Oscar Brand Family Collection

Oscar Brand Family Collection

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 Title: 

The Oscar Brand Family Collection 

Collection Number: 


Collection Processed By: 

Quinn Johnson and Grace Stroud 

Collection Guide Prepared By: 

Mark Davidson, Quinn Johnson, Stephanie Stewart, Grace Stroud 

Collection Date Range: 

1939–2017 [bulk 1960s–1980s] 

Collection Extent: 

17.7 linear feet [5 document boxes, 1 record carton, 4 oversize boxes, 3 LP boxes, 8 artifact boxes, 8 books, 1 film, 3 U-Matic videotapes, 2 guitars, and 1 award] 

Collection Provenance: 

Jeannie Brand Derienzo (daughter of Oscar Brand) 

Biographical Sketch: 

Oscar Brand (1920–2016) was a radio and television host, musician, and writer best known for his radio show Folksong Festival, which broke a Guinness world record in 2005 for the longest running weekly radio show with the same host. Brand was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada on February 7, 1920, youngest brother to sister Edith and brother Harry. His father was an interpreter at Hudson’s Bay Company as well as the owner of a theatre supply store and a pawnshop. At age 7, Brand’s family moved to the United States seeking treatment for Brand, who had contracted polio. He lost a calf muscle due to the virus. In 1942, after graduating from Brooklyn College with a degree in psychology, Brand joined the army where he worked as both editor for a newspaper for psychiatric patients and as a psychologist. Brand’s radio career, which spanned more than 70 years, began in 1945. His radio show, Folksong Festival, featured numerous folk singers, including Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Phil Ochs, and the Weavers, and remained a home for blacklisted musicians during the McCarthy era.  

In addition to his long running radio show, Oscar Brand wrote several hit songs such as “A Guy is a Guy” and “Something to Sing About.” Brand wrote music for two Broadway musicals, The Education of H*Y*M*A*N*K*A*P*L*A*N and A Joyful Noise. In addition, Brand worked on two off-Broadway shows, It’s a Jungle out There and How to Steal an Election that covered the difficult topics of blacklisting and election fraud. Brand also penned several books about folk music, hosted a Canadian television show called Let’s Sing Out in the 1960s, and served as an advisor for the acclaimed children’s series Sesame Street. Brand recorded nearly 100 studio albums on a broad range of subjects, including holiday songs, children’s songs, and military songs. He won a Peabody award for his impact on radio broadcasting in 1995. In his personal life, Brand married Karen Grossman in 1970 and, along with his three children Jeannie, Eric, and James from a previous marriage, the two had one child together, Jordan. Brand died on September 30, 2016, at age 96 in Great Neck, New York. 

Scope and Contents: 

The Oscar Brand Family Collection includes personal papers, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, sound recordings, moving images, news clippings, items related to television appearances, books, theatrical scripts, materials documenting performances, songbooks, textiles, awards, artifacts, and musical instruments. Photographs, sound recordings, and items documenting Brand’s numerous performances comprise the bulk of the collection. Brand performed with fellow folk musician Jean Ritchie on a number of occasions. The collection includes concert flyers, sound recordings, and videotapes documenting some of their performances together. Brand also collaborated on several musicals, and the collection includes posters, playbills, flyers, and drafts of scripts from these productions.  

A 2023 addition to the collection includes photographs, awards and certificates, and items related to Brand’s United States Army service during World War II. Brand’s Guinness Book of World Records certificate for the longest running radio show with a single host, a Peabody award, and a Southern Poverty Law Center certificate in recognition of his “contribution to the ongoing fight against hatred and intolerance in America” are also included in the addition. 

Related Materials: 

Oscar Brand Folksong Festival collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Oscar Brand fonds, Fonds MSS 080, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Jean Ritchie and George Pickow collection, 1923–2015, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Mike and John Cohen Wire Recordings, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

The Phil Ochs Papers, Woody Guthrie Center

The Tom Paxton Papers, Woody Guthrie Center

Language of Materials: 


Collection Access Restrictions: 

The collection is open for research, pending approval of a research application

Collection Use Restrictions: 

Copyright is retained by the creators of materials in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. 


