October 17, 2009
Folklorist Vance Randolph, who studied people and culture of the Ozarks, lived in a small Missouri town when this late 1930s photo was taken. According to Robert Cochran in Vance Randolph: An Ozark Life, he maintained the dress and appearance of “a man of the world,” as he was described in 1936. Randolph later moved to Carroll County and to Washington County. He is shown here visiting with a group of local musicians recording traditional music.