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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: January 2014

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.

Note: This guide includes collections from France and does not represent our numerous collections with French language (including material from many other countries, especially Canada and other European countries), and various places in the U.S. and Caribbean. Those collections can be found by viewing individual countries and states in our Geographical Guides to Collections.

AFC 1948/099: French Broadcasting System / French Folk Music
Twenty-three 16-inch discs of French Music of France radio programs. Each program features the music of a different province. Sent as a gift to the Archive by the French Broadcasting System, 1948. (AFS 9099-9121) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 182)

AFC 1949/008: Phonotheque Nationale / Traditional Songs of France and French Colonies
Twenty 10-inch discs of traditional songs of France and various French colonies around the world. The collection includes notes about each song. Some recordings originally on wax cylinders. Recordings span approximately 1900-1948. (AFS 9448-9467) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 218-219)

AFC 1950/028: French Broadcasting System Collection of French Folk Music
Two 16-inch discs of folk music of France. Recorded ca. 1940s. (AFS 9910-9911) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 279)

AFC 1951/041: Cooperative Acquisitions Project / French Music
One disc of French folk music transferred to Music Division from Cooperative Acquisitions Project. No list. (AFS 10290) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 296A)

AFC 1952/012: Barbara Lee / French Folk Music Collection
One 12-inch disc of French folk music. Record loaned to LC by Barbara Lee. Duplicating project. Possibly a commercial recording. (AFS 10487) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 311)

AFC 1954/005: Russell Coile / French, Spanish, and Greek Folk Music
Six 7-inch tapes of folk music of various Mediterranean countries, including three tapes from Spain, two tapes from France, and one tape from Greece. Recorded in 1952 by Russell Coile. Some lists in tape boxes. (AFS 10826-10831) (LWO 1883)

AFC 1955/006: Juana Cristoloveanu collection of Basque music
One 10-inch tape of Basque music recorded at the World Festival of Folk Dance and Song at Biarritz (France) and Pamplona (Spain) in July 1953. The recordings were made by Juana Cristoloveanu's assistant (George Philcox) and were given by her to the Library in December 1954. The collections include a 3-page inventory, which describes Basque dances, music of Carnival and Corpus Christi processions, and Basque folk songs in choral arrangements. (AFS 10881) (LWO 2291) [catalog record]

AFC 1989/032: With food we celebrate : joyeux noël, a French Christmas program / demonstrator, Raymond Campet; presented by the American Folklife Center
A workshop demonstration of French cookery, introduced by Carol Armbruster, French and Italian area specialist in the Library's European Division, featuring Raymond Campet of La Brasserie Restaurant on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., who describes French Christmas holiday food preparations. Collection includes correspondence, memoranda regarding arrangements, and publicity materials for the event, which included food for sampling. [catalog record]

AFC 2004/004: Alan Lomax collection
One thousand six hundred linear feet (appx. 650 linear feet manuscripts; 6,400 sound recordings; 5,500 graphic images; 6,000 moving images) of material created and collected by Alan Lomax and others in their work documenting song, music, dance, and body movement from many cultures. Includes field recordings and photographs Lomax made in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, England, France, Georgia, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, the United States, and Wales, 1930s-2004. [catalog record]


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