B01F04Folk Music Performances1955 May 7Oscar Brand Backroom Ballads flyer
B01F08Folk Music Performances1958 December 12Oscar Brand and Jean Ritchie Town Hall program
B01F09Folk Music Performances1958 December 12Oscar Brand and Jean Ritchie Town Hall flyers
B01F13Folk Music Performances1951 March 2Cooper Union Forum Schedule Oscar Brand Folk Song Festival p. 11
B01F14Folk Music Performances1951 October 26 Cooper Union Forum Schedule Oscar Brand Folk Song Festival p. 10
B01F19Folk Music PerformancesundatedJean Ritchie and Oscar Brand Northwestern Concert Flyer (March 7, no year) 
B01F22Folk Music Performances1940 December 21New York – Antwerp Social Club War Refugee Benefit program MC’ed by Oscar Brand
B01F23Folk Music Performances1981Focus newsletter advertising Oscar Brand show
B01F24Folk Music Performances1972 October 26Invitation to Oscar Brand Book Release Party at the New School
B01F25Folk Music PerformancesundatedProgram for “Folk Festival at Midnite”
B01F26Folk Music PerformancesundatedFlyer for Military Variety Show
B02F02Folk Music Performances1993 January 9Eighth Annual World Folk Music Association Benefit Concert program
B02F03Folk Music Performances1995 June 22Oscar Brand’s Folksong Festival 50th Anniversary Concert program
B02F05Folk Music PerformancesundatedOscar Brand and J. F. Murphy Concert at the Village End (January 26-30, no year) 
B02F06Folk Music Performances1989 January 7Oscar Brand with John Foley concert at Central Unitarian Church program
B02F07Folk Music Performances1981 January 25Oscar Brand concert in Cooper Union Forum Winter/Spring calendar
B02F08Folk Music Performances1996 September 22“At Folk Festival, Roots Are Familial” New York Times article about Tilles Folkfest
B02F09Folk Music Performances1983 March 23-2512th Annual Nassau Community College Folk Festival program
B02F10Folk Music PerformancesundatedOscar Brand concert at Holiday Children’s Theatre advertisement (December 30, no year)
B02F12Folk Music PerformancesundatedOscar Brand Town Hall program (September 22, no year)
B02F18Folk Music Performances1964 June 8-12The Fourth Annual Goya Folk Festival Grossinger’s Hotel
B02F20Folk Music PerformancesundatedOscar Brand & the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania Flyer (3 Copies)
B02F36Folk Music PerformancesundatedProgram for Jubilee Sing Out with Oscar Brand
B02F37Folk Music PerformancesundatedOscar Brand’s WNYC Folksong Festival pass
B02F38Folk Music Performances2022 July 9Set list for concert in Maryland
B02F39Folk Music Performances2006 July 8Postcard advertisement for Oscar Brand at the Guthrie Center
B02F43Folk Music Performances1980Calendar of Spring 1980 Lecture Series at the 92nd St. Y
B02F44Folk Music PerformancesundatedOscar Brand & Fabulous Road Apes
B02F45Folk Music Performances1958 December 12Oscar Brand & Jean Ritchie Town Hall



B01F03Theatrical Performances1975 September 8-21Sing, America, Sing flyer
B01F06Theatrical Performances1941 May 2-3, 9-10The Importance of Being Earnest program from Brooklyn College starring Oscar Brand
B01F07Theatrical Performances1941 November 1, 7-8The Male Animal program from Brooklyn College starring Oscar Brand
B01F20Theatrical Performances1939 December 7-9The Royal Family program from Brooklyn College starring Oscar Brand
B01F27Theatrical Performances1968How to Steal an Election flyer
B01F28Theatrical Performances1969 January 29How to Steal an Election script (final version)
B01F35Theatrical Performances1975 June 26Sing, America, Sing script (revised)
B01F36Theatrical Performances1975Sing, America, Sing program
B01F37Theatrical Performances1975 SeptemberSing, America, Sing program 
B02F04Theatrical Performances1989 March 25, May 21The Education of Hyman Kaplan postcard advertisement
B02F11Theatrical Performances1966A Joyful Noise playbill
B02F13Theatrical Performances1972 November 28-29Bridge flyer
B02F17Theatrical PerformancesundatedOscar Brand It’s A Jungle Out There
B02F21Theatrical Performances1942Class of June ’42 Presents Smarter by Degrees playbill/flyer
B02F22Theatrical PerformancesundatedThe American Musical Theater Today & Tomorrow Room 142, Monroe Lecture Hall
B02F24Theatrical PerformancesundatedHow To Steal Election by Jospeh Michaels & Zeke Segal
B02F27Theatrical Performances1975 SeptemberThe John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
B02F29Theatrical PerformancesundatedThe Education of Hyman Kaplan
B02F30Theatrical PerformancesundatedSing, America, Sing by Oscar Brand at Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
B02F31Theatrical Performances1941 May 2-3, 9-10The Importance of Being Earnest 
B02F40Theatrical Performances1966 July 18A Joyful Noise Off Broadway playbill


B01F01Television1976 January 24TV Guide The Spirit of ’76 Oscar Brand Show p. A-16
B01F18Television 1965 JuneNBC Booklet for The First Look hosted by Oscar Brand
B02F14Television1966Brochure for Jubilee Sing Out music television series
B02F16TelevisionundatedWNBC-TV4 The Spirit of ’76 Children’s Program
B02F25TelevisionundatedIt Takes Everybody to Build This Land Film Reception Reports from The State Department
B02F35TelevisionundatedOscar Brand on Cover of TV Weekly


