Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Music in the Northern Woods: An Archaeological Exploration of Musical Instrument Remains
by Durocher, Matthew J., M.S., Michigan Technological University, 2018, 124; 10789626
Abstract (Summary)

Archaeological and historical literature neglects music and sound. The quantity and distribution of musical remains found during archaeological excavations at Coalwood, a Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company (CCI) logging camp active from 1901–1912 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, addresses the importance of music to the people that lived there. Musical reed plates from harmonicas, concertinas, and accordions were recovered and examined. These musical remains have traditionally been ignored as a diagnostic artifact, but here, I use them as primary evidence to access the daily lives of people in the northern woods. To do this, I will present how CCI developed Coalwood as a lumber camp and some of the people that lived there. Then, I will explore the soundscape through artifacts and bring attention to formal and informal music ensembles and the music they play. I will demystify the reed plate and present a typology of reed plates.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wurst, LouAnn
Commitee: Seigel, M. Bartley, Walton, Steven A.
School: Michigan Technological University
Department: Social Sciences
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, Music
Keywords: Logging, Musical reed plates, Musicology
Publication Number: 10789626
ISBN: 9780355979329
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