Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture
IN THE ARCHIVE OF FOLK CULTURE
Compiled by: Addie Heyer, Joseph C. Hickerson, Ann Hoog, and David E. Nealon
Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: September 2014
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Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information.
All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.
Robert Winslow Gordon Cylinder Collection (AFC 1928/002)
Nineteen 10-inch tapes (copied from 825 wax cylinders) recorded by Robert Winslow Gordon 1922-1928 in California, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Represents a cross section of American folksong including Negro blues, spirituals, and ballads, British-American ballads, gospel singing, sea chanties, recitations, and miscellaneous recordings such as the inauguration of President Coolidge. Singers include Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Nellie Galt, and others. [catalog record]
John A. Lomax Southern States Collection, 1933-1937 (AFC 1935/002)
Three 8-inch, 17 10-inch and 620 12-inch discs of church services, instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., by John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax, Ruby T. Lomax, and Harold Spivacke, 1933-37. [catalog record] [audio titles]
AFC 1935/002: AFS 00075; 00087: Two discs recorded at Negro Baptist churches in Alexandria,
AFC 1935/002: AFS 00550-00551, 00652: Three discs recorded at Whitetop, Virginia, 1935.
AFC 1935/002: AFS 00722-00733, 00744-00750, 00831, 00835: Twenty-one discs recorded at
State Penitentiary, Richmond, and Goochland, Virginia, 1936.
John A. Lomax, Ruby T. Lomax, and Bess Lomax Old Fiddlers' Convention Collection(AFC 1938/003)
Thirty-four 12-inch discs of commentaries, instrumentals, songs, and stories recorded at the Old Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, Virginia, by Bess Lomax, John A. Lomax, and Ruby T. Lomax, October 22-25, 1937. (AFS 01340-01373) (preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 98B-101A) [catalog record]
Alan Lomax CBS Radio Series Collection (AFC 1939/002)
Recordings and manuscript materials connected with his participation in the "CBS American School of the Air," which was broadcast from 1939-41. Programs were aired weekly and were based on themes such as work songs, railroad songs, whaling ballads, game songs, and play-party songs. Among featured performers were: The Bogtrotters (of Galax, Virginia), The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, Woody Guthrie, Burl Ives, Aunt Molly Jackson, Huddie (Leadbelly) Leadbetter, Alan Lomax, Pete Seeger, and Joshua (Josh) White. Much of the collection's correspondence is from listeners requesting that particular songs be sung during the show. Many songs submitted by listeners were later sung on the show either by Lomax or by the listeners who submitted them. (AFS 01191I-04524; 13,488-13,499) (preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 311A-317B) [catalog record]
Fletcher Collins, Jr. Collection (AFC 1939/003)
Thirty-three 12-inch discs recorded in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia,by Fletcher Collins, Jr. between 1935 and 1942. The collection includes indexes, transcriptions, and correspondence. Donated to the Library of Congress between 1939 and 2002. Records made by Fletcher Collins, Elon College, North Carolina. Deposited by the Joint Committee on Folk Arts, WPA. Records made in North Carolina by Fletcher Collins, using Library of Congress machine and discs, in the spring of 1942. [catalog record] [finding aid]
Herbert Halpert 1939 Southern States Recording Expedition (AFC 1939/005)
Four hundred and nineteen 12-inch discs of instrumentals, monologs, prayers, sermons, songs, and stories recorded in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, by Herbert Halpert, March 15-June 23, 1939, for the Folk Arts Committee of the WPA and the Library of Congress. The collection includes 4 linear inches of correspondence, fieldnotes, logs, and musical transcriptions. [catalog record]
AFC 1939/005: AFS 02735-02770, 02775-02797, 02807-02842: Ninety-five discs recorded at Chilhowie, Clintwood, Esserville, Ferrum, Freeling, Hamiltown, Hillsville, Laural Grove, Marion, Norton, Richmond, Rockymount, and Wise, Virginia.
Sidney Robertson Cowell and Charles Seeger Resettlement Administration and the 1937 National Folk Festival Recordings (AFC 1939/016)
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]
AFC 1939/016: AFS 03158-03165: Eight discs recorded in Marion, Virginia, by Sidney Robertson,
1936, for the Resettlement Administration.
Richard Chase Recordings (AFC 1939/018)
Nine 12-inch discs of folk songs and ballads, most songs are unaccompanied, one with guitar accompaniment, and one is a recording of tunes performed on a cane pipe. Recorded in Virginia by Richard Chase, 1939. (AFS 03426-03432) (preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 227A-228A) [catalog record]
Alan Lomax and Pete Seeger recordings of the Bog Trotters (AFC 1939/024)
Seven discs recorded in Galax and Roanoke, Virginia, by
Alan Lomax and Pete Seeger, Jan. 7-9, 1939. (AFS 03762-03768) (preservation tape LWO 4872 reel 245) [catalog record]
John and Ruby Lomax 1940 Southern States Recordings Collection (AFC 1940/003)
One hundred forty-six 12-inch discs of a sermon and songs recorded in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia by Bess Brown, John A., and Ruby T. Lomax, September-November 1940. The collection includes 1 1/2 linear inches of correspondence and song transcriptions. [catalog record]
AFC 1940/003: AFS 04073, 04079-04085: Eight discs recorded at Galax, Virginia, by John
A. and Ruby T. Lomax, 1940.
Alan Lomax Collection of Emory Stroop Recordings (AFC 1940/015)
Eight 12-inch discs of recordings of old time string band music, fiddle tunes, banjo music, and vocals featuring Herb Smoke from Winchester, Virginia, and Virginia fiddler Emory Stroop. Recorded at the Library of Congress, by Alan Lomax, 1940. (AFS 04412I-04419) (preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 300A-301A) [catalog record]
The Library of Congress / Fisk University Mississippi Delta Collection (AFC 1941/002)
This collection consists of audio recordings, manuscript materials and moving images which are the products of a 2-year field study conducted by the Library of Congress and Fisk University during the summers of 1941-42. Field research was done in Coahoma County, Mississippi, and contains examples of secular and religious music, sermons, children's games, jokes, folktales, interviewes, and dances. Among the manuscript materials are song lists, correspondence, disc jackets, and research notes. Recordings include blues songs, field hollers, ballads, game songs, gospels and spirituals as well as spoken materials such as interviews, sermons, speeches, jokes, lying contests, and folktales. The Mississippi records were made in connection with the socio-musical survey undertaken by the Library of Congress and Fisk University. The Virginia records were made for the purpose of public pressings, and contain the songs of the Ward Family, Mrs. Gladden, and the Ball Family. [catalog record] [finding aid]
Alan Lomax Recordings of Rehearsals for White House Program (AFC 1941/006)
Seven 12-inch discs of thirty-five songs and monologues performed by Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax, J.M. "Sailor Dad" Hunt, Private Rotson, and Wade Mainer’s Mountaineers. Recorded at rehearsals for "An Evening of American Song for American Soldiers" at the White House, Washington, D.C., by Alan Lomax, February 1941. The collection includes one page of song lyrics for "When Jones’ Ale Was New." (AFS 04428-04440) [catalog record]
Radio Research Project Recordings (AFC 1941/011)
One hundred and three discs recorded in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia in July and August, 1941 by Alan Lomax, Joseph Liss, Jerome Wiesner. This trip documented the folk festivals at Asheville, North Carolina, and Galax, Virginia, and made numerous documentary recordings of the Wilmington experiment in Georgia and Tennessee, particularly in Blairsville, Georgia. Much of the work was done through the offices of Mr. Landis of the TVA in Nashville. Includes an interview with Mrs. Julia Wolfe, mother of Thomas Wolfe. (preservation tape LWO 4872 reels 332B-357A) [catalog record]
