John
Box 1 Acc # 2009-28.04 Woody Guthrie Songs To Grow On: Nursery Days Disc Clean-O Wake Up Don’t You Push Me Jig Along Home Put Your Finger In The Air Dance Around
Box 1 Acc # 2009-28.05 Leadbelly Leadbelly and His Guitar Atlantic Records Good Morning Blues Goodnight Irene
Box 1 Acc # 2009-28.06 Jack Guthrie Capital Records Answer To Moonlight And Skies In The Shadows Of My Heart
Box 1 Acc # 2009-28.07 Almanac Singers General I Ride An Old Paint House Of The Rising Sun
Box 1 Acc # 2009-28.08 Burl Ives Decca Records Foggy, Foggy Dew Rodger Young
Box 1 Acc # 2009-28.09 Cisco Houston Disc Philadelphia Lawyer Roving Gambler Oh Willy My Darling Tying A Knot In The Devil’s Tail
Box 1 Acc # 2009-28.10 Tom Glazer Seal Put My Name Down GI Housing Song
Box 1 Acc # 2009-28.11 “T” Texas Tyler 4 Star Oklahoma Hills Remember Me
Box 2                     Acc# 2009-28.12 Burl Ives Columbia Records Wee Cooper O’Fife Riddle Song Cowboy’s Lament Tam Pierce I Know Where I’m Going I Know My Love Peter Gray Sweet Betsy From Pike On Top Of Old Smoky Darlin’ Cory Leather-Winged Bat Cotton-Eyed Joe
Box 2 Acc# 2009-28.13 Wade Mainer-Zeke Morris, Steve, Monroe Brothers, Uncle Dave Macon, The Carter Family, Dixon Brothers, Arthur Smith Trio, Gid Tanner, J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers Smokey Mountain Ballads Victor Riding On That Train Forty-Five Darling Corey Cumberland Mountain Deer Race The East Virginia Blues Worried Man Blues Down In The Willow Intoxicated Rat Chittlin’ Cookin’ Time In Cheatham County Ida Red On A Cold Winter Night
Box 2 Acc # 2009-28.14 The Almanac Singers Talking Union Keynote All I Want The Union Train Get Thee Behind Me Talking Union The Union Maid Which Side Are You On?
Box 2 Acc # 2009-28.15 Woody GuthrieAsch RecordsJesus Christ Talking Sailor Ranger’s Command Gypsy Davy New York Town Coulee Dam
Box 2 Acc # 2009-28.16 Woody Guthrie Ballads From The Dustbowl DiscPastures Of Plenty Hard Traveling Rambling Blues Talking Columbia Blues When The Curfew Blows My New Found Land