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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Pampa Rotolo
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: September 2016

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.

Seamus Doyle South American Recordings (AFC 1942/007)
Fifty-three 12-inch discs of music recorded in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay, by Seamus Doyle, July-September 1941, while Doyle was on tour with the Kirstein American Ballet Group. The collection includes Doyle's six-page journal entitled "Report on the Collection of Folk Music in South America" and a detailed song list with performers, titles, genres, recording dates, and locations. [catalog record]

AFS 5731 -5743: Thirteen discs containing 38 traditional Andean dance and folk songs, recorded in Lima, Peru, September 14-23, 1941. (2 hours and 10 minutes; preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 386A-387A)

Joseph Hocking Peruvian recordings (AFC 1948/092)
Five 12-inch discs field recordings of Quechua folktales told by J.M.B. Farfan, four folksongs in Quechua, and Aymara language lessons recited by Professor Jorge Aberto Panigua. Includes a sermon, "For God so loved the world," begun in English and ending in German. Recorded in Lima, Peru, by Joseph Hocking, January 24, 1947. The collection includes a one-page content list. (45 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 177B-178A) [catalog record]

Joseph Hocking Quechua recordings (AFC 1948/093)
Four 12-inch discs of religious hymns, sermons, and songs, in the Huancayo dialect of the Quechua language, accompanied by organ and violin. Recorded in Huancayo, Peru by Joseph Hocking, August 4, 1947. The collection includes 2 pages of a list of contents and correspondence. (30 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 178) [catalog record]

Charles Seeger recording of Peruvian folk music (AFC 1950/031)
One 16-inch disc of 10 Peruvian folk songs by Moises Vivanco and the Imma Summack Inca Trio. Recorded at an unknown location, October 14, 1949. Donated by Charles Seeger. The collection includes a 1-page song list. (AFS 9916) (30 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 280B) [catalog record]

Peru Ministerio de Educacion Publica collection of folk music (AFC 1951/018)
Two 10-inch tapes of field recordings of 100 traditional Peruvian songs including carnavales, huaynos, dances, ritual herding songs, and charango and pincullo instrumentals, performed by various groups at the Feria de Octubre. Recorded in Lima, Peru, by the Ministerio de Educacion Publica, 1949. The collection includes a 5-page list in Spanish containing song genres, performers, and titles; and correspondence from Pedro M. Benvenutto Murrieta, Jorge C. Muelle, José María Arguedas, Luis E. Valcárcel and others, 1945-1951, regarding Peruvian folk music and the duplication of these recordings. (AFS 10,087-10,088) (4 hours; LWO 1770) [catalog record]

Violin arrangements of Inca and Aztec music by Patricio Castillo Urquidi (AFC 1960/014)
One 7-inch tape of a lecture-recital entitled "The Music of the Incas of Peru" by Professor Patricio Castillo Urquidi, including five violin arrangements of Incan and Aztec music, "The Hymn to the Sun of the Incas," "The Invocation to the Moon and Dance of the Chicha," "The Inca Elegy," "Aztec Lament," and "Xotoles," performed by Urquidi. Recorded in Mexico City, Mexico, July 1959. The collection includes a 2-page transcript of the lecture. (AFS 11,831) (35 minutes; LWO 3154) [catalog record]

Enrique Pinilla Recordings of Folk Music and Indian Music of Peru (AFC 1967/008)
Four 10-inch tapes of folk music from the jungle and coast of Peru, in Spanish, Quechua and other indigenous languages. Recorded in Amaralaere, Ancash, Apurimac, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Culinas, Cusco, Huánuco, Junin, Lima, Orejón and Pasco, Peru by Enrique Pinilla, 1955-1964. The collection includes a two-page song list of instruments, performers, and titles. (AFS 13,038-13,041) (5 hours and 6 minutes; LWO 4863) [catalog record]

John Cohen and Penny Seeger collection of Peru recordings (AFC 1972/005)
Thirteen 5-inch tapes of field recordings of songs, instrumental music, discussions, and stories performed by men, women, and children at various locations in Peru. Includes carnival and festival music, religious songs, a Catholic church service in Quecha; songs for Christmas, Easter, Corpus Christi, and saints' festivals, wedding music, dance music, love songs, lullabies, chants, songs for sheep, alpaca, cattle, herding, weaving, hunting, and other work and ritual songs; band music, concourso on the radio. Instruments include guitar, mandolin, fiddle, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, harps, flutes, charanga, tambor, bomba, triangle, bells, panpipes, and others. The collection includes a photocopy of John Cohens and Peggy Seeger Cohen's field notebook with a recording log. Recorded in Peru by John Cohen and Penny Seeger, 1964. (AFS 14,636-14,648) (LWO 6788) [catalog record]

