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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 1962/006: Kenneth Wattson Recordings of Music from Upper Volta
Two 7-inch tapes of ceremonies, folklore, and music titled "African Music from Africa," recorded by Kenneth Wattson, January 8, 1962. One tape contains "Ceremonies of the 'False Departure' of the Moro Naba (Emperor of the Mossi People)," recorded in Ougadougou. Another contains "Ougadougou Folklore." Gift of Voice of America. (33 minutes; LWO 12,523 reel 170) (AFS 11,915-11,916) [catalog record]

AFC 1970/049: James Rosellini and Kathleen Johnson Collection of Music of Upper Volta, Africa
Sixty 10-inch tapes of field recordings of music, narratives, folktales and proverbs of Upper Volta (Burkina Faso), Africa, including Bwaba, Mossi, Dyula, Gourmantche, Samogo, Sonray, Hansa, Bissa, Bella, Lobi, Birifor, Bwaba, Fulani, Yoruba, Belemsobgo, Toma, Tougan, Kouroumba, Senufo, Komono, Karaboro, Nionniose, Sause, Fulbe-Labo, Kasena, Zaose, Yarse, Samo, Marka, and Kassena, music. Includes songs, instrumental music, dancel music, festivals, fairs, Christmas mass, Easter mass, marriage celebration, funerals, Ramadan songs and music, Moslem songs with commentary, Mossi proverbs, tales, and chants; Protestant religious songs, children's songs and dance games, and other events. Recorded by James Rosellini and Kathleen Johnson, 1969-1975. The collection includes logs and transcripts, correspondence and black and white photographic prints of dance, musicians, and musical instruments taken during field work in 1970. (AFS 14,251-14,252; AFS 15,078-15,083; AFS 18,754-18,761; AFS 18,800-18,801; AFS 18,807-18,848) [catalog record]

AFS 22,194-22,195: Dorothy Morrison / Operation Crossroads Africa Collection
Songs and dance music performed on flute and drums by Boy Scouts from the Ivory Coast; also environmental sounds. Documentation includes 11 35mm color slides. Recorded by Dorothy Morrison in the Ivory Coast and Upper Volta while participating in a cultural and work exchange program sponsored by Operation Crossroads Africa (OCA) in the Summer of 1981. (RXA 3855-3856)


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