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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Compiled by: Pampa Rotolo
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: December 2013

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 1945/016: John Donald Robb Collection
Collection of field recordings of more than 2500 items, principally Hispanic American music and American Indian music from the southwestern United States, with some recordings of fiddle tunes, cowboy songs, and other popular music. Also includes music from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela. Recorded by John Donald Robb and others at many locations in New Mexico and elsewhere, 1942-1979. [catalog record]

AFC 1948/043: Juan Liscano Venezuelan Folk Music Duplication Project
Collection of field recordings of folk songs, folk dance music, decimas, corridos, flute music, drum music, guitar and cuatro music, religious songs, songs for saints' day festivals, and carnival pantomime recorded by Juan Liscano in the states of Lara, Falcón, Miranda, Anzoátegui, Nueva Esparta, and Zulia. Selections were made from these field recordings by Juan Liscano and Charles Seeger and published by the Library of Congress in 1947. This collection includes Liscano's drafts and a set of galleys for the liner notes for the published recording, plus the correspondence between Juan Liscano, Charles Seeger, John Grier Varner, Margot Boulton, Duncan Emrich, Benjamin A. Botkin, Harold Spivacke, Lewis Hanke, Gilbert Chase, and Alan Lomax written between 1942 and 1947 about this project (49 items, 62 leaves correspondence). (AFS 8862-8888) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 152-156) [catalog record]

AFC 1950/023: Juan Liscano Collection of Cuban and Venezuelan Folk Music
Three 16-inch discs of Cuban and Venezuelan instrumentals and songs recorded by Juan Liscano before 1950. The Cuban examples consist of claves, drums, male chorus, rhythm stick, and solo male vocalist. The collection includes 8 pages of descriptions and lists. (AFS 9907-9909) [catalog record]

AFC 1956/005: Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera and Isabel Aretz recordings of folk music of Argentina and Venezuela
Two 10-inch tapes of traditional music and songs, including dance music, carnival music, and religious songs, from various regions in Argentina and Venezuela. Recorded by Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera and Isabel Aretz (Mrs. Ramón y Rivera), directors of the Venezuelan Institute of Folklore. The collection includes a one-page partial song title list, "Folklore Musical Argentino." [catalog record]

AFS 10,969B: One 10-inch tape containing 25 traditional folk songs from Venezuela. Recorded in various regions of Venezuela, 1950s. The genres, titles and location are announced in the recording preceding each song. (1 hour; LWO 2374B)

AFC 1956/009: USIS / Folk Music of Venezuela
Twenty-four 10-inch discs of 48 Venezuelan songs, including instrumental performances and vocal songs with accompaniment. Recorded in Venezuela by the Dirección de Cultura y Bellas Artes on an unknown date. Donated by the United States Information Service, June 1956. (AFS 10,983-11,006) (2 hours and 12 minutes; preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 358-359A)

AFC 1970/063: Seleccion de musica folklorica de Venezuela
One 7-inch tape of 41 traditional Venezuelen pieces including harvest songs, holiday songs, instrumental music, popular songs and work songs. Recorded in Venezuela by Isabel Aretz, Francisco Carreño, Luis Arturo Domínguez, Alvaro Fernaud, José Clemente Laya, Juan Liscano, Luis Felípe Ramón y Rivera, Abilio Reyes, and Gustavo Silva, between 1947 and 1969. The collection includes a 13-page content list consisting of the name of the performer, the location of the recording, the name of collector, and notes by Ramón y Rivera for each piece. (AFS 14,457) (LWO 6385) [catalog record]

AFC 2005/008: Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo collection on Latin American folklore
Publications pertaining to Latin American folklore and musical traditions from the library of Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo, Brazilian folklorist and musicologist. The collection includes monographs, articles, bibliographies, conference proceedings, and other publications about folk music, musical instruments, popular music, dance, folklore, food traditions, proverbs, children's folklore, traditional and folk medicine, local religious celebrations (including Christmas, Epiphany, and Easter) and devotions to various saints, Cuban santeria, Afro-Brazilian traditions, and anthropological studies of indigenous people of Brazil, among other topics. Publications are predomiantly about Brazilian culture but include significant works on folk culture in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. [catalog record]


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