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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Anthony M. Huberman
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: July 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 1940/013: University of Wisconsin Folk Music Recording Project
Thirty-five 12-inch discs of instrumentals and songs recorded in Wisconsin by Robert F. Draves and Helene Stratman-Thomas (Blotz) for the University of Wisconsin and the Library of Congress, August 19-September 5, 1940. The collection includes 5/8s linear inches of descriptions and lists. [catalog record]

AFS 4160A2-4161A1, B1-2: Two discs containing seven Swiss tunes performed on zither by Albert Mueller. Recorded in New Glarus, Wisconsin, August 20, 1940. (12 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 282A)

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 3/4 linear inch of descriptions and lists. [catalog record]

AFS 5017B2-5018A2, B1: Two discs containing three Ländler [slow country dance] performed on accordion by Otto Rindlisbacher; and "Emmentalerlied" (Emmental Song) and "Von Luzärn auf Wäggis" (From Lucerne to Wäggis) performed on Swiss bells by the Rindlisbacher family. Recorded in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, August 15, 1941. (9 minutes; tape copy on LWO 4872 reel 357B)

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

AFS 8384: One disc containing a Swiss Ländler, a two-step, two waltzes, and two yodels performed on accordion and sung by Mrs. Vaughn Garfoot. Recorded in Verona, Wisconsin, August 3, 1946. (10 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 108A)

AFS 8393B-8394A1: Two discs containing the Swiss "Emmitaler Lied" (Song of Emmi Valley) and three yodels sung by John Giezendanner, and "Echo Yodel" sung by Albert and John Giezendanner. Recorded in Barron, Wisconsin, August 9, 1946. (5 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 109A)

AFS 8438B2: One disc containing "Edelweiss" sung by Hans Huber. Recorded in Madison, Wisconsin, September 4, 1946. (3 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 112B)

AFC 1948/028: Austin Fife and Alta Fife Collection
Nineteen 16-inch discs, 78 12-inch and 9 10-inch discs of African American, Anglo American, Hopi, Mexican American, Mormon, and Shoshone music and stories recorded in California and Utah by Alta S. Fife, Austin E. Fife, Martha Huot, M.M. Keller, Hector Lee, July 1946–April 1947 and Sept. 3, 1947-July 9, 1951. The collection includes content lists and correspondence.

AFS 8659B2: One disc containing "Swiss Dairy Song" sung by Mary Hafen Leavitt and Rosina S. Reber. Recorded in Washington, Utah, March 31, 1947. (4 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reel 129A)

AFS 10,267-10,269: Cooperative Acquisitions Project / Switzerland Folk Music
Three discs of Swiss folk music transferred to Music Division from Cooperative Acquisitions Project. Recorded ca. 1950. (LWO 5111 reel 295A)

AFS 10,053-10,054: Erich von Hornbostel Collection
Two 10-inch tapes of ethnic and tribal music originally recorded on cylinders in Asia, Australia, Central America, East Africa, Europe, Greenland, Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, New Guinea, North Africa, North America, South Africa, South America, and West Africa by various collectors. Compiled on 120 by Erich M. von Hornbostel at the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv as the Hornbostel Demonstration Collection, ca. 1911. The collection includes 3/4 linear inch of correspondence, descriptions, lists, and notes.

AFS 10,054A23: One tape containing a yodel sung by Josef Felder of Rigi, Switzerland. Recorded in 1909. (2 minutes; LWO 5111 reel 283/29B)

AFC 1971/002: "A Collection of the Descriptions of Folk Dances as Taught by Gretel and Paul Dunsing."
One 36-page manuscript of descriptions of 66 Austrian, German, and Swiss folk dances. Assembled by Gretel and Paul Dunsing of St. Petersburg, Florida, April 1971.

AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection

AFS 18,102-18,468: Laura Boulton Collection Part 23: Africa, Europe, Far East, Latin America, etc.
Three-hundred forty-four 7-inch, 22 5-inch, and 1 3-inch tapes of instrumentals and songs recorded in Africa, Europe, Far East, Latin America, Middle East, Near East, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia by Laura Boulton, 1949-61. The collection includes 1/3 linear inch of articles, correspondence, and lists.

AFS 18,350: One tape containing 2 instrumentals and a song sung in German, recorded in Austria or Switzerland. (5 minutes; LWO 8956 reel 249; tape copy on LWO 8949 reel 50A)

AFS 18,351-18,352: Two tapes containing 8 songs sung in French and 7 instrumentals recorded in Sierre, Switzerland, 1951. (23 minutes; LWO 8959 reels 250-251; tape copy on LWO 8949 reels 50A-50B)

AFS 18,353: One tape containing 6 songs sung in French (2 with accordion) recorded in Sion, Switzerland, 1951. (25 minutes; LWO 8959 reel 252; tape copy on LWO 8949 reel 50B)

AFS 18,354-18,357: Four tapes containing 33 dances, instrumentals, songs sung in German, and yodels, recorded in Interlaken, Switzerland, 1951. (1 hour and 30 minutes; LWO 8956 reels 253-256, tape copy on LWO 8949 reels 50B-51A)