B01F02Manuscripts 2006 November 12 “One Hell of a Ride” manuscript


B01F05Personal PapersundatedOscar Brand Biography Pamphlet
B01F10Personal Papers1958 August 30Oscar Brand’s International Driving Permit
B01F11Personal Papers1955 December 2Distinguished Service to Brooklyn Awards Dinner Guest List
B01F15Personal Papers1942 October Oscar Brand’s Army Separation Qualification Record
B01F17Personal PapersundatedGoya Guitars Instruction Book with Oscar Brand on Back Cover
B01F21Personal Papers1937 JuneOscar Brand’s Service Club Certificate from Erasmus Hall High School
B01F38Personal PapersundatedOscar Brand business card (found inside the body of his 12-string guitar during restoration)
B02F01Personal Papers2001Words About Music newsletter from the Songwriters Hall of Fame
B02F19Personal Papers1942 June 16Seventh Commencement Exercises Brooklyn College, Tuesday
B02F23Personal Papers2017 October 29World Folk Music Association “Remembering Oscar Brand” Sunday
B02F28Personal PapersundatedSilver Anniversary 1947-1972, The Library Associates of Brooklyn College
B02F41Personal PapersundatedOscar Brand Promotional Sheet from Jerry B. Campbell Management Inc.
B02F46Personal PapersundatedAddress book
B02F47Personal PapersundatedCD Return Address Labels
B13F19Personal Papers2006 February 5Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame certificate for “A Guy Is A Guy” 
B15F01Personal PapersundatedOscar Brand’s World Folk Music Association Appreciation Award
B15F02Personal PapersundatedOscar Brand’s George Foster Peabody Award
B15F03Personal PapersundatedOscar Brand’s Eisteddfod Award
B15F04Personal PapersundatedOscar Brand’s Folk Alliance Certificate of Induction into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame
B15N/APersonal PapersundatedOscar Brand’s Directors Guild of America Award
N/A Personal PapersundatedOscar Brand’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Founders Award 


B01F12Correspondence1960 June 9Letter from Jim Mooney to Oscar Brand
B01F16Correspondence1955 October 19Letter from NYC Mayor Robert F. Wagner to Oscar Brand
B02F26Correspondence1959 October 19Photocopy of letter from NYC Mayor Robert F. Wagner to Oscar Brand 
B02F42Correspondence1965 May 7Letter from Stanley E. Burrous to Oscar Brand


B01F29Songbooks & Sheet Music2013Something to Sing About Songbook
B01F30Songbooks & Sheet Music1960How to Play Folksongs Songbook
B01F31Songbooks & Sheet Music1964Folk Songs by Request Songbook
B01F32Songbooks & Sheet Music1963Oscar Brand’s Authentic Hootenanny Song Book
B01F33Songbooks & Sheet Music1964Easiest Folk Song Book
B01F34Songbooks & Sheet Music1963Folk Songs of Careless Lovers Songbook
B02F32Songbooks & Sheet MusicundatedRally ‘Round the Cause, Boys
B02F33Songbooks & Sheet Musicundated“A Guy is a Guy” & “Anymore” Sheet Music by Oscar Brand


B02F15News Clippings1950s-1980sNews Clippings 
B13F08News ClippingsundatedOversize news clippings
B13F09News ClippingsundatedOscar Brand in newspaper with note attached
B13F10News Clippings1988 September 21Oscar Brand in Newsday, September 21, 1988
B13F11News Clippings1965 April 4“Making A Joyful Noise” in the New York Times
B13F12News Clippings1996 April 13Oscar Brand in The Weekend Jersey Journal
B13F13News ClippingsundatedNews clippings: Town Hall Parties & Schroon Crest
B13F14News ClippingsundatedNews clippings: Plum Point, Children’s Carnival, and more
B13F15News ClippingsundatedNews clippings: radio programs, Children’s carnival, and more
B13F16News ClippingsundatedNews clippings & letter
B13F17News ClippingsundatedMedium news clippings
B13F18News ClippingsundatedSmall news clippings


B02F34Books and Periodicals1985 April-MayNorth Shore
N/A Books and Periodicals1961Folk Songs for Fun by Oscar Brand [Book]
N/A Books and Periodicals1961Folksongs for Fun by Oscar Brand [Book]
N/A Books and Periodicals1962The Ballad Mongers by Oscar Brand[Book]
N/A Books and Periodicals1962The Ballad Mongers by Oscar Brand [Book]
N/A Books and Periodicals1972Songs of ’76: A Folksinger’s History of the Revolution by Oscar Brand [Book]
N/A Books and Periodicals1957When I First Came to This Land by Oscar Brand [Book]
N/A Books and Periodicals1960Bawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads by Oscar Brand [Book]


