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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: November 2012

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.

AFC 1951/051: Cooperative Acquisitions Project / Folk Music of Albania
Eight discs of folk music of Albania. Recorded pre-1951. (30 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 299B-300A) (AFS 10,353-10,360)

AFC 1959/005: Barbara Krader Collection of Albanian Folk Songs
One 10-inch tape of Albanian folk songs from pressings loaned by Barbara Krader. (20 minutes; LWO 2698) (AFS 11,474)

AFC 1960/018:  Barbara Krader Collection of Albanian Folk Dances
Three 12-inch discs of Albanian folk dances with music Recorded pre-1960. Donated by Barbara Krader. (25 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 389) (AFS 11,855-11,857)

AFC 1981/018:  Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, 2 5-inch tapes, and 117 audiocassettes of ethnic radio broadcasts recorded for the Ethnic Broadcasting in America Project of the American Folklife Center.  Recorded mostly off the air by Elena Bradunas, Theodore Grame, Alan Jabbour, with others at various locations in the United States, 1977-78.  Documentation includes Theodore Grame’s Ethnic Broadcasting in the United States (Washington, D.C.: American Folklife Center, 1980) and 9 linear inches of manuscript materials. [catalog record]

AFS 23,075: One tape containing an Albanian radio program of Albanian community events, music, and news broadcast on WHBI in New York, New York, March 11, 1978. (30 minutes; RYA 2934)

AFC 2008/010: Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni Orchestra Concert Collection
Collection of digital video, sound recordings, and photographs documenting a concert by Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni on June 19, 2008 in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The vocal repertoire for which Merita is best known is that of the towns of central Albania (Shqipëria e Mesme), particularly Tiranë, Elbasan, Kavajë, and Durrës. As she was growing up, Merita modeled her singing not only on family music making but also on recordings of older singers. Raif Hyseni, Merita's husband and principal accompanist, is from the Republic of Kosovo, which has a large Albanian majority. Digital photographs by Stephen Winick. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]

AFC 2011/005: Staten Island Folk Artists in the Schools Collection
Nine videocassettes (VHS) of fieldwork interviews conducted by Nancy Groce for the Staten Island Council on the Arts Folk Artists in the Schools Program from 1984-1986. Includes an overview of the project (21:00 minutes); Dominic Bencivenga, tugboat worker, master rope worker (16:15 minutes); Ismail Butera, Albanian musician (17 minutes); June Farkouh, Arabic culture and cooking (14:45 minutes); Jon Grondahl, Norwegian rosemaler (13:00 minutes); Lucy Wu Mainer, Chinese calligrapher (15:00 minutes); Treasa O'Carroll, Irish storyteller and singer (28:40 minutes); Eddy Rosenblum, Pigeon racer (11:45 minutes); Aeri Seo, Korean dancer (8:40 minutes); plus an article "Folk Artists in Staten Island Schools: Developing a workable model for larger communities," by Nancy Groce and Janis Benincasa, in Folk Arts in Education in New York State, ed. Kathleen Mundell, New York Folklore, 13, no. 3-4, 1987.


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