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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

LIBERIA COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: Reinhardt Schuhmann, Kenneth Schweitzer, and Jud Wellington
Series Editor: Ann Hoog


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 10,029-10,052: Arthur S. Alberts Collection of West Africa Recordings
Twenty-four 7-inch tapes of music recorded in French Guinea, French Sudan, Gold Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, and Upper Volta by Arthur S. Alberts, ca. 1949-50. The collection includes a 3-page concordance.

AFS 10,039: One tape containing worksongs of stone cutters sung by Mano performers recorded in Liberia. (10 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 11; tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 283/24B-25A)

AFS 10,044: One tape containing songs in English sung by Howard B. Hayes and Melinda Parker recorded at Yarugo Bar, and tunes played on piano by Howard B. Hayes recorded at a house party for the Secretary of State of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia, March 1949. (17 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 16; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/26A)

AFS 10,045: One tape containing songs recorded at a Fanti fishing village, Marshall Island, Liberia. (26 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 17; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/26B)

AFS 10,046: One tape containing a love song sung with piano accompaniment by former President Barclay of Liberia; a piano instrumental; an impromptu performance, "Centenary March," and "To a Blushing Rose," performed by Howard B. Hayes; "People, Go Mind Your Business" performed by Nehemie Jones; "Little Boy Named Willie" performed by Julia Moore; "Jebe, Na Uhn, Fa, Sa (Come Pleasure Me Small)" performed by Nehamie Jones; "Bondowah" performed by Sylvester Thomas with Nehamie Jones on trumpet; and "Nana Kru" performed by Nehamie Jones. (30 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 18; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/26B)

AFS 10,052: One tape containing Malinké "banjo music" accompanied by male and female singers recorded in French Guinea and harp songs of the Buzi (Loma) people recorded in Liberia. (30 minutes; LWO 4070 reel 24; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 283/28)

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection
One thousand one hundred sixty-six 10-inch discs, 18 14-inch discs, 1 3-inch tape, 22 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 16,845-16,957: Laura Boulton Collection Part 14: Miscellaneous speech samples and narratives: One hundred thirteen 10-inch discs of African and American Indian spoken word. Recorded at various locations in Africa and North America primarily by Laura Boulton, 1927-39. The collection includes 4 pages of logs.

AFS 16,914-16,919: Six discs containing renditions of "Kru Word Phrases" spoken by Thorgues Sie in the Kru language of Liberia. Recorded November 1927 and pressed for private use on a "Victor Special Record." (24 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 68B)

AFS 16,920-16,928: Nine discs containing renditions of "The Turtle (Indian [sic] Language) Kru Tribes," a narrative spoken by Thorgues Sie in the Kru language of Liberia. Recorded November 1927 and pressed for private use on a "Victor Special Record." (36 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 68B)

AFC 1998/007: Mary Nussbaum African Music Collection
The recordings were made in Africa primarily in the countries of Liberia and the former Belgian Congo between the years of 1954 and 1964. The recordings feature the music of the Chisaj, Kapanga, and Kpelle tribes. Key words and phrases: Rhodesia, Misa Luba, Swahili, Lunda, Urundi, Tshobmbe, Banjo, Elephant, Harp, ELWA.

 

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