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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

LITHUANIA COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: Maris Jaagosild, Daniel Schultz, and Linda M. Sudmalis
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: December 2013


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 1939/007: Alan Lomax Collection of Michigan and Wisconsin Recordings
Two hundred forty-nine 12-inch discs of instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Michigan and Wisconsin by Alan Lomax, August 10-November 1, 1938. The collection includes 1/2 linear inch of cards, correspondence, lists, and notes. [catalog record]

AFS 2336A2-2339B: Four discs containing 9 songs and tunes performed on the concertina by Charles Ketvertis, a Lithuanian. Recorded in Newberry, Michigan, September 2 and 14, 1938. Songs and tunes are of American, Finnish, Lithuanian, Polish, and Russian origins. (30 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 150B-151A)

AFC 1939/016: Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection
One hundred sixty-five 12-inch discs of instrumentals and songs recorded in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Charles Seeger, Margaret Valiant, and others for the Special Skills Division, Resettlement Administration, 1936-37. The collection includes 3 1/2 inches of transcripts, correspondence, graphic images, and a program book from the 1937 National Folk Festival. [catalog record]

AFS 3260B1-2: One disc containing "Vaziavau Diena" (Home from the Hay Fields) performed by a Lithuanian group from Chicago directed by Vytautas F. Beliajus, and "Ar tu žinai?" (Do You Know?), sung and played on the kanklės by Charles Shimkus. Recorded at the National Folk Festival in Chicago, Illinois, by Sidney Robertson, May 28, 1937. (5 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 216A)

AFC 1948/022: University of Wisconsin Project
One hundred and twelve 12-inch discs of instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Wisconsin by Charles Hofmann, Phyllis Pinkerton, Aubrey Snyder, and Helene Stratman-Thomas (Blotz), July 23-November 17, 1946, for the Library of Congress and the University of Wisconsin. The collection includes 3/4 linear inch of correspondence and descriptions. [catalog record]

AFS 8456-8457: Two discs containing eight Lithuanian songs sung by Mary Aldakauskas, Mrs. Walter Hidde, and other members of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Recorded in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, August 30, 1946. [Note: See AFS 24,214-24,220 for a series of radio programs which includes a selection of these recordings.] (15 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 114A)

AFC 1948/098: New York Public Library Duplication Project
Twenty-three 12-inch discs of songs and stories recorded in New York City by Charles Hofmann, May-November 1947, for the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. The collection includes 3/8 of a linear inch of correspondence, lists, and notes. [catalog record]

AFS 9092A2: One disc containing "Tzvay Tybelach" (Two Doves), a Jewish/Lithuanian love song, sung by Ruth Rubin. Recorded May 30, 1947. (4 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 181B)

AFC 1953/016: Jonas Balys collection
One 7-inch tape, two 10-inch tapes, and one audiocassette of Lithuanian and Greek folk and popular songs recorded in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Michigan, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. Recorded by Jonas Balys of Indiana University. Recorded by Jonas Balys, 1949-1951. The collection includes an alphabetic index of songs, copies of six diaries of field expeditions, and photocopies of original tape boxes having supplementary information.

AFC 1968/007: University of Arkansas Recording Project, 1960-1965
Twenty-two 10-inch tapes of field recordings made by various individuals, including students in Folklore classes at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, of parents, grandparents, and friends. Mary Celestia Parler collected from her students and others. Recordings were made of folk songs, popular songs, ballads (including Child ballads), religious songs, revival hymns, blues, gospel songs, play party, children's songs, railroad songs, cowboy songs, temperance songs, college and summer camp songs, square dance calls, hollers, instrumental music, fiddle tunes, tales, beliefs, sayings, recitations, oral history interviews, and conversation. Some songs are accompanied by fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, harmonica, mouthbow, gourd, spoons, and jawbone. Includes Scots Irish, Irish American, and African American repertoire; one tape has recordings of Swiss and German songs, Polish songs, an Italian song, and Lithuanian songs and hand games from Altus, Arkansas. [catalog record]

AFC 1969/006: The Ruth Rubin Collection of Yiddish Folksong and Folklore
Fifty 7-inch tapes of Yiddish songs and stories. Recorded in Montreal and Toronto, Canada; London, England; Tel-Aviv, Israel; and Lake Charles, New York City, Patterson, and Shrub Oak, New York, by Ruth Rubin, 1947-65. The collection includes 1 box of correspondence and logs. [catalog record]

AFS 13,549A3: One tape containing recollections of Ruth Rubin's mother, Rachel Grober Spivack, recorded in New York City, 1963. Mrs. Spivack refers to "the litvak, a young mechanic from Lithuania, who taught her many songs of social significance." (30 minutes; LWO 5679 reel 46A)

