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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

MINNESOTA COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

Compiled by: Madeline Esposito and Ross. S. Gerston
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: January 2015


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.


Robert W. Gordon Papers (AFC 1928/003)
Gordon Phillips Manuscript. One 48-page notebook and two typescript copies of texts of 22 songs submitted by R. W. Phillips of Akeley, Minnesota, to Robert Winslow Gordon, March 22, 1924.

Alan Lomax 1938 Library of Congress Sessions Collection (AFC 1938/011)
Twenty-two 12-inch discs of songs sung by Barbara Bell, Ernest Bourne, W.C. Handy, Alan Lomax, Bess Brown Lomax, the Resettlement Administration Singers, the Rindlisbacher Lumberjack Group, Earl Robinson, the Skyline Farm Singers, and Blaine Stubblefield. Recorded primarily at the Library of Congress by Alan Lomax, 1937-38. The collection includes eight pages of notes. [catalog record]

AFC 1938/011: AFS 1631-1632: Two discs containing 13 songs in English and two in Spanish sung by Barbara Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., May 19, 1938. (20 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 119A)

Resettlement Administration Recordings Collection (AFC 1939/016)
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]

AFC 1939/016: AFS 3247A4-5; 3252A1: Two discs containing two Finnish songs and one song in English sung by Marjorie Edgar of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. Recorded at the National Folk Festival, Chicago, by Sidney Robertson (Cowell), May 1937. (4 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 215B; LWO 5111 reel 439A)

AFC 1939/016: AFS 3268-3273: Six discs containing two narratives, two kantele instrumentals, three violin instrumentals, and twenty-one Finnish songs, six played with kantele and four with violin. Performed by Mrs. Herman Heino, Cecilia Kuitunen, Anna Leino, Maija Serkipato, Maja Serkipato, Mary Serkipato, Otto Serkipato, Matt Simi, Olga Simi, and Sue Simi. Recorded in Cloquet, Ely, Virginia, and Winton, Minnesota, by Sidney Robertson (Cowell), August 16-17, 1937. (50 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 216B; LWO 5111 reel 440A)

AFC 1939/016: AFS 3274-3275; 3298B: Three discs containing two instrumentals and six Finnish songs, performed by Marie Moilanen, Matti Perala, Elsa Perala, and Ulruka Vainionpaa. Recorded in Mountain Iron, Minnesota, by Sidney Robertson (Cowell), September 19, 1937. (24 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 440A; 441A)

AFC 1939/016: AFS 3280-3281A: Two discs containing one instrumental and three songs sung and played on tambouritzas by the Balkan Troubadours (Lubo Mitrovich, Nick Mitrovich, Dan Radakovich, Bob Rajacich, and George Rajacich). Recorded in Eveleth, Minnesota, by Sidney Robertson (Cowell), July 28, 1937. (15 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 216B-217A)

AFC 1939/016: AFS 3298A; 3299-3303: Five discs containing 18 Scottish Gaelic songs sung by John H. Matheson. Recorded in Duluth, Minnesota, by Sidney Robertson (Cowell), September 18, 1937. (45 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 441)

Barbara Bell Recordings (AFC 1942/010)
Three 16-inch discs of 32 songs sung with guitar and interview by Barbara Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recorded at the Library of Congress by Alan Lomax and Arthur Semmig, December 1941. (1 hour and 10 minutes; preservation tape LWO 3493 reel 40) (AFS 6089-6091, 6311-6313 ) [catalog record]

Frances Densmore Discs of Miscellaneous Cylinders (AFS 6182-6195)
Fourteen 12-inch discs of North American Indian songs originally recorded on cylinders at various locations by Frances Densmore, 1908-34, for the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution. The collection includes one linear inch of notes.

