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Frances Densmore: Recording & Preserving Native American Music : Newspapers

Suggested Newspapers & Dates


  • Red Wing, Minnesota: Republican-Eagle
  • Duluth, Minnesota: Duluth News Tribune
  • St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • St. Paul Dispatch
  • Minneapolis Tribune
  • Minneapolis Journal


  • May 21, 1867: Frances Densmore is born in Red Wing.
  • 1905: Densmore visited the Ojibwe bands in Grand Marais and Grand Portage where she started to transcribe their native music.
  • 1907: Densmore began officially recording Native American music for the Smithsonian Institute's Bureau of American Ethnology.
  • 1941: Densmore received the award of the National Association for American Composers and Conductors for her contributions to American musicology.
  • 1943: Densmore completed the Smithsonian-Densmore collection of sound recordings of American Indian music.
  • June 5, 1957: Frances Densmore died in Red Wing.


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Newsboy distributing January 1937 Minneapolis Journal.

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