AFC 1976/011: Pekka Gronow Collection of Ethnic Music
Two 7-inch tapes of dance tunes, humor, and songs, mostly immigrant and non-English language material, from 78 rpm commercial recordings of Armenian, Finnish, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Italian, Irish, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Sicilian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Yugoslavian material. Gift of Pekka Gronow and Richard Spottswood. (AFS 18,000-18,001) [catalog record]

AFC 1977/010: Ethnic Recordings in America: A Neglected Heritage Conference
Nine 10-inch tapes of the proceedings of a conference and concert entitled "Ethnic Recordings in America: A Neglected Heritage" recorded at the Library of Congress, January 24-26, 1977. Sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The collection includes 3/8 of a linear inch of consent forms, lists, transcriptions, and a copy of the preliminary program.

AFS 18,932A: One tape containing a portion of the conference which includes remarks by Alfred Straumanis, a Latvian, and Stanley Balzekas, a Lithuanian. (1 hour; LWO 9368 reel 2A)

AFS 18,934A: One tape containing a portion of the conference which includes remarks by Jonas Balys, a Lithuanian folklorist. (1 hour; LWO 9368 reel 4A)

AFC 1981/018: Ethnic Broadcasting in America Collection
Eighteen 7-inch tapes, 2 5-inch tapes, and 117 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 9 linear inches of manuscript materials. [catalog record]

AFS 23,022: One cassette containing "Estonian Christian Hour," broadcast on KBRG, San Francisco, California, April 16, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2890)

AFS 23,085; 23,088: Two cassettes containing Lithuanian programs broadcast on WITH, Baltimore, Maryland, September 23 and November 26, 1978. (2 hours; RYA 2944; 2947)

AFS 23,104B-23,105A: Two cassettes containing a Lithuanian program broadcast on WMZK, Detroit, Michigan, June 5, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2962B-2963A)

AFS 23,108: One cassette containing a Lithuanian program broadcast on WNIB, Chicago, Illinois, June 12, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2966)

AFS 23,111B: One cassette containing a Lithuanian program broadcast on WPIT, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1978. (30 minutes; RYA 2968B)

AFS 23,143: One cassette containing a Lithuanian program broadcast on WWEL, Medford, Massachusetts, March 12, 1978. (1 hour; RYA 2991)

AFC 1985/027: Marcia Mint Danab Jewish Festivals Project Collection
Eight 10-inch tapes of interviews concerning Jewish festivals and religious customs, family histories, personal narratives, and songs in Ladino and Yiddish. Recorded in Eugene, Pleasant Hill, Portland, and Salem, Oregon, by Marcia Mint Danab, July-October 1981, for the Jewish Festivals Project. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Oregon Committee for the Humanities. The collection includes 137 pages of transcriptions. (AFS 23,260-23,267)

AFC 1981/004: Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection
Ninety-nine 7-inch tapes and 245 audiocassettes,13 linear inches of contact sheets, eight and 3/4 linear feet of field notes and logs, 3080 slides, 210 photographs, and 2 videos from the Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection, a field survey of ethnic artistic expression including dance, foodways, neighborhood gatherings, religious celebrations, and instrumental and vocal music. Recorded in the Chicago, Illinois, area by various collectors under the direction of Elena Bradunas, February-November 1977; under the joint sponsorship of the American Folklife Center and the Illinois Arts Council. The collection includes a 561-page report on the project published by the American Folklife Center in January 1978. Key Subjects: Communities activities; dance--performance, social, and folk; foodways; music--instrumental and vocal; religious celebrations; textile arts; and wood carving. Ethnic groups: African American, Austrian, Chinese, Croatian, Cuban, Czech, Danish, Finnish, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jewish, Korean, Latino, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Native American, Norwegian, Polish, Puerto Rican, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, and Ukranian. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFS 20,806-20,809A: Four cassettes containing an interview with Antanas Poskočimas, a wood-carver, recorded April 20, 1977. Topics include biographical information, comments about America, reminiscences about Lithuania, and the place of folk art in the lives of Lithuanian refugees. (3 hours and 30 minutes; RYA 0804-0807A)

AFS 20,809B-20,810: Two cassettes containing an interview with Antanas Poskočimas and his apprentice, Tony Markus, a third-generation Lithuanian, recorded April 20, 1977. Topics include why Poskočimas appreciates having Markus learn from him, and the reasons that prompted Markus to study with him. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RYA 0807B-0808)

AFS 20,811; AFS 20,821A: Two cassettes containing interviews with Aldona Veselka, a weaver, recorded April 25 and June 6, 1977. Topics include her biography, when and how she learned her skills, reasons for continued involvement, and her ideas on how the Illinois Arts Council could help the Lithuanian community. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RYA 0809; 0816A)