AFS 6186B: One disc containing a Chippewa honor song sung by Main'gans in Densmore's honor, originally recorded on one cylinder at the White Earth Indian Reservation, Minnesota, ca. 1908-9. (3 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 401A)

AFS 6194-6195: Two discs containing six Chippewa songs sung with drum by Ga'gandac' of the White Earth Indian Reservation. Originally recorded on two cylinders in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1908. (12 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 401B)

Frances Densmore Collection of Chippewa Cylinder Recordings (AFC 1943/018)
Three 10-inch tapes (copied from cylinders) of Chippewa and Winnebago Indian songs originally recorded on cylinders, mostly in Minnesota and Wisconsin, by Frances Densmore, 1907-31, for the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution. The collection includes two linear inches of notes. [catalog record]

AFC 1943/018: AFS 20,220A15-19; 20,221A5-20,222A1: Three tapes containing Chippewa songs originally recorded on 18 cylinders, in Minneapolis, the Red Lake Indian Reservation, and the White Earth Indian Reservation, Minnesota, 1907-10. (1 hour; RWA 3281-3283)

AFC 1943/018: AFS 22,176A1-4: One tape containing three Chippewa Indian songs and a speech, originally recorded on four cylinders, in the Red Lake and White Earth Indian Reservations, Minnesota, by Frances Densmore, 1907-09. (8 minutes; RWA 4841)

University of Michigan Recording Project (AFC 1950/038)
Thirty 12-inch discs of songs recorded at various locations in Michigan by Harry B. Welliver, Jr., and others, November 1948 February 1949, for the University of Michigan. The collection includes one linear inch of notes. [catalog record]

AFC 1950/038: AFS 9700: One disc containing a Chippewa love song and a Chippewa war song, sung using a no. 10 can as a drum by John Lufkin, a Chippewa Indian originally from Gull Lake, White Earth Indian Reservation, Minnesota. Recorded in Brimley, Michigan, by Harry B. Welliver, Jr., November 15, 1948. (10 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 253A)

American Indian Recordings (AFS 10,515-10,744)
Two hundred thirty 16-inch discs mostly of North American Indian songs originally recorded on cylinders (cyl. 374-3964) in various locations primarily by Frances Densmore, 1907-36, for the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution. Transferred from the National Archives in 1948. Menoninee, among other tribes.

AFS 10,515-10,547B3: Thirty-three discs containing Chippewa songs originally recorded on 258 cylinders at the Leech Lake, Red Lake, and White Earth Indian Reservations, Minnesota; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Washington, D.C., by Frances Densmore, 1907-10. Portions of this collection have been published by the Library of Congress on recording number AFS L22, Songs of the Chippewa. (11 hours and 8 minutes; tape copies on LWO 5111 reels 312A-317B)

Alice C. Fletcher Collection of Chippewa Cylinder Recordings (AFC 1948/071)
Three four-inch cylinders recorded by Alice Cunningham Fletcher in Washington, D.C., on January 24, 1899. Fletcher recorded Swift Flying Feather (Gay-zhe-gwun-e-osh), a member of a Leech Lake (Minnesota) delegation to the capital. Fletcher gave the cylinders to Frances Densmore at some later time. Through Densmore, the cylinders were deposited in the National Archives, from which they were transferred to the Library of Congress in 1948.

Frances Densmore Collection of Winnebago [Ho-Chunk] Cylinder Recordings (AFC 1948/073)
Sixty-five six-inch dictaphone cylinders and twenty-nine four-inch cylinders of Winnebago songs, recorded on Frances Densmore's various field trips to Wisconsin and at her home in Red Wing, Minnesota, between October 1927 and June 1932. Her unpublished manuscript of transcriptons and analysis of these recordings is in the National Anthropological Archives. The cylinders were transferred to the Library of Congress from the National Archives in 1948. (see Federal Cylinder Project catalog (vol. 2), pp. 247-305, for details on these recordings)

Laura Miller Taylor Collection of Chippewa Cylinder Recordings (AFC 1954/003)
Twelve cylinders of Chippewa music among those collected by Laura and Ralph B. Miller (her first husband) of St. Louis, Missouri, probably in the course of their 1915 canoe trip between Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota, with stops at the Wisconsin Chippewa reservations. Additional information and perhaps recordings were obtained during the summer of 1916 at Lac du Flambeau. The cylinders were transferred to the Library of Congress from the Detroit Public Library in 1954. [catalog record]

