Appalachian Dulcimer


This Appalachian dulcimer was made by an unknown maker in West Virginia, undetermined date. It is a single-bout dulcimer, with a metal nut and tailpiece, wood bridge, 15 metal frets, 2 stylized s-shaped sound holes, carved out peg box with 4 mismatched wooden friction tuning pegs, and a round head. There is a narrow leather strip attached to the tail end of the instrument.

Anne Grimes (1912-2004) was an American journalist, musician, and historian of American (particularly Midwestern) folklore. Grimes studied voice and piano at Ohio Wesleyan and initiated graduate studies at Ohio State University. Following her education, Grimes was a music teacher, music and dance critic, and radio host. After WWII, Grimes began collecting and documenting folk songs throughout Ohio, as well as collecting Appalachian dulcimers and zithers. She would continue this work, performing, recording, and lecturing on instruments from her collection throughout the rest of her career.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: West Virginia

See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments, Music & Musical Instruments, Dulcimers


Exhibition Location:

Related Publication: Smith, L. Allen. Catalogue of Pre-Revival Appalachian Dulcimers

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1996.0276.29Accession Number: 1996.0276Catalog Number: 1996.0276.29Collector/Donor Number: J1

Object Name: dulcimer

Physical Description: wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 7/8 in x 7 in x 36 1/2 in; 9.8425 cm x 17.78 cm x 92.71 cm


Record Id: nmah_608134

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