Alan and Elizabeth Lomax Collection of Virginia Recordings (AFC 1941/028)
Ten 16-inch discs of field recordings of folk songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, dance music, interviews, and conversation. Music played on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and autoharp. Documentation for some of these recordings is incomplete; a few recordings are described in Alan Lomax's field notes for this trip. (AFS 05225-05234) [catalog record]
John M. (Sailor Dad) Hunt Recording (AFC 1941/036)
One 12-inch disc of "Get Up Jack, Let John Sit Down," sung by John M. (Sailor Dad) Hunt of Marion, Virginia. Recorded at the Library of Congress, by Alan Lomax, 1941. (AFS 05235) [catalog record]
Alan Lomax Recordings from Saltville, Virginia (AFC 1943/005)
Seven 12-inch discs of folk songs performed by Maud, Charlotte, and Dorothy Smith, Hobart Smith, Charley Debuck, Fred Galligher, and Edd Smith. Recorded in Saltville, Virginia, by Alan Lomax, August 28-29, 1942. The collection includes a 2-page log. (AFS 06723-06729). [catalog record]
Elise Eppes Recordings of Sam Jackson Made at Appomattox Manor, Virginia (AFC 1948/008)
Two 10-inch discs of Negro folk songs sung by Sam Jackson. Recorded at Appomatox Manor, Hopewell, Virginia, by Miss Elise Eppes, ca. 1945. Titles include "Sun do move," "Beautiful field," Pretty Polly," and "Pharoah's army." Collection includes a photograph of Sam Jackson (2 copies), with notes by Miss Eppes. (AFS 08033-08034) [catalog record]
Hampton Institute Duplication Project (AFC 1948/015)
One hundred 12-inch discs of Negro religious songs, sermons, ex-slave narratives, Joe Louis fights, Eleanor Roosevelt speech, etc. from Hampton, Virginia, recorded by Prof. Roscoe Lewis of Hampton Institute, 1937-1940 [?]. (AFS 08222-08321) [catalog record]
H. Edward Behre Collection of Square Dance Calls (AFC 1948/019)
One 10-inch disc of square dance calls made by H. Edward Behre, Alexandria, Virginia. Music played by Homer Kelley and Band: saxophone, drums, trumpets, fiddle, and piano, ca. 1948. (AFS 08350-08351) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reel 106A)
Richard Chase Duplication Project, 1948 (AFC 1948/046)
Seven 16-inch discs of duplicates of American folk songs collected by Richard Chase in Virginia. (AFS 08893-08899)
General Julius Franklin Howell's Tales of the Confederate Army (AFC 1948/082)
Two 16-inch discs of Tales of the Confederate Army made by General Julius Franklin Howell (age 101) of Bristol, Virginia, in the Recording Laboratory of the Library of Congress, June 2, 1947. The collection includes a 2-page log. [catalog record]
Horace P. Beck Duplication Project (AFC 1948/096)
Three 6-inch and ten 10-inch discs of folk songs performed with guitar by Dale Potter and Silas Pendleton (of Huntley, Virginia). Recorded in Kingman, Maine, and Newport, Rhode Island, by Horace P. Beck and Wendell Hadlock, 1947. The collection includes a two-page song list. [catalog record]
MacEdward Leach and Horace Beck Collection of Old English Ballads (AFC 1948/097)
Ten 12-inch discs of Old English ballads recorded in Front Royal and "Little" Washington, Virginia, by MacEdward Leach and Horace Beck for the University of Pennsylvania Recording Project, 1947. [catalog record]
Howard S. Lee Recordings (AFC 1948/108)
Three discs of 29 songs sung with guitar by Howard S. (Steve) Lee, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Staunton, Virginia. Recorded at the Library of Congress in 1948 by Duncan Emrich. [catalog record]
Anne and Frank Warner Collection, 1938-1969 (AFC 1950/002)
One hundred five discs, seventeen 7-inch tapes, and two 5-inch tapes of instrumentals, interviews, readings, songs, and stories recorded in the Bahamas, Massachusetts, the Middle West, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia, by Anne and Frank M. Warner, 1940-66. The collection includes 3/16 linear inch of concordances, correspondence, fieldnotes, and lists. Also includes Mohawk and recordings of Carl Sandburg. [catalog record]
National Folk Festival, 1938 (AFC 1950/017)
One 12-inch and 39 16-inch discs of instrumentals, radio programs, and songs. Recorded primarily at the National Folk Festival in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Recording Company, May 6-8, 1938. The collection includes 3/4 linear inch of song lists, newspaper articles, and programs. Sarah Gertrude Knott makes some introductions. (AFS 09829-09868) (preservation tape LWO 5111 reels 263-272) [catalog record]
Duncan Emrich Interview with Bascom Lamar Lunsford (AFC 1950/021)
One disc of Duncan Emrich interviewing Bascom Lamar Lunsford about his folk singing and the folk music section of the Virginia Music Festival. The collection includes a 2-page log. Keywords: Virginia, North Carolina, Lionel Johnson, Smoky Mountains, fiddle tunes, dance. (AFS 09901) [catalog record]
MacEdward Leach and Horace P. Beck Collection of Songs from Rappahannock County, Virginia (AFC 1950/035)
Six 7-inch tapes recorded in Amissville, Brownsville, Chester's Gap, Lynchburg, Flint Hill, Smedley, Sperryville, and Washington, Virginia, by MacEdward Leach and Horace Beck, 1949. (LWO 1501) [catalog record]
Cyrus B. Koonce Collection (AFC 1950/037)
Nine 7-inch tapes of a Holiness church service, instrumentals, monologues, poetry, and songs, recorded in Asheville, Comfort, and Seven Springs, songs sung by Vernon R. Lyons, a North Carolina native, recorded in Clintwood, Virginia, and songs sung by Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Edmond, Mrs. L.V. Phillips, and Miss Tessy, of North Carolina, recorded in Washington, D.C., by Cyrus B. Koonce, 1949. The collection includes 15 pages of collection lists. Includes recordings of the 22nd Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival and instrumentals played on the zither by Rumanian refugees in North Carolina. [catalog record]
Maud Karpeles Recording Project (AFC 1951/003)
Eight 7-inch tapes of folksongs recorded by Maud Karpeles and Sidney Robertson Cowell in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia in September and October, 1950 to record the singers that Cecil Sharp, with Maud Karpeles, had met and heard sing earlier in the century. Includes 11 pp. of notes on the songs recorded, plus copies of manuscripts penned by Sidney Cowell describing the recording trip. [catalog record]
C.J.S. Durham Collection (AFC 1952/020)
One 10-inch tape of reminiscences of Mr. Mann Sharper, an 80-year old Negro living in Fairfax County, Virginia. Recorded at the Library of Congress, October 1951. (2 hours) [catalog record]
Ray A. Owen recordings of folk music from Virginia (AFC 1953/003)
One 10-inch tape of Virginia musicians recorded by Ray Owen, WBLT, Bedford, Virginia, 1952. The collection includes a log. (AFS 10,748) (1 hour; LWO 1895) [catalog record]
E. C. Ball recording of Virginia folk songs (AFC 1954/007)
One 7-inch tape of E. C. Ball recorded by himself at Volney, Virginia, 1954. (30 minutes) [catalog record]
Paul Clayton Recordings from Kentucky and Virginia (AFC 1956/006)
One 7-inch tape of sixteen instrumentals and songs performed with banjo and guitar, recorded at various locations in Kentucky and Virginia by Paul Clayton (of New Bedford, Massachusetts), January 29-March 26, 1956. The collection includes two pages of correspondence. (LWO 3529; LWO 12,523 reel 171A)
Paul Clayton / Folk Songs from Virginia (AFC 1957/007)
One 10-inch tape of Virginia folksongs of an unidentified performer recorded by Paul Clayton Worthington, ca. 1955. The collection inlcudes a 2-page log. (AFS 11,305) (LWO 2468 reel 1) [catalog record]
James Wharton Collection of Menhaden Fishermen's Songs (AFC 1958/014)
One 7-inch tape of menhaden shanties recorded in Wharton Grove, Virginia, by James Wharton, 1957. Three songs sung by Shedrick Cain of Weems, Virginia, plus an interview about work songs sung while fishing for menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay region, and a description of the practices of menhaden fishing. The collection includes texts of the songs, and a brief summary of the interview. (AFS 11,399) (LWO 2587; 30 minutes) [catalog record]
Paul Clayton and George Foss Recordings of Mary Bird McAllister (AFC 1961/004)
Three 10-inch tapes of Mary Bird McAllister recorded at Brown's Cove by Paul Clayton Worthington and George Foss, 1958-59. (6 hours) [catalog record]
George Foss collection (AFC 1963/002)
