Harry Smith: “Harry Everett Smith (29 May 1923, Portland, Oregon – 27 November 1991, New York City) was an American archivist, ethnomusicologist, student of anthropology, record collector, experimental filmmaker, artist, bohemian and mystic…

The Anthology of American Folk Music [assembled by Smith and released by Folkways] was a compilation of recordings of American folk and country music commercially released as 78 rpm records between 1926 and 1932. This document is generally thought to have been enormously influential on the folk & blues revival of the ’50s and ’60s, and brought the works of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mississippi John Hurt, Dick Justice and many others to the attention of musicians such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, and featured such legendary acts as The Carter Family and Clarence Ashley.” [via]