The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied
materials from Kentucky that document the diversity of the Bluegrass State's
folk traditions. Among its unique recordings are hundreds of hours of folk
music, recorded from the 1930s to the present, including banjo, dulcimer,
and fiddle tunes; religious music and sermons; and Southern Harmony singing
and Baptist "lining-out" hymns. (Pictured right: Kentucky text of the ballad
Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Kentucky collections.
Local Legacies: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View Kentucky'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.
Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers: Quartet style a capella gospel music from Kentucky. Recorded July 16, 2009. [webcast and event flyer]
Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Kentucky from A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources.
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.
Exhibition: 1983 "Generation to Generation: Sharing the Intangible,"
Western Kentucky University, Ivan Wilson Center for Fine Arts, Bowling
Green; and University of Kentucky, Council on Aging, Lexington.
Publication: "The Photographs of Maggie Lee Sayre: A Personal Vision of Houseboat
Annual 90. [catalog record]