Wayland Hand collection of songs and lore (AFC 1961/002)
Six 10-inch tapes of songs and stories recorded primarily in the Los Angeles, California, area by Wayland D. Hand, D.K. Wilgus, and various UCLA students, 1956-60. The collection includes 40 pages of correspondence, lyrics, notes, transcripts, and song lists. Includes western folk songs and songs and lore of urban minority groups in California. [catalog record]

AFC 1961/002: AFS 11,861A33-B3: One tape containing two narratives, six Yugoslavian songs, and a song in English, spoken and sung by Roger Anderson and Dennis Dragavon of Tower, Minnesota. Recorded by Ruth Horiuchi, ca. 1959. (14 minutes; LWO 3272 reel 3)

University of Minnesota collection of folk music from Minnesota and North Dakota (AFC 1962/003)
One 10-inch tape of an instrumental and 19 songs in English, Norwegian, and Swedish performed by Alma Lein of Northfield, Minnesota (born in and a resident of North Dakota for most of her life); Orlo Thompson of Crystal, Minnesota; and the Alan Wilcox family of Harris, Minnesota. Recorded by Sonja Ann Ellington, David Williams, Louis Claeson, Jr., Lyle Lofgren, and Elizabeth Williams (students of Johannes Riedel at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota), April-August 1961. The collection correspondence, notes, and textual transcriptions. [catalog record]

AFC 1962/003: AFS 11,911A1-12: One tape containing 11 songs in English and one in Norwegiansung by Alma Lien of Northfield, Minnesota. Recorded by Sonja Ellingson, August 22, 1961. (32 minutes; LWO 3419A)

AFC 1962/003: AFS 11,911A13-14: One tape containing 2 songs sung in English with drums, guitar, and steel guitar by Orlo Thompson of Crystal, Minnesota, and several of his sons. Recorded by Lyle Lofgren, and David and Elizabeth Williams, April 1961. (5 minutes; LWO 3419A)

AFC 1962/003: AFS 11,911A15-17: One tape containing an instrumental played on bass, guitar, musical saw, and piano, and two songs sung in English with four-string banjo, bass, guitar, and piano by the Alan Wilcox family of Harris, Minnesota. Recorded by Louis Claeson, Jr., Lyle Lofgren, and David Williams, May 1961. (7 minutes; LWO 3419A)

AFC 1962/003: AFS 11,911A18-20: One tape containing 3 Swedish songs, one with guitar, sung by Lyle Lofgren. Recorded by Elizabeth Williams, August 27, 1961. (9 minutes; LWO 3419A)

Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Program (AFC 1962/005)
One 7-inch tape of a public ceremony honoring the Albert Woolson, 107-year old last surviving Union Army veteran, from Duluth, Minnesota. Featured are U.S. Grant III, Mayor George B. Johnson (Mayor of Duluth, Minnesota), C. Elmer Anderson (Governor of Minnesota), Kenneth P. Williams (Civil War historian, Indiana University), with messages read from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Vice President Richard Nixon, and General Douglas MacArthur. Presented to the Library of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War by television station KDAL. Recorded August 9, 1954. (AFS 11,914)

Benjamin A. Botkin Duplication Project, 1950-1958 (AFC 1970/042)
Four 10-inch tapes of narratives, radio programs, and songs recorded in California, Colorado, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, and Washington, D.C., by Benjamin A. Botkin and the Voice of America, 1949-58. The collection includes five pages of notes. Includes Botkin's Western trip of 1950, Voice of America folklore programs; air checks from ca. 1952-53 including a program honoring Carl Sandburg's 75th birthday; and selections from Botkin's Southern trip of 1949. [catalog record]

AFS 14,219A14: One tape containing Arthur Boose "The Last of the Wobblies" speaking about his involvement and arrest during a Minnesota Iron Range strike in 1916. Recorded in Portland, Oregon, August 3, 1950. (6 minutes; LWO 6080 reel 2A)

Laura Boulton Collection (AFC 1973/028)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,336-16,653: Laura Boulton Collection Part 11: Music of the Peoples of Canada
Three hundred eighteen 10-inch discs of instrumentals and songs recorded in British Columbia, Illinois, Manitoba, Minnesota, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec by Laura Boulton, 1941-42, for the National Film Board of Canada. The collection includes three linear inches of notes.