Six 10-inch tapes of instrumentals and songs recorded in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia, by George Foss, 1961-62. The collection includes eighteen pages of lists. Includes Brown's Cove,
Fancy Gap, Long Branch, Mission Home, Saltville, and Wyatt's Mountain, Virginia. (6 hours) [catalog record]
George Korson collection of songs of bituminous coal miners (AFC 1963/004)
Three 10-inch tapes of instrumentals, a recitation, and songs performed with fiddle and guitar by bituminous coal miners from Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Recorded at various locations by George Korson, 1940. The collection includes three pages of lists. Portions of this collection have been published by the Library of Congress on recording number AFS L60, Songs and Ballads of the Bituminous Coal Miners. [catalog record]
Robert P. Beach collection of fiddle tunes (AFC 1966/003)
Three 7-inch tapes of eighty-seven tunes played on fiddle by Robert P. Beach, originally of Lenox, Iowa, accompanied by Iolene Beach, Joseph Winn, and others. Recorded in Springfield, Virginia, by Joseph C. Hickerson, March 26, 1966. The collection includes a three-page list of Mr. Beach's repertoire and a text of "The Irish Jubilee." (3 hours) [catalog record]
Fields Ward recording project (AFC 1966/004)
Three tapes containing 59 songs, guitar and banjo tunes, and 7 spoken pieces by Fields Ward, originally of Galax, Virginia, recorded in Forest Hill, Maryland, in June 1966 by Joseph C. Hickerson. (3
hours) [catalog record]
Scott Odell duplication project (AFC 1966/007)
Two 10-inch tapes of instrumentals, dialogues, and songs, recorded in North Carolina and Virginia primarily by J. Scott Odell, August 1964 and 1965, Smithsonian Institution. The collection includes 41 pages of collection lists, correspondence, and a newspaper clipping. (4 hours) [catalog record]
Stella Holaday and Fields Ward recordings (AFC 1967/005)
Three tapes containing 51 songs and ballads sung and played by Stella Holaday, originally of Sparta, North Carolina, and Fields Ward, originally of Galax, Virginia, recorded at Ward's home in Forest Hill, Maryland, in October 1966 by Joseph C. Hickerson. (3
hours) [catalog record]
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1 (AFC 1967/007)
Seven 10-inch tapes of instrumentals performed on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and hammered dulcimer. Recorded in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia by Alan Jabbour, October 2, 1965 April 1, 1967. The collection includes one linear inch of logs. (14 hours) [catalog record]
Folk Music of South, no. 3, 1934-03-07 (AFC 1967/011)
One 7-inch tape of "Folk Music of the South no. 3," radio program of Virginia ballads and fiddle tunes directed and narrated by Prof. John Powell, broadcast March 7, 1934, at WRVA, Richmond, Virginia, over NBC Red Network. (30 minutes) [catalog record]
E. C. Ball recording of guitar tunes (AFC 1968/018)
One 5-inch tape of guitar pieces, played and recorded by E. C. Ball, Volney, Virginia, October 1967. (30 minutes) [catalog record]
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2 (AFC 1969/008)
Seven 10-inch tapes of instrumentals and songs performed with banjo, fiddle, and guitar. Recorded in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia by Alan Jabbour, May 6, 1967 June 22, 1968. The collection includes one-half linear inch of logs. (14 hours) [catalog record]
Mike Seeger Recordings of Kate Sturgill, Scott Boatright, and Luther Bryant (AFS 13,718)
One 10-inch tape of recordings of Kate Sturgill (Greenville, Tennessee, Dec. 31, 1968), Scott Boatright (near Coeburn Virginia, Jan. 2, 1969), and Luther Bryant (Troutville, Virginia, Jan. 5, 1969). (2 hours)
Robert W. Gordon Disc Recordings (AFC 1969/002)
Two 12-inch, 24 10-inch, 43 8-inch, one 7-inch, 3 7-inch, and 22 6-inch discs of air checks, hymns, letters, sea shanties, songs, voice tests, and other material recorded at the Library of Congress and elsewhere by Robert Winslow Gordon, 1929-32. The collection includes three linear inches of manuscripts and newspaper clippings. (AFS 13,577-13,671)
National Federation of Music Clubs Archivists / Folk Music Materials (AFS 13,992-14,021)
Eighteen 7-inch, three 5-inch, and nine 3-inch tapes of folk music from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Recorded by regional National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) archivists and contributors, 1931-63. Donated by Annabel M. Buchanan for the NFMC Folk Music Archive. The collection includes five linear inches of articles, correspondence, logs, and musical and textual transcriptions.
Eleanor Dickinson Collection (AFC 1970/001)
video recordings, sound recordings, manuscripts, photographs, graphic materials, and artifacts documents Protestant religious revival meetings of various denominations in the southern Appalachian region, primarily in Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and Georgia. The collection includes interviews with church leaders and members of congregations, and documentation of religious services, healing services, revivals, hymn singing, sermons, snake handling, and other religious rites and customs recorded by Eleanor Dickinson from 1968 to 1991. Other topics include beekeeping, church roadside signs, religious quilts, snake hunting, drinking strychnine, decorating graves in cemeteries, church dinners, and more. The collection also includes audio logs and transcripts, video logs, the collector's powerpoint presentations (2004), documentation of Dickinson's exhibition, Revival!, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1970; and other manuscript materials. [catalog record]
Jim Scancarelli Recordings of Fiddle and Banjo Music (AFC 1970/017)
Three 10-inch tapes of instrumentals and songs recorded in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia by Jim (James) Scancarelli, May 23 August 16, 1969. The collection includes twelve pages of fieldnotes, correspondence, and a program book for the Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers Convention. Includes Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Uncle Frank Rayborn, Norman & Jimmy Edmonds, M. Samples, Chick Martin, Wade Ward, J. Scancarelli, Arthur Leake Caudle, Wilson Douglas. (AFS 14,088-14,090) (6 hours) [catalog record]
Blanton Owen Duplication Project (AFC 1970/018)
Three 10-inch tapes of instrumentals and songs recorded in Virginia and West Virginia primarily by Blanton and Malcolm Owen, June 29 September 14, 1969. The collection includes eleven black-and-white photographs and six pages of fieldnotes and lists. Performers include John Hilt, Arthur Hilt, Taylor Kimball, Frank Austin, Oscar Wright. (AFS 14,091-14,093) (5 hours) [catalog record]
Eric Olson Collection of Fiddle Tunes and Old Time Music (AFC 1970/025)
Six 7-inch tapes of fiddle tunes and other folk music recorded 1968-1969 in North Carolina and Virginia by Eric Olson. Also copy of fiddlin' Bill Hensley recorded 1940 in North Carolina by David P. Bennett, and a copy of early hillbilly recordings. (AFS 14,155-14,160) (6 hours) [catalog record]
Will I. Monday Recording of "The Allen Tragedy" (AFC 1970/032)
One 7-inch tape of Will I. Munday describing the Allen Tragedy of Hillsville, Virginia, 1913. The collection includes two pages of correspondence. (AFS 14,170) (30 minutes; LWO 5241) [catalog record]
Francis W. Shield / Mrs. James Wilson Singing "Little Ida" (AFC 1970/041)
One 3-inch tape of "Little Ida," discussed and sung by Mrs. James Wilson, originally of Ohio. Recorded by Francis W. Sheild (Mrs. Wilsons's granddaughter's husband) in Hampton, Virginia, July 1970. (AFS 14,217) (LWO 6085)
Charles Perdue Duplication Project, 1969-1971 (AFC 1970/046)
Eighteen 10-inch tapes of Negro folktales and church services recorded in Culpeper and Rappahannock County, Virginia, by Charles Perdue, 1969-1970. Includes religious songs and sermons. The collection includes logs. (AFS 14,234-14,240; AFS 14,590-14,600) (ca. 15 hours; LWO 6071) [catalog record]
Charles Faurot Interviews with Musicians from Galax, Virginia (AFC 1970/051)
Four 7-inch tpaes of an interview with and music played by Kahle Brewer, Wade Ward, and Fields Ward, all originally from Galax, Virginia. Interview focuses on the backgrounds of traditional music in the Galax area. Also two tunes played on fiddle by Alan Jabbour. Recorded for the Archive of Folk Song by Charles Faurot, July 4, 1970. (AFS 14,254-14,257) (2 hours; LWO 6119) [catalog record]
