District of Columbia
The District of Columbia has a richly diverse community including
immigrant populations from many parts of the world. Among the Archives
recordings are documentation of Washington, DC street songs; church
services, songs, and sermons; songs and a sermon by Flora Molton; and
African-American children's game songs, jump rope rhymes, clapping
songs, and "cheers." Lectures and concerts held
at the Library have included presentations by members of Washington's
diverse cultural communities, such as African American hand dancers,
hair braiders, Hungarian dancers, Chinese opera performers, Indonesian
Gamelan performers, Flamenco dancers, and musical performances by African American,
Andean, Anglo American, Armenian, Bengali, Carribbean, Cuban, Ghanaian,
Japanese, Puerto Rican, Senegalese, and Vietnamese groups.
Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Washington, D.C., collections.
Local Legacies Collection: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View Washington, D.C.'s
Local Legacies project.
Veterans History Project: Browse state collections from the Veterans History Project.
Reverb. African American gospel from Washington, D.C. Recorded at the Library of Congress, February 7, 2007: [event flyer and webcast] [catalog record]
Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Washington, D.C., from Folklife Resources for Educators.
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.
District of Columbia residents, along with others in the greater Washington,
D.C., area, are fortunately situated to take advantage of the many
services offered by the American Folklife Center. These include reference
assistance in its Folklife Reading Room, use of its Archive of
and the lectures, concerts, conferences, and other public events offered
at the Library of Congress. Area students enrolled in American studies
and other folklore-related programs have easy access to both the collections
of the Folk Archive and the staff of the Center. Most Center-sponsored
programs are open to the public.