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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Megan M. Dreger and Claudia J. Widgery
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: January 2011

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 1939/016: 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 3280-3281A: Two discs containing four instrumentals and songs played on tambouritzas and sung by the Balkan Troubadors (Lubo Mitrovich and Nick Mitrovich [both "born in Portland, Oregon"], Dan Radakovich, Bob Rajacich, and George Rajacich). Recorded in Eveleth, Minnesota, by Sidney Robertson (Cowell), July 28, 1937. (15 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reels 216B-217A)

AFC 1947/012: Willard Rhodes 1947 Field Recordings Collection
Twenty 16-inch discs of Native American music recorded in Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Chemawa, Simnasho, and Pendleton, Oregon; Toppenish, Washington; Browning and Poplar, Montana; and Elbowoods and Fort Yates, North Dakota, by Willard Rhodes for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, summer 1947. (10 and 12-inch disc copies on AFS 12,204-12,262)

AFS 9545A1-B3: One disc containing ten Alaskan Eskimo and Navajo songs sung by Flossie Connery, Agnes Hicks, Alfred Hicks, and Mrs. Alex Saluskin. Recorded in Chemawa, Oregon, July 1947. (16 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 234B)

AFS 9548B2-9550B5: Three discs containing twenty songs of the Wasco and other tribes. Recorded in Simnasho, Oregon, August 4, 1947. (47 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 235)

AFS 9548B1; 9551-9553A4: Four discs containing thirty-four songs of the Nez Perce, Winnebago, and other tribes. Recorded in Pendleton, Oregon, August 9-11, 1947. (52 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 235-236A)

AFS 10,366-10,367: William L. Alderson Collection of Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs from Oregon
Two 16-inch discs of fiddle tunes and songs recorded in Portland, Oregon, by William L. Alderson, 1946-48. The collection includes a log. (tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 300B)

AFS 10,366: One disc containing six songs sung by Reed College students. Recorded spring 1948. (16 minutes)

AFS 10,367A1-8: One disc containing eight tunes played on fiddle by Karl Hutcheson, originally of Ravalli County, Montana. Recorded November 14, 1946. (8 minutes)

AFS 10,3676A9-11: One disc containing three songs sung by Mrs. Don H. Slocum of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Recorded November 1946. (3 minutes)

AFS 10,367B1-6: One disc containing six songs sung with guitar by Reed College student Warren E. Roberts of Norway, Maine. Recorded spring 1948. (13 minutes)

AFS 11,007-11,299: Helen Roberts Collection
One hundred sixty-seven 12-inch, 79 10-inch, 40 8-inch, and 7 7-inch discs of various songs from Australia, California, China, Hawaii, Mexico, the South Pacific Islands, and Tahiti; and of North American Indians. Recorded by various collectors, including Berthold Laufer, Carl Lumholtz, and C.E. Shaeffer and donated by Helen Roberts. The collection includes 37 pages of correspondence, logs and notes.

AFS 11,131A2; 11,133B: Two discs containing two songs sung by Charlie Cowen. Recorded at the Klamath Reservation, Klamath Lake, Oregon, by Samuel Alfred Barrett, ca. August-September 1907. (6 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 370)

AFS 12,096: A.F. Sisson / Ozark Mountaineers Recordings Collection
One 7-inch tape of 25 songs sung with guitar and harmonica by "The Ozark Mountaineers" (Almus D. Sisson and Harold D. Sisson), originally of Mountain View, Arkansas. Recorded in Portland, Oregon, after 1942. (1 hour and 8 minutes; LWO 4300)

AFC 1951/001: Willard Rhodes 1951 Field Recordings Collection
Eight 10-inch tapes of Apache, Cherokee, Comanche, Creek, Hopi, Kiowa, Navajo, Pawnee, Shoshone, and Tlingit, as well as Ecuadorian Indian and Eskimo music. Recorded in Arizona, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming by Willard Rhodes, June 1951, a for the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and in Oregon by Louise B. Johannaber, in or before 1952, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. (includes AFS 14,618-14,623)

AFC 1970/042: Benjamin A. Botkin Duplication Project, 1950-1958
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 U.S. trip of 1949. [catalog record]

AFS 14,219A: One tape containing twelve songs sung with guitar and piano by Michael Loring and six examples of "street-corner rhetoric" spoken by Arthur Boose, "The Last of the Wobblies." Recorded in Portland, Oregon, by Benjamin A. Botkin, August 1-3, 1950. (54 minutes; LWO 6080 reel 2A)

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection

AFS 17,125-17,128: Laura Boulton Collection Part 17: Unidentified American Indian Music
Four 10-inch discs of 22 songs sung by Native Americans of the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakima communities. Recorded in Pendleton, Oregon, by Laura Boulton, 1946. (41 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reels 70B-71A)

AFS 17,129-17,134: Laura Boulton Collection Part 18: Unidentified American Indian Music
Six 10-inch discs of 36 songs sung by American Indians recorded in Hood River, Oregon, by Laura Boulton, 1947. (44 minutes; tape copy on LWO 7551 reel 71A)

AFC 1975/035: Corinne and Frank Fasinski Interview on Sasquatch
One audiocassette of an interview with Corrinne and Frank Fasinski concerning beliefs and legends current in states of Washington and Oregon regarding "Sasquatch." Recorded November 27, 1973, by Judge Norman T. Custis and Helen Custis in suburban Washington, D.C. (includes AFS 17,599) (LWO 8573) [catalog record]