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 3 (AFC 1970/059)
Six 10-inch reels of tape of white fiddle and banjo tunes from Virginia and North Carolina, and black Baptist church services from Durham. Recorded by Alan Jabbour, 1967-1968. (12 hours; LWO 6111) [catalog record]
Blanton Owen Fiddle Recordings (AFC 1970/062)
Twelve 7-inch tapes of instrumentals performed on banjo, fiddle, and guitar, and religious songs recorded in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia by Blanton Owen, summer-fall 1970. The collection includes a nine-page list. Includes religious songs from a Primitive Baptist church in North Carolina. (ca. 10 hours; LWO 6244) [catalog record]
"Steve O'Donald's Wake" sung by Joseph Gordon DiMisa (AFC 1971/007)
One 3-inch tape of "Steve O'Donald's Wake" sung by Joseph G. DiMisa of Woodbridge, Virginia, Frank G. DiMisa of White Plains, Maryland, and Jesse M. Clements of Kensington, Maryland, recorded by Joseph G. DiMisa. (AFS 14,429) (LWO 6379) [catalog record]
M. Ellsworth Kyger Recordings of Fiddle Tunes (AFC 1971/013)
One 5-inch tape of fiddle tunes of Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Recorded by M. Ellsworth Kyter, 1970-1971. (AFS 14,475) (1 hour; LWO 6446) [catalog record]
Robert Witte Recordings of the Bright Lights Quartet (AFC 1971/026)
One 10-inch tape of gospel and fishing songs sung by the Bright Lights Quartet (Robert Beane, James Campbell, Lawrence Hodge, and Shedrick Cain) with Dorsey Norris, lead shantey singer, who are all menhaden fishermen. Recorded in Weems, Virginia, by Robert Witte, September 10, 1967. (AFS 14,574) (2 hours; LWO 6523) [catalog record]
Dave Magram recordings (AFC 1971/041)
Four 10-inch tapes of instrumentals and songs recorded in Virginia and West Virginia by Dave Magram, August 22-29 and October 15, 1966. Virginia recordings include Head Waters, Ottibine, and Singer's Glen. Duplicated from tapes loaned by Howard Glasser. The collection includes 11 pages of fieldnotes, lists, and tape concordances. (7
hours) [catalog record]
Janette Carter recordings (AFC 1972/008)
One 7-inch tape of an interview with Jeanette Carter Kelly. Recorded in Hiltons, Virginia, by Terry Burcham and Doug Crosswhite, August 9, 1971. (AFS 14,652) (1 hour) [catalog record]
Peter R. Hoover Collection (AFC 1972/025)
Twenty-two 10-inch tapes of primarily instrumental music recorded in Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia by Peter R. Hoover, 1959-67. Mostly instrumental folk music, including also music derived from Ireland, Scotland (from Howard Glasser Collection), Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Also includes "History of Classic Jazz." (AFS 15,053-15,074) (45 hours) [catalog record]
George Carey Collection of Interviews and Narratives from Maryland and Virginia (AFC 1973/011)
Six 10-inch tapes of field recordings of more than two hundred interviews, narratives, and oral histories with watermen and their family members recorded on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia in summer 1968 by George G. Carey. Interviews were recorded in Crisfield, Lawsonia, Cambridge, Marion, St. Stephens, Hopewell, and Fairmount, Maryland; and in Rhodes Point, Smith Island, Maryland, and Craddockville and Tangier Island, Virginia. Includes stories about oystering, fishing, crabbing, and sailing skipjacks on the Chesapeake Bay; family histories, local history, race relations; experiences and beliefs about weather; discussions about dialect and occupational words and expressions; stories about church and preachers, ghost stories, witch stories, omens, and supernatural experiences. (AFS 15,587-15,592) (11 hours) [catalog record]
Alan Jabbour and Tom Carter / Virginia Field Recording Project (AFC 1973/020)
Six 7-inch tapes including Munford ("Doc") Williams (harmonica) of Stuart, Virginia; tape dubs of instantaneous discs (recorded 1945 and 1949 from an unknown source) of J. W. Spangler and O. S. Spangler (fiddle), Maggie Wood, (guitar and vocal) from around Meadows of Dan, Virginia ; and Sherman Wimmer, fiddle, Boones Mille, Virginia. Recorded by Alan Jabbour, July 31-August 2, 1973. (AFS 15,652-15,657) (LWO 7432)
AFC 1973/028: Laura Boulton Collection
AFC 1973/028: AFS 15,667-15,726: Laura Boulton Collection Part 1: Negro Folklore
Sixty 10-inch discs of Negro folklore. Recorded in Alabama, South Carolina, and Virginia, by Walter Garwick, 1935-37.
John Jackson Recordings (AFC 1974/019)
Two 10-inch tapes of songs, stories and guitar pieces by John and Cora Jackson. Recorded at Fairfax Station, Virginia, by Joseph C. Hickerson, June 10, 1974. (AFS 17,051-17,052) [catalog record]
National Folk Festival, 1972, Area 1 (AFC 1974/022)
Eight 10-inch tapes of blues, old time, bluegrass, Sacred Harp, and ballads performed by traditional and revival musicians, including John Jackson, The Seldom Scene, Libba Cotton, and Chuck and Nan Perdue, recorded at Area I of the National Folk Festival, Vienna, Virginia, in 1972 by the National Folk Festival Association. (AFS 17,106-17,113) (LWO 8015) [catalog record]
Dudley "Babe" Spangler, J.W. Spangler, and Maggie Wood Recordings (AFC 1975/007)
One tape of copies of home recordings of
string band music performed by Dudley "Babe" Spangler, J.
W. Spangler, Maggie Wood and Harry Pendleton. Originally recorded in
Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and Danville, Virginia, in 1945, 1948, and 1949 by the performers.
Portions of this same material are also contained on parts of AFS 15,654-15,656
and AFS 18,627-18,628. (AFS 17,474) [catalog record]
Charles Perdue Collection of John Jackson Recordings (AFC 1975/040)
Eleven 10-inch tapes of blues, religious music, stories, and oral history of John and Cora Jackson. Recorded in Fairfax Station, and Rappahannock County, Virginia, in 1965-1975 by Charles L. Perdue, Jr., and Nancy J. Martin-Perdue. Flora Molton. John Jackson was recorded in performance at Prism coffeehouse in Charlottesville, Virginia, January 25, 1975. Interviews with John and Cora Jackson conducted by Charles and Nan Perdue include tales, toasts, ghost stories, and oral history recorded at John and Cora Jackson’s home in Fairfax Station, Virginia, November 2, 1968, and on other dates. Also includes recordings from a singing program at Rappahannock Community Center on March 24, 1972, with the Jackson family featuring gospel music and hymns, and a revival service. One tape features John Jackson in performance with Neamiah Jim, Ed Green, and Flora Molten, circa 1965. The collection includes a 64-page transcript of the interview. (AFS 17,610-17,620) (LWO 8350) [catalog record]
Blanton Owen and Tom Carter Appalachian Music and Interviews Collection (AFC 1976/024)
Two hundred and thirty-three reels (7-inch and 1 5-inch) of recordings of instrumental music, singing, whistling, and stories, from oldtime musicians of the mountains of North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Recorded in 1973 and 1974 by Tom Carter and Blanton Owen, and containing some items dubbed from earlier commercial broadcasts. Includes Country music: instrumental (autoharp, banjo, dulcimer, fife, guitar, hammered dulcimer, Hawaiian guitar, Jew's harp, mandolin, piano) and vocal music (including ballads and whistling) and interviews. The collection includes logs and photos. (includes AFS 18,474-18,706) (LWO 9087) [catalog record]
Deborah A. Burns collection of hymns from the Harmonia sacra (AFC 1976/026)
Four 7-inch tapes of shape note, Harmonia Sacra, religious choral singing recorded January 1, 1974 at Weaver's Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, by Deborah Burns. (LWO 9091) [catalog record]
Richard Chase duplication project, 1976 (AFC 1976/036)
Two 10-inch tapes of ballads, songs, shape note singing and narrative (Jack tales) recorded in 1930s and 1940s by Richard Chase in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Among the identified performers are Mrs. Kit Williamson, Ella Shiffert, Robert L. Blackwood, Rebecca Jones, Mrs. Cal Hicks, Arch Lewis, Robert Hammond. [catalog record]
Gerald E. Parsons and Edward Tittel Recordings of Wayson's Corners, Maryland, Tobacco Auction (AFC 1976/037)
Two 5-inch tapes containing a tobacco auction conducted by Bob Cage from South Boston, Virginia, recorded in Wayson's Corners, Maryland, by Gerald E. Parsons and Edward Tittel, May 1976.