AFS 20,812-20,817; 20,839: Three 7-inch tapes and four cassettes containing an interview with Balys Pakštas, a musician, discussing his life and reasons for reviving birbynė music; an interview with his daughter, Rūta Pakštas, discussing her musical preferences; a short performance by Balys and Rūta Pakštas; practice sessions of and discussions with a birbynė trio composed of Liubomiras Bichnevičius, Balys Pakštas, and Vincas Vaitkus; and 28 songs, 2 song medleys, and 1 practice session performed by an ensemble composed of Liubomiras Bichnevičius, Balys Pakštas, and Vincas Vaitkus playing the birbynė, and Rūta Pakštas playing the kanklės. Recorded April 27, June 14, and July 12, 1977. (5 hours and 30 minutes; RXA 1083-1085; RYA 0810-0812, 0827)

AFS 20,818-20,819: Two cassettes containing an interview with Kazys Bartašius, a weaver, recorded April 28, 1977. Topics include biographical information, learning weaving, making looms, and demand for his work in the Lithuanian community. (2 hours; RYA 0813-0814)

AFS 20,820: One cassette containing an interview with Elena Bradunas on "Lithuanian TV," recorded in Channel 26 studio by program host, Altgimantas Kezys, May 5, 1977. Topics include the Chicago Ethnic Arts Project and ethnic folklife in general. (1 hour; RYA 0815)

AFS 20,821B: One cassette containing an interview with Emilija Pakštas, community organizer, recorded June 10, 1977. Topics include her musical career, involvement with the Lithuanian Opera, and her work with Lithuanian youth in camps, schools, and other organizations. (30 minutes; RYA 0816B)

AFS 20,822-20,824: One 7-inch tape and two cassettes containing an interview with Mr. Kvirinas Runimas and his daughter, Dana Runimas, with the former discussing their family history and his making of kanklės with his own modifications, and the latter playing the kanklės and guitar, singing some songs, and discussing her reasons for doing so. Recorded June 7-8, 1977. (2 hours and 30 minutes; RXA 1086; RYA 0817-0818)

AFS 20,825: One cassette containing an interview with Stasė Tallat-Kelpša, a crocheter, recorded June 8, 1977. Topics include her biography, interest in textile folk art while still in Lithuania, and reasons for doing it in America. (1 hour; RYA 0819)

AFS 20,826-20,831: Two 7-inch tapes and four cassettes containing an interview with Paulina Barauskas discussing community activities among Lithuanian immigrants who came before World War I, especially performing drama clubs; and performing a number of old Lithuanian songs, some with other singers. Recorded June 7-9, 1977. (5 hours; RXA 1087-1088; RYA 0820-0823)

AFS 20,832: One cassette containing an interview with Antanas Poskočimas, a woodcarver, by Don Szwartz, a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, recorded June 9, 1977. Topics include Poskočimas' biography and reasons for carrying on with the craft. (1 hour; RYA 0824)

AFS 20,833-20,836: Four 7-inch tapes containing the Lithuanian wedding ceremony of Emilija Pakštas and Romas Sakadolskis, including 28 songs performed by "The Ažuolas Stelmokas' Band," recorded June 25-26, 1977. (2 hours; RXA 1089-1092)

AFS 20,837-20,838: Two cassettes containing an interview with Vilius Variakojis, a woodcarver, model maker, and amateur museum-keeper, and his wife, Mrs. Variakojis, an embroiderer. Recorded July 12, 1977. Topics include their biographies and reasons for their work. (2 hours; RYA 0825-0826)

AFS 20,841-20,842: Two cassettes containing an interview with Viktoras Petravičius, a graphic artist known for his use of Lithuanian folk art motifs. Recorded July 13, 1977. Topics include his biography and attitudes about art. (2 hours; RYA 0829-0830)

AFS 20,844A: One cassette containing speeches during activities at a commemoration of the Darius and Gėrėnas flight (2 Lithuanian aviators who made a transatlantic flight), recorded July 17, 1977. (30 minutes; RYA 0832A)

AFS 20,844B-20,845A: Two cassettes containing an interview with Sister Anne Marie about early Lithuanian immigrants, recorded July 17, 1977. (1 hour; RYA 0832B-0833A)

AFS 20,845B-20,846: Two cassettes containing an interview with Mr. and Mrs. Polikauskas, recorded July 17, 1977. Topics include Lithuanian community life in Chicago and their life stories. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RYA 0833B-0834)

AFC 1985/006: Richard K. Spottswood collection of Lithuanian and popular songs
Three discs of unpublished Wilcox-Gay home record discs, one disc with songs identified as Lithuanian, dated February 11, 1942 and the others include popular songs in English, some of which were possibly recorded from radio broadcasts; undated. The provenance of the recordings is unknown; sound quality is poor. [catalog record]

