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Bruce Bollerud (1934-2020), was a professional musician in the Madison, WI area from the 1960s-2000s. He played bandoneon, piano accordion, jug, and trombone with a number of local bands, notably the Goose Island Ramblers and the Good Time Band. The Goose Island Ramblers were an old-time "polkabilly" band active during the 1960s, 70s, and 90s. Their repertoire combined Anglo-American country music, Norwegian-American fiddle tunes and dialect songs, an array of European dance tunes, regional transformations of American popular songs, and original compositions regarding life in Wisconsin.
Throughout his career, Bollerud amassed a collection of materials that document his professional activities as a musician as well as a special education teacher. This collection contains photographs, published sheet music, manuscript sheet music, lyric sheets, song lists, a chronology of the Bollerud Family, and an autobiographical manuscript, "Recollections." Sound recordings include Goose Island Ramblers rehearsal tapes, performances house parties, live concerts and radio appearances; as well as private recordings of Bollerud with other local musicians such as Ole Gjerald, Joe Weum, Emil Simpson and Sammy Eggum.
Special thanks to The National Endowment for the Humanities for providing essential support for this online collection.
Original collection materials reside in the Mills Music Library. Materials in the collection are non-circulating but may be consulted in the library. Patrons wishing to consult materials may contact the reference librarian on duty.
Materials in the collection are subject to the guidelines for use and reproduction of materials in the special collections of the General Library System of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.