Sheryl Kaskowitz

Sheryl Kaskowitz

Creating The Music Unit, a book about FDR's hidden folk music program.

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Receive updates about my research and details that won't make it into the book, including the stories behind my favorite finds in the archives and deep dives into recordings. All patrons will receive a monthly newsletter in addition to shorter dispatches from my final research trip.
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Newsletter only

$5
per month
Receive updates about my research and details that won't make it into the book, including the stories behind my favorite finds in the archives and deep dives into recordings. All patrons will receive a monthly newsletter in addition to shorter dispatches from my final research trip.
  • Patron-only newsletter

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Sidney Robertson collected most of the music unit's recordings. In addition to the newsletter, the Sidney Robertson tier will receive an actual postcard (in the mail!) from my final research trip to two resettlement homesteads in Cherry Lake, Florida, and Crossville, Tennessee, and branches of the National Archives in Atlanta and St. Louis. You will also receive a personalized bookplate when my book comes out in spring 2024.
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  • Postcard from research trip (to GA, TN, MO)

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About Sheryl Kaskowitz

I am a writer and independent scholar working on my second book — about a hidden government program that tried to use folk music to end the Great Depression.

In 2016, I got to spend a blissful four months as a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, treasure-hunting in the archives to learn about this little-known piece of New Deal history and listening to an incredible collection of folk music recorded by music unit staffers in the 1930s. Since then, I've received support from fellowships and grants to continue my research, taking time between working and parenting to visit archives across the country. A few years ago, I wrote an article for Humanities magazine that gives just a taste of the story I've uncovered.

Now, you can help me get the full story out into the world! I've been offered a contract to publish with the fantastic independent press Pegasus Books, with a deadline to turn in the manuscript by May 2023. Your support will fund my final research trip and help me get the book to the finish line, and through my newsletter you'll get access to details that won't make it into the book — stories of my favorite finds in the archives, dispatches from my final research trips, and deep dives into the recordings and the songs and people they capture. Depending on the level of support you choose, you can also receive benefits like personalized postcards, access to singalongs and recordings, author visits to your book group, and more.

Everything helps — I'm so grateful for your support!
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 10 exclusive posts
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Writings

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