AFS 18,052: Yakima and Other American Indian Songs by Leroy B. Selam
One 7-inch tape of six songs of the Yakima and other tribes discussed and sung with drum by Leroy B. Selam of Monmouth, Oregon. Recorded at the Library of Congress by Gerald E. Parsons, December 12, 1975. The fourth song has been published by the Library of Congress as "Death Chant (Honor Song)" on recording number LBC 15, Religious Music: Solo & Performance. (32 minutes; LWO 8862)

AFS 18,471: Leo Joachim Frachtenberg Northwest Coast Indian Music
One 10-inch tape of 19 songs of the Kalapuya, 11 songs of the Shasta, 24 songs of the Tututni, and 3 songs of the Upper Umpqua tribes. Originally recorded on cylinders in Siletz, Oregon, by Leo Joachim Frachtenberg, 1915-16. (1 hour and 10 minutes; LWO 9049)

AFS 21,830-21,834: Melville Jacobs Cylinder Dubs
Five 10-inch tapes of one hundred thirteen narratives and songs of the Clackamas Chinook, Lakmiyuk, Mary's River, Shasta, Tualatin, Yamhill, and Yonkalla communities. Spoken and sung by Victoria Howard. Originally recorded on cylinders in West Linn, Oregon, by Melville Jacobs, 1929-30. (3 hours and 43 minutes; LWO 12,980)

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 seven photographs, a six-page brochure entitled "Old Believers," and one linear inch of concordances, notes, photocopies of chant notations, recording logs, and early Slavic neumes. (RWB 6101-6126)

AFC 1988/001: Linda Danielson Oregon Old-Time Fiddling Project
TThirty-five 10-inch tapes of interviews with fiddlers from Lane County, Douglas County and Jackson County, Oregon, interviewed by Linda L. Danielson about their lives and their music. Recorded in August and September 1976 in western Oregon. The collection includes transcripts. (includes AFS 21,857-21,865; 26,017-26,042) (70 hours; RWA 5740-5748; RWB 6194-6219) [catalog record]

AFC 1988/011: Barre Toelken Photographs Collection
Nine black-and-white photographs of string games taken by Barre Toelken in Eugene, Oregon, 1977. The girl who is executing the string figures is Patsy Bedonie (Navajo), aged 14 when the photos were taken. The other pair of hands belong to Barre's daughter Chiyo Toelken, also aged about 14. String designs are: cats cradles, big star (from Navajo tradition), a constellation, and a representation of a moving snake.

AFS 22,169: Leo J. Frachtenberg Collection
One 10-inch tape of 13 Tututni Indian songs sung by Hoxie Simmons. Originally recorded on cylinders in Siletz, Oregon, by Leo Joachim Frachtenberg, August 1915. (30 minutes; RWA 4834)

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. The collection includes 137 pages of transcriptions. (includes AFS 23,260-23,267) (14 hours and 30 minutes; RWA 8870-8877)

AFC 1997/011: Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection
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]

AFC 1998/011: Edward Keenan Collection on Old Believers
The collection consists mainly of materials related to religious music and belief among the Old Believers sect of the Russian Orthodox faith. Among the items in the collection are a spiral notebook which delineates a musical notation system which is used to interpret the music in the collection, several small booklets of hymns written in Cyrillic, some Russian language lessons, and a small booklet of catechism of the Greek Old Orthodox faith. Most of the material is either mimeographed or dittoed, and much of it is in Cyrillic script. The items were largely produced in the 1950s in Erie, Pennsylvania, by Rev. V. Smolakov. Additionally, there is a resource book for Russian Old Believers in Oregon produced in 1976.

AFC 1998/021: Oregon Old Style Fiddling Music and Songs Collection
Four videotapes containing music by members of the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association: 1 VHS labeled "Gospel, 19 Sept 98, Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, Thousand Trails, La Pine, Oregon"; 1 VHS labeled "Country, 19 Sept 98, Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, Thousand Trails, La Pine, Oregon"; 1 8mm videocassette labeled "Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Music Memoirs 1998" and "#2 Original Music 6 Nov 98" (28 tunes); 1 8mm videocassette labeled "1997-1998 O.O.T.F.A." and "#1 Original Music 6 Nov 98" (31 tunes). The composers and performers are listed on the videocassettes. There is no list of contents for the VHS tapes.

AFC 2000/001: Local Legacies Collection
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] [Oregon Local Legacies]

AFC 2002/011: Chinese Rod Puppetry Performance and Interview Collection
Sound and video recordings of the Dragon Art Studio performance on Neptune Plaza at the Library of Congress as part of the Homegrown Concert Series 2002, and a videorecording of an interview with the performers conducted by Oregon Folklore Program director, Nancy Nusz. Recorded May 15, 2002. A second interview with Yuqin Wang and Zhengli Xu conducted by American Folklife Center Folklife Specialist Nora Yeh was videotaped on May 16, 2002. The collection includes program and publicity materials for Dragon Art Studio, a promotional videorecording (VHS), "Yuqin Wang and Friends, Maiden Pearl, Traditional Chinese Rod Puppetry," n.d., correspondence, a list of interview questions and notes, and biographical materials for the artists. The puppet dramas are based on Chinese folktales. Dragon Art Studio is located in Tigard, Oregon. [catalog record]

AFC 2009/017: Sreevidhya Chandramouli and Friends Concert Collection
Homegrown 2009 Concert. Performance by Sreevidhya Chandramouli and Friends playing traditional Indian Karaikudi vina music from Oregon. Vina player, trained in the Karaikudi vina tradition, the only school of south Indian vina players that goes back more than 10 generations. Recorded August 20, 2009, Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]


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