B03F01PhotographsundatedContact Sheets [Photos]
B03F02PhotographsundatedColor Photographs [Photos]
B03F03Photographscirca 1940sOscar Brand Performing with Children [Photos]
B03F04Photographs1945“The Gold Rush” [Photos]
B03F05Photographs1940s-1950sOscar Brand Misc. [Photos]
B03F06Photographs1951“Paul Bunyan and the Whistling River: A Folk Operetta” [Photos]
B03F07Photographs1960sOscar Brand Misc. [Photos]
B03F08Photographs1961-1963Goya’s Folk Festival – Grossinger’s Resort, Catskills [Photos]
B03F09Photographs1964CBS-TV The Right Man [Photos]
B03F10Photographs1970WITF-TV/NET American Odyssey [Photos]
B03F11Photographs1970sOscar Brand Portraits [Photos]
B03F12Photographs1970sOscar Brand Music [Photos]
B03F13Photographs1973Bernie Klay, Oscar Brand, & the X Seaman’s Institute [Photos]
B03F14Photographs1973James Manilla Film, Philadelphia, PA [Photos]
B03F15PhotographsundatedOscar Brand with Guitar [Photos]
B03F16Photographs1980s-2000sOscar Brand Misc. [Photos]
B03F17PhotographsundatedMisc. Photos [Photos]
B03F18PhotographsundatedPhoto Film [Photos]
B19F01PhotographsundatedOscar Brand performing for children at 5th annual miracle of Books Fair [Photo]
B19F02PhotographsundatedOscar Brand Dancing with unidentified woman [Photo]
B19F03PhotographsundatedOscar Brand and Others [Photo]
B19F04PhotographsundatedOscar Brand and Others at Boomtown College Event [Photo]
B19F05PhotographsundatedOscar Brand on CBS Radio [Photo]
B19F06PhotographsundatedOscar Brand and Others Reading Music [Photo]
B19F07PhotographsundatedOscar Brand Speaking to Crowd [Photo]
B19F08PhotographsundatedOscar Brand and Others Photos by Sam Sigel [Photos]
B19F09PhotographsundatedOscar Brand WCAV Philadelphia [Photo]
B19F10PhotographsundatedOscar Brand photos by Raymond Ross [Photos]
B19F11PhotographsundatedOscar Brand performing on couch next to three others signed John W. Krueller [Photo]
B19F12PhotographsundatedOscar Brand performing with woman [Photo]
B19F13PhotographsundatedOscar Brand on platform Gary More [Photo]
B19F14PhotographsundatedOscar Brand and Virginia Freeman “The Big Night” [Photo]
B19F15PhotographsundatedOscar Brand and Mischa Elman WCBS [Photo]
B19F16PhotographsundatedOscar Brand Family [Photos]
B19F17PhotographsundatedOscar Brand on Stage [Photos]