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton collection

AFS 17155-17176: Laura Boulton Collection Part 20: Miscellaneous discs
Twenty-two 10-inch discs of music recorded by Laura Boulton in various parts of the world, 1949-61. Boulton's demonstration recordings for a class at University of California at Los Angeles. Includes American Indian, Mexican, Polynesian, Japanese, Arabic, Ecuadorian, Peruvian folk music. Also includes European classical music for organ and chamber orchestra. [catalog record]

Dough Ornaments and Festive Cookies Workshop Collection (AFC 1984/048)
Documentation from a workshop entitled "Dough Ornaments and Festive Cookies" held on November 15, 1984, at the Library of Congress. Vilma Janke-Grace, Filomena Agnelli-Lesansky, Sirkka Singleton, Phyllis Frucht and some of their family members gave demonstrations of Peruvian, Italian, Finnish, and Sephardic Jewish dough ornament-making for the holiday season.

Isaac Vivanco / "Mapa Musical del Peru" Collection (AFC 1990/026)
Five audiocassettes compiled from commercial recordings of Huyano and Custumbrista music from various regions in Peru. The collection includes a map highlighting 12 sections which correspond to 12 sections listed on tape inventory. Prepared for John Cohen, scholar of Huyano music, by Isaac Vivanco, an announcer and producer of a Peruvian radio program and employee of CEPES (Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales).

Negrura Peruana Concert Collection (AFC 2005/028)
Peruvian music and dance performed by the group Negrura Peruana, from Hartford, Connecticut. The group, consisting of seven musicians and four dancers, performs the music and dance of Peru's African and criollo population originally living in the coastal area around Chincha south of the captial and later transplanted to Lima, and then to Hartford, Connecticut in the 1980s and 1990s. Collection includes a VHS videotape of Negrura Peruana from the Institute for Community Research, Hartford, Connecticut. Introduction by Peggy Bulger. [catalog record]

John Cohen collection (AFC 2011/059)
Collection of manuscripts, sound recordings, graphic images, and moving images created and collected by John Cohen. The materials document Cohen's parallel careers as a musician (member of the New Lost City Ramblers) and writer during the 1960s American folk music revival, and his celebrated work as a documentary photographer and filmmaker, producer, and artist from the 1950s to the present. Includes interviews made by Cohen with John Hartford, Harry Smith, Roger McGuinn, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Gary Davis, John Summers, Cousin Emmy, Roscoe Holcomb, Charlie Higgins, Wade Ward, Friends of Old Time Music, High Atmosphere, and photographs of these and others including E. C. Ball, Clancy Brothers, Elizabeth Cotten, Willie Dixon, Jack Elliott, Woody Guthrie, Mary Frank, Lilly Brothers, Alan Lomax, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Mike Seeger, Stanley Brothers, Belle Stewart, Stony Mountain Boys, Merle Travis, Muddy Waters, Doc Watson and many others. The collection includes documentation of Greenwich Village and Harlem, New York City; Cohen's travels to Paris and Spain in the 1950s; and later to England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Italy and Japan, and other countries. Notable is his research for his master's thesis on Peruvian textile weaving, and subsequent fieldwork in Peru. Cohen visited Peru eight times between 1956 and 2005. Subsequent projects in Peru incorporated sound recordings of Andean music, and films as well as books about weaving, music, festivals, and dance. The majority of Cohen's Peru photographs were taken during his first three trips there and focus primarily on indigenous Andean people in the Q'ero region. [catalog record]

Marinera Viva!!! concert and dance performance (AFC 2015/022)
Video recording, sound recording, and photographs of a concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress on June 30, 2015 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Marinera Viva showcased the marinera -- often called the national dance of Peru. The marinera originated on the Peruvian coast and was named "marinera" in 1879 to honor the Peruvian Navy during the War of the Pacific. The music has Spanish, Moorish, Andean, and Gypsy rhythmic influences while the dance includes Spanish, Incan, and African elements and takes the form of a stylized courtship using handkerchiefs. This show displayed multiple elements of the dance, from the skirts and ponchos, to the intricate steps performed by national champion dancers of the marinera norteña and marinera limeña styles. Julie Freundt, a diva of Peruvian criollo music, sang, accompanied by percussion, guitars, and dancers. Collection also includes a DVD documentary titled: Marinera, testimonio de diversidad y tradición, el documental, produced by Perú Ministerio de Cultura. [catalog record]


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