The songs of the Max Hunter Collection are made available for musicians, scholars, and other interested researchers. These recordings are field recordings collected from 1956-1976 and almost all songs in the collection predate World War II. Some of the songs date back several hundred years. Consequently, the lyrics of the songs represent the language, ideas, and prejudices of earlier eras and in some cases are blatantly offensive. Missouri State University does not endorse or condone the offensive language contained in these songs and provides this website only as a platform for the preservation and study of historical artifact.