B11F01Moving Images1973The Great Batsto Furnace with Oscar Brand [VHS Videotape]
B11F02Moving Images1984 February 4CFTO [VHS Videotape]
B11F03Moving Images2001 February 17Gender Gap #One, 92nd St Y [VHS Videotape]
B11F04Moving Imagesundated“Woody and me” (line cut) [VHS Videotape]
B11F05Moving ImagesundatedOscar Brand – World Folk Music Federation Life-Time Achievement Award [VHS Videotape]
B11F06Moving ImagesundatedA Walk Through the 20th Century – Fairs [VHS Videotape]
B11F07Moving Images1988 July 4Today [VHS Videotape]
B11F08Moving Images2000 February 22ABC-TV  – Campaign Songs [VHS Videotape]
B11F09Moving ImagesundatedDingo, Sphinx, Courtin, Bangum, Mohee, Frankie, Billy the Kid, Shadow Play [VHS Videotape]
B07F01Moving Images1989 February 22“An Evening with Oscar Brand” Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, February 22, 1989 [VHS Videotape]
B07F02Moving Imagesundated“Spirit of ’76” [VHS Videotape]
B07F03Moving ImagesundatedOscar on CNN [VHS Videotape]
B07F04Moving Images1991 September 1“Welcome to America” [VHS Videotape]
B07F05Moving Imagesundated“The Gold Rush” [VHS Videotape]
B07F06Moving Images1973, 1981The Great Batsto Furnace & Philadelphia Folk Festival’s 20th Year [VHS Videotape]
B07F07Moving ImagesundatedOscar Brand and Accomplices, Excerpts from Outdoor Concert [VHS Videotape]
B07F08Moving Imagesundated“Trick or Treat” Halloween Celebrated in Story and Song by Oscar Brand and His Young Friends [VHS Videotape]
B07F09Moving Imagesundated“Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation” [VHS Videotape]
B07F10Moving ImagesundatedJean Ritchie, Oscar Brand, David Sear, A Folk Concert in Town Hall, New York [VHS Videotape]
B08F01Moving ImagesundatedOscar Brand Convention Sample [VHS Videotape]
B08F02Moving ImagesundatedMoyers – “A Walk Through the 20th Century” &”All for Art” [VHS Videotape]
B08F03Moving ImagesundatedMoyers – “Postware” & “Smoke” [VHS Videotape]
B08F04Moving Images1978 December 22Straight Talk [VHS Videotape]
B08F05Moving ImagesundatedMoyers – “Miners” [VHS Videotape]
B08F06Moving Images1981 JulyChannel 7 [VHS Videotape]
B08F07Moving Images1994 May 14Oscar Brand & Foley, Walkabout [VHS Videotape]
B08F08Moving ImagesundatedJean Ritchie – “Olde Bangum and Other Songs” [VHS Videotape]
B08F09Moving ImagesundatedHarry Belafonte – “Turn the World Around” (2 copies) [VHS Videotape]
B08F10Moving Imagesundated“Come Home to Your Country” [VHS Videotape]
B08F11Moving ImagesundatedHaddassah International “Reality and Vision” (back up) [VHS Videotape]
B08F12Moving Images1991The Haddassah National Convention in Israel [VHS Videotape]
B09F01Moving Images2003 July 30Grammy Living Histories – Oscar Brand [VHS Videotape]
B09F02Moving ImagesundatedSHOF -87: Herman, Wexler, Leiber-Stoller, Mann-Weil, Kirschner, Sammy Cahn, Weiss, King, Levy, Weinstein, Preston, J. Goffin [VHS Videotape]
B09F03Moving ImagesundatedMr. Brand “Treasure Chest” [VHS Videotape]
B09F04Moving Images1989 May 12“Kaplan” (hazy) [VHS Videotape]
B09F05Moving Imagesundated“Campaigns” Georgia TV (copy) [VHS Videotape]
B09F06Moving Images1988 August 14Sunday Today – “Politics” with Stan Bernard [VHS Videotape]
B09F07Moving Images2006 February 5Discourse & “Dat” course with Oscar Brand [VHS Videotape]
B09F08Moving Imagesundated“Excerpts” from Brand, Pickow, and Associates [VHS Videotape]
B09F09Moving ImagesundatedEdited Muhlenberg (bit grainy) [VHS Videotape]
B09F10Moving ImagesundatedBallads, Bawdys, Banned in Bostons, and Blacklisted [VHS Videotape]
B09F11Moving Images1986 January 1, July 3Today Show [VHS Videotape]
B09F12Moving Images2000 February 10“Woody and Me” Memphis (rough cut) [VHS Videotape]
B09F13Moving Images1999 August 26Presidential Campaign Songs Interview [VHS Videotape]
B10F01Moving Images2002 November 9WQED Special – American Soundtrack [ VHS Videotape]
B10F02Moving ImagesundatedOscar Brand Sings-Glen Cove Public Library “Laughing America” Songs & Stories [VHS Videotape]
B10F03Moving ImagesundatedOscar Brand Performance at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA [VHS Videotape]
B10F04Moving ImagesundatedOscar Brand Political Songs (edited) [VHS Videotape]
B10F05Moving Images1996Fun and Games, Medicine Show [VHS Videotape]
B10F06Moving ImagesundatedHarry Chapin (solo & band) [VHS Videotape]
B10F07Moving ImagesundatedABC-TV Campaign Songs [VHS Videotape]
B10F08Moving ImagesundatedLiberty [VHS Videotape]
B10F09Moving Images2002 April 27Oscar Brand “Coming to America” Temple Sinai VHS Videotape]
B10F10Moving ImagesundatedSing, America, Sing! Oscar Brand (first copy) [VHS Videotape]
B10F11Moving Images2005Oscar Brand “Get Up, Stand Up” [VHS Videotape]
B10F12Moving Imagesundated“Tin Pan Alley” TV Documentary [VHS Videotape]
B10F13Moving ImagesundatedYours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley [VHS Videotape]
B10F14Moving ImagesundatedArtScene: Oscar Brand [VHS Videotape]
B10F15Moving Imagesundated“Kaplan” (grainy) [VHS Videotape]
B10F16Moving ImagesundatedDays of Wonder [VHS Videotape]
B10F17Moving Images1986 JulyGreat Neck, Pickow, Foley, Brand [VHS Videotape]
B10F18Moving Images1993Oscar Brand, 1993 World Folk Music Lifetime Achievement Award & O’Brien’s Barbecque & Pit (partially censored) [VHS Videotape]
B10F19Moving ImagesundatedOscar Brand on Gary Wagner, Cable TV [VHS Videotape]
B10F20Moving Images1986 April 11Oscar Brand at BAM [VHS Videotape]
B10F21Moving ImagesundatedEdison [VHS Videotape]
B10F22Moving Images199292 Graduation [VHS Videotape]
B10F23Moving Images2005 September 29PBS – Oscar Brand on “Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop & Protest,” [VHS Videotape]
B10F24Moving ImagesundatedProject America – Ballads & Ballots: Presidental Campaign Songs (tape 1 of 2) [VHS Videotape]
B10F25Moving Images2002 November 9American Soundtrack – “This Land is Your Land” [VHS Videotape]
B16F07Moving ImagesundatedFolksong Festival 2 shows [DVD]
B16F08Moving Images2017 October 29Highlights from Let’s Sing Out: Remembering Oscar Brand [DVD]
N/A Moving ImagesundatedRuksysen Election Guide Music Cues [U-matic Videotape]
N/A Moving Images1960 OctoberOscar Brand To Tell the Truth [U-matic Videotape]
N/A Moving ImagesundatedCali Here I Come, Row Row Row with Roosevelt, Happy Days are Here Again [U-matic Videotape]
N/A Moving ImagesundatedThe Sphinx [16mm Film] 


