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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture

NORWAY COLLECTIONS
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE

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.

AFC 1940/001: W.P.A. California Folk Music Project Collection, 1938-1940
Two hundred thirty-nine discs and numerous photographs, drawings, transcriptions, correspondence, and manuscripts documenting 17 ethnic groups recorded in northern California folk music by Sidney Robertson Cowell for the Northern California Work Projects Administration (WPA). The project was sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, and co-sponsored by Library's Archive of American Folk Song. [view catalog record] [view online presentation]

AFS 3853B2-3854A: One disc containing 6 Norwegian songs sung by Alf Nilsson. Recorded in Carmel, California, by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Feb. 18, 1939. (12 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 251B)

AFC 1941/012: Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman-Thomas Collection of Wisconsin Recordings
Seventy-eight 12-inch discs of conversations, instrumentals, poems, and songs recorded at various locations in Wisconsin by Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman-Thomas (Blotz), November 15, 1940 August 19, 1941, for the Library of Congress and the University of Wisconsin. The collection includes three-fourths linear inch of descriptions and lists. [view catalog record]

AFS 4956-4957A2: Two discs containing 11 Norwegian songs played and sung by Psalmidokon Quartet (Elsie Thompson, Bertha Larson, and Mrs. Herbert Flugstad, and Nora Brickson). Recorded in Madison, Wisconsin, by Robert F. Draves, May 1941.

AFS 4994B2-3; 5005A5: Two discs containing "Gamle Mor" (The Old Mother Grieg) and a Norwegian folk song sung by Hans W. Waag. Recorded in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, by Robert F. Draves, August 1941.

AFS 5006A3: One disc containing "Kan du glemme gamle Norge" played on a lumberjack instrument called a Viking cello and sung by Mr. and Mrs. Otto Rindlisbacher. Recorded at Rice Lake, Wisconsin, by Robert F. Draves, August 1941.

AFS 5007A1-2: One disc containing "Saterogjentens Sondag" (Chalet girls Sunday)" and "Ungbirken Egeberg" (The young birch) sung by Hans M. Waag. Recorded in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, August 1941.

AFS 5010A2: One discs containing "Springar" played on Hardanger fiddle by Otto Rindlisbacher. Recorded in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, by Robert F. Draves, August 1941.

AFC 1948/022: University of Wisconsin Project
One hundred and twelve 12-inch discs of instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Wisconsin by Leland Coon, 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 3/4linear inch of correspondence and descriptions.

AFS 8385B: One disc containing "Schottische" (Oh, Susanna) and "Olanda Töser" (Girls from Öland) played on accordion by Mrs. Vaughn Garfoot. Recorded in Verona, Wisconsin, by Leland Coon, August 1946. (tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 108A)

AFS 8397A2-8398A1: Two discs containing 6 Norwegian songs sung by Mrs. Brithe Lothe. Recorded in Milltown, Wisconsin, by Leland Coon, August 1946. (tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 109A)

AFS 8414-8416A: Three discs containing 9 Norwegian songs sung by Alice Everson. Recorded in Blair, Wisconsin, by Leland Coon, August 1946. (tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 110B)

AFS 7738-7753: Marcus Bach / Iowa Recordings
Sixteen 12-inch discs of recordings from Iowa, including Norewegian American and Danish American. Recorded by Marcus Bach, ca. 1940s.

AFS 7743: One disc containing Norwegian songs "O Happy Day that We shall Stand" and "Built on the Church the Rock Does Stand," recorded in 1945.

AFS 7744: One disc containing interviews with President Preus and Pastor Huff, recorded in 1945.

AFS 7754A: One disc containing Norwegian song "Blessed Jesus We Are Gathered," recorded in 1945.

AFS 7746: One disc containing Norwegian songs "When Sinners See Their Lost Condition" and "Blessed Jesus We Are Here," recorded in 1945.

AFS 10,292-10,195: Cooperative Acquisitions Project / Finnish and Norwegian Music
Four 10-inch discs of folk music of Finland and Norway. Transferred to the Music Division of Library of Congress from the Cooperative Acquisitions Project. The collection includes 14 sheets of songs lists, transcripts, and other documentation. Includes a recording of the Norwegian National Anthem, "Ja vi elsker dette landet," sung by Bjorn Talen with violin, cello, and piano.

AFS 10,863-10,866: Olaf Gurvin / Folk Music from Norway
One 10-inch tape folk music from Norway duplicated from cylinders brought here by Olaf Gurvin of University of Oslo.

AFS 11,911: Johannes Riedel / Folksongs from Minnesota
One 10-inch tape of an instrumental and nineteen songs in English, Norwegian, and Swedish recorded by students of Johannes Riedel, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April-August 1961. The collection includes 13 pages of notes and 12 pages of textual transcriptions.

AFS 24,120: Jeffrey C. Wrolstad / Wrolstad Family Collection
Old-time and Norwegian American music performed on fiddle and piano by Ethelyn Aanrud, Arnt Soli, Ella Wrolstad and Emil Wrolstad, with announcements by Ellen Mears and Jeffrey H. Wrolstad. Recorded by Jeffrey H. Wrolstad near Peru, Wisconsin, August 31, 1958.

AFS 24,121-24,123: Jeffrey C. Wrolstad / Wrolstad, Anderson, Dalby, Johnson Collection
Three audiocassettes of old-time and Norwegian American music performed on fiddle, guitar, and piano by Morgan Anderson, George Dalby, and Nora Johnson, with announcements by Jeffrey H. Wrolstad. Recorded by Jeffrey H. Wrolstad at sessions held in 1966 and 1968 in Rockdale, Wisconsin, and copied onto cassettes by Jeffrey C. Wrolstad in 1985.

AFC 1973/004 : Margaret Anderson Collection of Norwegian American Songs from Wisconsin
Norah Anderson of Wisconsin singing Norwegian American folksongs, recorded 1972. Includes English and Norwegian songs. (includes AFS 15,424) [view catalog record]

AFC 1981/004: Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection
Ninety-nine 7-inch tapes and 245 audiocassettes,13 linear inches of contact sheets, eight and three-fourths 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.

Dissertation Collection

A Survey of Traditional Systems of Boat Design Used in the Vicinity of Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and Hardangerfjord, Norway / David Alan Taylor
Ph.D. dissertation on tradition boat design, entitled "A Survey of Traditional Systems of Boat Design Used in the Vicinity of Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, and Hardangerfjord, Norway." David Taylor submitted the dissertation in 1989 to Memorial University of Newfoundland's Department of Folklore.

 

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