Dorothy Scarborough, a native Texan perhaps best known as author of the 1925 novel The Wind, was also a respected folklorist. Scarborough called herself a "song catcher." She believed radio threatened the survival of folk music and traveled around the Appalachian Mountains recording centuries-old ballads with a hand-powered Dictaphone. Scarborough believed these folk songs told stories about a community's values and its collective history.

Novelist, folklorist, a catcher of songs, Dorothy Scarborough took inspiration from America's regional cultures and, in doing so, preserved the creative expressions of ordinary people from times past. More»

Dorothy Scarborough. Courtesy The Texas Collection, Baylor University.