B13F01Oversize ItemsundatedIt’s a Jungle Out There! poster
B13F02Oversize ItemsundatedHow to Steal an Election poster
B13F03Oversize ItemsundatedSing, America, Sing poster
B13F04Oversize ItemsundatedA Joyful Noise poster
B13F05Oversize ItemsundatedThe Education of Hyman Kaplan poster
B13F06Oversize Items2006Oscar Brand performing at the Woody Guthrie Center [Photo]
B13F07Oversize Itemsundated“Finale at Newport” photo by George Pickow [Photo]
B13F20Oversize ItemsundatedEducation Kaplan Dance Auditions Jan 8 at Carnegie Studio, contact sheet


B14F01TextilesundatedOscar Brand’s Ralph Lauren Shirt


B18Item 01RealiaundatedI Love Cats album cover ceramic mug
B20Item 01RealiaundatedOscar the Grouch stuffed toy


B18Item 02Musical IntrumentsundatedTuning fork
B18Item 03Musical IntrumentsundatedCapo
B18Item 04Musical IntrumentsundatedAugustine brand E or 1st guitar string
B18Item 05Musical Intrumentsundated3 original pegs for Oscar Brand’s guitar
B18Item 06Musical IntrumentsundatedOriginal top nut for Oscar Brand’s guitar
N/AArtifact B01 Shelf 9Musical IntrumentsundatedGuitar
N/AArtifact B01 Shelf 9Musical IntrumentsundatedGuitar


