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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: September 2016

For additional information about Archive of Folk Culture collections, contact the Folklife Reading Room. To request copies, see our webpages regarding audio materials and photographic materials. Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information. All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.

Ruth Cade Collection of Music of Afghanistan (AFC 1955/002)
One disc of native music of Afghanistan. Recorded ca. 1954. (AFS 10,872) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 234) [catalog record]

Music of Afghanistan (AFC 1964/008)
One 7-inch tape of music from Afghanistan. Afghan melodies played by the National Orchestra. Songs by Mr. Kheyal, Mrs. Parwin, Mr. Ah'mad. Katoghan song with dutar accompaniment. Pashto song and chorus. Ustad Moh'med Omar, director. Recorded pre-1964. (32 minutes; LWO 4155) (AFS 12,033) [catalog record]

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection, 1949-1962

Laura Boulton Collection Part 23
Three-hundred and forty-four 7-inch tapes, 22 5-inch tapes and 1 3-inch tape of instrumentals and songs recorded in Africa, Europe, Far East, Latin America, Middle East, Near East, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia by Laura Boulton, 1949-61. The collection includes 1/3 linear inch of articles, correspondence, and lists. [catalog record]

AFS 18,186: One tape containing (1) strings etc.; low drum (vibrates); male solo; (2) male solo, orchestra accompaniment; (3) Harmonium[?] (bordun); (4) harmonium and tabla; (5) Baglauia[?] and drum; and (6) like banjo and drum. Recorded in Afghanistan, ca. 1956.

AFS 18,187: One tape containing (1) strings and drums, male solo; (2) [unidentified]; (3) instruments (sounds like baglama), drum rhythm; (4) rhythms of drum, melody on string instrument; (5) melody, male solo; (6) high flute, etc., and drums; (7) male solo, drums and strings. Recorded in Afghanistan, ca. 1956.

AFS 18,188: One tape containing unidentified material, recorded in Afghanistan, ca. 1956.

AFS 18,189: One tape contanining a talk on an unidentified topic. Recorded in Afghanistan, ca. 1956.

1987 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1987/016)
Concert of Afghan and Iranian traditional music from Washington, D.C. Recorded at the Library of Congress, June 18, 1987. [catalog record] [finding aid]

Politics and Poetics: Fieldwork in Afghanistan and Jamaica, Lecture by Margaret Mills and Kenneth Bilby (AFC 2006/039)
Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture, August 3, 2006. The speakers discuss issues of the outsider-researcher working with people in cultures that are undergoing pressures of political, economic, and cultural change, using the context of their long term fieldwork. In Afghanistan, Margaret Mills began studying Persian language oral narrative and folktale performance in 1969. Her talk is titled,"The same river: dilemmas and challenges of long-term cultural research in conflict zones and falling states." In Jamaica, Kenneth Bilby began his studies in 1977 on the oral culture of the Jamaican Maroons, descendents of enslaved Africans, who escaped from plantations and won their freedom in 1739. His talk is titled, "Private stories, public folklore, and contested histories in Jamaica: taking the long view with the Maroons."(one hour) [catalog record] [webcast and event flyer]

Afghan Women's Stories: The Problematics of Cover, Lecture by Margaret Mills (AFC 2007/037)
Video recording and photographs of a lecture delivered by Margaret A. Mills in the Mary Pickford Theater, Library of Congress, on September 19, 2007, as part of the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Afghan women in burkas have become iconic representations of women's oppression in western media, but this representation is contested in various ways by Afghan women and men. Mills reflects on certain recent mismanaged representations of Afghan women and families in global media and their repercussions for the women so represented. [catalog record]

Margaret Mills Collection (AFC 2008/022)
Collection of field recordings of traditional storytelling and interviews with storytellers in Herat and other locations in Afghanistan; including tales told by women; field notebooks; indexes to field recordings, and related documentation collected by Margaret Ann Mills from about 1974-2005. [catalog record]

Peggy Fleming Collection from Kabul, Afghanistan (AFC 2011/058)
Photographer Peggy Fleming participated in the Women's Delegation to Afghanistan tour, March 9-18, 2003, sponsored by Global Exchange, a non-profit human rights organization. She attended the 2nd annual International Women's Week in Kabul, Afghanistran. Her documentation includes her journal, correspondence, and ephemera (5 linear inches), black and white slides, silver gelatin photographic prints and ilfochrome photographic prints, 43 sheets of negatives and 43 contact sheets (circa 400 photographs), 1 CD-R with inventory.

Roxane Connick Carlisle collection (AFC 2012/008)
cCollection of field recordings, photographs, video recordings, a film, and manuscripts created by Roxane Connick Carlisle primarily in Darfur Province and other locations in Sudan, from 1963-1968; also includes photographs of musicians, musical instruments, markets, gardens, buildings, weddings, and wildlife taken in Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Uganda from 1963-1968. Includes field recordings of music of various groups including Anuak, Baggara, Beni Halba, Dinka, Fur, Nuer, Ingessana, Shilluk, Ta'isha, Zaghawa, and others, especially wedding music and women's traditions. Sound recordings for demonstration and teaching include music from Afghanistan, other locations in Africa (Ethiopia, Burrundi, and more), Australia and New Guinea, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, North American Indian, Philippines, Polynesia, Southeast Asia, and Spain. [catalog record]


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