Frank Warner attended Duke University from 1921 to 1925. He is widely known for his ability as a singer, banjoist, American traditional folk music collector, author, and performer. Between 1938 and 1966, he and his wife Anne traveled from North Carolina to New Hampshire, collecting American songs. On North Carolina's Outer Banks the Warners built relationships with local families and recorded songs from faraway places and times long gone by. In 1941, they recorded more than one hundred tracks from singers in Wanchese, Manns Harbor, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, and other towns.