B04F01Sound RecordingsundatedOscar Brand Sings for Adults [Vinyl – LP]
B04F02Sound RecordingsundatedShivaree! [Vinyl – LP]
B04F03Sound RecordingsundatedPoems and Songs of the Sea [Vinyl – LP]
B04F04Sound RecordingsundatedLaughing America [Vinyl – LP]
B04F05Sound RecordingsundatedPie in the Sky [Vinyl – LP]
B04F06Sound RecordingsundatedJean Ritchie, Oscar Brand, David Sear: A Folk Concert in Town Hall, New York [Vinyl – LP]
B04F07Sound RecordingsundatedElection Songs of the United States [Vinyl – LP]
B04F08Sound RecordingsundatedCourting and Riddle Songs [Vinyl – LP]
B04F09Sound RecordingsundatedGolden Slumbers: Lullabies from Near and Far [Vinyl – LP]
B04F10Sound RecordingsundatedOscar Brand and His Young Friends Celebrate Singing Holidays [Vinyl – LP]
B04F11Sound RecordingsundatedPie in the Sky & Other Folk Song Satires [Vinyl – LP]
B04F12Sound RecordingsundatedFolk Songs for Fun [Vinyl – LP]
B04F13Sound RecordingsundatedPaul Bunyan in Story and Song [Vinyl – LP]
B04F14Sound RecordingsundatedThe Drinking Man’s Songbook [Vinyl – LP]
B04F15Sound RecordingsundatedChildren’s Concert [Vinyl – LP]
B04F16Sound RecordingsundatedSinging is Believing: Songs of the Advent Season [Vinyl – LP]
B04F17Sound RecordingsundatedMy Christmas is Best: Traditional Songs for the Season from Around the World [Vinyl – LP]
B04F18Sound RecordingsundatedYour Birthday Party [Vinyl – LP]
B04F19Sound RecordingsundatedRiddle Me This [Vinyl – LP]
B04F20Sound RecordingsundatedAbsolute Nonsense [Vinyl – LP]
B04F21Sound RecordingsundatedOscar Brand Celebrates the First Thanksgiving in Story and Song [Vinyl – LP]
B04F22Sound RecordingsundatedTrick or Treat: Hallowe’en Celebrated in Story and Song [Vinyl – LP]
B04F23Sound RecordingsundatedAmerican Drinking Songs [Vinyl – LP]
B04F24Sound RecordingsundatedG.I.: American Army Songs [Vinyl – LP]
B04F25Sound RecordingsundatedOut of the Blue: More Air Force Songs [Vinyl – LP]
B04F26Sound RecordingsundatedBoating Songs and All That Bilge [Vinyl – LP]
B04F27Sound RecordingsundatedCourtin’s a Pleasure and Other Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians [Vinyl – LP]
B04F28Sound RecordingsundatedThe Wild Blue Yonder [Vinyl – LP]
B04F29Sound RecordingsundatedSongs of the U.S. Army [Vinyl – LP]
B04F30Sound RecordingsundatedAn Oscar Brand Songbag of Folk Song Favorites [Vinyl – LP]
B04F31Sound RecordingsundatedTell It to the Marines [Vinyl – LP]
B04F32Sound RecordingsundatedGive ’em the Hook! or Songs That Killed Vaudeville [Vinyl – LP]
B04F33Sound RecordingsundatedSongs Inane Only [Vinyl – LP]
B05F01Sound RecordingsundatedSports Car: Songs for Big Wheels [Vinyl – LP]
B05F02Sound RecordingsundatedUp in the Air [Vinyl – LP]
B05F03Sound RecordingsundatedFor Doctors Only [Vinyl – LP]
B05F04Sound RecordingsundatedA Snow Job for Skiers [Vinyl – LP]
B05F05Sound RecordingsundatedSongs Fore Golfers [Vinyl – LP]
B05F06Sound RecordingsundatedCough! Army Songs Out of the Barracks Bag [Vinyl – LP]
B05F07Sound RecordingsundatedBawdy Hootenanny [Vinyl – LP]
B05F08Sound RecordingsundatedBawdy Western Songs Vol. 6 [Vinyl – LP]
B05F09Sound RecordingsundatedBawdy Song Goes to College [Vinyl – LP]
B05F10Sound RecordingsundatedRollicking Sea Shanties [Vinyl – LP]
B05F11Sound RecordingsundatedSing Along Bawdy Songs & Backroom Ballads [Vinyl – LP]
B05F12Sound RecordingsundatedBawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads Vol. 1 [Vinyl – LP]
B05F13Sound RecordingsundatedBawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads Vol. 2 [Vinyl – LP]
B05F14Sound RecordingsundatedBawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads Vol. 3 [Vinyl – LP]
B05F15Sound RecordingsundatedBawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads Vol. 4 [Vinyl – LP]
B05F16Sound RecordingsundatedOld Time Bawdy Sea Shanties Vol. 5 [Vinyl – LP]
B05F17Sound RecordingsundatedSongs of ’76: A Folksinger’s History of the Revolution [Vinyl – LP]
B05F18Sound RecordingsundatedThe Best of Oscar Brand [Vinyl – LP]
B05F19Sound RecordingsundatedThe Americans [Vinyl – LP]
B05F20Sound RecordingsundatedOscar Brand on Campus “Live” [Vinyl – LP]
B05F21Sound RecordingsundatedCelebrate [Vinyl – LP]
B05F22Sound RecordingsundatedX [Vinyl – LP]
B05F23Sound RecordingsundatedThe Best of the Worst [Vinyl – LP]
B05F24Sound RecordingsundatedAn Introduction to Folk Music and Folk Lore [Vinyl – LP]
B05F25Sound Recordingsundated100 Proof Drinking Songs [Vinyl – LP]
B05F26Sound RecordingsundatedAmerican Dreamer [Vinyl – LP]
B05F27Sound RecordingsundatedIn White America [Vinyl – LP]
B05F28Sound RecordingsundatedA Joyful Noise (Original Broadway Cast Recording) [Vinyl – LP]
B05F29Sound RecordingsundatedArchive of Folk Music [Vinyl – LP]
B05F30Sound RecordingsundatedHow to Steal an Election (Original Cast Recording) [Vinyl – LP]
B05F31Sound RecordingsundatedEvery Inch a Sailor [Vinyl – LP]
B05F32Sound RecordingsundatedMorality [Vinyl – LP]
B06F01Sound RecordingsundatedBawdy Songs and Back Room Ballads [Vinyl – EP]
B06F02Sound RecordingsundatedCourting Songs [Vinyl – EP]
B06F03Sound RecordingsundatedBack-Room Ballads [Vinyl – EP]
B06F04Sound RecordingsundatedCome to the Party: 12 Holiday Songs for Every Month of the Year [Vinyl – EP]
B06F05Sound RecordingsundatedNoah’s Ark [Vinyl – EP]
B06F06Sound RecordingsundatedBring a Song, Johnny! [Vinyl – EP]
B06F07Sound Recordingsundated“With ‘Er ‘Ead Tucked Underneath Her Arm” & “Old King Cole” [Vinyl – EP]
B06F08Sound Recordingsundated“The Roving Kind” & “The Rolling Plains” [Vinyl – EP]
B12F01Sound Recordings1994Oscar Brand, I Love Cats! (4 copies) [Audio Cassette]
B16F01Sound Recordings1995Oscar Brand, Get a Dog (4 copies) [CD]
B16F02Sound Recordings1994Oscar Brand, I Love Cats! [CD]
B16F03Sound Recordings2001Oscar Brand, Jewish Music in the New World [CD]
B16F04Sound Recordings1996Oscar Brand, Pie in the Sky [CD]
B16F05Sound Recordings1980Oscar Brand with the Legendary Secret Band, American Dreamer [CD]
B16F06Sound Recordings1999Oscar Brand, Presidential Campaign Songs, 1879-1996 [CD]
B16F09Sound Recordings1949 October 23Oscar Brand at Folksong Festival [CD]
B16F10Sound Recordings1949 October 30Oscar Brand at Folksong Festival [CD]
B16F11Sound Recordings1950 January 8Oscar Brand at Folksong Festival [CD]
B16F12Sound Recordings1950 January 22Oscar Brand at Folksong Festival [CD]
B16F13Sound Recordings1996-2007WFMA Photos by Chuck Morse [Photo CD]
B16F14Sound Recordings1999Oscar Brand, Presidential Campaign Songs, 1879-1996 [CD]


