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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1598
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Gamble Rogers collection, 1959-1992.
Amount: 0.25 cubic ft.
Medium Included: photographs
Organization/Arrangement: Alphabetical.
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Biographical/Historical:     Legislation in 1979 (79-322, SB 1208) transferred the Florida Folk Arts component of the Stephen Foster Memorial to the Florida Department of State. Operating as the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs from ca. 1985 until 1995, the Bureau coordinated the annual Florida Folk Festival and directed such programs as Folk Arts Apprenticeships, Folk Arts in Education, Folk Heritage awards, annual research surveys, and numerous other projects and programs. From 1995 through June 30, 2021, the renamed and reorganized Florida Folklife Program continued the majority of these operations from within the Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Historic Preservation in Tallahassee. During the 1995 reorganization, the State Archives of Florida acquired the Florida Folklife Collection from the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs’ previously maintained Florida Folklife Archives. Legislation in 2021 (2021-71, L. O. F., HB 909) transferred the Florida Folklife Program and its operations from the Division of Historical Resources to the newly renamed Division of Arts and Culture, previously the Division of Cultural Resources, effective July 1, 2021. The program is charged to "identify, research, interpret, and present Florida folk arts, artists, performers, folklore, traditions, customs, and cultural heritage and make folk cultural resources and folklife projects available throughout the state."

    Gamble Rogers was born in Winter Park, Florida, in 1937, the son of well-known architect, James Gamble Rogers. Gamble Rogers studied architecture as well, but gave up that discipline for a career in music. Rogers first gained national attention as a member of the Serendipity Singers, appearing on television shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Tonight Show." He went on to perform at colleges, folk festivals, and coffeehouses all over the United States. In the 1970s, he was a weekly guest commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Rogers' performances were characterized by his guitar-playing and folk singing interjected with stories and jokes. He appeared regularly at the Florida Folk Festival. Gamble Rogers died on October 10, 1991, attempting to save a drowning man at Flagler Beach, Florida. He was posthumously awarded a Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1993.

Summary:     This series consists of materials related to or created by Gamble Rogers as maintained by the Florida Folklife Archive. The series documents Rogers' career as a musician, with information on his recordings, performances, and writings. The materials include original, hand-written drafts of poems, songs and stories, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Also included are reviews of Rogers' albums and performances, press releases, publicity materials released by Rogers' agents, and a few letters written by Rogers.

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Associated Materials: For audio and video recordings of Rogers' performances, see series S 1576, Audio Recordings of Florida Folk Festival Performances and Other Folk Events. For photographs and slides of Rogers, see series S 1577, Photographs and Slides of Folk Arts, Artisans and Performers.
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Subject Access Fields: Rogers, Gamble, 1937-1991.
Folk singers Florida
Folklore Performance Florida
Folk music Florida
Photographs. aat
Clippings. aat
Added Entries Rogers, Gamble, 1937-1991.