d'Archive Episode 20: Hoboes and Railfans

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.   

Featured Tracks:

Harry “Haywire” McClintock – Big Rock Candy Mountain

John B. Hooker – Hobo Blues

Etta Baker – Railroad Bill

Featured Collections:

Samuel and Ann Charters Archive of Blues and African American Vernacular Musical Culture

Dodd Special Collections

Thomas B. Hogan Papers

Richard Scarry Papers

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