AFC 1985/019: Músu žingsniai : Ohio Lietuviu žinios
One hundred and six issues of Mūsu Žingsniai: Savaitinės Lietuviu Žinios (Our Steps: Weekly Lithuanian News) (1981-84), and one issue of Biuletenis: Dievo Motinos Nuolatinės Pagalbos Parapija (Bulletin: Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help) (October 16, 1983), both published by a Lithuanian parish in Cleveland, Ohio. The collection includes one page of correspondence. Contains an incomplete set of the newsletters (1981-1984: vol. 4, no. 26-36, 38-41; vol. 5, no. 1-25, 27-36; vol. 6, no. 1-17, 19-27, 29-35; vol. 7, no. 1-2, 4, 6-22, 24-25, and 28) and a vol. 10, no. 42, October 16, 1983 of Biuletenis: Dievo Motinos Nuolatines Pagalbos Parapija. [catalog record]

AFC 1986/057: Wisconsin Public Radio / "The Wisconsin Patchwork" Collection
One 7-inch and six 10-inch tapes of 13 1/2-radio programs containing religious and secular vocal and instrumental music of Wisconsin. Songs are selected from the University of Wisconsin/Library of Congress field survey of Wisconsin music, conducted between 1940 and 1946 by Helene Stratman-Thomas (Blotz) and others (see AFS 8362-8473). The series, entitled "The Wisconsin Patchwork," was produced for Wisconsin Public Radio at WHA Public Radio, Madison, Wisconsin, by Judy Woodward and Vicki Nonn, and is narrated by Dan Devany. It was originally broadcast in 1984. The collection includes 1/2 linear inch of bibliography, historical information, and notes.

AFS 24,215A1-9: One 10-inch tape containing "Songs of the Homeland: Patriotic and Nostalgic Songs from the Old World" (program number 3).

AFS 24,215A8: "Lietuvos Himnos" (Lithuanian Hymn) sung by the Lithuanian Choir. Recorded in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, August 30, 1946. (3 minutes; RWB 2918)

AFS 24,216A12-18: One 10-inch tape containing "Lovely Old Songs" (program number 6).

AFS 24,216A16: "Subatos Vakareli" (Saturday Night I Saddled My Black Horse) sung by the Lithuanian Choir. Recorded in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, August 30, 1946. (4 minutes; RWB 2919)

AFS 24,219A9-15: One 10-inch tape containing "Hymnody" (program number 12).

AFS 24,219A9: "Marija, Marija" (Mary, Mary) sung by the Lithuanian Choir. Recorded in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, August 30, 1946. (4 minutes; RWB 2922)

AFC 1987/031: Nicolas G. Schidlovsky Old Believers Collection
Twenty-six 10-inch tapes of Old Believers' services and religious singing, and copies of a published recording of Russian church bells and religious chant. Recorded in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., by Nicolas G. Schidlovsky, 1972-85. The collection includes 7 photographs, a 6-page brochure entitled "Old Believers," and 1 linear inch of concordances, notes, photocopies of chant notations, recording logs, and early Slavic neumes. (AFS AFS 14,630)

AFC 1993/001: Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project Collection
Twenty-four 5-inch tapes, 60 7-inch tapes, and 288 cassettes from the Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project, a survey of 23 ethnic schools from twenty-two ethnic groups. Recorded in various locations throughout the United States by Elena Bradunas and twenty-three fieldworkers, April-July 1982, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The collection includes 14 linear feet of photographs, reports, and slides. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFC 1993/001: Box 22: One-eighth linear inch of manuscripts including contact sheets, a photo, and a photo inventory from fieldwork concerning the Lithuanian School, collected by Elena Bradunas in Rockville, Maryland.

AFC 1996/060: Meguva Palangos Ethnografinis Ansamblis / Lithuanian Cassette Collection
One cassette of 23 songs performed by Mėguva Palangos Ethnografinis Ansamblis from Palanga, Lithuania. The collection includes a photocopied page from the brochure of the 1995 Kaustinen Folk Music Festival. (48 minutes)

AFC 2004/018: Music-Making by Lithuanians Living in Australia by Jennifer Rakauskas
"The Sound of Change: Music-Making by Lithuanians Living in Australia" by Jennifer Rakauskas. A thesis submitted for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Archeology at the Flinders University of South Australia. November 1999. Thesis contains 1 VHS tape and 1 audiocassette. Additionally, the donation includes 4 10-inch 78 rpm audio disks (shellac) with Lithuanian folk music - commercially recorded on Columbia. Columbia 16163 F; Columbia 16140 F; Columbia 16110 F; Columbia 16256 F. [catalog record]

 

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