AFS 18,358: One tape containing 3 instrumentals and four songs sung in French recorded in St. Maurice, Switzerland, 1951, and 5 songs in German recorded in Zermatt, Switzerland, 1951. (32 minutes; LWO 8956 reel 257; tape copy on LWO 8949 reel 51B)

AFS 18,359A1-4: One tape containing 4 songs sung in German with yodeling recorded in Switzerland, 1951. (10 minutes; LWO 8956 reel 258; tape copy on LWO 8949 reel 51B)

AFC 1986/022: Center for Applied Linguistics Collection
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]

AFS 24,348: One tape containing interviews with various residents of Bern, Georgetown, and Montpelier, Idaho, of German and Swiss ancestry. Topics include family and personal histories and various personal reminiscences. Recorded in Provo, Utah, by Darwin Hayes, 1983-85. (1 hour and 30 minutes; RWB 3897)

AFC 1981/004: Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection
Ninety-nine 7-inch tapes and 245 audiocassettes of a field survey of ethnic artistic expression in Chicago, including dance, foodways, instrument making, neighborhood gatherings, religious celebrations, social club meetings, textile arts, vocal and instrumental music, and wood carving. Recorded in the Chicago, Illinois as part of the Chicago Ethnic Arts Project 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 269 folders of fieldnotes, logs, and photographic materials. The project was sponsored by the American Folklife Center and the Chicago Arts Council. [catalog record] [finding aid]

AFS 20,547-20,548: Two audiocassettes containing an interview with Isabella Erbe, columnist for the German American newspaper Eintracht. Topics include origins of the newspaper, the interests of D.A.N.K. (German American National Congress), the Steuben Verein cultural organization, the annual Trachtenfest, Jewish German American organizations, the Landsmannschaften organization, the future of German clubs in Chicago, the lack of unity among many German-Americans, regionalism, relations between German and Austrian immigrants, German-speaking Swiss-Americans, and the attitudes towards German-Americans as a result of World War II. Recorded by Tony Hellenberg, April 26, 1977. (1 hour and 14 minutes; RYA 0615-0616)

AFC 1991/012: 1991 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection
Eleven 7-inch tapes and six cassettes of six Neptune Plaza concerts recorded at the Library of Congress, April-September 1991. Sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The collection includes two videocassettes and thirteen and 1/2 linear inches of concert logs, concert programs, twenty black-and-white contact sheets, fliers, illustrations, three negatives, news clippings, twelve photographs, and press releases. [catalog record] [finding aid]

The following lists materials are from the May 16, 1991, concert of the Adler Family of Switzerland.

AFC 1991/012: SR3-4: Two tapes containing Swiss traditional music including alphorn, coin rolling, cowbells, polkas, schottisches, violin music, waltzes, and yodels, recorded by Tim Kidwell. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

AFC 1991/012: Envelope 1: One 4x5 black-and-white internegative photographed by Reid Baker.

AFC 1991/012: Folder 6: One concert flier autographed by the performers, unsigned fliers, press releases, a concert log by Elaine Bradtke, and miscellaneous illustrations.

AFC 1991/012: Folders 7-10: Three black-and-white 35 mm contact sheets (64 images), one 8x10 black-and-white photoprint, and one 4x 5 black-and-white photoprint photographed by Reid Baker.

AFC 1991/021: Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection
Multi-format collection documenting the history and culture of the ranching community in Paradise Valley, Nevada. A team of fieldworkers documented the distinct ethnic groups in the area (Apache, Anglo, Basque, Chinese, German, Italian and Northern Paiute); the history of the region, including archaeological remains of a Chinese community, foodways, oral tradition. Vernacular architecture, the annual "cycle of work," and ranch crafts and horse gear of the valley. Compiled 1978-1982.

AFS 22,878-22,879: Two tapes containing an interview with Felix Scott discussing Italian dialects, Swiss-Italian dialect, and family history; Swiss in Winnemucca; social problems in Winnemucca; and Mrs. Scott’s family history. Recorded at Scott’s Shady Court Motel in Winnemucca, Nevada, by Howard W. Marshall, April 26, 1980. (1 hour; RXA 4394-4395)

AFC 1991/026: "Down Home Dairyland" / Wisconsin Folk Museum Collection
Seven cassettes of part II of the radio series "Downhome Dairyland" hosted and produced by Jim Leary and Richard March, presented by the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Wisconsin Folk Museum, and broadcast weekly March 4─May 27, 1990. The collection includes eight pages of a brochure, correspondence, datasheets, and an inventory.

AFC 1991/026:SR2B: One cassette entitled "Swissconsin," traditional Swiss accordion music, choirs, and yodels from Green County, with commentary and performances by Martha Bernet, Rudy Burkhalter, and Betty Vetterli, broadcast March 25, 1990. (32 minutes)

AFC 2004/041: Yodel-ay-ee-oooo: the secret history of yodeling around the world, lecture by Bert Plantenga
Lecture based on Bart Plantenga's book, Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo. He discusses European, African, and Native American vocal styles, with demonstrations of yodeling by Randy Erwin, a Czech-Tex yodeler, and by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. Recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., April 27, 2004. [catalog record] [event flyer]



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