Alan Lomax, leading radio exponent of American folklore and folk music, was born in 1915 in Austin, Texas, where his father, John A. Lomax, had been associated most of his life with the University of Texas. Alan Lomax spent his early days around the university campus, except for some time on a West Texas ranch, periods of schooling in the East, and two years collaborating with his father on folk-song collection and in the editing of American Ballads and Folk Songs (1937 [sic 1934]) and Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Leadbelly (1939 [sic 1936]).