The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied
materials from Arkansas that document the diversity of the state's folk
traditions. Among its unique recordings are Vance Randolph's vast and pioneering
collection of songs and folklore from the Ozark region; traditional tunes performed
by the "Ozark Mountaineers"; African American spirituals; fiddle tunes;
music and narratives of African American prisoners in state prison farms
in Little Rock and Gould; and storytelling.
Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Arkansas collections.
Local Legacies Collection: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View a list of Arkansas's
Local Legacies projects.
Veterans History Project: Browse state collections from the Veterans History Project.
Songs of America: Browse an interactive state map for selected songs from the American Folklife Center’s collections, as well as songs from the Library’s Music Division and Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
Sonny Burgess and the Pacers. Rockabilly music from Arkansas. Recorded at the Library of Congress, October 18, 2006. [webcast and flyer] [catalog record]
Folklife Resources: Find state folklife-related agencies, societies, archives, higher education programs, and more, in Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United States.