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,568A1: A Chippewa song sung with drum by Chief Chibiaboos. Recorded at a folk festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1942. (2 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50A)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,568A2-B1: Two Scottish dance tunes played on bagpipe by William Knowles. Recorded at a folk festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1942. (4 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50A)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,568B2; 16,570A-B1; 16,575B2-3: One Romanian song sung by a chorus, four sung by female soloists, and one sung by a male soloist. Recorded at a folk festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1942. (11 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,569A: "Steal Away" sung by a male African-American soloist. Recorded at a folk festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1942. (4 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50A)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,569B; 16,572: Two Polish songs sung by a chorus; four sung by a children's chorus, two with accordion; and one sung by a female soloist. Recorded at a folk festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1942. (12 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50A)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,570B2: One Armenian song sung by a female soloist. Recorded at a folk festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1942. (2 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50A)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,571; 16,573; 16,575A-B1: Six Croatian instrumentals performed by a tambouritza orchestra; and six Croatian songs sung by a chorus, three with tambouritza orchestra. Recorded at a folk festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1942. (23 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,574: Three Norwegian wedding-dance instrumentals performed on accordions. Recorded at a folk festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1942. (8 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50B)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,576: Eight Czech songs sung with accordion by a chorus. (9 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50B)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,577A: Two Danish instrumentals played on a violin. Recorded at a folk festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1942. (4 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50B)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,577B: "Send Forth Thy Spirit" sung by the Macalester Presbyterian Choir. Recorded at a folk festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1942. (3 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50B)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,578: Two Russian Orthodox Church songs sung by St. Mary's Choir, and one sung by St. Mary's Choral Club. Recorded at a folk festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1942. (5 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 50B)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,958-16,972: Laura Boulton Collection Part 15: Miscellaneous from U.S.
Fifteen 10-inch discs of instrumentals and songs, including examples from African-American, Mexican, Polish, and Ukrainian traditions, recorded at various locations in the United States. Recorded by Laura Boulton, 1941-42, for the National Film Board of Canada. The collection includes two linear inches of notes.

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,965A: Two songs sung with piano by an African-American chorus. Recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1941-42. (5 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 69A)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,965B: A narrative and a song spoken and sung with drum by a male North American Indian soloist. Recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1941-42. (5 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 69A)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,966A: "Steal Away" sung by Zachary Munson of St. Paul, Minnesota. Recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1941-42. (4 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 69A)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,966B: "One Thought of You" and "Little Heaven" sung in Spanish by a female Mexican soloist. Recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1941-42. (4 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 69A)

AFC 1973/028: AFS 16,967-16,968: Four songs, one with orchestra, sung by the Macalester Choir of St. Paul, Minnesota. Recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1941-42. (17 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 69B)

Pat Hill Duplication Project (AFC 1975/008)
One 10-inch tape of Irish band and fiddle instrumentals duplicated from nineteen discs (fourteen issued by Columbia, three by Copley, and two homemade), loaned by Pat Hill of St. Paul, Minnesota. Accessioned February 1975. The collection includes three pages of notes. (AFS 17,475)

AFC 1975/008: AFS 17,475A1-4: One tape containing four instrumentals played on flute, pennywhistles, and violin, duplicated from two homemade discs recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota. (14 minutes; LWO 8282A)

Martin McHugh Collection of Irish Accordion Music (AFC 1975/025)
Two 7-inch tapes of traditional Irish airs, jigs, and reels played on accordion by Martin McHugh. Recorded at radio station KSJN, St. Paul, Minnesota, January 3, 1975. (55 minutes, LWO 8388) (AFS 17539-17540)

Swedish Music by Olga Lindgren Nilsen (AFC 1975/031)
One 7-inch tape of Swedish vocal music, recorded live and from commercial 78s at radio station KSJN, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 30, 1974. (AFS 17,584)

AFC 1975/031: AFS 17,584A1-2: One tape containing two Swedish songs sung by Olga Lindgren Nilsen. (14 minutes; LWO 8568)

