Anne Grimes

From Ohio History Central

Anne Grimes was a journalist, musician and historian of American folklore.

Grimes was born on May 17, 1912, in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with bachelors degrees in art and music. She attended The Ohio State University to pursue graduate work in music history but did not graduate.

Grimes dedicated her life to music and folklore. In 1942, she accepted a position with the Citizen Journal, a Columbus newspaper, as a dance and music critic. She worked for the newspaper for four years. During the 1950s, she began to travel across Ohio, collecting and preserving folk songs. Her dedication to folk music and art led her to serve as president of the Ohio Folklore Society, as a member of the advisory board of the National Folk Festival, and as an archivist of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

During the 1950s, Grimes emerged as a leading expert on a musical instrument called the dulcimer. In 1957, she released an album entitled "Ohio State Ballads: History through Folk Songs: Anne Grimes, with Dulcimer." Recognizing this album's importance, the Smithsonian Institution re-released it in 1991. From 1961 to 1993, Grimes served as a judge at "Dulcimer Days," a national competition held in Roscoe Village, in Coshocton, Ohio. Grimes later donated her dulcimer collection, one of the finest in the United States, to the Smithsonian Institution.

Anne Grimes died on January 14, 2004 in Oberlin, Ohio.

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