1977 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1977/003)
Sixteen 10-inch tapes, 358 black-and-white photos, 48 color slides, and one linear inch of manuscript materials from the 1977 Neptune Plaza Concert Series, sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Recorded at the Library of Congress, April-October 1977. [catalog record] [finding aid]
This collection includes materials from the April 25, 1977, concert of the Bluegrass Cardinals; the May 23, 1977, concert of John Jackson (blues); and the September 14, 1977, concert of Bob Goff, Jr. and the Hobbs Sisters (bluegrass).
David Holt Recordings Collection (AFC 1977/013)
Thirteen 10-inch tapes of Appalachian string band, banjo, fiddle, and hammer dulcimer music, cajun music, cowboy songs, labor songs (southern mill), shape note religious singing, and black children's games. Recorded in California, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, by David Holt, Appalachian Music Program, Warren Wilson College. The collection includes 7 pages of logs, song lists, and notes. (AFS 18,945-18,957) (LWO 9385) [catalog record]
Pat Dunford Duplication Project Collection (AFC 1977/020)
Twenty-five 10-inch tapes of old-time banjo and fiddle tunes, interviews, stories, and songs by various artists. Recorded in Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia by Pat Dunford and occasionally Lee Haggerty, Art Rosenbaum, P. Siegel, and Dan White, 1962-69. The collection includes 28 pages of song lists. Includes Wade and Fields Ward, Frank George, John W. Summers, The Feedroom Five, Kenneth Smelser, Mrs. Ella Parker, Mrs. Sigler Underhill and more. [catalog record]
The Virginia material is on AFS 19,014-19,021 and 19,037.
Richard Chase Appalachian Recordings (AFC 1977/022)
Twenty-one 10-inch and 10 12-inch discs and 1 4-inch, 1 5-inch, and 5 7-inch tapes of songs and tales recorded in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia by Richard Chase and others, 1935-53. Richard Chase's field recordings of Appalachian folklore and music. Ballads by Horton Barker and others, shape note and gospel singing, 19th c. sentimental and comic songs, tales, games and recitations recorded in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky. Also recordings of Chase and others in various non-folk performances. (AFS 19041-19078; AFS 19079-19084) [catalog record]
1978 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1978/004)
Includes John Ashby and the Old Time Virginia String Band (country music from Virginia). [catalog record] [finding aid]
The Archive of Folk Song Virginia folklore index : a complete listing of field-recorded Virginia folklore materials housed in the Archive of Folk Song, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1932-1977 (AFC 1978/005)
A complete listing of Virginia field recordings from 1932-1977. Includes indexes to collectors, geographic areas, informants, types of instruments played, songs, tunes, tales, sermons, prayers, monologues, testimonies, play-parties, etc. Compiled and indexed by Charles L. Perdue, Jr. ; assisted by Nancy J. Martin-Perdue. [catalog reocrd]
Arthur Kyle Davis Duplication Project (AFC 1978/014)
Eleven tapes of Appalachian songs, ballads and fiddle tunes, recorded in Virginia in 1932-1934 by Arthur Kyle Davis, Jr., and in 1948 and 1961 by Fred F. Knobloch. Includes some interviews with Davis and other scholars. The collection includes indexes. (AFS 19,220-19,230) (LWO 9844)
Louis C. Jones Lecture on Virginia Folk Artist Queena Stovall (AFC 1978/016)
One audiocassette of a lecture given by Louis C. Jones concerning Virginia folk artist Queena Stovall at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia, October 9, 1974. (AFS 19,232) (1 hour)
Natalie Curtis Burlin / Hampton Institute Cylinders (AFS 19,258)
One 10-inch tape copied from 23 wax cylinder recordings of gospel songs sung by the Hampton Quartette. Recorded at the Hampton Institute in Virginia, by Natalie Curtis Burlin, ca. 1916. Also includes dictation of business letters (circa 1955). Some of these songs are transcribed in Burlin's Hampton Series Negro Folk-Songs. The collection includes logs.
Jeff Todd Titon and Ken George / Interviews Concerning Religious Experiences, Stanley, Virginia (AFS 19,260-19,267)
Eight 7-inch tapes of interviews concerning white religious experiences with Rev. John Sherfey and members of the Fellowship Independent Baptist Church of Stanley, Virginia. Recorded in Stanley, Phleburg, Luray, Etlan, and Pine Grove, Virginia, by Jeff Titon and Ken George, 1977. The collection includes transcripts of the interviews. Keywords: personal narratives, jokes, conversation, hymns, church services (structure and practices), doctrine and individual experiences, witnessing, conversion narratives, call-to-preach narratives, shouting, testimony, sermons, prayers, teaching. (LWO 12,197)
Scott Odell Collection (AFC 1978/032)
Seven 10-inch tapes of Appalachian string band music performed by Kyle Creed, Ernest Hodges, Tommy Jarrell, Sidney Myers and others. Recorded in Vermont, southwest Virginia, and at the Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. by Scott Odell of the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Musical Instruments, 1966-1970. The collection includes 57 pages of logs, lyric transcriptions, notes, and photocopies of photographs. [catalog record]
Baltimore of Mount Pleasant: A Case Study of the Tradition of the Chanted Sermon in Virginia by E. Henry Willett, III (AFC 1979/019)
M.A. Thesis, 1975. Western Kentucky University. [catalog record]
Ed Morris Duplication Project (AFC 1979/021)
Twelve 10-inch tapes of performances by and interviews with African American and folk revival musicians including Wilbert "Big Chief" Ellis, Ed Green, John Jackson, Skip James, George Jazz, Buddy Boy Jenkins, Raun MacKinnon, Bill McCulloh, Randy Mason, Frank Mizell, Flora Molton, and Ed Morris. Recorded in Virginia and Washington, D.C., by Ed Morris, Charles Perdue, and others, 1963-1965. The collection includes twenty-two pages of logs and notes. [Note: the logs are incomplete, therefore there may be additional related material contained in the collection.] (AFS 19,343-19,354) (LWO 12,314) [catalog record]
Songs and stories of Emory J. Rexrode (AFC 1979/047)
One audiocassette of songs and conversation of Emory J. Rexrode (at age 91) recorded and interviewed by Bruce R. Richardson of Monterey, Virginia on February 29, 1976. Emory J. Rexrode was a life long resident of Monterey, Virginia, where he was self-employed, hunting ginseng, foraging and gardening, and a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church. He discusses his school experiences in the late 19th century, among other topics. The collection includes a brief biography and genealogical information on Emory J. Rexrode (2 p.). (AFS 19,391) (LWO 12,921) [catalog record]
Arlington County, Virginia, Department of Community Affairs, Folk Arts Program Oral History Project (AFC 1979/063)
Twelve audiocassettes of interviews with older Arlington County, Virginia, residents. Interviews conducted by high school students as part of an oral project sponsored by the Arlington County Folk Arts Project, directed by Lynn Mailloux. Recorded ca. 1979. (AFS 19,422-19,433) (LWO 12,949) [catalog record]
Ralph Rinzler duplication project, part 2 (AFC 1979/080)
Forty-two 10-inch tapes of Doc Watson and family, Clarence Ashley, Fred Price, Clint Howard, Gaither Carlton, Garley Foster, Bill Monroe, and others recorded from 1960-1965, at home concerts, festivals, and workshops by Ralph Rinzler and others. Includes vocal and instrumental music, interviews, and storytelling, recorded in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. [catalog record]
Henry Glassie duplication project (AFC 1979/085)
Fourteen 10-inch tapes of folk music recorded mostly in Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania by Henry Glassie, 1961-1967. Performers include Ola Belle Reed, Hobart Smith, N. T. [Nathan Tab] Ward, and Ruby Bowman Plemmons. [catalog record]
National Folk Festival, 1972, Area 1, Area 2, Area 3 (AFC 1979/093)
Thirty 10-inch tapes of the National Folk Festival, recorded at Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, Virginia, July 27-30, 1972. The collection includes 25 pages of logs and the program book from the festival. Includes blues, bluegrass,
old time, sacred and Native American music by various performers including
John Jackson, Mike Seeger, an the Seldom Scene, among others. [catalog record]
Interviews with Hobart Smith and May Kennedy McCord, 1963 (AFS 19,883-19,885)
Three 10-inch tapes of oral history interviews with Hobart Smith and May Kennedy McCord, with singing and instrumental accompaniment, recorded by George and Gerry Armstrong in 1963.