Richard K. Spottswood and Maury Bernstein Collection of Swedish Dalarna Fiddling (AFC 1975/046)
Four 7-inch tapes of Swedish Dalarna fiddling played by Paul Dahlin, Bruce Johnson, and Edwin Johnson. Recorded at radio station KSJN, St. Paul, Minnesota, by Maury Bernstein and Richard K. Spottswood, January 1975. (55 minutes, LWO 8583) (AFS 17,639-17,642)

National Public Radio / Folk Music in America Interviews Collection (AFC 1975/047)
Four 10-inch tapes of radio programs by Maury Bernstein and Richard K. Spottswood at station KSJN, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 1975, for National Public Radio. (AFS 17,643-17,646)

AFC 1975/047: AFS 17,645-17,646: Two tapes containing "Minnesota Folk Finds," featuring fiddle tunes and songs from Irish, Swedish, and other ethnic traditions. (2 hours; LWO 8616 reels 3-4)

Neil G. Christian songs and interview (AFC 1976/034)
Two 7-inch tapes of an interview and songs sung with harp-guitar by Neil G. Christian. Recorded at radio station KSJN, St. Paul, Minnesota, by Maury Bernstein and Richard K. Spottswood, January 1, 1975. (1 hour; LWO 9119) (AFS 18,802-18,803) [catalog record]

Jeff Todd Titon Duplication Project, 1968-1975 (AFC 1977/032)
Three 10-inch tapes of Anglo-American Baptist religious services recorded in Bucksport, Maine, and African American Baptist services recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota; songs sung with piano by blues musician Lazy Boy Lucas recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and an interview with blues musician Son House of Rochester, New York, recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recorded by Jeff Todd Titon, 1968-75. (AFS 19,154-19,156) [catalog record]

AFC 1977/032: AFS 19,154A: One tape containing African American Baptist religious services led by Rev. George Trawick recorded at St. Mark's Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 11, 1968. The collection includes six pages of notes, a photograph of Reverend Trawick, and a 10-page transcription of a scriptural reading. (50 minutes; LWO 9650 reel 1A)

AFC 1977/032: AFS 19,154B: One tape containing copy of a master tape for Lazy Bill Lucas, Wild! LP 12M01, recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 1969. The collection includes a 1-page list of the 14 songs on the tape. (1 hour and 5 minutes; LWO 9650 reel 1B)

Funeral Service for Katherina Goosen Teichroew, First Mennonite Church, Mountain Lake, Minnesota (AFC 1978/031)
One 10-inch tape of a funeral service for Katherina Goosen Teichroew at the First Mennonite Church of Mountain Lake, Minnesota, a Dutch/Russian Mennonite congregation. Recorded originally on six 9-inch discs, April 1950, and loaned by Allan Teichroew. Includes a funeral service for Mrs. Katherina Goossen Teichroew at the First Mennonite Church of Mt. Lake, Minnesota in April 1950. The service is conducted in both English and High German. A capella hymn singing is by a women's quartet. (55 minutes; LWO 12,250) [catalog record]

AFC 1978/031: AFS 19,289A1: An instrumental played on an organ.

AFC 1978/031: AFS 19,289A2: A narrative spoken in High German.

AFC 1978/031: AFS 19,289A3: A scriptural reading in English by Reverend Amstutz.

AFC 1978/031: AFS 19,289A4: A song sung in German with organ by three or four women.

AFC 1978/031: AFS 19,289A5: A narrative spoken in High German by Elder I. J. Dick.

AFC 1978/031: AFS 19,289A6: "Rock of Ages" sung in English with organ by three or four women.

AFC 1978/031: AFS 19,289A7: A narrative and scriptural readings spoken in English by Reverend Amstutz.

Radio and television broadcast recordings featuring Bob Dylan and Joan Baez (AFC 1979/044)
One 10-inch tape of songs sung by Joan Baez, Bob Dylan (Zimmerman) of Hibbing, Minnesota, and Bruce Springsteen, recorded by Cheryl Brauner from radio and television broadcasts, 1974-78. The collection includes nine pages of notes.

