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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: December 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.

AFS 11,334-344: Sidney Robertson Cowell Duplication Project
Eleven 10-inch tapes of interviews and music recorded in California, Iran, Ireland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Pakistan, Wisconsin, and Wyoming by Sidney Robertson Cowell, 1952-56. The collection includes 2 1/2 linear inches of correspondence, journals, logs, notes, postcards, transcriptions, and an article.

AFS 11,344: One 10-inch tape containing three Persian songs sung by Ali Shamun. Recorded in Berkeley, California, July 12, 1954. (LWO 2496 reel 4)

AFC 1969/014: Sekandar Amanolahi Recordings of Iranian Folk Music
One 10-inch tape of Iranian folk music. Recorded sometime prior to 1959. (AFS 13,721) [catalog record]

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Recordings, 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.

AFS 18,243: One tape containing six pieces recorded in iran, 1956.

AFS 18,244: One tape containing a calling to prayer (Azan), Koran, and religious poets. Recorded in Iran, 1956.

AFS 18,245: One tape containing Classic music (3 pieces) by Moshir Homaron; and 1 piece of Classic music by Hafez (all Western). Recorded in Iran, 1956.

AFC 1959/004: Sidney Robertson Cowell Collection of Folk Music Recorded in Ireland, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaya
Twelve 10-inch tapes of folk music recorded in Ireland, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Malaya by Sidney Robertson Cowell. Recorded pre-1959. Includes 2 inches of correspondence, fieldnotes, recording logs, etc. related to field recordings made in Ireland in 1955, as well as accompanying research notes made in preparation for Folkways recording, "Songs of Aran," published in 1957 and drawn from recordings in collection.

AFS 11,470-11,473: Four tapes containing chanted Koran, fruit market cries, and other unidentified music. Recorded in Tehran, Shiraz, and Abadan, Iran, 1957. (LWO 2684)

AFC 1981/018: Ethnic Broadcasting in America
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, two five-inch tapes, and one hundred seventeen cassettes 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, and 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 nine linear inches of manuscript materials. [catalog record]

AFS 23,073: One tape containing an Iranian American radio broadcast from New York City on WHBI, March 8, 1978. (RYA 2932)

AFC 1987/016: 1987 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
Collection includes a concert of Iranian music performed by Mr. Rahmatollah Shabtaie on the tar, with an introduction by Richard S. Kennedy; and Afghani music performed by Mohammed Arif (tabla), Quraishi (rebab, dotar, vocals), Mohammed Roya (rebab, dotar) Ataullah Siddique (vocals), and Ahmed Tahir (harmonium, vocals), with an introduction by Richard S. Kennedy and Ataullah Siddique. Sponsored by the American Folklife Center and recorded in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress, by Pete Reiniger of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, June 18, 1987. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 1987/016: SR1-2: Two 10-inch tapes containing the concert (1 hour).

AFC 1987/016: Folder 8: One folder containing concert fliers, press releases and identification of people in photographs.

AFC 1987/016: Folder 9: One folder containing 15 black-and-white images of the concert, photographed by Jim Higgins.

AFC 1988/026: Abraham A. Schwadron "Chad Gadya" Collection
Sixteen 7-inch tapes of over 160 versions of the Passover song "Chad Gadya" (One Kid), recorded in various parts of the United States and the world. Compiled by musicologist Abraham Schwadron, between 1973-1985, during his time at University of California Los Angeles. The collection includes one linear foot of background research, correspondence, indexes, informant information, logs, publicity, one box of index cards, four black-and-white photographs, and writings by Schwadron. Tape #443 (cassette #6) includes a recording in the Persian language performed by Zion ben Yitzhok. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 1989/007: "'To Keep My Culture': New Immigrant Musicians in Los Angeles"
One-hour radio documentary on the music of recent immigrant groups in Los Angeles. Includes interviews with and performances of Cambodian, Mexican, Chinese, Iranian, Guatemalan, Armenian, Korean, and Beliziean musicians at various private and public events. Produced by Helene Rosenbluth and Sara Jacobus. Project coordinator was Susan Auerbach.

AFC 1991/050: "The Magic of Noruz: Persian New Year's Celebrations" Lecture by Yassaman Amir Moez
Documentation of a lecture on the Iranian New Year's (springtime) celebrations by Yassaman Amir Moez. Recorded at the Library of Congress, March 13, 1991.

AFC 2007/028: Sama Ensemble Concert Collection
Homegrown 2007 concert, Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Sama Ensemble under the co-direction of Dr. Ali Reza Analouei and Dr. Naser Khorasani performing Classical Persian music and dance. [event flyer and webcast]

AFC 2011/034: Kiu Haghighi and Tooraj Moshref-Zadeh concert collection, 2011 July 20
Homegrown 2011 concert. July 20, 2011, 12-1 pm, Coolidge Auditorium. Kiu Haghighi with Tooraj Moshref-Zadeh, Persian santour and tombak music from Illinois. Kiu's work as both a performer and a composer on the santour combines traditional Iranian forms with contemporary ones. A master of all the twelve melody types used as a basis for Iranian classical improvisation, Kiu has expanded the technical possibilities of the santour. His unusual speed in the movement of the leather-tipped mallets called mezrab is extraordinary. He was accompanied by Tooraj Moshref-Zadeh on the tombak, a Persian drum. Photos by John Barton. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]


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