ARNOLD, BYRON, 1901-1971.


Musician; Professor of music; collector of folksongs. Born– August 15, 1901, Vancouver, Washington. Parents– Horace Wade and Marguerite Jaggy Arnold.  Married–Flossie E. Hagebusch, 1962. Education– Willamette University, B.A., 1924; Eastman School of Music. Faculty member of the University of Alabama, 1938-1949; University of Southern California after 1950. Best known for his work in collecting folksongs of Alabama;  travelled around the state gathering recordings and texts of folksongs of many types.  Died  December 25, 1971.


Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 6th ed.

“Introduction” to An Alabama Songbook.  University of Alabama Press, 2004.


Five Incapacitated Preludes (A Symphonic Suite).

Three Fantasticisms (for orchestra).


An Alabama Songbook:  Ballads, folksongs, and spirituals collected by Byron Arnold.  Ed. by Robert W. Halli, Jr.  University of Alabama Press, 2004.

Folk Songs of Alabama. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1950.


Arnold’s collection of Alabama folksongs (recordings and papers) is held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.