Jeff Todd Titon / Stanley, Virginia, Collection, Part 2 (AFS 23,212-23,251)
Forty 10-inch tapes of church services, prayer meetings, and hymn sings (with piano and guitar accompaniment) recorded at the Fellowship Independent Baptist Church in Stanley, Virginia; interviews with the pastor, John Sherfey, and members of the congregation, recorded in Stanley and Lucas Hollow, Virginia; Rev. Belvin Hurt's "Sunlight of Love" broadcasts and Rev. John Sherfey's "Bible Way Gospel Time" broadcasts, recorded at WRAA Studios, Luray, Virginia. Recorded by Jeff Todd Titon with Ken George, July 1976-December 1979.
1980 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1980/012)
Includes Leo Sarkisian and group, (Armenian music from Virginia). [catalog record] [finding aid]
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
Four hundred sixty-seven reels containing
music, church services, radio programs, and interviews, recorded in
Grayson, Carroll, Floyd, and Patrick Counties, Virginia, and Allegheny, Wilkes,
and Surry Counties, North Carolina in 1978 by the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project
of the American Folklife Center. Selections from this collection have
been published as a library of Congress two-record album, Children
of the Heav'nly King (AFS L79-80 [audiocassette]. The American Folklife Center
has also published the book, Blue Ridge Harvest [catalog record], as a result
of the project. The project collections also contain photographs, videotapes,
fieldnotes, and collectors'. (AFS 21,363-21,829). [catalog record] [finding aid]
1983 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1983/009)
Includes John Jackson & James Jackson (Virginia blues); and Grass Reflections (Virginia bluegrass). [catalog record] [finding aid]
American Dialect Society Collection (AFC 1984/011)
Sound recordings made between 1931-1937 to document American English dialects, mostly from New England and eastern Canada, for a proposed Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada. Most informants were elderly New Englanders, and included whalers, fisherman, farmers, and housewives. Among the well-known people who were recorded are Alistair Cooke, Charles H. Grandgent, John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax, Edward Sapir, and B. F. Skinner. Some recordings were made of Gullah dialects found on the Georgia and South Carolina coast and recordings include narratives of former slaves. Several recordings document other languages and regions. The collection includes project correspondence, transcriptions, and index cards. [catalog record] [finding aid]
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,465: One discs containing and interview with Sally Ashton talking about her experience being a former slave. Recorded in Albemarle County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, 1934. [audio, part 1] [audio, part 2] [transcript]
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,673-25,673B1: One disc containing James Carter, James S. Martin, and James Wigginton reading "My Name is Sun" and a word list. Recorded in Charlottesville, Virginia, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,673B2: One disc containing Uncle Tom Preston discussing personal history. Recorded in Charlottesville, Virginia, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,674A: One disc containing Margaret Harris and Cleaton Buford reading "My Name is Sun" and a word list. Recorded in Charlottesville, Virginia, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,674B: One disc containing James Andrews and Florence Buford reading "My Name is Sun" and a word list. Recorded in Charlottesville, Virginia, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,675A: One disc containing Bob Johnson and James Perkins reading "My Name is Sun" and a word list. Recorded in Charlottesville, Virginia, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,675B: One disc containing George Lawson and Clarence Barber reading "My Name is Sun" and a word list. Recorded in Charlottesville, Virginia, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,729-25,730: Two discs containing Mrs. Virginia Asbury Gill Anderson discussing raising fowl, neighbors, not having much money, children, and growing own food. Recorded in Remo, Northumberland County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,731-25,733: Three discs containing Mrs. Ellen Dammell discussing fishing, transportation, work, cooking, social activities, price changes, crops, floods, parents, Baptist church, and flowers. Recorded in Weems, Lancaster County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,734-25,736: Three discs containing Susanna Rebecca Wright Thompson discussing ice houses and sawmills, birthplaces and names, hard times, butchering pigs, preserving meat, cotton, spinning, Civil War and World War I, making soap, grinding corn in mill, farming, the Lord, and baking bread and cooking. Recorded in Oldhams, Westmoreland County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, 1935. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,737-25,740: Four discs containing Mr. Muscoe Brooks discussing age, farming and crops, shipping produce down river, weather, local speech, hunting, memories of childhood, liquor prices, conveniences for women, flooding, and local mills. Recorded in Bray's, Essex County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,741-25,744: Four discs containing Gustavus Garnett Dudley discussing local businesses and crops, occupations, fishing, local paper mill, boats, oysters, uneducated people, different speech, foreign population in area, nationalities, Ku Klux Klan in area, Civilian Conservation Corps, working in shipyards, draft dodgers, and being excluded from the Navy. Recorded in Buena Vista district, West Point (in King William County), King and Queen Co., Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,745-25,746: Two discs containing Sarah Garner discussing punishment, family history, planting corn, children, those who have died, and memories of youth. Recorded in Oldham, Westmoreland County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, May 7, 1935. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,747: One disc containing Elrue Garner, the daughter of Sarah Garner, discussing churches, education for mother, mother's life, informant's life, schooling, work, and cooking. Recorded in Oldham, Westmoreland County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, May 7, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,748: One disc containing Miss Julia Virginia Harding discussing travel via boat, crops, fishing, decline in prosperity, informant's house, Northern Neck area of Virginia, informant's family, difficulties in transportation, and the city of Richmond. Recorded in Wicomico Church, Northumberland County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,749-25,752: Four discs containing Aunt Phoebe Boyd discussing God and the Lord, family members, before the Civil War, church meeting and visiting preacher, after the Civil War, schooling, children, tobacco, cotton, work, cooking in fireplace, recent hanging, and looms and spinning wheels. Recorded in Dunnsville, Essex County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, 1935. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,753-25,754: Two discs containing Mrs. Rosie Francis Wimstead Tyson discussing transportation in old days, "colored" people, hard times, raising chickens, crops, personal history, Methodist churches, Butchering hogs, ice houses, weather, Civil War memories, farming, cotton, and spinning and weaving. Recorded in Hyacinth, Northumberland County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,755-25,758: Four discs containing Mrs. John Faulconer Ware discussing confusion, local area, weather, son's troubles, hard times (Depression), education of sons, local town, complaints about banks, old Baptist church, boats and shipping, trains, Rappahannock area crops, fishing, oysters, roads, and her brother-in-law in the ferry business. Recorded in Ware's Wharf, P.O. Dunnsville, Essex County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,759-25,762: Four discs containing Lawrence Augustine Washington discussing shipping on river, old houses in area, restoration projects, relationship to George Washington, ancestors, farming, area producing many important people, stories of relatives, Civil War stories, black population in area, mineral deposits in area, Northern Neck area, and Williamsburg restoration. Recorded in Oak Grove, Washington District, Westmoreland County, Virginia, by Archibald A. Hill and Guy S. Lowman, 1935.
AFC 1984/011: AFS 25,765-25,767: Three discs containing various speakers from Charlottesville, Virginia, discussing excursions to drink beer, a torn dress, and an argument about not going to church; also includes individuals reading "My Name is Sun" and a word list. Recorded in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia, 1934.
Blue Ridge Institute Carter Family Broadcast Collection (AFC 1984/021)
One 7-inch tape of radio program about the Carter family. Written and produced by Kip Lornell under the direction of Roddy Moore, for the "Folk Music in Virginia" series; includes interviews with Joe and Janette Carter. Project was funded by an NEA grant to Virginia Western Community College and the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College, and was produced under the auspices of WVWR, Roanoke, Virginia. The collection includes a log.
