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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Reinhardt Schuhmann, Kenneth Schweitzer, and Jud Wellington
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 1958/009: Musee de l'Homme / Music of Pondo Kakou Secret Society from Ivory Coast, Dahomey, and Guinea
One 12-inch commercial LP entitled Music of Pondo Kakou, secret society from Ivory Coast, Dahomey (now Benin), and Guinea. Recorded by Gilbert Rouget, ca. 1950s. The collection includes a short article about the Pondo Kakou, written in French. (The Musee de l'Homme LD 17 [LP shelf]) (AFS 11,347)

AFC 1958/011: Musee de l'Homme / Music of the Princes of Dahomey
One 12-inch LP entitled Dahomey: Musique de Princes, Fete de Tohossou. Recorded by Gilbert Rouget in collaboration with Pierre Verger (photographer) and Jean Koroma. From the collection of the Departement d'Ethno-Musicologie, Musee de l'Homme. The collection includes a 17-page booklet with photos and additional information about the music and dances. (AFS 11,349)

AFC 1953/012: Music and Dances of the African Gold Coast
Eleven 10-inch commercial discs of African Gold Coast (now Ghana) music and dances. Gift from M. Aime Darot of France. The collection includes a log of the songs with descriptions of the 22 songs on the recording. (AFS 10,766-10,776) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 352) (1 hour 24 minutes) [listed under 'Benin' in card catalog]

AFC 1963/007: Voice of America / Yoruba Materials from Dahomey
Three 7-inch tapes of a radio program titled "Panorama Musical from the Yoruba of Dahomey." Includes a drum fanfare and the following: the royal adjogan of the Yoruba, bariba, dendi, the royal henye of Abomey, sakara, and music performed on the tchinounkounme. Recorded at various locations by Radio Dahomey. The collection includes 3 pages of descriptions of the recordings. Gift of Voice of America, May 1963. (1 hour and 30 minutes; LWO 4010; preservation tape LWO 12,661 reels 96-97) (AFS 12,024-12,026)

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection
One thousand one hundred sixty-six 10-inch discs, 18 14-inch discs, one 3-inch tape, twenty-two 5-inch tapes, and 344 7-inch tapes of music recorded in Angola, The Bahamas, Canada, The Congo, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Japan, Martinique, Mexico, Native American Music, Nyasaland, Peru Polynesia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and the USA by Laura Boulton, Walter Garwick, George Hibbit, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, and Charles F. Lummis, ca. 1904-1961. The collection includes 12 linear inches of logs, correspondence, and notes.

AFS 15,880-16,151: Laura Boulton Collection Part 8: French West Africa
Two hundred seventy-two 10-inch discs of music recorded in Benin, French Sudan, Niger, Nigeria, and other locations by Laura Boulton, 1934. The collection includes 1 1/2linear inches of concordances and fieldnotes. [Duplicated in part on AFS 17,329-17,368.]

AFS 16,000: One disc containing a brief description of Benin by Laura Boulton. (4 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 24A)

AFS 16,001-16,013: Thirteen discs containing choral and instrumental music performed with flutes and stringed instruments, recorded in Benin. (52 minutes; tape copy on reel LWO 7551 24)

AFS 16,028-16,035: Eight discs containing choral and drumming music, recorded in Benin. (32 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 25A)


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