AFC 1979/044: AFS 19,388A1-5: One tape containing five songs sung with guitar and band by Joan Baez and Bob Dylan for Dylan's television special, "Hard Rain." Recorded ca. September 18, 1976. (25 minutes; LWO 12,912 reel 1A)

AFC 1979/044: AFS 19,388A6-11: One tape containing six songs sung with guitar by Bob Dylan originally recorded at the Gaslight Cafe, New York City, 1962. Recorded from John Paige's radio program on WGTB-FM, Washington, D.C., 1974. (20 minutes; LWO 12,912 reel 1A)

AFC 1979/044: AFS 19,388B1-2: One tape containing two songs sung with guitar and band by Bob Dylan at the Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, January 15, 1974. Recorded from a broadcast on radio station WGTB-FM, Washington, D.C., January 16, 1974. (15 minutes; LWO 12,912 reel 1B)

AFC 1979/044: AFS 19,388B3: One tape containing a song sung with guitar and band by Bob Dylan, from a tape provided by Joan Baez for a radio show, "Rock Around the World," ca. 1977. (5 minutes; LWO 12,912 reel 1B)

AFC 1979/044: AFS 19,388B4: One tape containing a song sung with guitar by Bob Dylan, originally recorded ca. 1962. Recorded from a broadcast on radio station WHFS-FM, Bethesda, Maryland, May 24, 1978. (5 minutes; LWO 12,912 reel 1B)

Larry Long Recording Project (AFC 1979/049)
One 7-inch tape of three narratives and three songs composed by Larry Long about a 1978 Midwest farm strike, spoken and sung with guitar by Larry Long of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recorded at the Library of Congress by Paula Johnson and Nathan W. Pearson, February 9, 1978. The collection includes one photograph and three textual transcriptions. (26 minutes, LWO 12,925) (AFS 19,397) [catalog record]

Alice Fletcher Plains Indian Music on Cylinders (AFS 20,308-20,326)
Nineteen 10-inch tapes of North American Plains Indian music originally recorded on cylinders in the Midwest and Washington, D.C., by Alice Cunningham Fletcher, 1896-1905. Transferred from the National Archives, 1948.

AFS 20,308A7-8; 20,324A13: Two tapes containing six Chippewa songs sung by Gay-zhe-gwun-e-osh of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota. Originally recorded on three cylinders in Washington, D.C., January 24, 1899. (11 minutes; LWO 12,980 reels 70A; 86A)

Center for Applied Linguistics Collection (AFC 1986/022)
Fifty-nine 10-inch tapes of speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches recorded at various locations in North America by various collectors, and compiled by the Center for Applied Linguistics for a project entitled "A Survey and Collection of American English Dialect Recordings." The collection includes fourteen linear inches of documentation, including an introduction and preface, a list of contents, content summaries, and transcripts. Collectors and interviewees vary, representing approximately 43 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Canada, and Puerto Rico. [catalog record] [online presentation]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,323-24,324A: Two tapes containing interviews with six people of Croatian, Serbian, and Slovenian descent from Minnesota's Iron Range. Recorded by researchers from the Iron Range Research Center, Chisholm, Minnesota, 1977 and 1983.

