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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


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

AFC 1960/001: The Paul Bowles Moroccan Music Collection
Seventy 7-inch tapes, two 12-inch discs, 1.25 linear feet of manuscripts, and 18 black-and-white photographs of Moroccan folk, popular, and art music. Recorded by Paul Bowles ca. 1960-1962. The collection includes recordings Paul Bowles made in 1959 during four six-week field trips sponsored by the Library of Congress with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation as well as additional field recordings that he and Christopher Wanklyn made between 1960 and 1962. Bowles captured vocal and instrumental music of various tribes and indigenous people at 23 locations throughout the country. The collection also includes dance music, secular music, music for Ramadan and other Islamic ceremonies, and music for animistic rituals. Berber and Arab music predominates, and Sephardic liturgical music and folk songs are included. Dance was often integral to the music events. Field notes and correspondence (1957-1989) describe the recorded events (including dance) and the project, and includes correspondence about the work leading to the publication of a selection of the recordings by the Library of Congress. Photographs are undated, and depict locations, performers and their musical instruments. (AFS 11,623-11,687; 12,016-12,020) [catalog record]

AFC 1964/013: Donald Kissil Recordings from Dunvegan, Scotland; Nerja, Spain; and Marrakech, Morocco
One 7-inch tape of music of southern Morocco and Berber Arabs recorded in Marrakech, Morocco, by Donald Kissil, in March, April, and November 1962. Some commentary on tape describing the songs. The collection includes a 3-page log. (30 minutes; LWO 4100) (AFS 12,062) [catalog record]

AFC 1970/038: Abraham Pinto Recordings of Sephardic Jewish and Berber Music in Morocco
Twelve 10-inch tapes of Sephardic Jewish liturgical music from Morocco, with some Berber music from Morocco. Recorded by Abraham Pinto. The collection includes a 5-page letter containing information about the recordings [note: the handwriting is very poor]. There is also a 17-page booklet containing Hebrew script and two postcards. (48 hours; LWO 6122) (AFS 14,280-14,291) [catalog record]

AFC 1990/036: Hanukkah, Feast of Dedication, Festival of Lights: Lecture and Workshop on Hanukkah Foods of Lebanon, Turkey and Morocco, December 14, 1990
Demonstrations and discussion of Hanukkah foods of the Sephardic traditions, featuring demonstrators Annie Totah, of Beirut, Lebanon, Denise Suissa, of Casablanca, Morocco, and Dina Doron, of Ankara, Turkey. Introduced by folklorist Devorah S. Sperling. Foods prepared by participants and sampled by audience.

AFC 1993/007: Reflections on a journey to Morocco : songs and stories of the Sephardic Jews / lecture by Henrietta Yurchenco
One videocassette of Henrietta Yurchenco lecture titled "Reflections on a Journey to Morocco: Songs and Stories of the Sephardic Jews," held on Thursday, April 22, 1993, 4:30-5:30 pm, Dining Room A, Library of Congress, co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center and other LC Divisions. The lecture focuses on the traditions of the Sephardic Jews of Spanish Morocco, who were expelled from Spain in 1492. Ms. Yurchenco illustrates her lecture with recollections, slides, and examples of ballads, wedding songs, and stories recorded in 1956 on location in Tetuan and Tangier. [catalog record]

AFC 1999/022: Henrietta Yurchenco Collection from Spain and Morocco
The collection consists of Yurchenco's field recordings by ethnomusicologist Henrietta Yurchenco of instrumental music, songs, dances, choral music, children's songs, religious songs, and flamenco, from the southern, western, and central provinces of Spain and the Balearic Islands in 1953-1954. Yurchenco made twenty field recordings in Tangier and Tetuan, Morocco from April to June, 1956, which include women's songs, psalms, prayers, ballads, wedding songs and other ritual songs, romances and stories of Sephardic Jews in Morocco. [catalog record]

AFC 2004/004: Alan Lomax Collection
Eight hundred forty-five linear feet (approx. 150 linear feet manuscripts; 10,000 sound recordings; 5,500 graphic images; 5,000 moving images 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 he 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]

AFC 2004/004:T2086-2099; T3000-3006: Twenty-one tapes containing Arab and Berber music. Recorded in Aguelmous, Dades Valley, Erfoud, Fès, Ksar El Souk, Marrakech, Ourika Valley, Ouarzazate, and Tinjdad, Morocco, by Alan Lomax and Joan Halifax, September 1967.

AFC 2004/004:MV22634-2640, 2643: Ten 8mm film reels containing Arab and Berber music. Recorded in Aguelmous, Dades Valley, Erfoud, Fès, Ksar El Souk, Marrakech, Ourika Valley, Ouarzazate, and Tinjdad, Morocco, by Alan Lomax and Joan Halifax, September 1967.


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