Center for Applied Linguistics Collection (AFC 1986/022)
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 14 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]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,333A1: One tape containing a conversation with a 13-year old male, originally from Vietnam, discussing life in Vietnam, leaving Vietnam, coming to the U.S., learning English, reading, and watching TV. Recorded in Virginia by Donna Christian and Wolf Wolfram, 1981. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,333A2: One tape containing a conversation with a 12-year old male, originally from Vietnam, discussing life in Vietnam, escaping Vietnam, and first experiences in the U.S. Recorded in Virginia by Donna Christian and Wolf Wolfram, 1981. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,333A3: One tape containing a conversation with a 45-year old male, originally from Vietnam, discussing life in Vietnam compared to U.S., family, leaving Vietnam, and Vietnamese folklore. Recorded in Virginia by Donna Christian and Wolf Wolfram, 1981. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,333A4: One tape containing a conversation with a 15-year old male, originally from Vietnam, discussing life in Vietnam, holidays, school, Vietnamese folktales, refugee camps, and more. Recorded in Virginia by Donna Christian and Wolf Wolfram, 1981. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,333B1: One tape containing a conversation with a 17-year old male, originally from Vietnam, discussing leaving Vietnam and comparing Vietnam and U.S. Recorded in Virginia by Donna Christian and Wolf Wolfram, 1981.[audio] [transcript]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,333B2: One tape containing a conversation with a 24-year old male, originally from Vietnam, discussing the celebration of Tet, school in the U.S., friends, church, and life in Vietnam. Recorded in Virginia by Donna Christian and Wolf Wolfram, 1981. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,333B3: One tape containing a conversation with a 39-year old male, originally from Vietnam, disucussing the problems of older Vietnamese coming to the U.S., problems with English, and more. Recorded in Virginia by Donna Christian and Wolf Wolfram, 1981. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,333B4: One tape containing a conversation with a 50-year old male, originally from Vietnam, discussing community life and history of the refugee settlement in Northern Virginia. Recorded in Virginia by Donna Christian and Wolf Wolfram, 1981. [audio] [transcript]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,337B5: One tape containing a personal monologue by 93-year old white male. Recorded in Tangier Island, Virginia, by Joseph Mele, 1975. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,337B6: One tape containing a personal monologue by a 50-year old male of Scotch-French ancestry. Recorded in Norfolk, Virginia, by Joseph Mele, 1975. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,337B7: One tape containing a personal monologue by a 60-year old white male. Recorded in James City County, Virginia, by Joseph Mele, 1975. [audio]
AFC 1986/022: AFS 24,337B8: One tape containing a personal monologue by a 70-year old white female. Recorded in Lawrenceville, Virginia, by Joseph Mele, 1975. [audio]
Henry Baxley 1963 National Championship Country Music Contest Collection (AFC 1987/029)
Three 7-inch tapes of the finals of the 1963 National Championships Country Music Contest held August 3-4, 1963, at Lake Whipporwill, Warrenton, Virginia, and sponsored and conducted by the Warrenton-Fauquier Jaycees. Chairman of the contest: Henry Baxley, Jr. Master of Ceremonies: Eddie Matherly (disc jockey, WKCW radio, Warrenton); recorded by Sonny Cameron. [catalog record]
Edd Michael / Green Island Pickers Collection (AFC 1984/036)
Two audiocassetes of old-time music performed by the Green Island Pickers of Port Republic, Virginia, with Edd Michael on fiddle, Spike Stroop on guitar, Laura Boosinger and Clifford Shifflett on banjo, Jeff Robbins and Justin Stroop on bass, and Don Pedi on plucked dulcimer. The collection includes logs. (AFS 22,159-22,160) (RYA 2478-2479) [catalog record]
Traditional Pork Processing Collection (AFC 1986/009)
Collection of research materials about traditional pork processing collected by Barbara C. Fertig and others from several sources including the family of Marsha Holt Jacob and James M. Holt of Surrey, Virginia. Includes ca. 450 black-and-white and color photographs of family hog butchering and food preparation in Virginia and of local butchers in Ohio, taken by several photographers in 1985 to 1986. Also includes correspondence, articles, recipes, and clippings. In addition, there is information about Mennonite traditions, which includes an oral history interview with Helen Reimer Franz, Erwin Nick Hiebert, and Elfrieda Franz Hiebert conducted by Catherine Hiebert Kerst, about Mennonite hog butchering and food customs. (AFS 26,226-26,230) (RYA 8804-8808) [catalog record]
Henry Baxley 1963 National Championship Country Music Contest Collection (AFC 1987/029)
Three 7-inch tapes of the finals of the 1963 National Championships Country Music Contest held August 3-4, 1963, at Lake Whipporwill, Warrenton, Virginia, and sponsored and conducted by the Warrenton-Fauquier Jaycees. Chairman of the contest: Henry Baxley, Jr. Master of Ceremonies: Eddie Matherly (disc jockey, WKCW radio, Warrenton); recorded by Sonny Cameron. [catalog record]
Philip S. Morgan Music in the Old Time Way Collection (AFC 1987/040)
One videocassette entitled "Music in the Old Time Way: Traditional Music and Musicians from the southern Appalachians," a video documentary produced, edited, and narrated by Philip S. Morgan, explores the origin, development, aesthetics and style of Appalachian old-time dance music; includes performances, interviews, and fiddlers' conventions. Recorded in Virginia and North Carolina.
1989 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1989/009)
Includes Greg Hooven and the Backstep Band (old-time music from Virginia). [catalog record] [finding aid]
Lyle D. Campbell / Campbell Family Songfest Manuscript Collection (AFC 1989/017)
Eleven song transcriptions (22 photocopied manuscript pages of lyrics) from Campbell family papers documenting songfests in Nelson County, Virginia. A few songs are dated 1890 and 1891, others are undated. Includes texts of ballads, immigrant songs, a cowboy song, love songs, and popular songs. [catalog record]
1990 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1990/012)
Includes The Lynn Morris Band (Virginia bluegrass). [catalog record] [finding aid]
Selections from the 1988 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention (AFC 1990/020)
One audiocassette recorded at the 1988 Galax Fiddlers' Convention, Galax, Virginia, featuring Ralph L. McGee of Pilot, North Carolina, on fiddle; Will Keys of Jonesboro, Tennessee, on banjo; Don DePoy of Hampden, Maine, on guitar; and an unknown player on bass. The collection includes two color photoprints of Carl DePoy bowing with a "wishbone." [catalog record]
Powerhouse for God Project Collection (AFC 1991/006)
Archival materials related to Titon's study of worship services at Fellowship Independent Baptist Church in Stanley, Virginia. Includes tapes of services, hymn sings and interviews, 1985-86; transcriptions of sermons, interviews, and other material, 1976-85; copies of correspondence between Titon and John Sherfey.
1991 Neptune Plaza Concert Series Collection (AFC 1991/012)
Includes the Seldom Scene (Virginia bluegrass). [catalog record] [finding aid]
Mike Seeger Collection (AFC 1995/004)
Two hundred and seventy-five 10-inch tapes of bluegrass, country, and folk music, recorded in California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia, primarily by Mike Seeger, 1953-67. The collection includes three linear inches of computer disks, correspondence, notes, and photos. These tapes supplement his collections already in the archive. Includes some examples made by other collectors, including recordings of autoharpist, John Kilby Snow recorded by Blaine Jaeger. Bluegrass music predominates this collection. A number of the tapes were recorded from radio and TV programs. Bluegrass performers represented include Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, Don Reno, and Red Smiley. Tapes also include interviews with country music artists of the 1920s and 1930s including Tom Ashley, Sam and Kirk McGee, Ernest V. Stoneman, Gid Tanner, and Frank Walker. In their reminiscences with Seeger, they speak of many other old-time musicians whom they knew and worked with, life on the road, musical sources, etc. [catalog record]
Nick Spitzer / Folk Masters 1992 Season Collection (AFC 1995/007)
Thirteen audiocassettes of radio programs derived from live performances and on-stage interviews from the "Folk Masters" series held at The Barns of Wolf Trap, Vienna, Virginia. Originally recorded April 1-May 8, 1992. The collection includes a 32-page "Listener's Guide to Programs." Programs include: "Parlor Picking, Frolic Fiddling and Juke Joint Blues," "Black Gospel Styles," "Masters of the Folk Violin," "American Indian Music," "Music from the Spanish Caribbean and Central America," "Guitar Wizards," "African Roots," "Accordion Kings," "Blues and Bluegrass in the American Capital," "Europe in America," "Rockabilly and Western Swing," "New York Klezmer and New Orleans Jazz," and "New World Beat."
Jeff Todd Titon "Powerhouse for God" Collection (AFC 1995/010)
Eight 7-inch tapes, 40 10-inch tapes, and 71 audiocassettes of white gospel music, sermons, hymn sings, radio broadcasts and interviews relating to Fellowship Independent Baptist Church of Stanley, Virginia, and its pastor, John Sherfey. Includes logs and correspondence.
