The publications we have highlighted here will help you
undertake the life-long and potentially life-changing process of documenting,
recording, presenting and preserving folklife traditions in your community.
Check this page frequently as we will update it with additional materials
over the coming days, months, and years.
Explore Your Community
A colorful presentation that encourages students
to research their own community heritage. Complete with project suggestions
and tips for beginners. Especially for middle and high school students.
and Fieldwork: A Layman's Introducton to Field Techniques
View and print out this comprehensive guide (also
available in .pdf format) to conducting field and archival research,
with step-by-step instructions from preparation to publication.
A Commonwealth of Cultures by Mary Hufford
An in-depth look at the role cultural traditions
play in American life, as well as the ways folklorists work to document
and study them.
Please note: This text is also available
as a full-color, illustrated, 20-page booklet available from the
therafter, $1 per copy (thus, 30 copies would cost $55). Price
includes postage and handling.
A helpful book for nonprofessional researchers and
community groups contemplating the exploration of their own maritime
cultural heritage. It will also provide guidance to students and
laypeople working on projects under the direction of professional
folklorists, anthropologists, historians, preservationists, cultural
geographers, and other specialists in the study of culture.
American Folklife Center: An Illustrated Guide
Written by American Folklife Center (AFC) editor James
Hardin, the guide traces the growth of the Library's folklife collection
its roots in the Archive of American Folk-Song, which was founded
at the Library in 1928 as a repository for American folk music, to
a collection of oral histories of Americans at the turn of the 21st
Please note: This guide is available online from the above link and the print version available
for purchase ($14.00) through the Library of Congress
Recordings from the Archive of Folk Culture
A listing of commercially available sound recordings
featuring a wide array of traditional music and spoken word recordings
from the US and around the world.
Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: A Contributor's Guide
A how-to guide for caring for archival materials.
While intended for collectors preparing their materials for deposit
in the AFC's Archive of Folk Culture, the guide includes practical
advice on how collectors can protect ethnographic materials -- photographs,
sound recordings, manuscripts, etc. -- in their own keeping.
for Your Collections
Need advice on the care of books, photos, videos,
and other media in your collections? These publications from the
Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress answer many questions
about the care, handling and storage of your valuable collections.