University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Hally Wood Papers, 1918-1990

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wood, Hally, 1922-1989
Title: Wood, Hally, Papers
Dates: 1918-1990
Abstract: Alphabetical subject files, journals, audio tapes, printed programs, books, etc. documenting the career of Harriet "Hally" Wood.
Accession No.: 96-139; 97-053; 2015-289
Extent: 10 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Washington, D. C., Harriet Elizabeth "Hally" Wood (1922-1989) was the daughter of a U.S. Army doctor, who retired in San Antonio, Texas. While studying music at the University of Texas at Austin, she met John and Alan Lomax, and in 1940, she married John Henry Faulk, with whom she had one daughter. Following the end of World War II, Wood moved to New York City to work with such folk musicians as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, and Pete Seeger. After divorcing Faulk in 1947, she married Spanish Civil War veteran Lou Gordon. Returning to Austin in 1953, Wood divorced Gordon and earned her bachelor’s degree while transcribing field recordings for the Lomaxes. She once again moved to New York City, performing with the Skifflers and other musicians. Upon moving to Puerto Rico in the late 1950s, Wood married Robert Clarence McCleod Stevenson, professor at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras.


Eder, Bruce. "Hally Wood." Accessed May 2, 2011.

Scope and Contents

Alphabetical subject files, journals, audio tapes, printed programs, books, etc. documenting the career of Harriet "Hally" Wood.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Wood, Hally, 1922-1989 -- Archives.
Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002.
Lomax, John A. (John Avery), 1867-1948.
Folk music -- Texas.
Folk music -- United States.
Folk singers -- United States.
Texas -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.

Related Material

See also the Hally Wood Oral History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hally Wood Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes November 2015.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3M48 Alphabetical files:
A through H
3M49 J through V
3M50 W
Training literature: typing, computer
Computerized accounts
Family matters, including will
3M51 Bronson project (computerized ballads)
Irene Wood estate suit
Library of Congress printed music materials
Folk music programs, song materials, notes
3M52 Folk music magazines
Sing Out!, 1966-1990
Cotton Patch Rag, Houston Folklore Society, 1979-1980, 1986
IWW songs
3M53 17 7-inch audio reels and 5 audiocassettes, mostly Wood's folk music recordings
Research notes for a song book compilation
Harriet E. Wood stamp
3M54 Music and folklore books
3M55 Music and folklore books
3M56 Non-music books
Posters and concert programs
3D259 1/4 inch sound-tape reel (7 inch diameter), untitled, 2 reels
1/4 inch sound-tape reel (5 inch diameter)
Labeled “920 - Hally Wood”
One Dollar Bill
Old Man
Riding in a Buggy
Wild Ox Moan
No Room at the Inn
Boll weevil
Pretty Fair Miss
Sunday School service, September 3, 1978
Tape I
Side 1: Morris Family in Bear Creek, Kerr County, September 16, 1978
“Cole Younger”
“Two Lovers”
“Barbara Allen”
“Pat Malone”
“Grizzly Bear”
Tape II
1. Barbara Allen
2. Two Dear Sisters
3. Omie Wise
Computer diskettes
3D260 Calendars, 1973, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1989
First Folio, by Ann Wynngate (autographed), 1987
Includes correspondence from Wynngate
Four Quartets, by T.S. Eliot
Doomsday Masque, by Carl Grabe
Wooden Dog, by Christopher Middleton
Carminalenia, by Christopher Middleton
The Lonely Suppers of W.V. Balloon, by Christopher Middleton
Washington Landmark: A View of the DAR, the Headquarters, History and Activities, by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1976
The Cat Notebook: Being an Illustrated Book with Quotes, 1981
Serial publications
The Stone, #10, “A Lake Among the Hills,” 1975
Epoch, 1981
In the Tradition, vol. 1, no. 2, 1980
Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine, vol. 30, no. 2, April-May-June 1984
Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 3., no. 2, Winter 1977; vol. 3. No. 3, Spring 1978; vol. 4, no. 1, Fall 1978; vol. 4, no. 2, Winter 1978
Wood’s marriage certificate to Robert Stephenson [photocopy], 1958
News clippings, various [photocopy]. 1981 and 1983
3D261 Preparation materials for programs, put together by Wood and her daughter
Printed materials
Cowboy Lingo, by John Lomax 1966
Leadbelly: A Collection of World Famous Songs by Huddie Ledbetter, foreword by Hally Wood, 1959
Little Sandy Review, vol. 2, no. 3, undated; vol. 2, no. 4, 1968
Joseph Lomax funeral program at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, June 25, 1989.
Sheet music for I Don’t Know You, by Huddie Ledbetter (Photocopy)
Materials from the Marion Goodman Gallery
Music magazines (fragile)
Clippings, political and music-related
Shreveport - Red River Revel, 1984
Music manuscripts, handwritten and notated by Wood
Alan Lomax
Includes Mister Jelly Roll by Alan Lomax (autographed), 1950
Leadbelly’s research material
Photographs, negatives and slides
2L148 Correspondence
Wood’s letters to her mother, and letters regarding the care of her mother, [circa late 1970s] - 1981
Letters to Hally Wood, [circa late 1980s]
Condolence letters to Wood’s daughter after her passing
Obituary and legal materials regarding Wood’s estate
Appraisal for Wood’s estate, 1989
FBI Files
Includes documents concerning Wood’s alleged Communist activities, 1942-1943
Photographs, negatives, and photostats and photocopies of family records
Articles and clippings regarding South by Southwest (SXSW)
Section from San Antonio News (fragile), 1936
3W95e Compact disc
Hally Wood, recorded by Alan Lomax, May 23, 1960