This episode features an overview and discussion of archival collections focusing on hoboes and train-hopping culture. The UConn Archives is known for its large railroad collections that document the legacy of the train, it’s mechanics and industrial infrastructure. However, a less documented railroad culture is that of the hobo who also occupies a historical place alongside the boxcar. In addition, this episode features an interview with railfan and railroad museum operator Dave Peters about his perspectives on railroad appreciation.
Harry “Haywire” McClintock – Big Rock Candy Mountain
John B. Hooker – Hobo Blues
Etta Baker – Railroad Bill
Samuel and Ann Charters Archive of Blues and African American Vernacular Musical Culture
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