B21F01Sound Recordings1955, 1962CD with 2 Folksong Festival rebroadcasts:  1) Train Songs from 1955, guest Tom Paley (28:44); 2) Cooper Union and The Great Hall from 1962, guests Alan Lomax, Clarence Ashley, Doc Watson, and Bessie Jones (28:38) [CD]
B21F02Sound RecordingsundatedA Joyful Noise Broadway Cast recording [Vinyl-45]
B21F03Personal PapersundatedCertificate of Recognition from the Southern Poverty Law Center
B21F04Personal PapersundatedItems documenting Oscar Brand’s Army service, including a collage with black and white photograph and text and a copy of his World War II discharge papers with handwritten note: “discharged because the enemy surrendered” 
B21F05Personal PapersundatedBrochure featuring Oscar Brand’s son, James Brandon, magician
B21F06Folk Music Performancescirca 1998Publicity material created by Oscar Brand to promote his programs
B21F07Folk Music PerformancesundatedReview of an Oscar Brand performance (unknown publication, not dated)
B21F08Theatrical Performances2023 AugustInsert from the New York Times and playbill for the revival of How to Steal an Election
B21F09CorrespondenceundatedLetter from Army major to Oscar Brand’s parents, re: Oscar’s medal for sharpshooter proficiency
B21F10CorrespondenceundatedLetter from librarian to Oscar Brand expressing appreciation for his teen program (not dated) 
B21F11Photographscirca 1990Color photograph of Oscar Brand’s adult children Jordan, James, Jeannie, and Eric [Photo]
B21F12PhotographsundatedColor photograph of Oscar Brand’s first grandchild [Photo]
B21F13Photographscirca 1954Black and white photograph of Jean Ritchie and George Pickow off to Europe by boat [Photo]
B21F14PhotographsundatedBlack and white photograph of John Foley, Brand’s longtime accompanist  [Photo]
B21F15PhotographsundatedColor photograph of Oscar and Jeannie Brand celebrating Jeannie’s 50th birthday [Photo]
B21F16Photographsundated6 black & white photographs of Oscar Brand performing on stage with guitar and microphone [Photos]
B21F17Photographs1974Black and white photograph of Oscar Brand, note on back reads “from Jeannie Brand’s high school yearbook – O.B. performed 1974” [Photo]
B21F18Photographs1969Black and white photograph of Oscar Brand with guitar in front of the family’s brownstone in New York City [Photo]
B21F19Photographscirca 1976Black and white photograph of Oscar Brand at the South Street Seaport in New York City [Photo]
B22F01Personal PapersundatedSongwriters Hall of Fame inductee for “A Guy is a Guy,” Oscar Brand’s only #1 hit song
B22F02Personal Papers2023Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame inductee Brochure
B22F03Personal PapersundatedGuiness Book of World Records Original Certificate
B22F04Personal Papers1995Personal Peabody Award for The Sunday Show
B22F05Sound RecordingsundatedVinyl recording of Oscar Brand’s first known album Backroom Ballads (includes handwritten note, unknown source)  [Vinyl-LP]
B22F06PhotographsundatedBlack and white photograph used for the album cover of Morality (11″ x 12″) [Photo]
B22F07PhotographsundatedBlack and white professional portrait photograph of Oscar Brand with guitar, photographer stamp: Editta Sherman [Photo]
B22F08Photographscirca 1940sBlack and white photograph of Oscar Brand in costume, top hat, college play (11″ x 14″) [Photo]