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,323A1-A2: Personal history of Joseph Vidmar, an 88-year-old Croatian man, from Eveleth, Minnesota, discusses life in a Croatian village, his voyage to America, Ellis Island, a three-day train trip to Eveleth, the naturalization process, his first job (in a cemetery), being a chauffeur in the engineering department of mines, his union experiences, and food and transportation in the past. Recorded 1983. (32 minutes; RWB 3872A) [audio, part 1] [audio, part 2]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,323A3: Personal history of Anthony Vidmar, a 78-year-old man of Slovenian descent, from Ely, Minnesota, discusses his parents' history, life in Minnesota when they arrived, school, automobiles, Prohibition, bootlegging, and the Depression. Recorded 1977. (30 minutes; RWB 3872A) [audio]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,323B1: Personal history of Mildred Opacish, a 72-year-old woman from Duluth, Minnesota, discusses her early years, mining, family, ethnic groups in Leetonia, Minnesota, the Depression, her four children, her career, high standards for women in the workplace, and the laziness of men. Recorded 1983. (30 minutes; RWB 3872B) [audio]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,323B2: Personal history of Joseph A. Jagunich, a 66-year-old man of Croatian and Slovenian descent, from Buhl, Minnesota, discusses his grandfathers, earliest childhood memories, school, bootlegging, Prohibition, mining, daily life in the past, gardens, animals, mining-company doctors, food preservation methods, family holiday traditions, and his parents' difficult lives. Recorded 1983. (28 minutes; RWB 3872B) [audio]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,324A1-A2: A 70-year-old brother (John A. Tayfer?) and 77-year-old sister (Josephine Scander) of Croatian descent, from Utica Location, discuss growing up in their parents' boarding house, food served to boarders, winemaking, life with people of different nationalities, Croatian customs and holidays, childhood activities, and family life. Recorded 1983. (1 hour and 5 minutes; RWB 3873A) [audio, part 1] [audio, part 2]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,324B1-B2: Oral history of Fred Marshall, Minnesota Sixth District Congressman, recorded by the Stearns County Historical Society, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 1979. Marshall discusses politics; his genealogy; education; agriculture and the mechanization on the farm; the Depression; the federal budget; national defense; McCarthyism; presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy; and the proudest moments of his congressional career. (1 hour and 5 minutes; RWB 3873B) [audio, part 1] [listen, part 2]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,343A: One tape containing interviews with three bilingual Finnish-English residents of Minnesota, recorded by Michael Linn, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 1983.

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,343A1: An 80-year-old woman from Cedar Valley Township discusses the lumbering business, her jobs as a cook after her children left home, family history, school, skiing to school, and childhood games and activities. (23 minutes; RWB 3892A) [audio]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,343A2: A 41-year-old man from Duluth discusses his personal history, life in Finland, sports, language problems in the United States, favorite television programs, auto mechanics, computerization in automobiles, and a near drowning. (18 minutes; RWB 3892A) [audio]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,343A3: An 85-year-old man discusses his personal history, mining and lumbering experiences, firefighting experiences, and military service. (21 minutes; RWB 3892A) [audio]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,343B: One tape containing interviews with three residents of Chisholm, Minnesota, recorded by Michael Linn, University of Minnesota, Duluth.

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,343B1: A Slovenian man discusses childhood games, sports, his mining job, home remedies, and special holiday foods. (20 minutes; RWB 3892B) [audio]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,343B2: A 55-year-old woman of Russian descent discusses childhood games, favorite television programs, her current job as head housekeeper in a hotel and former jobs as a sales clerk and factory worker, her health, a hospital stay, and home remedies. Recorded 1979. (20 minutes; RWB 3892B) [audio]

AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,343B3: An 87-year-old man of Swedish descent discusses his job, experiences as an underground mine surveyor, and iron mining. Recorded 1979. (21 minutes; RWB 3892B) [audio]

Bjorngjeld Family Collection (AFC 1987/005)
Two cassettes of instrumentals and songs by the Bjorngjeld family, recorded in Minnesota, November 1986, and Columbus, North Dakota, 1956-60. The collection includes a 2-page list of 63 instrumentals and songs, 11 pages of notes, and an article about the family. [catalog record]

AFC 1987/005: AFS 24,363: One cassette containing ballads; bluegrass, country, gospel, and Scandinavian dance music; and a narrative. Performed by the Bjorngjeld Family Reunion Band (Alfred Bjorngjeld, piano accordion; Arthur Bjorngjeld, button accordion, 5-string banjo, violin, and vocals; Clarence Bjorngjeld, harmonica and vocals; Dennis Bjorngjeld, guitar and vocals; Ervin Bjorngjeld, tenor banjo; Olga Hanson, mandolin and vocals; Borghild Person, guitar and vocals; and Dick Rees, string bass). Recorded by Arthur Bjorngjeld at the Homestead Pickin' Parlor, Richfield, November 22, 1986, and Dulono's, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 29, 1986. (1 hour and 40 minutes; RYA 6644)

Stephen Smith / "Song Catcher: Frances Densmore of Red Wing," Minnesota Public Radio Collection (AFC 1995/011)
One 10-inch tape of a radio program entitled "Song Catcher Frances Densmore of Red Wing," about Densmore's life and her recordings of North American Indian songs. Recorded by Stephen Smith for Minnesota Public Radio and broadcast November 26, 1994, on National Public Radio's program "All Things Considered." In 2005, Smith also contributed photocopies of approximately 500 pages of letters from Densmore to Charles Hofmann between 1941 and 1954, received from Hofmann's family.

