JACKSON, GEORGE PULLEN, 1874-1953

Biography:

Ethnomusicologist, linguist, college professor. Born– August 20, 1874, Monson, Maine (moved to Birmingham as a child). Parents– George Frederick and Ann Jane (Pullen) Jackson. Married– Inez Emeline Wright, December 23, 1906 (died 1918).¬† Children–two. Married– Lois Diantha Barnes, December 18, 1926 (died 1939). Education– Royal Conservatory of Music, Dresden, 1897-1898; Vanderbilt University, 1900-1901; University of Chicago, Ph.B., 1904, Ph.D., 1911; postgraduate work, University of Chicago, University of Munich, University of Bonn. Employed by his father’s company, Huston Biscuit Co., Birmingham, 1895-1900; taught German at Kansas State Agricultural College; Case School of Applied Science; University of Chicago; Oberlin College; Northwestern University; University of North Dakota; Vanderbilt University, 1918-1943. President, University Philharmonic Society, Grand Fork, North Dakota; founder of Nashville Symphony Orchestra; founder of Tennessee Music Teachers Association; founder of Old Harp Singers of Nashville and other shaped note singing groups; member, board of advisors to the editors of Southern Folklore Quarterly; member and president,¬†South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Died January 19, 1953.

Source:

“George Pullen Jackson, An Appreciation,” Southern Folklore Quarterly, XVII (March 1953).

Marquis Who’s Who Online.

Publication(s):

Another Sheaf of White Spirituals. Gainesville, Fla.; University of Florida Press, 1952.

Down East Spirituals. New York; J.J. Augustin, 1943.

Spiritual Folksongs of Early America. New York; J. J. Augustin, 1937.

Story of the Sacred Harp. Nashville; Vanderbilt University Press, 1944.

White and Negro Spirituals. New York; J. J. Augustin, 1943.

White Spirituals in the Southern Uplands. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1933.

Editor:

American Folk Music for High School and Other Choral Groups. Boston; C. C. Burchard, 1947.

Papers;

The Special Collections Department at the Heard Library at Vanderbilt University holds an extensive collection of papers and other materials of George Pullen Jackson. A collection of George Pullen Jackson’s books and papers is held by the library at UCLA.

Updated 09/21/2011