Michelle Branigan / Piedmont Folksong Project: Little Union Baptist Church Watch Night Service Videotape Collection (AFC 1996/020)
One videocassette of a Watch Night service taped at the Little Union Baptist Church [Charlottesville, Virginia area?] by Michelle Branigan, December 31, 1992. It is a documentary on the religious song traditions of Cumberland and Amelia counties in Virginia.
In and around bluegrass with Bill Vernon, 9 September 1987 : Mike Seeger interview (AFC 1997/001)
The program was part of a retrospective series on Folkways Records after the death of its founder, Moses Asch. This 1-hour segment was broadcast over WVTF-FM, Roanoke, Virginia, on September 9, 1987, when it was recorded by the donor. Its interest lies in Seeger's detailed recollections of the artists on some of his field recordings for the ten LPs he edited for Folkways. The artists named and heard are Gaither Carlton, Hillary Dickens (Hazel Dickens's father), the New Lost City Ramblers, Seeger himself, the Stanley Brothers, Uncle Bunt Stephens, Ernest "Pop" Stoneman, and Wade Ward. Also heard is an unnamed trio playing three Jew's harps. [catalog record]
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
This is a vast collection with emphasis on visual images Lands' End in cooperation with Good Housekeeping magazine sponsored the quilt contests in 1992, 1994, and 1996. The collection 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. Numerous types and styles of needlework, quilting, patchwork, applique and embroidery are represented among the visual images. All 50 states are represented. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]
Rhett Turner Old Time Musicians of the New River Valley, Virginia Collection (AFC 1998/033)
One videocassette entitled "Old Time Musicians of the New River Valley Virginia," by Rhett Turner. The collection includes a black-and-white photographic print (1997) by Turner of a violin and bow propped against a wheel.
Local Legacies Collection (AFC 2000/001)
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] [Virginia Local Legacies]
International Storytelling Collection (AFC 2001/008)
The International Storytelling Collection contains manuscripts, sound recordings, graphic materials, moving images, electronic media, and artifacts that relate to the storytelling revival of the 1970s through the present. Based in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the International Storytelling Center (ISC) and its predecessor organizations, the National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling (NAPPS), and the National Storytelling Association (NSA) collected these materials. Through the organization’s programming, such as the National Storytelling Festival, the ISC has served as a focal point for the storytelling revival. [catalog record]
September 11, 2001, Documentary Project Collection (AFC 2001/015)
The collection documents reactions of ordinary citizens in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States through sound and video recordings of interviews and personal narratives; as well as photographs, children's drawings, two scrapbooks, letters and e-mail, poems, ephemera, and a few artifacts. Some items were submitted as group projects of schools, libraries, and museums from 30 states in the U.S., and from American military service personnel and their families in Naples, Italy. Includes several interviews conducted in Virginia with police officers from the Pentagon. [catalog record] [finding aid] [online presentation]
Alan Lomax Collection (AFC 2004/004)
Eight hundred forty-five linear feet (330,000 manuscripts; 3876 sound recordings; 5060 graphic images; 3035 moving images created and collected by Alan Lomax in his work documenting song, music, dance, and body movement from many cultures. Includes field recordings and photographs he made in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe, 1930s-2004. Includes many materials from Virginia. [catalog record] [online presentation]
Paschall Brothers Concert Collection (AFC 2004/028)
Sound recording, videorecording, and photographs of the Paschall Brothers in concert at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., June 16, 2004. The Paschall Brothers, from Chesapeake, Virginia, perform traditional a cappella gospel quartet music associated with the Tidewater region. Manuscripts include a program flyer, recording log, and publicity materials for the group including a publicity photograph. Part of the Homegrown Concerts series. [catalog record]
From Virginia to Vermont: A Trek from Slavery to Freedom, Lecture by Jane Beck (AFC 2005/035)
An illustrated lecture entitled
"From Virginia to Vermont: A Trek from Slavery to Freedom" Illustrated lecture about the life of Daisy Turner, daughter of Alec Turner, a former slave who moved his family from Virginia to Vermont by Jane Beck. Recorded as part of the Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture series, at the Library of Congress on June 22, 2005. [event flier] [catalog record]
The National Chorus of the Church of God and Saints of Christ and Judith Cohen Concert (AFC 2006/049)
Evening concert as part of the symposium The Lomax Legacy: Folklore in a Globalizing Century. Thursday, January 19, 2006, Coolidge Auditorium. The National Chorus of the Church of God and Saints of Christ, from Virginia, with special guests the Solomon Carey Family performing traditional a capella African American spirituals and secular songs, and Judith R. Cohen singing songs from the Luso-Hispanic tradition from rural Spain and Portugal, and from the Sephardic diaspora. Co-sponsored by AFC, the Association for Cultural Equity, and the Library of Congress Music Division.
Jun-ichi Yamada Collection of Bluegrass Recordings (AFC 2008/024)
One hundred thirty-seven 7-inch tapes of the recordings of bluegrass festivals in the United States, recorded by Jun-ichi Yamada of Japan. The festivals include Carlton Haney's Bluegrass Festival at Watermelon Park, Berryville, Virginia; Bluegrass Music Festival in Bluegrass Park, Campsprings, North Carolina; the Newgrass Festival of 1974; the Wise County Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival; the 2nd Carter Stanley Memorial Festival, McClure, Virginia; the 7th Annual Culpeper Bluegrass and Folk Music Festival, Culpeper, Virginia; Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, Indiana; Old Time Family Bluegrass Festival, Callaway, Maryland; Georgia State Bluegrass Music Festival, Lavonia, Georgia; Bluegrass Bonanza Showcase, Indiansprings, Maryland; Indiansprings Bluegrass Festival, Hagerstown, Maryland; the Country Store at Williams Restaurant; as well as performances by the Blue Sky Boys, J. D. Crowe, Vic Jordan, and Don Reno and Red Smiley. [catalog record]
Berntsons Concert and Interview Collection (AFC 2009/021)
Homegrown 2009. Recorded December 3, 2009, Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Traditional Norwegian American dance music from Virginia. The band includes Eleanore Berntson, Karl Berntson, Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer. [catalog record] [event flyer and webcast]
Alicia J. Rouverol Collection on Northern Neck, Virginia, Watermen (AFC 2010/015)
Oral history interviews with 30 watermen from the Northern Neck of Virginia recorded by Alicia J. Rouverol in July and August 1991. Interviews were conducted for a 1991 exhibition, "'Because My Work is What I Do': Watermen of the Northern Neck" sponsored by the Greater Reedville Association, Reedville, Virginia. Anglo- and African American fishermen were interviewed about their family histories; fishing boats; boat repair; pound netting for herring, shad, and menhaden; crabbing; oystering; oyster diseases; fishing regulations; menhanden chantey singing; and other topics. The collection includes 72 contact sheets of black-and-white photographs of fishermen, fishing boats, nets, crab pots, peeler traps, eel pots, oyster tonging, oyster shucking, the Reedville parade, blessing of the fleet, chantey singers, and aerial photography taken by photographer, Starke Jett, for the exhibition. Manuscripts include Alicia J. Rouverol's correspondence, field notes, interview transcripts, exhibition narrative, contracts, grant application, invoices, clippings, maps, and related research materials, including student papers about Chesapeake Bay fishermen and fishermen's chanteys, and other traditions written by college students for classes taught by Charles and Nan Perdue, with other published and unpublished works about the history of the menhaden fishery, oystering, and crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay. Also includes brochures and publications of the Reedville Fishermen's Museum where the exhibition was shown. [catalog record]
Alan Lomax Photographs and the Music of Williamsburg (1959-1960) / by Peggy Finley Aarlien (AFC 2011/051)
M.A. Thesis, American Studies. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. August 2010. 92 pages. [catalog record]
Jeff Todd Titon collection (AFC 2013/041)
Collection of field recordings and related documentation of various projects including hymns recorded in 1977 and 1978 at the Fellowship Independent Baptist Church, Stanley, Virginia, by Jeff Todd Titon and Kenneth M. George. Selections were issued in 1982 as "Powerhouse for God: sacred speech, chant, and song in an Appalachian Baptist Church." The collection also includes interviews conducted by Titon for the life history of C. L. Franklin, "Give me this mountain : life history and selected sermons" (Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1989) recorded in Detroit, Michigan, and documentation for programming at the 1976 Smithsonian Festival of American Foklife, among other materials generated during Jeff Todd Titon's research on religious expression and on the blues revival in the United States. [catalog record]