Larry Long / "Truck Driver's Life" Video Collection (AFC 1996/069)
The video entitled "Hauling Freight, No Fences: A Truck Driver's Life" portrays the life of Gerald Johanneck, a truck driver from southwest Minnesota, as told by Johanneck to children of Wabasso, Minnesota. Also included is a performance of "Hauling Freight, No Fences," composed by Long and performed by Long and the children of Wabasso. Recorded at Salmagundi Studio in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1995. Produced by Larry Long and Barry Kimm.

Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
Lands' End in cooperation with Good Housekeeping magazine sponsored quilt contests in 1992, 1994, and 1996. The collection,housed in 154 boxes, consists of visual images, entry blanks, and essays written by entrants, as well as Lands End administrative files and correspondence pertinent to the promotion of the contest. Approximately 13,100 entries for the three contests came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Numerous types and styles of needlework, quilting, patchwork, applique and embroidery are represented among the visual images. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]

Local Legacies Collection (AFC 2000/001)
Four hundred and five linear feet (approximately 90,000 manuscript pages, 475 sound recordings, 13,270 graphic materials, 335 electronic media, and 75 artifacts) of documentation of local festivals, fairs, parades, and other community-based events from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and trusts. The Local Legacies Collection was donated through the efforts of individuals, organizations, and institutions asked to participate by members of Congress. This project was part of the Library of Congress Bicentennial celebration in the year 2000. [catalog record] [online presentation] [Minnesota Local Legacies]

Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble with Becky Weis concert and interview collection (AFC 2003/045)
Homegrown 2003 concert, dance and fiddle music from Minnesota
Collection consists of photographs and videorecording of the concert at the Library of Congress; program flyer and publicity materials, including biographical information on performers. The Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble performs repertoire based in "old-time" dance or "gammledans" music, primarily waltzes, schottisches, and polkas. Elizabeth "Becky" Weis plays and teaches the older "bygdedans" music of the Norwegian hardanger fiddle and Swedish nyckleharpa (key fiddle). Philip Nusbaum interviewed Becky Weis, June 4, 2003; LeRoy Larson, leader of the Ensemble on June 5, 2003; Mel Brenden on May 6, 2003; and Art Bjorngjeld on June 23, 2003; the collection includes sound recordings of the interviews and brief tape logs. [catalog record]

Dáithí Sproule interview, 2007 May 22, conducted by Stephen D. Winick (AFC 2007/046)
Oral history interview with Irish musician Dáithí Sproule, guitarist, singer, and song writer, who was born and raised in Derry, Ireland, was a founding member of the band Skara Brae, and a member of Altan, who now lives in Minnesota. Interview conducted by Stephen D. Winick in the Jefferson Recording Laboratory on May 22, 2007, in advance of Sproule's performance the following day in the Rediscover Northern Ireland series. [catalog record]

University of Wisconsin -- Madison, Folklore Program, Laborlore Interviews, Fall 2011 (AFC 2011/065)
This collection consists of occupational folklore interviews conducted by freshman students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, enrolled in Professor Jim Leary's "folklore Course" during the fall semester, 2011. The interviews were conducted in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and document a variety of occupations. This collection is part of the American Folklife Center's Occupational Folklife Project.

Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946, lecture by Jim Leary (AFC 2013/026)
Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture, July 18, 2013, Mary Pickford Theater, Library of Congress. Jim Leary presented his research devoted to a compilation and new edition of folk music recorded during the 1930s and 1940s by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Alan Lomax, and Helene Stratman-Thomas in homes, hotels, community halls, church basements, and parks throughout Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Focusing on 175 representative performances by more than 200 singers and musicians -- and including biographical sketches and photographs of performers, as well as transcriptions, translations, and annotations for songs in twenty-five languages, the field recordings will be published in 2014 under the title Folksongs of another America: field recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946. [catalog record]

 

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